22 Avril 2015

Un mois avant la première course de la Coupe Nissan Micra, Nissan revele plus de détails au sujet des pilotes au départ

 

Deux gagnants de la Nissan GT Académie s'ajoutent à liste impressionnante des pilotes participant à la saison inaugurale

Mississauga, Ont. – Dans un mois à compter d'aujourd'hui, des pilotes de l'ensemble du Canada, du Québec et même de Thaïlande et d'Inde se réuniront au Circuit Mont-Tremblant pour s'affronter dans la toute première course de la Coupe Nissan Micra. Le groupe bien équilibré de concurrents démontre que la plus récente série de courses du Canada est également la plus accessible, et qu'elle attire des pilotes de course représentant une large variété de compétences et d'expériences.

La GT Académie arrive au Canada

L'équipe Nissan de la GT Académie engagera deux vainqueurs de la Nissan PlayStation GT Académie 2014 à la Coupe Micra 2015. Il s'agit du coureur indien Abhinay Bikkani (25 ans), alors directeur de production à Bangalore, en Inde, au moment où il a remporté la GT Académie, et de Thanaroj Thanasitnitiket (19 ans), ancien étudiant à Bankgok, en Thaïlande, avant de décrocher le gros lot avec Nissan. Depuis leur victoire à la GT Académie, Abhinay et Thanaroj ont suivi le programme intensif de formation de pilotes de Nissan pour les aider à passer du monde virtuel à la réalité.

Ce Programme de développement des pilotes avant-gardiste de Nissan a permis de découvrir des pilotes de course exceptionnels au cours des dernières années. Le premier vainqueur, l’Espagnol Lucas Ordonez, court maintenant au Japon dans la prestigieuse catégorie du championnat Super GT, tandis que Jann Mardenborough, le vainqueur britannique de la GT Académie 2011 participe aux 24 Heures du Mans et à la série GP3 donnant accès à la Formule 1.

Depuis 2008, la compétition ciblait l'Europe puis les États-Unis, mais en 2014, la GT Académie s'est mondialisée en lançant la « GT Académie International », qui a permis d'élargir le réseau pour inclure l'Australie, le Mexique, l'Inde et la Thaïlande. Les vainqueurs de l'Inde et de la Thaïlande s'opposeront maintenant durant la Coupe Nissan Micra.

« Bien que la plupart des pilotes de la saison inaugurale de la Coupe Nissan Micra proviennent de séries qui ont lieu au Québec, nous sommes ravis de l'intérêt que suscite cette série de courses dans le monde entier et nous sommes fiers d'accueillir deux champions de la GT Académie sur la grille de départ », a déclaré Christian Meunier, président de Nissan Canada Inc. « Le mois prochain, le monde aura les yeux braqués sur le lancement de cette série de courses exaltantes. »

Frédéric Bernier – Donner vie à son rêve de course automobile

Pour de nombreux pilotes, la Coupe Nissan Micra n'est pas seulement un terrain de jeu supplémentaire, mais aussi un tout nouvel univers dont ils ont rêvé pendant des années. C'est le cas de Frédéric Bernier (41 ans), un propriétaire d'entreprise, époux et père de trois enfants, de Québec, qui commencera sa carrière de pilote de course avec la Coupe Nissan Micra.

Au cours des quatre dernières années, Frédéric Bernier, ancien mécanicien automobile, a décidé de faire passer sa passion pour les voitures et les courses au niveau supérieur en participant à des journées sur circuit, en assistant à des cours de perfectionnement dans des écoles de karting et en prenant des cours à la célèbre Académie Carl Nadeau. Sur les encouragements du milieu de la course et de ses entraîneurs, et après s'être rendu compte qu'il avait atteint les limites de sa formation, Frédéric Bernier a décidé qu'il était temps de passer à l'étape suivante. Au moment où il en a pris conscience, M. Bernier a eu la chance de lire un article sur la Coupe Nissan Micra alors qu'il se trouvait à l'aéroport. Fort du soutien inconditionnel de sa famille et de ses amis, et stimulé par un goût prononcé pour l'adrénaline, il s'est inscrit à la série de courses la plus abordable au Canada.

