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Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Honda Indy at Toronto
Posted by: newsla on Jul 14, 2014 - 04:40 PM
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Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Honda Indy at Toronto

Dateline. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Circuit. Toronto Exhibition Place

Track Length/Turns. 11-turn, 1.755-mile temporary circuit Temporary Street Course

Round. Pirelli World Challenge, 9 and 10 of 14

Ultra94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin: Rounds 5 and 6 of 10

Next Round. Honda Indy at Mid-Ohio, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio, August 1-3 – GT/GT-A/GTS


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Porsche Events.

Pirelli World Challenge

Date. Race 1: Saturday, July 19, 11:25 a.m. ET/ 8:25 a.m. PT

Race 2: Sunday, July 20, 12:15 p.m. CT/ 9:15 a.m. PT

Race Duration. 50-minutes

Classes. GT (Porsche 911 GT3 R), GT-A (Porsche 911 GT3 R) GTS (Porsche Cayman S)

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin

Date. Race 1: Saturday, July 19, 12:30 p.m. ET/ 9:30 a.m. PT

Race 2: Sunday, July 20, 1:20 p.m. CT/ 10:20 p.m. PT

Race Duration. 45-minutes

Classes. Platinum (Model Year 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars), Gold (MY 2011-2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars), Silver (MY 2009 and earlier)

Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines

Getting the Correct Race Setup Takes a Lot of EFFORT

According to Ricki Martino, crew chief for EFFORT Racing, the one thing the casual observer might not be aware of is that the Porsche 911 GT3 R which competes in the rest of the world has a completely different tire package than used by the team in Pirelli World Challenge. The various race courses the team competes on in North America, compared to Europe, present their own challenges to compound setup conversions. This has made it necessary for EFFORT Racing and Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) to further develop and understand the differences in the handling characteristics. This is true not only from the rest of the teams running the car in other series around the globe but from race-to-race in World Challenge.

To help bridge the gap, Porsche factory driver Nick Tandy (Great Britain) – who races the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as well as in other international events – has joined the team as a consultant. Tandy’s experience with Porsche has provided key insights to the team and PMNA accelerating in the learning process.

Porsche Cup Challenge Canada. The one make comes to Toronto

The Ultra94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin features the new version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, based on the seventh version of the Porsche 911 streetcar that went on sale in 2012. The racecar, which debuted in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup a year ago, has come to North America this year and will be featured in the Platinum class of the race in Toronto. As the car was designed to run well on street courses all over the world in Supercup’s role as a Formula 1 support series, several of the new features on the car make it adapt well to these unique circuits. Perhaps the biggest change is the move from manual stick shift to steering wheel paddle shift, enabling the driver to keep both hands on the wheel while shifting – critical to car control. Adding to the driver control tools is the significantly stiffer racecar tub, giving the car quicker response in handling. Finally, during the development of the new car, a particular emphasis was put on the driver safety. A newly designed safety cage protects the pilot in case of a roll or a collision as does a newly developed race seat which is distinctively shaped around the head and shoulders and can be adjusted individually with the help of padding. A rescue hatch in the roof provides easy access for primary medical attention and quick extraction of the driver.

Porsche History. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Key Victories

2007 – Randy Pobst – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – World Challenge GT class win on his way to the season championship.

Porsche Point of View.

Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America

"It is always a pleasure to be able to compete at a premier event like the Grand Prix of Toronto. To have the opportunity to bring the Ultra94 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin and our World Challenge customer teams to compete on this stage is a testimony to both organizations. The Canadian fans are very knowledgeable and appreciate the close nature of the competition of both series and in the long history of Porsche. Our customers also appreciate this enthusiasm and it adds to the significance of racing in the heart of Toronto.”

Ilker Starck,No. 48 SCB Racing/Downtown PorscheUltra94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin

“As the owner of a sportscar tuning and race preparation shop in Toronto, racing through the streets we all drive on every day is very exciting. This is the third year for me in the Ultra 94 Porsche series, but it is the first year for all of us through the streets of Toronto. The course walk for drivers will be very important, as you can start to visualize the turn-ins and braking points, and see where the surface might change from cement to asphalt, etc. Although we wanted a new car this year, Porsche was sold out and we are running last year’s car again, but this becomes an advantage a new course as it’s one less thing we have to learn. I am excited to go 140 mph on streets where we can usually on go 50 mph max.”

