Series press release
BOWMANVILLE, ONT (July 17, 2011) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada brings its three-event
inaugural season to a close this weekend at the Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport. For the
two teammates leading the Platinum and Gold Cup standings – GilfordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Shaun McKaigue and KanataÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s
Perry Bortolotti – this first season has been a memorable one.
With fellow Speed Merchants teammates James Hoddinott, Bruce Gregory and Robert Seitz, Bortolotti
and McKaigue have competed in all four Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada races to date and look
forward to this last challenge.
For Bortolotti, poised to win the Platinum Cup championship for 2010 and 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
cars, Mosport seems a different sort of challenge this year given his recent experiences Ã¢â‚¬â€œ
Bortolotti was the Canadian representative at last monthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Porsche Carrera World Cup at the 15-
mile, 70-turn NÃƒÂ¼rburgring in Germany. Many drivers consider Mosport one of the most demanding
tracks in the world but with the Ã¢â‚¬ËœRing now in his rear view mirror, Bortolotti is much more
difficult to intimidate.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mosport is a classic race track,Ã¢â‚¬Â enthuses Bortolotti, driving the #84 SpeedMerchants-Fiorano
Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Ã¢â‚¬ÂBut coming from NÃƒÂ¼rburgring, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nowhere near as intimidating or
demanding as I used to think. Once youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been to, arguably, the most difficult and dangerous
racetrack in the world and realize you can drive the challenges of the NÃƒÂ¼rburgring successfully,
everything else almost pales in comparison. NÃƒÂ¼rburgring is very fast, very narrow and very
dangerous, whereas Mosport, even though it was built in the late 50Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s, has more runoffs and is
considerably wider Ã¢â‚¬â€œ there is probably twice the amount of asphalt in the corners at Mosport than
at the NÃƒÂ¼rburgring. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s appropriate that GT3 Canada will finish its first season at Mosport, since
itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the best high speed track in Canada.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Bortolotti has run in both Canadian events while contesting select races in the US series, the IMSA
GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, but will focus on the Canadian series this weekend.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll practice in both the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada
sessions, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to focus on the Canadian series races for the weekend. I want to wrap up
the championship, so my focus will be getting the job done. It will be great to be the first
Platinum Cup champion for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada!Ã¢â‚¬Â
McKaigue leads the Gold Cup class (for 2005-2009 cars) and is particularly happy the season
concludes at his home track. He bought his #34 Fiorano Racing 2009 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car only
last year Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and is proving to be a quick study, winning two of the first four races.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I came up through the Porsche Club of America ranks,Ã¢â‚¬Â says McKaigue, Ã¢â‚¬Å“so I cut my teeth at Mosport
as a novice driver. This is where IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve gotten a lot of my track time, spending many weekends here,
eventually as an instructor. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve run street cars and Porsches but havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t raced here yet with my
GT3 Cup car.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is my first season with the Cup car and I have to say that the race at Circuit ICAR last
month was the first time I really began to feel comfortable in the car. So IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m hopeful weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have a
good showing; I need to be patient and let the track come to me. The track changes a lot day to
day Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and the weather makes it very changeable.Ã¢â‚¬Â
McKaigue, Bortolotti and the rest of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada competitors jumped on
board quickly when the series was announced back in March, despite an initial measure of
uncertainty. McKaigue agrees that the future looks bright for the series.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was a leap of faith on everyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s part – drivers, organizers, IMSA and Porsche Canada. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very
pleasantly surprised with how well everything has turned out and impressed with the IMSA
organization. They bring a different perspective to the event from my previous experience in club
racing, in that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re cognizant that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re putting on a show, which means theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re looking for
venues where there is a good show. It brings a certain excitement to the paddock and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very
hopeful that the series will be successful. We have a great opportunity to put a lot of good guys
together, race hard and have a lot of fun. And from the perspective of someone like Porsche Canada,
itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been great Ã¢â‚¬â€œ to have club members and dealers out to the track, to begin to identify with the
pure racing heritage that a Cup car embodies is great for the brand and great for the series.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada is divided into three classes; Platinum Cup, featuring the
more powerful 2011 and 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars; Gold Cup, which includes 2005Ã‚Â½ – 2009
Porsches, and the Silver Cup class for 2002 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 2005Ã‚Â½ 996 Porsches. All three classes run on Michelin
Cup N1 tires.
Three events comprised the inaugural season of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada: May 14-15 at
Calabogie Motorsports Park (Calabogie, Ontario), June 3-5 at Circuit ICAR (Mirabel, Quebec) and
ending the season on the same racing card as their American counterparts July 23-24 at the Mobil 1
Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport. The seasonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s overall champion will be presented with a Tudor
Heritage Chronograph, provided by Rolex Canada. For news updates throughout the race weekend,
competitor regulations and live timing, visit http://www.imsaracing.net
Photos by friedrichphoto.com/IMSA