Disposant d’excellents contacts dans le monde de l'automobile, M. Bernier est encouragé par de nombreuses personnes et bénéficie de l'appui de Capitale Nissan à Québec. Son réseau de soutien se reflète dans la décoration de sa voiture sur laquelle il a passé un nombre incalculable d'heures. Le temps et l'énergie qu'il y a consacrés ont payé, car sa voiture s'est classée au troisième rang dans sa catégorie lors du concours de design au Salon Auto-Sport Québec.

Quand on lui demande quelle est sa mission pour sa première participation à une série de courses, la réponse ne se fait pas attendre : « Je suis ici pour m'amuser, pour profiter de chaque instant et voir où cela me mène au classement. Tout est une question d'apprentissage et de progrès! »

UNE ÉQUIPE AU SUCCÈS TOTAL

Total Canada Inc., une filiale de la 5e société pétrolière et gazière intégrée Total S.A., a le plaisir d'annoncer sa participation à la première saison de la Coupe Nissan Micra 2015. « Nous sommes ravis de prendre part à la Coupe Nissan Micra, un événement qui permettra de réaffirmer notre engagement historique dans le milieu de la compétition et d'accroître la notoriété de notre marque au Canada », a déclaré Franck Bagouet, président et chef de la direction de Total Canada Inc.

La Micra de l'équipe Total portera le numéro 220 et sera pilotée par deux célébrités québécoises, Jeff Boudreault et Benoît Gagnon. Le troisième membre de l'équipe Total est un pilote et instructeur professionnel, Carl Nadeau, qui sera en compétition aux côtés de certains de ses élèves, anciens et actuels, notamment Frédéric Bernier. Le trio de l'équipe Total est impatient d'affronter ses adversaires à bord de sa Nissan Micra Total.

À ce jour, 25 voitures sont inscrites, formant un groupe bien équilibré de concurrents représentant une variété d'âges, d'horizons et d'expériences. De plus amples renseignements sur la liste complète des pilotes de la Coupe Micra seront communiqués bientôt. Restez au fait de l'actualité entourant la Coupe Micra et ses pilotes en consultant le site www.nissan.ca/micracup.

Calendrier de la saison 2015 de la Coupe Nissan Micra :

Du 22 au 24 mai Classique de printemps, Circuit Mont-Tremblant
Les 5, 6 et 7 juin Grand Prix du Canada de Formule 1
Du 24 au 26 juillet Classique d’été, Circuit Mont-Tremblant
Du 31 juil. au 2 août Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières
Le 15 août Circuit Saint-Eustache
Du 25 au 27 sept. Classique d’automne, Circuit Mont-Tremblant

 

La Coupe Nissan Micra

Plébiscitée par Auto Sport Québec (ASQ) et présentée par JD Promotion & Compétition avec le soutien de Nissan Canada, la Coupe Nissan Micra met exclusivement en vedette la Micra S de 1,6 L à boîte manuelle de série bénéficiant de modifications mineures, notamment une suspension NISMO – pour en faire une version de course.

À la différence de la plupart des événements de sport automobile, toutes les Nissan Micra de course participantes auront exactement le même équipement, ce qui permettra véritablement aux pilotes les plus talentueux de se démarquer. Les véhicules de la Coupe Nissan Micra sont équipés du moteur 4 cylindres à DACT de 1,6 L avec double injection et système de contrôle de la distribution à variation continue (CVTC) double et de la boîte manuelle à 5 rapports, comme sur la Micra de série. Plus de 25 Nissan Micra s’affronteront chaque fin de semaine durant les courses, lesquelles durent deux heures, soit 30 minutes d’essai, 30 minutes de qualification et deux courses de 30 minutes.

Cette série s’adresse aux jeunes conducteurs de kart, au Canadien moyen qui souhaite faire ses débuts dans la compétition automobile, ou à quiconque souhaitant connaître la poussée d’adrénaline procurée par les voitures de course. En résumé, la Coupe Nissan Micra est faite pour les passionnés de sports automobiles qui recherchent le plaisir et le frisson de la course, sans dépenser des sommes extravagantes.

