DeBoer and Gibbons: Battling in Full-season Showdown of PWC SprintX Action
Petaluma, Calif. – The Racers Group (TRG) revs up for full-throttle racing action at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas (COTA) March 23-25, as the team returns to this quick and challenging circuit, ready to tackle Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) SprintX GTS competition in the Grand Prix of Texas. This 3.4 mile road course that features an exhilarating mix of some of the best straights and corners in motorsports. With multiple wins, poles and podiums, TRG is eager to extend its winning tradition at COTA with SprintX drivers Derek DeBoer and Sean Gibbons in the TRG #09 LaSalle Solutions | BRM | Fastlife Aston Martin GT4.
DeBoer and Gibbons can’t wait to climb behind the wheel of that powerful TRG Aston Martin in the first of five SprintX contests this year as they look to build on their spectacular double win at COTA last year and get a lightning-quick jump on the full-season championship.
TRG is one of the most successful teams in all of sportscar racing, and that track record of achievement certainly extends to Circuit of the Americas, a circuit that is both a fan and team favorite. The team had an epic GT win in 2013 with Porsche and also saw the GTD Pole position in 2014. TRG has achieved numerous wins and podium finishes across many series at the challenging circuit including last year’s PWC double SprintX victories.
Derek DeBoer and Sean Gibbons
Fan favorite Derek DeBoer returns to COTA in the TRG #09 Aston Martin V8 GT4 Vantage. DeBoer had a breakout 2016 season with two wins and multiple podiums and took a hotly contested overall SprintX GTS driver championship down to the wire before ultimately finishing second, helping TRG to the 2016 PWC SprintX GTS title. He also scored two second-places in Lamborghini Super Trofeo racing action. Last year at COTA, DeBoer teamed up with Gibbons to win both SprintX GTS races and finished the season with a stellar four wins, two second-place finishes and a third place.
“I am thrilled to join TRG once again,” says DeBoer. “I have a lot of confidence in our program and in Sean as my co-driver this season. We have some big shoes to fill jumping back in where we left off last season with two wins at Circuit of the Americas together! Longevity and consistency are such a big part of a team’s success and we have those boxes checked, for sure.”
His co-driver, Dallas’s Sean Gibbons, is no stranger to the podium, having achieved top three finishes in close to 70 percent of his races and is a top contender in everything he drives. He’s also a proven winner with two SprintX victories last year with DeBoer here at COTA. He made his PWC debut in 2017 at St. Petersburg, breaking into the top 10 in both Florida contests, winning the Hard Charger award along the way. Gibbons, an executive at Sirius XM when he isn’t in a race car, is eager to team up once again with DeBoer.
“It’s great to be running the full SprintX GTS season with The Racers Group and Derek this year,” says Gibbons. “Derek and I approach life and racing in much the same way. That result is us working really well together toward our shared goals. And that’s winning!”
“I couldn’t think of a better duo of drivers and friends to bring to the PWC SprintX championship run… this is my “Dream Team!!” says TRG CEO Kevin Buckler. “Derek and Sean are always incredible together both on and off the track. They’ve really been gearing up for this weekend and can’t wait to defend their SprintX title here at COTA. I’m looking forward to showing what happens when we put consummate professionals together in every category and with the right team.
We’re so proud to continue our long term partnerships with LaSalle Solutions and BRM Chronographes, as well as with Derek and Sean. Our TRG staff and crew have been working so hard back at the shop to be sure our TRG Aston Martin is in top-top condition and ready to win. We’re really bringing it to COTA and hope to deliver. We have a fantastic group of partners and sponsors that we will have the pleasure of entertaining throughout the weekend to show them the power of motorsports. All of the elements are in place for us to have a stellar race weekend and we can’t wait for the green flag!”