Series press release
Bortolotti, McKaigue and Seitz secure series class championships
BOWMANVILLE, Ont (24 July, 2011) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Toronto’s Marco Cirone made it a weekend double at his home
track, taking the second of two Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada races to close out the seriesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢
inaugural season at the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport.
With Cirone leading overall and in the Platinum Cup class, Shaun McKaigue had a race-long battle
with teammate Bruce Gregory to take the Gold Cup victory and the class championship, while Bob
Seitz got around Gabor Foti early to take both the race win and the Silver Cup title. Perry
Bortolotti came back from an early incident to finish fourth, securing the Platinum Cup
Cirone, driving the #88 6th Gear Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car, had a sense of dÃƒÂ©jÃƒÂ vue, with the
early going today echoing the refrain from yesterdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race as Randy Oswald (#14 TRG/Verax) was all
over his mirrors for much of the 32 lap, caution free event Ã¢â‚¬â€œ until Cirone decided heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d seen enough.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“My mirrors were full of Randy Oswald!Ã¢â‚¬Â said Cirone. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In some places he was faster than me and was
almost touching my bumper, he was so close. So finally, I grabbed the mirror thinking, I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take
this anymore, because all I could see was his eyes right in my mirror! So I moved the mirror
around and hoped for the best. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m especially happy to win this second race because my father is
here watching me.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Oswald seemed poised to make a move when he slide through fluid in turn five and spun, sending him
back into third position, leaving his teammate Carlos Gomez (#75 TRG/Axis of Oversteer) in second.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were really chasing Marco hard,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Oswald. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were faster in some places and just decided
to chase him and see if we could get a mistake. But there was something down in turn 5 and the car
locked up. I flat spotted my tire and just tried to hold on from there. I knew how far Perry was
back so I kept my head down and made sure not to lock up that tire.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still a learning process for me at this track,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Gomez. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Unfortunately I gained second
when Randy spun. I was catching Marco, but I just ran out of time. But I was getting faster
throughout the weekend Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I really like this track, this is the best track in North America. If you
can drive fast here, you can drive anywhere.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Bortolotti would have liked to put his #84 SpeedMerchants-Fiorano Racing Porsche on the podium as
he clinched the Platinum Cup championship but settled for the fastest race lap (1:23.427) after
getting caught up in an early incident involving four cars, including teammate Jim Hoddinott.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disappointing to get taken out on the first lap,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Bortolotti, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but the bottom line is, I
kept my head down, did some fast times and got right on Randy, looking for a podium Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I just ran
out of time. But the championship was the most important thing.Ã¢â‚¬Â
McKaigue, behind the wheel of the #34 SpeedMerchants-Fiorano Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, had
his own battle with Bruce Gregory (#18 SpeedMerchants) through the entire contest.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was such a great race!,Ã¢â‚¬Â said McKaigue. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The start was a little wild with the guys losing it
down through turn two. After that, it was just lap after lap, with Bruce chasing me, right on my
tail, nibbling all race long. It was a lot of pressure, I had a few moments out there. It was a lot
of fun and a great way to finish the season and win the championship!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Bob Seitz (#58 SpeedMerchants-Fiorano Racing) wanted to make sure he took the race win and the
Silver Cup class title and made an early pass on Gabor Foti (#00 Fiorano Racing) stick.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I managed to scoot out early,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Seitz. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I got Gabor early when he went a little wide in turn
three and I snuck inside. I was following Bruce for a while, drafting on him, got my pace and took
off. I managed to gap Gabor early and then kept it steady. Basically I was trying to stay out of
the way of the fast guys!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, Perry Bortolotti, will be
presented with a Tudor Heritage Chronograph, provided by Rolex Canada. For news updates, competitor
regulations and live timing, visit http://www.imsaracing.net
Photos of Sunday’s race by Gary Grant of The Garage blog