Nissan Micra

En 2014, la Nissan Micra a fait son grand retour au Canada après 23 ans d'absence sous la forme d'un tout nouveau modèle offrant aux Canadiens une valeur imbattable avec le plus bas prix de détail suggéré par le fabricant (PDSF) au Canada, soit 9 998 $. L’un des éléments qui permettent à la Micra 2015 de se démarquer est son agilité. Elle est facile à conduire et à stationner, grâce à une excellente visibilité tout autour du véhicule et à un rayon de braquage inégalé, à une direction assistée et à un rapport poids-puissance qui surprend. L’élément central de la traction avant de la Micra est un moteur 4 cylindres à DACT de 1,6 litre qui développe 109 ch à 6 000 tr/min et un couple de 107 lb-pi à 4 400 tr/min.
* Prix hors taxes.

La GT Academy 2015

La GT Academy est le fruit d'une collaboration entre PlayStationMD et Nissan. Ce concours exploite l'univers virtuel du jeu Gran TurismoMD6 pour donner une chance à de nouveaux talents d'accéder au monde réel du sport automobile. À présent dans sa septième année, la GT Academy organise des compétitions distinctes pour l'Europe (France, Italie, Grande Bretagne, Allemagne, Espagne, Portugal, Belgique, Pays-Bas, Luxembourg, Hongrie, Pologne et République tchèque), le groupe international (Australie, Afrique du Nord, Moyen-Orient et Mexique) et l'Asie (Inde, Thaïlande, Philippines, Indonésie et Japon).

La manche de qualification de la GT Academy fera partie d'une mise à jour gratuite de Gran TurismoMD6 sur PlayStationMD3 (des conditions générales s'appliquent). Les joueurs les plus performants de chaque pays participant prendront part à une finale nationale dans leurs pays respectifs. Un certain nombre de concurrents pourront participer à ce jeu dans le cadre d'une série d'événements Gran Turismo régionaux organisés en direct. Les finales nationales ajoutent à ce jeu les thèmes du pilotage, de la préparation physique et des relations avec les médias.

Après les finales nationales, l'action se poursuivra dans le cadre légendaire de Race Camp, où les compétiteurs feront leurs preuves au volant de voitures de sport Nissan et sous les regards attentionnés de juges et mentors expérimentés. Les vainqueurs de chaque compétition seront invités à participer au Programme de développement des pilotes intensif durant lequel ils pourront se qualifier pour obtenir un permis de course international et courir professionnellement pour Nissan, avec une chance de rejoindre l'élite Nissan des Athlètes NISMO.

Les précédents vainqueurs de la GT Academy sont devenus des pilotes de course réguliers. En 2015, le britannique Jann Mardenborough, vainqueur de 2011, participera au Championnat du monde d'endurance pour Nissan dans la prestigieuse catégorie LM P1 et au PG3, une série qui offre une porte d'accès à la Formule 1, avec l'équipe tenante du titre Carlin. Vainqueur en 2008, l'Espagnol Lucas Ordoñez disputera cette année les 24 Heures du Mans au volant de la Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LMP1, aux côtés de Jann Mardenborough. Les champions de 2014, Gaëtan Paletou (Europe) et Ricardo Sanchez (international) disputent cette année les Blancpain Endurance Series avec l'équipe de la Nissan GT Academy, RJN.

Vous pouvez obtenir des informations et des photos sur la GT Academy 2014 et sur les progrès de tous les pilotes de la GT Academy sur diverses plateformes, notamment les suivantes : www.facebook.com/GTAcademy | www.twitter.com/GTAcademy | www.youtube.com/gtacademyeurope | www.flickr.com/photos/gtacademyeurope.

Quebec-Based GT Racing Prideful, PassionateTeam Continues Preparations For 2015 Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 25, 2015) – GT Racing team owner Eric Cote is a man filled with passion for racing and pride for his home, the Canadian province of Quebec.

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin series had three Quebec-based teams in 2014, and Cote is honored to represent one. GT Racing is based in the Montreal suburb of Mirabel.

“With the climate here in North America, just being able to do this is exceptional in itself,” Cote said. “I do take pride in this because we started it in the back of our garage and continued to move up.

“These Porsche cars are pretty awesome cars to race, so for sure I’m proud of that. There are not a lot of people in Canada, and even less in Quebec, that can say this is their full-time job.”

GT Racing will begin the 2015 season in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned Single-Make Series focused on returning driver Etienne Borgeat, with an eye on fielding a second car.

“Etienne will be with us, but we are looking for new guys to fill out the roster,” Cote said. “We will obviously try to beat those fast young kids in the front, like the past two years.”

GT Racing and Borgeat finished fifth, respectively, in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin Platinum Cup Team and Driver Championship, respectively, in 2014. It was the team’s third season in the series.