Jack Baldwin, Driver, No. 73 GTSport Racing Porsche Cayman S

“Our effort at GTSport Racing centers around our team as a whole, but when it comes to set up it's the communication that I have with our engineer Steve Ruiz, and the ability of crew chief Bob Sanderson to execute the changes quickly and efficiently. Working together we have developed some excellent set-ups to challenge the bumps of the street courses as well as smoother and faster permanent road courses. Our set-ups are very precise and include the smallest changes in tire pressures, shocks adjustments and sway bar combinations to maximize the ability of our Caymans handling and give me what I need to run up front and win for our team, sponsors and Porsche. This year we have focused on managing the bumps at speed so based on our Detroit set-up we should roll off the trailer with a great car in Toronto.”

Where to Watch.

Pirelli World Challenge

Television Race Broadcast:

Sunday, August 10, 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network


Saturday, August 16, 12:00 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

Live Race Streaming:


Live Timing and Scoring:


Race Weekend Schedule. (All times ET)

Friday, July 17, 2014

Pirelli World Challenge Practice Session 1 – GT/GT-A/GTS – 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Practice Session 1 – 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Pirelli World Challenge Practice Session 2 – GT/GT-A/GTS – 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Practice Session 2 – 3:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying – GT/GT-A/GTS – 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 18, 2014

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Qualifying – 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Pirelli World Challenge Practice Pre-Race – 11:10 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

Pirelli World Challenge Practice Race 1 – GT/GT-A/GTS – 11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (50-minutes)

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Race 1 – 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. (45-minutes)

Pirelli World Challenge Autograph Session – 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 19, 2014

Pirelli World Challenge Pre-Race – GT/GT-A/GTS – 12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Pirelli World Challenge Race 2 – GT/GT-A/GTS – 12:15 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. (50-minutes)

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Race 2 – 1:20 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. (45-minutes)

Porsche Entries.

Pirelli World Challenge

GT (1) Porsche 911 GT3 R

No. 31 EFFORT Racing Tim Bergmeister (Germany)

GT-Amateur (GT-A)(1) Porsche 911 GT3 R

No. 41 EFFORT Racing Michael Mills (Angleton, Texas)

GTS (2) Porsche Cayman S

No. 72 GTSport Racing Buz McCall (Boca Raton, Fla.)

No. 73 GTSport Racing Jack Baldwin (Marietta, Ga.)

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin

Platinum (9) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

No. 2 GT Racing Etienne Borgeat (Montreal, Quebec)

No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Chris Green (Montreal, Quebec)

No. 21 Alegra Motorsports Spencer Pigot (Orlando, Florida)

No. 22 Alegra Motorsports Carlos De Quesada (Odessa, Florida)

No. 60 Wright Motorsports Santiago Creel (Mexico City, Mexico)

No. 69 OpenRoad Racing Scott Hargrove (Surrey, British Columbia)

No. 84 Mark Motors Racing Perry Bortolotti (Kanata, Ontario)

No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Marco Cirone (Toronto, Ontario)

No. 93 GT Racing Andre Belzile (Drummondville, Quebec)

Gold (5) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

No. 34 Fiorano Racing Shaun Mckaigue (Gilford, Ontario)

No. 48 SCB Racing/Downtown Porsche Ilker Starck (Toronto, Ontario)

No. 75 TRC Jerimy Daniel (Candiac, Quebec)

No. 07 Alegra Motorsports/Northwest Tim Sanderson (Pickering, Ontario)

No. 08 Wingo Racing, Inc. Martin Harvey (Berthierville, Quebec)

Silver (2) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

No. 49 Alegra Motorsports Keith Bass (Tampa, Florida)

No. 50 Alegra Motorsports Chuck Harris (Tampa, Florida)

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