PK’s Sebring Line-Up
Mike Pickup has a bounce in his step this afternoon: he’s dotted and crossed everything, and confirms these drivers in the two PK Sport Porsches for Sebring next month:
#60 - Robin Liddell / Peter Boss / Hugh Plumb
#61 - Alex Caffi / David Warnock / Tracy Krohn.

The likes of Robin Liddell, Alex Caffi and David Warnock need little introduction to dailysportscar readers, while Hugh Plumb has considerable experience - and success - in GT racing. He finished joint second in the GT Class of the Grand Am Rolex Series last year, with BMW partner Brian Cunningham (seven podium finishes and one win).

Plumb was also part of the Seikel squad that just pipped PK Sport for second in GT at Sebring in 2002: this was the event in which the master switch of the black and yellow Porsche was knocked off by a chunk of flying rubber, stranding the car out on the circuit.

Peter Boss is certainly the new man to GT racing. The American has recently raced in Euro F3000 with John Village’s team, and PK team owner Mike Pickup has just returned from a trip to New York to tie up the loose ends with Boss, and now confirms that the American will race with PK Sport in the full, 2004 ALMS season.

“Peter and I got on extremely well,” says Mike Pickup, “and I’m delighted to have him with us for the year. As a team, we spent 2003 working through the learning process of tackling the ALMS for the first time. Now we’re getting set up to capitalise on everything we learned last year. I’m delighted with the driving partnerships we’ve put together in the two cars. Having Robin lead one and Alex lead the other is the perfect position for us. They both know how we work and we know how they work.”

Peter Boss brings backing from Cross Pens and Sun Microsystems, while PK Sport will have additional support from Pfaff Porsche, the sportscar dealer from Toronto. Pirelli continues its support, as the team prepares for the ALMS, plus that guaranteed entry for Le Mans.

Tracy Krohn is the sixth man in the Sebring line-up: he drove in the SGS Class at the recent Rolex 24 at Daytona, scoring a good finish for the G&W team.

Oddly, Peter Boss has a very long standing connection with the USA’s oldest sportscar race: his grandfather, Russ Boss, was the official starter of the 1952 event – which was the very first 12 Hours of Sebring.

dailysportscar.comBoss Snr. then raced in the 12 Hours from 1953 to 1959, scoring a best result of fifth in 1957, partnering Walt Hansgen in a D-Type. Two years later he finished fifteenth, partnering Stirling Moss, Lake Underwood and Briggs Cunningham, in a Lister Jaguar.

But Peter Boss has sportscar experience too. He and Jay Cochran drove the Westward Panoz LMP-1 at Donington Park’s ALMS / ELMS race in 2001, this pair finishing fifth overall – in an event in which PK Sport made its ALMS / ELMS debut, finishing third in class.

dailysportscar.comRobin Liddell has been a significant part of PK Sport’s development into international GT competitors: so how do prospects look for Sebring?

“In the past Sebring has proven that it rewards consistency. We might not be quite there in terms of outright pace, but you only have to look at what happened in the GT Class at Le Mans last year to realise what we could achieve at Sebring. At the 12 hour mark, almost everyone had had a problem. It will be up to us to ensure that we get to 12 hours without a problem.”

Mike Pickup agrees: “But for that misfortune in 2002, we would have been right there at the finish. The Le Mans 1000 Km last November showed what PK Sport can do. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

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