Series press release
MIRABEL, Quebec (June 5, 2011) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ When a broken ball joint ended the day for pole sitter Perry
Bortolotti on lap one, QuebecÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Martin Harvey picked up where he left off after yesterdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s racing,
dicing with Shaun McKaigue through the entire 26-lap Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada race in the
Grand Prix ICAR.
Harvey, driving the #08 Wingho Racing/McDonalds entry in the Platinum Cup class for newer Porsche
911 GT3 Cup cars, had his hands full all day. Slowing to get around BortolottiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s car on lap one,
Harvey was passed by Gold Cup class leader Shaun McKaigue in the #34 SpeedMerchants- Fiorano Racing
Porsche. It took the better part of 12 laps for Harvey to get close to McKaigue and make the pass
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was a big race!Ã¢â‚¬Â smiled Harvey. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sorry for Perry, but my race was fabulous. Time and time
again, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had big battles and to get the win after such a battle today is terrific! But IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very
tired Ã¢â‚¬â€œ inside the car, it was 52 degrees (C)! The last two laps, Shaun really pushed me, but I
saved my place and got the win.Ã¢â‚¬Â
McKaigue had the lead for almost half the race, but was unable to hold off the charging Harvey for
the second race in a row, finishing second overall and first in Gold Cup class, with Bruce Gregory
(#18 SpeedMerchants) just behind.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Another great race!Ã¢â‚¬Â said McKaigue. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The start was kind of wild, with Perry having his problems –
then Bob Seitz snuck through all of us! I managed to get by him and led but Martin got me with a
really good move. I kept trying to push him, trying to get him to make a mistake, but he was
picture perfect. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve raced on perhaps some more classic racetracks, but for sheer fun, this is
right up there.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The broken ball joint ruined BortolottiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s shot at a four-race unbeaten streak. He took the green
flag with no problems, but his #84 SpeedMerchants-Fiorano Racing Porsche let him know there was an
issue as he entered the first turn and it was not long before the ball joint let go.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The game plan was to stay out in front and get some heat in the brakes for corner one,Ã¢â‚¬Â explained
Bortolotti. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But all of the sudden, in the first turn, the car was loose. I got a lot of understeer
in turn two then in corner three Ã¢â‚¬Å“boomÃ¢â‚¬Â that was it. Ã¢â‚¬Å“
In the melee that ensued behind Bortolotti, Robert Seitz took advantage of a split in the field.
The Silver Cup class competitor enjoyed the chance to lead lap one.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I saw Perry having trouble, but he did a great job to get out of the way,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Seitz. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Martin got
stuck a bit and Bruce and Shaun were off to the left, so I just gunned it between both pairs of
cars. There was enough of a scramble behind me that I just took off. At start/finish I was in the
lead Ã¢â‚¬â€œ maybe the only time a Silver Cup car will lead a lap, but it was very exciting!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 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. For news updates throughout the race weekend, competitor
regulations and live timing, visit http://www.imsaracing.net
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