MOVING ON UP
2013 Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA
Gold class title-winner Loren Beggs (LEF T,
center) stepped up to Platinum for ’ 14
and was the early-season points leader.
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
The Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA is a destination in itself and a stepping stone to pro racing.
There are some 22 Porsche
platform racing series
operating around the world.
Each is fundamental not just to
Porsche Motorsport’s business
model – after all, more people
racing Porsches equals more
cars and parts being sold – but
it also speaks to a core
philosophy for Porsche
Motorsport, chiefly that
Porsches exist to be raced. The
GT3 Cup Trophy USA fills an
important part of the strategy.
Jens Walther, Porsche
Motorsport North America
president & CEO, elaborates.
“One-make series are a
critical aspect to Porsche and
how we approach not only
motorsports, but the overall
philosophy of the brand,” he
explains. “For eight years,
Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy
USA organized by Competent
Motorsport has proven to be
an ideal bridge between club
and professional racing.
“Porsche Motorsport North
America has been very pleased
IT’S WHAT PORSCHES ARE MADE FOR...
How do you take club racing and make it
more professional without losing the club
sense of fun and esprit de corps Where
can amateur racers go when they need to
push themselves harder and hone their
skills to a finer degree, but aren’t quite
ready or willing to dive into the pool of
all-out pro racing? The Porsche Pirelli GT3
Cup Trophy USA may have the answer.
Run by Newport Beach, Calif.-based
Competent Motorsport, the Porsche Pirelli
action from Porsche
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy
USA Platinum racers
Lorenzo Trefethen ( 17),
Loren Beggs (03) and
Jesse Menczer ( 84) in
the 2014 season-opener at Auto Club
GT3 Cup Trophy USA’s mission is to create
a national series on some of the best road
courses for the advanced club racer who is
seeking to perfect his or her racecraft in a
structured, but fun manner. In essence, the
series strives to be the best of both worlds.
With the full support of Porsche
Motorsport North America, the series is
an ideal transition ground. Some of those
racing here are quite content to make this
the pinnacle of their racing résumé, while
others are using the series as a proving
and learning ground before moving on.
The Porsche 911s used in the GT3 Cup
Trophy are older models that must run
“stock” as they originally were delivered
by Porsche Motorsport North America.
The emphasis is on developing the driver,
so every effort is made to equalize the
performance of the cars. Most race
weekends in the seven-round series,
which has recently supported both the