Porsche GT3 Cup Canada Ready for Challenge of Indy Toronto Street Course
Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama field is at the halfway point of its 2018 season as the one-make series heads into the Honda Indy Toronto race weekend (July 13-15) for the fifth consecutive year for two, 45-minute races. 

Leading the charge this year is Ottawa-based Mark Motors Racing. Between the two drivers in its lineup – Zach Robichon in the No. 98 Porsche and Roman De Angelis in the No. 78 Porsche – the team has swept each of the six races in the Platinum class this season.

The Toronto weekend represents the first pair of races for Porsche GT3 Cup Canada since its most recent event weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which featured the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix in early June. Robichon and 17-year-old De Angelis split the two weekend races, after Robichon had taken the first four of the season. As a result, Robichon currently holds a 20-point lead in the championship standings over his teammate. 

Yet the transition from the famed Circuit Gilles Villenueve track in Montreal to the streets of downtown Toronto won’t be an easy one. 

“Toronto is a whole different ball game,” said Robichon. “(At Montreal), we’ve got walls. (At Toronto), we’ve got walls everywhere. We don’t even have curbs to give us a warning that we’re about to hit something, we just go right into it. It’s a difficult track and it’s all about car preparation. It’s also bumpy, so it’s just totally a different atmosphere and it’s a different style of driving.”

Yet Robichon is confident in his Mark Motors Racing team, which currently leads the team championship standings by 34 points over second place OpenRoad Racing.  

“As we’ve done so far in the first three weekends, we’ve been able to figure it out with the car and I know we’re going to do the same in Toronto,” Robichon said. “Hopefully it’ll be the usual suspects out front with the Mark Motors guys.”

However, there will be several teams looking for their own breakthrough win in Porsche GT3 Cup Canada competition this season. 

Remo Ruscitti in the No. 96 OpenRoad Racing Porsche sits third in the championship standings after strong finishes at Sebring and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, taking home two podium results in the first four races of the season. However, he’ll be looking to bounce back in Toronto from two tough outings in Montreal last month. 

Patrick Dussault has also shown speed of his own in the No. 77 Lauzon Autosport Porsche. The Quebecois leads the overall standings for this year’s Yokohama Hard Charger Award, recognizing the driver that gains the most positions over the course of the season. 

Policaro Motorsport / SportsCarBoutique also returns with its two-car team, with Jeff Kingsley in the No. 16 Porsche and Michael Di Meo in the No. 35 Porsche. Both drivers will be looking for their first podium of the year in Toronto. 

Two additional racecars to watch will be the No. 8 DFC Motorsport / Speedstar Motorsport Porsche piloted by Stefan Rzadzinski and the No. 14 Porsche of Michael Fantin and the Engineered Automotive squad. Rzadzinski is looking for his first victory amidst his rookie season in Porsche GT3 Cup Canada and Fantin, after joining the field at CTMP and Montreal, eyes his first podium finish of the season as well.

Focusing on the Platinum Masters class, it’ll be Neal Walker in the No. 83 Tullman Walker Racing Porsche battling for the victory with Martin Harvey in the No. 08 Wingho Racing / Porsche Prestige machine. Harvey currently leads the championship standings for the Platinum Masters title. 

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama field hits the track in Toronto for a pair of practice sessions on Friday, July 13 at 9:20 a.m. ET and again at 5:20 p.m. Qualifying for Race 1 takes place on Saturday morning at 9:20, with the green flag set to wave at 5 p.m. Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday at 1:40 p.m. and can be streamed live on IMSA.TV and the IMSA app starting at 1:30pm ET.