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Porsche Customer Teams travel to Canada for the Latest Rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge

May 13, 2015

Dateline. Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Circuit. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 
Track Length/Turns. 2.459-miles/10-turn Natural Terrain Road Course
Pirelli World Challenge Round. GT/GTA/GT Cup: Rounds 8 & 9, GTS: Rounds 7 & 8
Next Round. Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Belle Isle Circuit, Detroit, Michigan, May 29-31 - GT/GTA
Ultra94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin Round. Rounds 1 & 2
Next Round. Honda Indy Toronto, Toronto Street Circuit, June 12-14 - All Classes

Porsche Events.
Pirelli World Challenge
GTS Class:
Race 1: Saturday, May 15,10:20 a.m. ET/ 7:20 a.m. PT
Race 2: Saturday May 16, 9:40 a.m. ET/6:40 a.m. PT
GT/GTA/GT Cup Classes:
Race 1: Saturday, May 16, 1:15 p.m. ET/10:15 a.m. PT
Race 2: Sunday, May 17, 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT
Race Duration. 50-minutes
Classes. GT (Porsche 911 GT3 R), GT Cup (2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup), GTS (Porsche Cayman S)
Ultra94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin
Race 1: Saturday, May 16, 2:45 p.m. ET/11:45 a.m. PT
Race 2: Sunday, May 17, 10:55 a.m. ET/7:55 a.m. PT
Race Duration. 45-minutes
Classes. Platinum Cup, featuring the 2014 and 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which is based on the seventh, and current, generation of the street car; and Gold Cup, which is comprised of the previous iteration (model years 2010-2013)

Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines

Canadian Speed. Pirelli World Challenge Visits Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

Oh what a difference a year makes! Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) did not visit Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) in 2014. Instead the sports car racing "sprint" format series joined IndyCar on the streets of Toronto - which the Ultra94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin will do later this season. The street course provided good racing and EFFORT Racing's first PWC victory with Porsche factory driver Nick Tandy (Great Britain) in the No. 31 Porsche 911 GT3 R. However, when drivers thinks Canada, they think speed, they think tradition, they think Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. CTMP is a very different challenge than a street course. As one of the fastest and most traditional tracks in North America, the 2.459-miles/10-turn road course requires skill and fearlessness. Speeds here will equal or surpass almost every track the PWC will run on this season and with ample passing opportunities, the racing always gives the fans their money's worth.

Two EFFORT Racing-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Rs will contend for overall victory with Ryan Dalziel (Scotland) and Michael Lewis (Laguna Beach, California) while the GTS class races - two stand-alone events for smaller displacement road-based cars - will see Jack Baldwin (Marietta, Georgia) and Buz McCall (Boca Raton, Florida) vying for honors in their pair of Porsche Cayman S.

Many of the drivers in the GT Cup class have prior experience racing the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car at the Bowmanville, Ontario facility. Like the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge in both Canada and the USA, the car is the basis of the one-make category. GT Cup, which uses the same rules as the Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup, is a third class of equal and intense competition. The eight cars will compete in tandem with the GT cars. 

Season Debut. 2015 Ultra94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin Season Begins

The thrones in two of the three classes of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin are empty and waiting to be filled in the 10-round season that stretches from mid-May to late August at four Canadian venues. The season starts this weekend, May 15-17 with Rounds 1 and 2 during the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).

Both the Platinum Cup and Gold Cup driver titles are vacant entering the 2015 season. Veteran Chris Green (Montreal) is the leading contender to earn his first Platinum Cup Drivers Championship, with Toronto-area team Pfaff Motorsports. Green finished second in the Platinum Cup standings in 2013 and 2014. He won two races last year in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche, which he also will drive this season. Two-time reigning Platinum Masters champion Marco Cirone (Toronto) could be Green's top rival. Cirone returns to Ottawa-based Mark Motors Racing for the third consecutive season after finishing fourth overall in the championship in 2014.

