Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Thomas Collingwood will return with BGB Motorsports in 2019 for a 4th season of Cayman GT4 Clubsport competition; when he does, however, the St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada resident will make his professional racing debut in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Sportscar Challenge series.  Collingwood will codrive together with BGB team owner John Tecce in the #11 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR with sponsorship from Loop Tackle Design.  For the opening 4 hour Daytona round the pair will be joined by IMSA GT3 Cup Canada driver Stefan Rzadzinksi. BGB will took delivery of Collingwood’s new 718 GT4 Cayman Clubsport race car from Porsche Motorsport following the worldwide unveiling that preceded IMSA’s Roar Before the 24 test on Thursday.  

 “I am excited for my first Roar Before the 24 event with the new car and look forward to my first IMSA race at Daytona! I have been putting in the seat time and working hard to make the step from Porsche Club Racing to IMSA. My focus for 2019 is to gain experience within IMSA’s GT4 class and my long-term goal is to become competitive alongside all of the great cars and drivers that run IMSA,” added Collingwood.

The relationship between Collingwood and BGB began in 2016 when he became the team’s first customer to purchase Porsche’s previously homologated GT4 Clubsport race car and run the Porsche Club of America’s Trophy Series East.  He spent 3 seasons running the series in preparation of this next goal; 2018 marked the third and final year of the plan that Tecce and Collingwood had put in place, a plan that consisted of 3 seasons of single class racing with a goal of stepping up to professional competition in 2019. 

Tecce is extremely excited about the new program:

“Like most relationships nowadays, Tom and I met online! In all seriousness, we met via a Porsche forum we sponsor and spoke for months about putting together a program for him for 2016.  We wanted Tom to start in a large field of equally prepared cars so it made sense for him to purchase the first generation GT4 Clubsport and go club racing with the Porsche Club of America. It has been a pleasure to work with him since the beginning as he is extremely enthusiastic, easy to coach and soaks up everything we tell him.  Porsche has made substantial improvements to the next generation Cayman race car in terms of engine power output, aerodynamics, braking and electronics.  We are very passionate about racing Porsches and to be able to share this new car with Tom is a dream come true; we can’t wait to race this new car at our home track later this month!”