PSC Student Sports Car Racer Wins National Porsche Championship
Reprinted with permission from The Cumberland Times-News.
SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. – Eighteen year-old Robbie Wilson, of Frostburg, recently competed in the 24th Annual Potomac Region Porsche Club of America Club at Summit Point Raceway and won the National 944 Cup Series Championship Race, besting approximately 40 of the best Porsche 944 racers nationwide in the 2015 championship race.
The Summit Point weekend was nothing short of a perfect drive for Wilson, a freshman engineering student at the Potomac State Campus of West Virginia University competing in his first full season of wheel-to-wheel sports car competition.
He won two 30-minute PCA Sprint Races on Saturday by margins of 22 and 34 seconds. The Sunday Sprint Race also doubled as the Championship race for the 944 Cup. Racers were greeted on the grid with damp and drizzly conditions, but Wilson drove error free in the rain to win the SP2 class and take the 944 Cup National Championship title.
In his fourth race of the weekend, a longer Sunday afternoon endurance event, Wilson was just as spectacular, winning the race and setting a class track record of 1:25.875 in the 36th of 38 laps.
For his 944 Cup win, Robbie received a new $500 Opus mountain bike and a certificate for free entry fees to compete in the nationally televised Pirelli World Challenge Series for 2016 which is worth over $40,000 if he can secure a ride and/or sponsor for next year.
The Potomac Club Race is the oldest running race in United States of the Porsche Club of America amateur race series and is held every fall. The 944 Cup series holds its annual championship race at different tracks across the country and it was decided by series director Dave Derecola to hold the 2015 championship race at Summit Point, which hosted the very first 944Cup 20 years ago.
Young Wilson is no stranger to competing and winning races. He started racing karts at Summit Point Kart in 2010 at the age of 13 and won the youth Division Championship Title in 2011. Robbie has honed his driving skills by being a regular participant in the National Road Autocross Series held at the Cumberland Airport and has several class wins driving his 1986 Porsche 944. In addition, he has competed and nearly broke the class record in ITS in the SCCA sanctioned 2015 Polish Mountain Hill Climb event. Last year Robbie competed in the SCCA Mid-Atlantic Road Race Series and finished fifth overall for the year.
After turning 18, Robbie was eligible to race with the Porsche Club of America and completed his rookie weekend in August at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, by winning two of the five races and posting two third-place finishes and an eighth place in the Enduro race after having to change a punctured tire.
Robbie is the son of Steve and Cherie Wilson of Frostburg. He graduated from Mountain Ridge High School and the Center for Career and Technical Education in 2015 in the Engineering program, and earned admission as a freshman mechanical engineering student at Potomac State College of WVU.