Valluga Racing are mounting a two-car entry into the new-for-2020 Porsche Sprint Challenge GB, with Carl Cavers and Ian Humphris set to compete in a pair of brand new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport machines.
An exciting move for the Silverstone-based outfit sees Valluga Racing become the first team to confirm their entry into the new championship, which has become the latest addition to Porsche GB’s motorsport pyramid alongside the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
Valluga Racing established themselves as a front-running force in the Carrera Cup GB this year, securing multiple podium finishes in both the Pro-Am and Am classes. An entry into the Sprint Challenge GB is an exciting new avenue for the team in their second season of Porsche competition.
The one-make series will cater solely for the 425hp 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport machines and will feature on the two biggest race packages in the UK, in support of the British Touring Car Championship and British GT Championship.
The series is set to be contested over seven events in 2020, supporting both the BTCC and British GT on three occasions alongside a headline slot on a Porsche Club GB weekend. It will feature a two-class format for Pro and Am competitors.
Both Cavers and Humphris are no strangers to Valluga Racing, having competed with them during the 2019 season. Cavers enjoyed outings in the Club Enduro Championship behind the wheel of a Lotus Elise, alongside his regular competition in the Ferrari Formula Classic series.
Humphris meanwhile made his racing debut this year and enjoyed a fantastic start with a pair of Britcar Endurance Championship victories at Oulton Park in Valluga Racing’s Porsche GT3 Cup car, and he has joined Cavers in already enjoying some testing behind the wheel of the Cayman.
Benji Hetherington - Team Principal:“I’m very pleased to announce Valluga Racing’s entry into the Porsche Sprint Challenge GB. The championship is a great addition to the UK motorsport scene and Porsche have produced a fantastic, user-friendly race car in the 718 Cayman GT4.
“With a fantastic 2020 calendar incorporating the biggest race platforms in the UK, plus the top level technical support and hospitality that Porsche provide, it was a no brainer for us to put this programme together alongside our Carrera Cup GB commitments.
“I’m very pleased to have Carl and Ian signed up. We’ve enjoyed working with them previously and they’re both quick racers. It’s great that they’ve committed so early, as it allows us to prepare properly with a good testing programme over the winter and have the best opportunity to enjoy a successful season.”
Carl Cavers - Driver: “Joining Valluga Racing to enter the Porsche Sprint Challenge GB was an easy decision for me. The team have supported me well in my racing to date and their knowledge of Porsche motorsport meant they were the natural choice.
“The Cayman offers a great stepping stone for me. The car is great to drive and the opportunity to join a new series with a manufacturer like Porsche was an irresistible one. I’m also pleased to be driving alongside Ian Humphris and I look forward to learning more on my journey in motorsport.”
Ian Humphris - Driver: “I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into this season. Porsche build a fantastic racing car and I can’t wait to hustle it in what promises to be some close racing. My aim is to win the Am class, but I certainly won’t be the only one saying that!
“I’m happy to be competing with Valluga Racing. Their great racing pedigree and technical depth mean they know how to properly set-up a race car, and I have no doubt their preparation and detail will provide me with the best car on the grid.”
Ian Fletcher - Porsche Sprint Challenge GB Championship Coordinator:“Valluga joined Porsche Carrera Cup GB for 2019 and showed how quickly they could adapt to a competitive one-make championship. We’re delighted that following this experience, they will be developing their involvement with Porsche in 2020 by joining Porsche Sprint Challenge GB for its inaugural season.
"In the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport we have a car ideally suited to those drivers progressing from trackdays and club motorsport, which fits perfectly with Valluga’s portfolio.”