Tim Sanderson (Pickering, Ontario) held off a competitive field to win the Gold Cup championship last season by just two points over Jerimy Daniel. Sanderson is stepping up to the Platinum Cup in 2015 with Northwest Atlantic Motor Sports and will be a strong challenger for overall podium finishes and to Cirone in Platinum Masters. Jerimy Daniel (Candiac, Quebec) is the leading returning driver in Gold Cup after winning a class-high six races last season. He will continue with his family-owned TRC Racing Porsche. Newcomer and Brazil native Bruno Chapinotti (Toronto) is racing in Gold Cup for SpeedStar Motorsports. Chapinotti, 34, returned to racing in F1600 open-wheel competition last season in Canada after a long hiatus. During his childhood, he was a Brazilian karting champion who raced against and defeated future open-wheel stars such as Felipe Massa, Bruno Senna, Nelson Piquet Jr., Cristiano da Matta, Antonio Pizzonia and Raphael Matos.

Porsche History. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Key Victories
1961 (first spectator event at the track) - Ludwig Heimrath - Porsche RS60 - overall feature race winner
1973 - Charlie Kemp - Porsche 917 - SCCA Can-Am - overall win
1975 Hurley Haywood - Porsche 911 Carrera RSR - IMSA Camel GT win
1976 (first Trans-Am race at the track) - Ludwig Heimrath - Porsche 911 Carrera RSR - Trans-Am winner
1977 - Bob Wollek/Peter Gregg - Porsche 934 - Trans-Am winner
1977 - Ludwig Heimrath/Paul Miller - Porsche 934/5 - World Championship of Makes winner
1979 - John Paul - Porsche 935 - Trans-Am winner
1980 - John Fitzpatrick/Brian Redman - Porsche 935 - World Sportscar Championship/IMSA win
1981 - Harald Grohs/Rolf Stommelen - Porsche 935 K3 - World Sportscar Championship/IMSA win
1982 - John Paul/John Paul, Jr. - Porsche 935 JLP-3 - IMSA 6hr.
1984 - Jackie Ickx/Jochen Mass - Porsche 956 - World Sportscar Championship win
1984 - Paul Miller - Porsche 924 GT-R - Trans-Am winner
1985 - Hans Stuck/Derek Bell - Porsche 962C - World Sportscar Championship win
1999 - Cort Wagner/Dirk Mueller - Porsche 911 Carrera RSR - ALMS GT
2002 - Kevin Buckler/Brian Cunningham - Porsche 911 GT3 RS - ALMS GT
2003 - Joerg Bergmeister/Tim Bernhard - Porsche 911 GT3 RS - ALMS GT2
2004 - Joerg Bergmeister/Timo Bernhard - Porsche 911 GT3 RSR - ALMS GT2
2005 - Joerg Bergmeister/Patrick Long - Porsche 911 GT3 RSR - ALMS GT2
2006 - Romain Dumas/Lucas Luhr - Porsche RS Spyder - ALMS LMP2
2007 - Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas - Porsche RS Spyder - ALMS Overall/LMP2 win
2010 - Klaus Graf/Romain Dumas - Porsche RS Spyder - ALMS Overall Win - P1
2010 - Joerg Bergmeister/Patrick Long - Porsche 911 GT3 RSR - ALMS GT win

Porsche Point of View.

Michael Lewis, Driver, No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R

"Racing the Porsche 911 GT3 R around the very quick Mosport circuit will be quite fun and challenging as well. Because the corners are so fast and there is really no hard braking zones, it's all about getting into a rhythm. The Moss Corner Complex, a set of tight right-handers leading into a long straight, is the area of the track that I look forward to driving; it's a crucial area to get the car rotated and to get the power down. The series is so competitive right now; it's a fun challenge to work to gain every championship point that you can. The EFFORT Racing team has been preparing great handling cars so far this year, and we look forward to stressing the high speed cornering ability of the GT3 R."

Chris Green, Driver, No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Ulta94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin

"The approach this year is different. From the first year to the next season (2013), it was just nice to be back into a car for an entire year after having been out of it for so many years. Last year, I think we all remained optimistic but realistic. New team, new car, brand-new effort - let's do the best we can and bring the car home every race. And if we can win, that's the ultimate goal. Coming in second last year, by no means was that a disappointment to the team. It was a team achievement. Going into this year, there's absolutely zero doubt in our minds we're going for the top of the podium. As they say, the third time's the charm. I'm really hoping that works out for us."

Randy Hembrey, Senior Series Manager of Development & Single-Make Series, IMSA

"The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin enters its fifth season with a strong grid of competitive drivers in the Platinum Cup and Gold Cup classes, ready to race on iconic Canadian circuits. The proven performance of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car has resonated with fans, drivers and teams for the last four seasons, and we look forward to another season of thrilling action in one of the most competitive series in Canada."

