Valerie Chiasson Returns to Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama at the Grand Prix du Canada

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Quebec driver Valerie Chiasson will return to Canadian motorsports next month when she contests the Porsche GT3 Cup as part of the Grand Prix du Canada, on Montreal’s circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. This track is the site of her career-best results and she is once again the only female driver registered to compete.

The 2017 edition will be held on June 9, 10, and 11 and takes on a special meaning for Repentigny, Quebec native Chiasson, who currently resides in Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.  After starting her 2017 season in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux series in Europe, this upcoming return to her homeland for a race weekend brings with it plenty of emotions for the young driver and business woman. "It’s important to come back to contest the Grand Prix du Canada. For my partners, Mark Motors Racing (who is preparing my Porsche GT3 Cup) and Total Canada but also for my family, fans, and for myself. I am very happy at the idea of returning to the circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in what is still the biggest sporting event in the country," shared Chiasson.

In addition to her participation in the Porsche GT3 Cup in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, and Canada this year, Chiasson recently created her own businesses in Europe. In addition to her motorsports career. the young entrepreneur is president of VB Energy and "Sometimes I’m lacking a bit of time but my work as president of the companies I started in Europe is extremely motivating. The amount of work that needs to be done to achieve success in business is comparable to the energy required on a race track," explained Chiasson.

First female driver to earn an overall podium spot at the circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal (2015 in Nissan Micra Cup) and the only female driver to contest the 2016 Grand Prix du Canada (in Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup), Valerie Chiasson is entered in the 2017 edition at the wheel of the #27 Glod Class Porsche GT3 Cup from Ontario’s Mark Motors Racing team. "t’s not like last year when I was in a class with machinery that allowed me to aim for overall victory but the Gold Class is still highly competitive this year.  Many teams are using their same cars as last year, for which they have plenty of data. I think I’ll be pretty comfortable with this car on the circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, mainly because of the two races I did in Europe since the beginning of the season that put me into the rhythm of things, even if the tires used in Canada and in Europe are very different" indicated Chiasson, who is also the Canadian Representative for the FIA’s "Women in Motorsport” commission, encouraging female participation in motorsports. 

In addition to the Grand Prix du Canada, she will contest two other events in the Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup this season, including the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in August, and the season finale at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Ontario), in early September.

Chiasson’s participation in this season’s Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama is in partnership with Mark Motors Racing and Total Canada.