Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Trois-Rivieres Friday Notebook
Friday, August 11, 2017

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama competitors hit the streets of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, for practice in preparation for Rounds 9 and 10 on the series calendar as part of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. It is one of two street circuits on the schedule – a tight 10-turn, 1.52-mile temporary course that demands the drivers’ full attention.

All eyes were on Tsawwassen, British Columbia native Scott Hargrove. On the last street circuit in Toronto, Hargrove swept the entire weekend, leading both practice sessions, as well as taking pole positions and wins in both races in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports/Castrol entry.

Hargrove did not disappoint his Toronto-based team, leading both practice sessions and scoring the fastest lap of the day with near-perfect track conditions. He set the fastest time for the day during the second practice period, lapping the legendary street course in one minute, 4.076 seconds.

Remo Ruscitti returned to series competition this weekend after missing the last two events at Watkins Glen International and Toronto. Ruscitti wasted little time getting back in the groove in his No. 69 OpenRoad Racing GT3 Cup car. The Vancouver, British Columbia driver posted a fastest lap of 1:04.493 during practice two.

Hargrove and Ruscitti were closely followed in time by Zacharie Robichon in the No. 98 for Mark Motors Racing, the No. 31 Alegra Motorsports entry of Michael de Quesada, and the fastest Masters classman, Marco Cirone, in the No. 88 for Mark Motors Racing. These top five GT3 Cup pilots’ fastest times were separated by less than a second, so fans are sure to have something to watch in this weekend’s pair of 45-minute sprints.

In the Gold class, Roman De Angelis of Bell River, Ontario, driver of the No. 78 Mark Motors/Bestline Auto Tech entry, posted a fastest time of 1:05.329 to take the top spot in Gold and good enough for sixth quick overall. De Angelis has been enjoying a stellar season in both the Canadian series and its sister series in the United States. De Angelis leads the championship in Canada and is only one point out of first in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA, even after missing two races at Circuit of The Americas.

Perry Bortolotti rejoined GT3 Cup Challenge Canada competition this weekend in the No. 84 for Mark Motors Racing/Cee-Jay Micro LTD. The Ottawa, Ontario driver was the inaugural season’s Platinum Cup champion in 2011 and last raced with the series in 2014. He was second fastest in the two Gold Cup practice rounds.

For more information about Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, visit IMSA.com, and follow hashtag #GT3CAN at @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook. The races will air live on IMSA.tv, and statistics will be available at IMSA.com.

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama season will be highlighted with four televised races on The Sports Networks (TSN), Réseau des sports (RDS) and Motorsport.tv in Europe. The races from Trois-Rivieres will air on on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. on TSN, Saturday, Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. on RDS2 and Motorsport.tv.

Schedule (all times ET):

Qualifying: 8:30-8:50 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12

Round 1: 2:25 p.m.-3:40 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12

Round 2: 10-10:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 13

Race Coverage

Live Streaming: Both races will be live streamed on IMSA.tv

Live timing: All on-track sessions at scoring.imsa.com and on the official IMSA app for iOS

Twitter: Live text commentary from all sessions at @IMSALive