Friday Sessions at CTMP Kick Off “Homecoming” Weekend for Porsche GT3 Cup Canada
Friday, May 18, 2018

Practice 1 Results

Practice 2 Results

After a two-month hiatus, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama returned to the track Friday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).

On the first of three days at Victoria Day SpeedFest, the series took part in two practice sessions ahead of Race 1 on Saturday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. ET, followed by Race 2 on Sunday morning at 11:20 a.m. Both rounds can be watched live on IMSA.tv.

The two races at CTMP mark the third and fourth rounds of the season, but the first in the series’ home country. The first doubleheader for Porsche GT3 Cup Canada came at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. back in March.

“It’s awesome to be back in Canada,” said Stefan Rdadzinski, driver of the No. 8 DFC Motorsport / Speedstar Motorsport Porsche. “For me, it seems like the start of the year. I jumped into Sebring never having been in the car before, so it was all new. Not too much time in the car, but a little bit more since we had a test day on Thursday so that was nice and I’m really excited. It kind of feels like a homecoming of the series.”

Roman De Angelis in the No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche was quick to express his own anticipation about Porsche GT3 Cup Canada’s return up north, especially to CTMP.

“It seems like the season-opener for the Canadian rounds just because we’re back in Canada,” De Angelis added. I’m really happy to be here. Mosport is one of the greatest tracks with the greatest fans and I’m happy to be back in my home country, too.”

Following Victoria Day SpeedFest, the remaining four doubleheader weekends for the series will take place at Canadian circuits, with the next coming at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on June 8 – 10.

Robichon Narrowly Snags Quickest Lap of the Day over De Angelis

In the first of two Porsche GT3 Cup Canada practice sessions on Friday morning, 17-year old Roman De Angelis stood atop the rest of the field in the No. 78 Mark Motors Porsche. His time of one minute, 19.031 seconds (112.011 mph) was .777 seconds quicker than teammate and championship points leader Zach Robichon in the No. 98.

Robichon, however, clapped back with a lap of his own in the afternoon practice session – and a quicker one at that. His lap of 1:19.008 (112.044 mph) was .023 seconds quicker than De Angelis’.

“We ran an old-tire run, the same situation as (teammates) Remo (Ruscitti) and Zach in the beginning of the session and we were about half a tenth clear of Zach,” said De Angelis. “We decided to do a new-tire run and we ended up doing a 19 flat, which was I think, for us, pretty quick. It’s a tenth off what Scott Hargrove ran last year for pole. We’re definitely happy, but there’s more work to be done. We have to find some stuff over data and video, so we’re just pushing hard on this one to see if we can repeat and move on to the weekend.”

Ruscitti, driving the No. 96 OpenRoad Racing Porsche, was third quickest in both sessions with his best time coming during the morning session – a time of 1:19.997.

Qualifying, Race Await Porsche GT3 Cup Canada on Saturday

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama begins its day early on Saturday, with qualifying for Race 1 set for 8:50 a.m. ET. The green flag is set to wave on Race 1 at 3:05 p.m. and can be streamed live on IMSA.tv.

For fans onsite, a half-hour driver autograph session will be held Saturday at the Yokohama Tire Service Center, located in the paddock, at 11:15 a.m.

The starting lineup for Race 2 will be determined by using the best time between the driver’s quickest lap time in Race 1 or his second quickest lap time in Saturday morning’s qualifying session. Race 2 goes green on Sunday at 11:20 a.m. ET and can be streamed live on IMSA.tv.

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