March 21st, 2014

WELLINGTON, Fla. (March 18, 2014) SERKET Racing driver and owner Mark Llano earned solid seventh- and eighth-place finishes in the season opener for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama on March 13-14 at Sebring International Raceway.

The ultra-competitive Gold Masters Cup class suited the driving style of Llano on the 17-turn, 3.74-mile circuit. While the podium eluded him, Llano posted the best finishes of his racing career. In his Multicam® wrapped Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, Llano finished the weekend turning hot laps near 2:10, with his best-ever lap of 2:09.764 on what many believe to be the toughest track in the series.

1912525_290687847753719_211902960_nLlano ran in the top five through practice sessions. Although practice allows a driver to feel out the track, Llano truly learned the strengths and weaknesses of the 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA field through a successful Race One. Having learned lessons from last year’s two races at Sebring, Llano relied on his experience to give him a seventh-place finish.

Former Marine Llano was prepared to push himself harder in Race Two. He was in third place until a spin in Turn 5 during the last eight minutes of the race threw him back to the sixth position. Undaunted, Llano hustled back into contention, turning the second-fastest lap time in his class before finishing eighth

1510590_290688054420365_1878405062_n“We always have a great time at Sebring,” Llano said. “This track was made to test your mettle as a competitor. Although it was tough not getting the podium finish, we felt like we ran a great race. Spinning out during Race 2 then setting the 2:09.764 lap time was a really big deal for us, and that just goes to show you the resiliency of our team. If we get knocked down, we get back up and keep fighting every step of the way. We can’t wait to get back on the track at Laguna Seca.”

Llano will race again May 3-4 at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Rounds 3 and 4 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. For more information on SERKET Racing and its mission follow the team on Twitter at @serketracing and Facebook.