Race marks the return of Porsche "One-Make" series to Canada after 20 year absence
CALABOGIE, ON, May 13 /CNW/ - The 20th Porsche one-make racing series will roar onto the Canadian motorsports
scene this weekend with the inaugural Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada
race. Calabogie Motorsports Park, in Calabogie, Ontario, will host the
911-based race cars on May 14 and 15.
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge has become a fixture on the racing scene
around the world. Run on every continent, except for Antarctica and
Africa, it is estimated that the GT3 Cup Challenge will hold 120 events
and 255 championship rounds in 2011.
The concept of a Porsche based one-make cup series dates back to 1986,
with the Rothman's-Porsche Challenge Series for normally-aspirated
Porsche 944s in Canada and the Porsche Turbo Cup Championship for 944
Turbos in Germany.
In series designed to showcase and develop driver talent, all
competitors race technically-identical vehicles with only the ability
and learning curve of the individual driver providing an advantage. The
series is thus highly cost-efficient and transparent, allowing racing
to become more affordable and to nurture talent that otherwise might
not have been discovered. To further level the playing field, each
Porsche will compete exclusively on Michelin racing tires.
"For us, this is an opportunity to help Canadian drivers showcase their
talents in a highly competitive, driver-focused series," said Joe
Lawrence, President and CEO of Porsche Cars Canada. "Racing is part of
our DNA - with over 28,000 victories in International racing, Porsche IS motorsports."
The new series will be contested in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, one of
the world's most successful race cars. Developed for Porsche one-make
cups worldwide, the 911 GT3 Cup car is based on the production 911 and
is, in fact, built on the same production line as all other 911 models.
The same GT3 Cup car is also eligible to compete in both the American
Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am series in North America.
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.
Additional information, including competitor regulations, is available
SOURCE Porsche Canada
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