Second season for the fastest growing one-make series in North America promises bigger fields and intensified competition
The five-event, nine-race Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada season kicks off at the annual Victoria Day SpeedFest at Mosport International Raceway in May. Drivers in the series’ Platinum and Gold Cup are then invited to join their American counterparts at the prestigious Formula One Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, followed by a new venue for the series – the Summer Festival at historic Circuit Mont-Tremblant.
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada will once again compete alongside the U.S. GT3 series at Mosport International Raceway at the Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport, part of the American Le Mans Series powered by Tequila Patrón season. The series will finish at the first venue the series visited in their inaugural season, Calabogie Motorsports Park.
“We are extremely proud of this year’s expanded schedule,” said Joe Lawrance, President and CEO of Porsche Canada. “It is a clear demonstration of Porsche’s commitment to the future of racing in Canada. When we launched the series last year, the fields were small, but the racing was highly competitive and professional. By the last weekend at Mosport, the fields had tripled and the racing was some of the best we’d seen. All in all, it was a great first year, but this year promises to be even better.”
“We are very pleased with the series’ progress,” added Jens Walther, President of Porsche Motorsport North America. “We see a tremendous amount of activity from our Canadian customers – buying cars, updating cars. Last season, we did not even know if we had a series until six weeks before the first green flag fell.
First on the agenda for GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series participants is the IMSA Development Series Winter Test at Sebring February 6-7, 2012. They will be joined by the two other IMSA Development Series, the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama and the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda.
|May 17 – 20||Mosport International Raceway||Bowmanville, Ontario|
|June 8 -10||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve*||Montréal, Quebec|
|July 5 – 8||Circuit Mont Tremblant||Mont Tremblant, Quebec|
|July 19 – 22||Mosport International Raceway||Bowmanville, Ontario|
|August 9 – 12||Calabogie Motorsports Park||Calabogie, Ontario|
* GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Platinum and Gold Cup drivers are invited to join American counterparts at Canadian Grand Prix weekend.
Additional information, including competitor regulations and entry forms, will be available shortly at http://www.imsaracing.net.