Porsche Canada press release
CALABOGIE, May 15, 2011 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ It was a day of dampness and then sunlight, but when it was all over, Kanata, ON native Perry Bortolotti wound up on the top step of the podium in two decidedly different races.
Bortolotti won both races of the inaugural round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Bortolotti bested Toronto-based Marco Cirone, who was runner-up in both races as well.
For those hardy enough to brave the elements and who covered the earthen berms that were the grandstands at this natural terrain venue, they saw a classic race Ã¢â‚¬â€œ close, filled with the kind of Ã¢â‚¬Å“will-he-or-wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t-heÃ¢â‚¬Â intrigue only a rapidly drying racetrack can produce.
The first race rolled off at 10:00 AM EDT on a track that was still wet. In fact, IMSA had declared it a wet race, requiring all competitors to start the race on Michelin rain tires. At the green flag, thrown at the start by Porsche Cars Canada President and CEO Joe Lawrence, Bortolotti almost immediately drew out an eight-second lead over the second place Cirone.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our strategy was pretty clear Ã¢â‚¬â€œ get away early and put as much distance between us and the second place car, then back off and conserve the tires,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Bortolotti. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But while it was a good plan, the track dried way too fast and really started to eat up the tires.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Rain tires are softer and need the cooling effect of wet weather to survive. The rapidly-drying track conditions, owing to a lack of any additional rainfall and a stiff, dry breeze, offered few and then no opportunities to cool down the tires.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There were no puddles,Ã¢â‚¬Â said second place finisher, Marco Cirone. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And as the tires started to wear down it became slicker and slicker. Finally it was more like a drifting event than a race.Ã¢â‚¬Â