The team dabbled in GRAND-AM competition in 2006 and 2007 before racing with a two-car team in the Canadian Touring Car Championship from 2007-12 with Borgeat and other drivers. Borgeat won the CTCC title in 2011, but he always had aspirations to go endurance racing.

So Cote bought a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car with the idea of fielding it in six-hour club events and other Canadian endurance races. But the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin grew in 2012 after its first season in 2011, and increased grid sizes and increased competitiveness attracted Cote and Borgeat.

Borgeat finished second in the Platinum Cup standings in 2012. But Cote thinks he is a better driver entering 2015 than ever.

“We’ve been racing different makes and models of cars before, and each car has its advantages and disadvantages at each track, where now all the cars all equal,” Cote said. “Etienne has stepped up his driving and made big improvements in the last few years. The results may not always be there to show it, but in our first year we almost won the championship, we came in second.

“We now need to manage our race tires, and be smart about it, especially at Calabogie. There’s always a place for improvement, but I’ve seen a lot of improvement in Etienne’s driving the past few years, and we will keep working on that.”

The 2015 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin series starts on Victoria Day Weekend, May 15-17, at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.

For updates on the series, follow @IMSA on Twitter with the hashtag #GT3CAN and on Facebook. The latest news can be found by visiting IMSA.com.

 

Juillet 31 2013

 

Laberge and Borgeat Regain Luster at CTMP

BRASELTON, Ga., (July 31, 2013) - When GT Racing team owner Eric Cote studied aeronautics in college his main focus was keeping planes in the air. After discovering his passion for motorsports, he began the opposite process of working to keep Porsche 911s stuck to the ground.

For the most part Cote says the principle is the same, just flipped upside down. If inverting his skills was not enough of a challenge, now he is working with two Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin drivers who are polar opposites. JF Laberge, with a background in Formula cars, has a different approach to braking zones and entering corners than his teammate Etienne Borgeat. Borgeat's aggressiveness at the wheel differs from Laberge's smooth driving style in the cockpit.

Off the track Borgeat is reserved while Laberge is not afraid to voice his opinions. The only similarity between the two may be their stellar 2012 performances. Each driver earned four wins, but Laberge ultimately claimed the 2012 Platinum Cup championship, just three points ahead of Borgeat.

"Last year we would bump each other and were racing like crazy every race," Laberge said. "But at the end of the season I won the championship and invited him [Borgeat] to dinner. We had a chat and talked about sharing data and tips for how we drive on track."

The Montreal natives decided to join forces for 2013 and were eager for the season to begin. However, both struggled opening weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The team was not used to the new Michelin tires at that point, but by the second time visiting the historic track GT Racing had it all figured out.

At the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix July 19-21, Laberge and Etienne regained their luster. In Race Two, Laberge took the checkers for the first time since his last win of the 2012 season at Calabogie. And until the final turn of the last lap, it appeared Borgeat would join him on the podium.

Borgeat started from sixth position and chipped away to third before overextending his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry on the last lap. Although it is not the finish he hoped for, he knew his pace had returned. In the No. 2 GT Racing entry, he was two-tenths off race winner Laberge's fastest lap time. With a shared hunger for competition and shared data, the two are running faster together this year.

"Last year I was by myself so I didn't know how it would go this year," Borgeat said. "But we help each other get fast and if something bad happens in qualifications or a race there's always another one to cheer for."

For team owner Cote, running fast in a Porsche has always been the dream. He started GT Racing in 2004 and Borgeat joined him in 2006. When they first met, they developed a five-year plan that included racing the legendary vehicle.

"For me, a car is German, first of all," Cote said. "And then a racecar is a Porsche. There's not much more I can say about that."

While Cote has a simple approach to cars, mastering the vehicle is no easy task.

Plenty of homework was done in preparation for the return to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The team went testing July 2 and came away with major improvements to the car set up, which were evident in their Round 5 and 6 performances.

Not only were adjustments made to the set up, but a new set of hands were on the steering wheel during testing just three days later at I-CAR. Cote also had some seat time in the Porsche 911.

"I drove a little bit and JF and I had similar lap times," Cote said. "That creates a lot of confidence in the drivers of what I say when I tell them. I establish an authority and can back up whatever I tell them by going on track and doing it."

