Ottawa native Perry Bortolotti will compete against some of world's most
talented racers in Porsche Carrera World Cup
MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 14, 2011 /CNW/ - In a sport filled with unique
events, cars and personalities, few will argue that the Porsche Carrera
World Cup race at the Nurburgring is truly one of a kind. On June 25,
winning Porsche drivers from around the world will gather to compete on
one of the world's most storied and most challenging racetracks - the
Up to 200 911 GT3 Cup cars will take the green flag in front of a crowd
of an estimated 200,000 fans next Saturday. The Carrera World Cup race
marks the high point of the Porsche one-make racing calendar.
This year, Canadian Perry Bortolotti, winner of three of the first four
races of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, is determined to make it
to the checkered flag and uphold Canada's honour in the huge and
diverse group of drivers.
"It is absolutely surreal to have the opportunity to race in the Carrera
World Cup in Germany at the Nurburgring. For a race driver it is the
ultimate track in the world," said Bortolotti.
Indeed, the Nurburgring long course, or Nordscleife as it is known, is
not for the faint of heart, or for those short on memory. Built in the
early 1920s by the German auto club (ADAC), it was designed as a place
to hold motor racing events which, prior to its completion, had been
held on public roads in the Eiffel Mountains.
Because of rapid advancements in automotive technology in that era and
the resultant increases in speeds, German authorities soon saw that
racing on public roads was impractical and dangerous. In order to
provide work and lure tourists to the area, the construction of a
dedicated race track was proposed, one which would recreate the "open
road" character of true road racing. It was also seen as a place to
showcase German automotive engineering and driving talent.
Even today, more than 80 years since its completion in 1927, the
Nurburgring is still a track that challenges both man and machine. The
Carrera World Cup - the biggest Porsche race in the world - will be run
over six laps of the 20.8-km circuit in the buildup to the ADAC 24-hour
race, held later in the weekend. A single lap of the Nordschleife has
154 turns, all unique in design and character - quite a lot to
"It has been a very good season so far this year," offered Bortolotti,
an Ottawa native. "I definitely have my sights set on the inaugural
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada championship. But to have the
opportunity to represent Canada on the world stage, well that is really
When asked about competing against some of the best drivers from all
over the world and from every continent but Antarctica and in front of
nearly 200,000 spectators, he replied: "That's quite a crowd and quite
a responsibility. I now understand how our Canadian hockey players feel
with the maple leaf on their jersey; in this case, it will be on my
The field will be divided into two classes, for 911 GT3 Cup cars with
3.6-litre engines, model years 2007 to 2009 (400 to 420 hp) and the
3.8-litre versions, manufactured in 2010 and 2011 (450 hp). Each class
will be classified separately, in a "race-within-a-race" format.
After the Carrera World Cup race, 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.
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