American Team Black Swan Racing at the start of the Total 24 Hours of Spa

1 February 2018

According to reports on Black Swan Racing will race in the entire Intercontinental GT Challenge season. Tim Pappas and Jeroen Bleekemolen are confirmed in the team’s Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Black Swan Racing is the first American team to take part in the entire Intercontinental GT Challenge, which starts with this weekend’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour and also includes the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the inaugural Suzuka 10 Hours, and the California 8 Hours in Laguna Seca.

Team owner Pappas and Black Swan Racing made their IGTC debuts in last year’s California 8 Hours, winning the Pro-Am class and finishing fifth overall. A result which gave David Calvert-Jones fourth in the final drivers’ standings.

While having been a mainstay of the North American sports car racing scene, both in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge, Pappas felt it was the right time to expand its horizons. A second Porsche was acquired for the season-long effort, which will see one chassis sent to Belgium for the Total 24 Hours of Spa in July, and the other sea-freighted to Japan for the Suzuka 10 Hours the following month. The team’s line-up for the races at Spa, Suzuka and Laguna Seca is yet to be finalised, but the car will remain in the Pro-Am class at all rounds.

Additionally, Tim Pappas will also be one of the favourites for the new Bronze Drivers’ title in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, reserved to the Bronze driver who scores the most points during this year’s Intercontinental GT Challenge.