The GT Racing team returns to action August 9-11 for the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres in Trois Rivieres, Quebec for Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2013 season. For updates on Laberge, Borgeat and the team, follow @Gt_racing_inc on Twitter. Race One at the Circuit de Trois Rivieres takes place Saturday, August 10 at 2:15 p.m. ET. The green flag will drop for Race Two at 11 a.m. Sunday, August 11. 

June 9th 2013

Masters Drivers Borgeat, Mantella Finish on Platinum Cup Podium

Masters Championship drivers Etienne Borgeat and Anthony Mantella finished just over 15 seconds behind Ostella and were nose-to-tail for the final two laps. Mantella posted his fastest time on lap 13, but wasn't able to make a pass on GT Racing driver Borgeat and ended with a third place finish overall as well as second in Masters.

Borgeat began the race in fourth position and hopped up to third after the incident between Green and Pigot and ultimately surpassed Pigot after a flat tire resulting from contact sent him to the pits. Borgeat turned his fastest time on lap nine, two laps after taking the second position.

"Last year I finished first here, this year I finished second, so I'm very happy about that," Borgeat said. "I live like 100 meters from here, so this is my real home track. I was very happy to do well in front of everyone here."

The second place overall finish was Borgeat's first time on the Platinum Cup podium this season and his first win in the Masters Championship. SpeedMerchants driver Anthony Mantella also found the Platinum Cup podium for the first time in 2013 and made his fourth stop on the Masters Championship steps.

"Starting with the delay was fine," Mantella said. "With the help of Jacques Dallaire and learning to deal with the stress and pressure of being in the car helps. There is never any pressure from the team so you just got out there and do your thing."

Fiorano Racing for Joanne's House driver Tim Sanderson continues to own the Gold Cup competition. Sanderson claimed his fourth title in race two at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, turning his fastest lap on the sixth time around. The Pickering, Ontario-native charged from a 12th place starting position to finish sixth overall.

Robert Maranda finished second in the Gold Cup and Carlos de Quesada came in third.

The Masters Championship

Montreal-native Etienne Borgeat topped the Masters podium in front of a home crowd at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. With his home located just over 100 meters from the circuit, Borgeat was pleased with his second-place overall finish and first Masters Championship win of the 2013 season.


SpeedMerchants driver Anthony Mantella landed on the podium for the fourth time this season in the Masters Championship and battled with Borgeat until the bitter end of the 14-lap race. Mantella was joined by his team owner, Jim Hoddinott. Hoddinott finished third after a spin by teammate Christian Chia on the last lap allowed him to slide up a position.

In Gold, Sanderson ran clean and quick to keep his Master's points lead, finishing ahead of Carlos de Quesada who was forced to retire due to on-track contact.

DRIVER QUOTES

Etienne Borgeat: First Place Platinum Masters Championship
"The track was very different today than all the other days because we had a dry track. In the beginning we didn't know what to expect, especially with the delays. I was just scared we would get a three or five minute warning and they would say 'jump in the car it's time to get ready'. That was my biggest concern."

 

Published May 30, 2013

The Mechanics Behind Etienne Borgeat

 

Published May 14, 2013

2013 Season Opens with the Castrol Presents Victoria Day Speedfest

 

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Published May 11, 2013

 Canadian series showcases Porsche

 
 

You’d be forgiven for assuming that North America’s fastest-growing one-make racing series is based in the United States. But you’d also be wrong.

One of Canada’s current claims to fame in the motorsport world is the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, now entering its third year, sporting a newly signed title sponsor, and expanding at a remarkable rate.

This year’s first two races will form part of the coming Castrol Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, along with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and three other categories. This season will also see the series share the card with Formula 1 in Montreal in June and the American Le Mans Series at CTMP in mid-July.

The Canadian version of the Porsche GT3 Cup has seen a dramatic rise from its hastily cobbled-together beginnings in 2011, which can be credited to the fact it is doing several things extraordinarily well.

For one, it benefits from the strong motorsport culture that’s deeply woven into the Porsche philosophy.

“It’s very important for us to, with racing, go back to our roots,” says Joe Lawrence, president and CEO of Porsche Cars Canada. “Over half the vehicles that we sell in Canada are actually Cayennes (Porsche’s five-seat luxury crossover). But we have our roots in racing, and it’s very important for us to activate that not only in Germany and in the United States, but in our market here in Canada.”

