Series press release
PickeringÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Oswald finishes second in Platinum Cup; Levitas takes Gold Cup over McKaigue, Seitz
BOWMANVILLE, Ont (23 July, 2011) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Heat was the order of the day in more ways than just the
weather, as the battle for the first Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada victory at Mosport was a race-
long clash between two Torontonians, Marco Cirone and Randy Oswald, in extreme late afternoon heat.
Oswald started on the pole but couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stop the charging Cirone who took the Platinum Cup victory,
with Michael Levitas keeping Shaun McKaigue at bay in Gold Cup and Bob Seitz taking Silver Cup over
Cirone, driving the #88 6th Gear Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car was happy to put the morningÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race
in the US IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge behind him, as a terrific drive from fourth to second went for
naught when he went off course with only three turns left in the race. He started fourth again this
afternoon, teaming up with Melanie Snow (#56 Snow Racing) to get around OswaldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s teammate Carlos
Gomez (#75 TRG/Axis of Oversteer) early in the race. Cirone then went after Oswald, behind the
wheel the #14 TRG/Verax Porsche, making the pass on lap 10 of 32 caution-free laps. It was all
Cirone could do to finish the 45 minute race, as he could see temperatures of 128 degrees
Fahrenheit inside his Porsche.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I had to get by Melanie and Carlos and once I got by them, my team told me I was faster than
Randy, so I tried to put the pressure on,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Cirone. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Finally I got behind him and I stayed
behind him for a few laps – he was difficult to pass! I had to really calculate it properly and
when I made the pass in turn five, we were side by side; he was a gentleman, he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t turn in.
HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a great driver, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve raced against each other a lot.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This feels really good, especially after this morningÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race. I had some debris on my tires and
made a mental mistake and went off. I was so upset, because I really wanted to do well in my
hometown. So this makes up for it Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to go a single lap further!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was a great race,Ã¢â‚¬Â agreed Oswald. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Marco put a fantastic pass on me, he really earned that win.
I was really loose in the second corner on the first lap and I was afraid I was going to lose it
but somehow, I came out of there with a big lead. I just put my head down and drove as hard as I
could, but I could see Marco coming. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re really good friends Ã¢â‚¬â€œ weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve raced against each other a
lot and I knew weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d do battle out here. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s awesome to race at home at Mosport, to put on such a
great show for our family, friends and sponsors. We ran some really fast laps, but I would have
loved a full course yellow, it was really hot out there!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Michael Levitas put the #36 TPC Racing Porsche on the Gold Cup class pole and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t relinquish the
position, keeping Platinum Cup cars between himself and Shaun McKaigue in the #34 Fiorano
Racing/Fer-Pal Porsche. To say Levitas was happy to win at Mosport is an understatement.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“What a great race!Ã¢â‚¬Â enthused Levitas. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I love racing in Canada Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tell you how rewarding it
is to race at Mosport. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been racing here since 1998 and I love racing here. It was an up and
down day for me Ã¢â‚¬â€œ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve was fighting a tight race car in the US GT3 race. I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t able to get it
into the corners so we made a big change before this race and it really improved the car. But we
can get even a little more for tomorrow!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The start was wild,Ã¢â‚¬Â said McKaigue. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I ended up right behind Martin Harvey on the first lap, we
were still on cold tires and he lost it coming out of turn 10. It was really close, I just missed
him! But it gave me a gap between me and the guys behind me. I tried to chase Mike down, but he had
too much for me!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Seitz has run both of the two previous Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada events in his #58
SpeedMerchants/Fiorano Racing Porsche all by himself in Silver Cup class. Joined this weekend by
teammate Gabor Foti, the two spent much of the race fighting amongst themselves.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was a great race,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Seitz. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were pretty close early on, then traffic started coming
through, which slowed Gabor down. I put my foot down and tried to keep them behind me, but they
were able to get by on the straightaway. But I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think either of us made any big mistakes
today, Gabor was right on my tail for much of the time and I knew that if I did make a mistake,
heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be right there. But with the heat, it was really hard to concentrate at the end!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.
The final round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada will take the green flag Sunday at 8:55am.
Live timing is at http://www.gt3timing.ca.
Three events comprise 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
Race Report – Round 5
Class Car No
Pos Pos Class No Driver Team Laps
1 1 GT3P 88 Marco Cirone 6th Gear Racing 32
2 2 GT3P 14 Randy Oswald TRG 32
3 3 GT3P 75 Carlos Gomez TRG 32
4 4 GT3P 56 Melanie Snow Snow Racing 32
5 5 GT3P 84 Perry BortolottiSpeedmerchants-Fiorano R 32
6 6 GT3P 11 Jim Norman TRG 32
7 7 GT3P 47 John Baker Alex Job Racing 32
8 1 GT3G 36 Michael Levitas TPC Racing 31
9 2 GT3G 34 Shaun McKaigue Fiorano Racing 31
10 8 GT3P 59 James Hoddinott SpeedMerchants-Fiorano R 31
11 9 GT3P 16 Chris Thompson World Speed Motorsports 31
12 10 GT3P 08 Martin Harvey Wingho Motorsports Racing 31
13 1 GT3S 58 Robert Seitz SpeedMerchants-Fiorano R 31
14 2 GT3S 00 Gabor Foti Fiorano Racing 28
15 3 GT3G 18 Bruce Gregory SpeedMerchants 15
Photos by Gary Grant of The Garage blog, taken during Friday practice.