Ottawa-area native thrilled, but not content with performance taking on
world's most talented GT racers and the "green hell"
NURBURG, GERMANY, June 27, 2011 /CNW/ - In a field of nearly 100 other
competitors, Canadian Perry Bortolotti, winner of three of the first
four races of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, drove his Land
Motorsport 911 GT3 Cup car to a respectable 73rd at Saturday's Porsche Carrera World Cup race at the Nurburgring.
Bortolotti, driving an older 3.6-litre GT3 Cup car, started 89th and had worked his way up 20 places when the infamously challenging
track and the extremely wet and greasy conditions caught him out.
Bortolotti was on his final lap of the when the leaders in their newer
and faster 3.8-litre cars started to come through. "I didn't want to
hold up their race - but I ended up ending my own."
Pulling off the racing line to give the leaders room to pass, Bortolotti
was caught out by one the the Nurburgring's ever-present man-made
hazards - on-track graffiti!
Two of the world's most famous and historic racetracks, Nurburgring and
Sicily's Piccolo Madonne Circuit, home to the now-defunct Targa
Florio, are known for the phrases, exaltations, insults and more,
painted directly on the track surface by the dedicated and sometimes
overly-exuberant fans. When wet, the paint used by the fans becomes
extremely slick. "It's like hitting ice at 100-plus miles per hour,"
says Porsche racing legend, Nurburgring and Targa winner, Brian Redman.
"(On the) last lap, in the chicane, one of the leaders was coming
through like a freight train, so I moved over half a car width and got
off line and there was no grip, none," mused Bortolotti. "And when you
loop it here, you're gonna hit something."
While the damage was minor - a slightly bent exhaust, scratches, front
left lower control arm and a punctured left radiator - Bortolotti's day
After spending hours trying to familiarize himself with the 70-turn race
track, Bortolotti was pleased and encouraged with the day's outcome
considering the conditions. "I think, altogether, I've had less than 30
laps of the track. Some of these drivers have over 1,000 laps under
their belts, which is a decided advantage!"
"I gained 30 seconds yesterday," he observed. "We moved up 20 places. I
thought we were golden."
He added: "I was fifth in class when I spun. I felt much worse for
Melanie (Snow), who spun on the first lap after she got punted from
behind, than I did for me." Snow, a veteran of several seasons of the
American-run IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama races, was the only
other North American entered in the field and the only woman.
In the end, Bortolotti was happy with the experience, having managed his
expectations and learned as much as he could of the massive
Nordschleife in a very short amount of time. "To hold that car flat and
go under the bridge, that's an unbelievable feeling. I was finally
starting to learn and anticipate the corners as they came up. I had an
absolute riot out there. I would love to come back here again and give it another try!"
Bortolotti will return to Canada for the final round of the Porsche GT3
Cup Challenge Canada, July 23-24 at the Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix
of Mosport. Two races will be held during the weekend, and the season's
overall champion will be presented with a Tudor Heritage Chronograph,
provided by Rolex Canada.
Image with caption: "Canadian Perry Bortolotti of Ottawa, winner of three of the first four races of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, drove his Land Motorsport 911 GT3 Cup car to a respectable 73rd at Saturday's Porsche Carrera World Cup at the Nurburgring (CNW Group/Porsche Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110627_C9492_PHOTO_EN_01.jpg
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