The Porsche GT3 Cup Canada Series | Trois Riviere
Steve Bortolotti | August 10, 2014
Rounds 7 & 8 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada series took place in beautiful Trois Rivieres, Quebec about an 1.5hrs away from Montreal. The crowds were out in full force to watch all the racing action, and the attendance numbers were by far the biggest we had raced in front of up until this point in the season. Our #9 team entered the weekend still within striking distance in the overall championship, however, we were missing a key part of our team for the race weekend: our engineer! This forced Nick, Mo, Jimmy, and I to all step up in his absence and ensure we put the fastest race car on the track as possible for Chris Green to gain some ground in the championship.
A nice size crowd was on hand Saturday morning for qualifying, and I soon realized that our #9 Pfaff Castrol Motorsports car was the fan favourite here in Quebec. Maybe it was our French-Canadian driver, or the fact that we’ve that the same paint scheme on the car for a number of years, or maybe it was the fact that we had green wheels on one side, and red wheels on the other. Regardless, it was really cool hearing a large crowd cheer on our car once again, and this surely helped Chris Green as he drove our car to a record-setting lap and consequently the pole position for race 1! The first race was a real battle, but luckily Nick, Mo, Jimmy, and myself put our heads together and made the right setup calls on the car for the 45min race, which allowed Chris Green to take the win!
After a quick pose for a photo with our friends from Castrol, we were back to work on the car in preparation for race 2 where we were looking to further close the gap on Scott Hargrove in the championship.
Unfortunately, race 2 didn’t exactly go according to plan for our #9 team as we made contact with the rear end of Scott Hargrove’s car in a tight battle for position on track. Unfortunately, this led to a punctured radiator, and Chris Green drove a smart race to nurse the car to the finish and prevent it from overheating despite losing a lot of fluid. In the end, we had to settle for 3rd place which all but ended our championship hopes for the season. The final 2 races of the season will be held Labour Day long weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville as part of the Nascar Camping World Truck Series event. It should be another well-attended race, and we hope to put the #9 car on the top step of the podium in front of another large crowd!