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MICHELIN PILOT CHALLENGE

The Michelin Pilot Challenge is a grand touring and touring car racing series run by the International Motor Sports Association, featuring sports cars from various manufacturers. The Michelin Pilot Challenge currently acts as the support series to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Challenge, sharing ten race weekends with the headlining series. The 2021 schedule is comprised of 10 races, with eight of them having a runtime of two hours, and the remaining two running for four.

 

Ryan Hardwick and Jan Heylen will contest the No. 16 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport with Wright Motorsports in the 2021 championship. 

2021 Schedule

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The Roar Before the 24

Daytona International Speedway

January 22-24

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BMW Endurance Challenge

Daytona International Speedway

January 28-31

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Alan Jay Automotive Network 120

Sebring International Speedway

March 17-20

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Mid-Ohio 120

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

May 14-16

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Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 

Watkins Glen International

June 24-27

Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen International

July 1-2

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Lime Rock Park

Lime Rock Park

July 16-17

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Road America 120

Road America

August 6-8

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WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

September 10-12

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Virginia is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix

Virginia International Raceway

October 8-10

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Fox Factory 120

Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

November 11-13

RYAN HARDWICK

No. 16 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport 

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"I have yet to race in the Michelin Pilot Challenge, and I’m really looking forward to racing in a new series. I’m also very excited to be teaming up with Jan Heylen who has already proven to be a front runner in that series. I appreciate the support from John Wright and the team for putting so much work into such a short off season to not only prepare our GTD car for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, but also a new Porsche Cayman for a full season in the Michelin Pilot Challenge. This opportunity will really be a blessing for me in gaining more track time. Jan and I can be competitive for podiums and wins, but I think this will also help us greatly in GTD as well."

2021 Drivers

JAN HEYLEN

No. 16 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport

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"I’m very excited to start the new season with Ryan and Wright Motorsports in the Michelin Pilot Challenge. It’s great to see Wright Motorsports making their debut in GT4 as well as Ryan making the step to gain more experience and gain track time on the GTD weekends. There’s nothing like GT4 racing, with lots of action and close racing. It’s everything we love. With the continued support from Porsche Motorsport North America and Wright Motorsport, I know we’ll be at Daytona with a strong car."

THE CAR

718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport

TECHNICAL SPECS

ENGINE: Aluminum six-cylinder mid-mounted boxer engine, rigid mounting

POWER OUTPUT: 313kW (425hp) depending on the FIA BoP (restrictor)

TRANSMISSION: Rigidly mounted performance-based 6-speed PDK-gearbox (DCT, dual clutch transmission)