The 911 GT3 Cup car is based on the production 911 GT3 RS road car and carries a largely identical engine with the same output of 450 bhp and the same maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm.

The car has been developed for use in Porsche’s 21 one-make cups worldwide, and the regulations are kept consistent across all of them — meaning that a driver can race in Canada one weekend and in the U.K., Australia or Qatar the next, with minimal changes required.

Another key feature of the series is its purpose as a development platform. Gentlemen drivers looking for a place to play need not apply.

“We don’t refer to them as support series, because they’re not there to support the big race,” says Steven Sewell, director of development series for the International Motor Sports Association. “They’re there to develop teams and drivers for the future of the premier series.

“If you start winning championships, your time may be up.”

Fortunately, drivers in Porsche’s GT3 Cups have plenty of graduation options.

Sports car racing in North America is undergoing a fundamental shift: the two major categories, the American Le Mans Series and Grand Am, will be merged into a single series — dubbed United SportsCar Racing — in 2014.

The U.S. and Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup series will continue to be part of the development structure for USCR going forward, joined by two other one-make series, Lamborghini Super Trofeo Cup and Ferrari Challenge, as well as by the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and Prototype Lites.

Racers with overseas aspirations can also look toward the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, a series that accompanies select events on the Formula 1 calendar.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of joining the grid for the Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup is the opportunity to benefit from the intense hands-on support that Porsche Motorsport provides.

“The easiest way to explain it is we are the Aspirin for the race driver,” says Jens Walther, president and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America. “We take care of everything so that he doesn’t have a headache.”

On top of selling cars and parts to teams not only centrally but also at the track, Porsche Motorsport also sends engineers to each event to assist with setup and incident recovery.

They work with tire manufacturers to ensure that their products won’t be a factor in results, and they make their factory drivers available to assist racers with their development — and, in fact, they also find those factory drivers within their system.

The 2012 series champion, Jean-Frédéric Laberge, appears to be the man to beat going into this year.

“We won both races at Mosport on opening weekend, which was great,” he recalls.

“We qualified second for the first race and first for the second race, and we managed to keep in first position all race long.”

Last year’s race in Montreal presented challenges: both the American and Canadian series raced at the same time, which made for a very crowded track at a venue that’s challenging enough on its own. That issue has been resolved for this year, as the Canadian series has been given its own billing.

The rest of Laberge’s 2012 season went off largely without a hitch.

“It was super easy,” he says. “The team had good testing over all the tracks with those cars, so it was easy to be fast and keep the tires good until the end of the race.”

Laberge has moved over to Montreal-based GT Racing for 2013, leaving an opening at the reigning champion SpeedMerchants team. That seat has been filled by a driver GTA race fans may recognize: David Ostella of Maple, who has shifted his focus to sports cars after spending the past few years in the open-wheel development ladder.

Coming off a class win in Prototype Challenge at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Ostella is eager to see what he can accomplish in the homegrown series.

“Being Canadian, I’m really excited to be a part of this field,” he says. “It’s near home for me, and the competition is great.

“Everyone knows the Porsche brand, and it makes the competition easy to relate to and thrilling to watch.”

Among the top-notch equipment, planning, and philosophy that go into the series, there’s one factor that stands out above all.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for a young driver or a more mature driver that just wants to know where he stands and to compete fairly against other drivers,” Sewell says.

“The Porsche GT3 Cup is a worldwide platform that’s truly about the driver.”

The Porsche Cup season opens as part of the Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park May 17-19. For tickets or more information, go to canadiantiremotorsportpark.com.

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Schools planned for new marshals

Interested in motorsport and want to get involved? Maybe make some new friends?

Motorsport Marshalling Services is planning several information sessions at its chalet in the infield at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park next weekend during the Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend.

They are hoping to attract new marshals for a school scheduled June 15-16 and another one scheduled July 27-28.

Marshals have great responsibility officiating at races — and a whole lot of fun doing it. CTMP couldn’t get along without them.

Friends of mine who’ve been involved in marshalling have travelled the world to officiate at races, from the IndyCar events in places like Long Beach, Calif., to Formula One races in Montreal and overseas.

The information sessions will be held on May 18 at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. For more, go to motorsportmarshalling.on.ca.

— Norris McDonald

 Opposites Attract for GT Racing