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 at http://www.imsaracing.net.

SOURCE Porsche Canada

For further information:

Contact: Laurance Yap
General Manager, Public Relations
Porsche Cars Canada Ltd
Cell: (416) 948-0672
              Contact: Fred Hammond
Series  Public Relations
Cell: 201-341-1112


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