Where to Watch.
Pirelli World Challenge
Television Race Broadcast:
Sunday, May 24, 5:00 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
Live Race Streaming:
Live Timing and Scoring:

Race Weekend Schedule. (All times ET)
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Pirelli World Challenge Test Session 1 - GTS - 9:25 - 10:10 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Test Session 1 - GT/GTA/GT Cup - 10:20 - 11:05 a.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Test Session 1 - All Classes - 11:15 - 12:00 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Test Session 2 - GTS - 1:40 - 2:25 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Test Session 2 - GT/GTA/GT Cup - 2:35 - 3:20 p.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Test Session 2 - All Classes - 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Practice Session 1 - GTS - 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Pirelli World Challenge Practice Session 1 - GT/GTA/GT Cup - 9:35 - 10:20 a.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Practice Session 1 - All Classes - 10:35 - 11:20 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying - GTS Qualifying Session - 11:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying Session - GT/GTA/GT Cup - 3:05 - 3:50 p.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Qualifying - All Classes - 4:05 - 4:35 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Pirelli World Challenge Race 1 - GTS - 1:40 - 2:35 p.m. (50-minutes)
Pirelli World Challenge Race 1 - GT/GTA/GT Cup - 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (50-minutes)
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Race 1 - All Classes - 2:45 - 3:30 p.m. (45-minutes)
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Pirelli World Challenge - GTS Race 2 - 9:40 - 10:40 a.m. (50-minutes)
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Race 2 - All Classes - 10:55 - 11:40 a.m. (45-minutes)
Pirelli World Challenge Autograph Session - 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Fan Walk - 2:30 - 2:50 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Pre-Race - GT/GTA/GT Cup - 2:50 - 3:00 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Race 2 - GT/GTA/GT Cup - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (50-minutes)

Porsche Entries.
Pirelli World Challenge (12 Total Porsche entries)
GT (2) Porsche 911 GT3 R
No. 31 EFFORT Racing                             Ryan Dalziel (Scotland)
No. 41 EFFORT Racing                             Michael Lewis (Laguna Beach, California)
GT Cup (8) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
No. 11 Kelly-Moss Motorsports                Colin Thompson (R) (Doylestown, Pennsylvania)
No. 13 ANSA Motorsports                          Lorenzo Trefethen (R) (Napa, California)
No. 18 TruSpeed Autosport                       Phill Fogg, Jr. (Portland, Oregon)
No. 29 NGT Motorsport                              Eduardo Cisnerois (R) (Miami, Florida)
No. 77 Phoenix American Motorsports   Preston Calvert (R) (Potomac, Maryland)
No. 81 DragonSpeed                                 Victor Gomez (R) (Puerto Rico)
No. 97 Landry Racing                                 Mitch Landry (Lake Charles, Louisiana)
No. 02 TruSpeed Autosport                       Sloan Urry (Salt Lake City, Utah)
GTS (2) Porsche Cayman S
No. 72 GTSport Racing                              Buz McCall (Boca Raton, Florida)
No. 73 GTSport Racing                              Jack Baldwin (Marietta, Georgia)

Ultra94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin (13 Total Porsche entries)
Platinum Class (8 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entries)
No. 2 GT Racing                                         Etienne Borgeat (Montreal, Quebec)
No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports                             Christopher Green (Montreal, Quebec)
No. 22 Alegra Motorsports                         Carlos De Quesada (Odessa, Florida)
No. 28 SB Racing                                        Keith Bass (Tampa, Florida)
No. 78 Mark Motors Racing                       Harry Steenbakkers (Ottawa, Ontario)
No. 88 Mark Motors Racing                       Marco Cirone (Toronto, Ontario)
No. 06 RS Motorsport                                 Antony Validzic (Port Hope, Ontario)
No. 07 Northwest Atlantic Motor Sports  Tim Sanderson (Pickering, Ontario)
Gold Class (5 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entries)
No. 12 SpeedStar Motorsports                 Bruno Chapinotti (Juiz de For a, Brazil)
No. 13 Pfaff Motorsports                            Orey Fidani (Woodbridge, Ontario)
No. 24 Alegra Motorsports                         Michael De Quesada (Odessa, Florida)
No. 75 TRC                                                   Jeremy Daniel (Candiac, Quebec)
No. 08 Wingho Motorsport                         Martin Harvey (Betherierville, Quebec)

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