The internationally successful Porsche GT3 Cup series was introduced to Canadian fans and participants in 2011.
The championship is one of twenty-three similar GT3 Cup series contested throughout the world.
This year’s Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin kicks off on the Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). Drivers will collect championship points during Saturday and Sunday races. Each event on the 2013 calendar was a doubleheader race weekend. The series then travels to Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as a support event for the Canadian Grand Prix. Next on the schedule is the second visit to CTMP during the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport. This is followed by a weekend at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres for rounds seven and eight. Championships are decided during the final two races at Calabogie Motorsports Park in mid-August.
For 2013 series organizers dropped the Silver Cup category but added a Masters division for drivers 45-years of age and old for the Platinum and Gold Cup classes.
A 4.0-liter aluminum six-cylinder engine powers the current generation Porsche GT3 Cup. The motor produces 450-horsepower at 7,500-rpm and is fitted to a six-speed sequential transmission. Stopping the Porsche are aluminum six-piston calipers on the front – while the rear is equipped with four-piston calipers. The alloy rims on the front of the Porsche are 9.5J X 18 and use 24/64-18 Michelin tires. And, on the rear are 12J X 18 wheels with 30/68-18 tires. The GT3 Cup weighs just over 1,180-kg.
The final two races of the 2013 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin were held at Calabogie Motorsports Park. Drivers would compete on the twenty-turn 5.05-kilometer road course in the KBC Grand Prix at Calabogie.
|The start of the penultimate race for the 2013 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada at Calabogie Motorsports Park. Leading the field of fourteen entrants into corner one is the current points leader and pole-sitter, David Ostella, in the No. 13 Speed Merchants Porsche GT3 Cup. The other front-row qualifier, Chris Green, is just behind Ostella driving the No. 13 Alegra Motorsports prepared Porsche GT Cup.|
|Chris Green did all he could to secure the 2013 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada title. Entering the series’ final weekend, Green trailed the points leader, David Ostella, by thirteen-markers. In the first race, he qualified behind Ostella and claimed the victory. Green repeated his performance in the finale, but it was enough. However, he helped Pfaff and Alegra Motorsports win the team championship.|
|David Ostella’s consistency paid off during the season. Ostella entered the final weekend with fewer victories than his rival, Chris Green. However, Green had two finishes outside of the top-five and Ostella had none. Ostella qualified on the pole for race one but finished second to Green. He needed a fourth-place in the finale to secure the championship. Ostella finished in the runner-up spot and claimed the crown.|
|In the last half of the 2013 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, Gold Cup competitor Carlos de Quesada proved to be unbeatable. De Quesada’s streak of consecutive class victories started in round five at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The trend would continue at the final two contests of the year. The driver of the No. 50 Alegra Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup would win the Gold and Gold Masters Cup championships.|
|The Platinum Cup podium for the final race of the 2013 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada. In the center is the winner Chris Green. Green would sweep the weekend’s contest but miss claiming the title by six points. On the left side of the rostrum is the runner-up and this year’s Platinum Cup champion, David Ostella. The final position on the podium is occupied by the third-place finisher, Jean-Frederick Laberge.|
|The first lap for the final race of the 2013 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada season. Leading the field of fourteen entrants into Calabogie Motorsport Park’s corner two is the pole-sitter, David Ostella, in the No. 13 Speed Merchants Porsche GT3 Cup. Behind Ostella is Saturday’s winner and the second-place starter, Chris Green driving the No. 9 Alegra Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup. Trailing Green is Jean-Frederick Laberge.|
|In the penultimate race of the season, Platinum Masters Cup driver, Marco Cirone, earned a spot on the overall podium. Cirone, driving the No. 88 Porsche GT3 Cup, qualified fourth fastest for the weekend’s first contest but finished second overall after a season of fourth-place results. On Sunday, Cirone finished fourth but claimed another class victory and won the Master’s title by twenty-three points.|
|The reigning Platinum Cup champion Jean-Frederick Laberge had an ‘up and down’ season. The highlights included victories at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Laberge qualified and finished in fifth for race one at Calabogie Motorsports Park. In the finale, he ended his year with his fifth podium result of 2013, after being gridded in the third position for the start.|
|The Gold Cup podium for the penultimate race of the 2013 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada season. In the center is the class winner from Alegra Motorsports, Carlos de Quesada. De Quesada would capture the Gold and Gold Masters Cup championships. On the left side of the rostrum is the runner-up, Martin Barkey, who would finish third in the final Gold Cup standings. Completing the podium is the third-place finisher, Tim Sanderson.|
|FINISH||CLASS||DRIVER||CAR / SPONSOR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||Platinum||Chris Green||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Pfaff Automotive Partners||22||-|
|2||Platinum||Marco Cirone||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||22||-|
|3||Platinum||David Ostella||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Speed Merchants||22||-|
|4||Platinum||Etienne Borgeat||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / GT Racing||22||-|
|5||Platinum||Jean-Frederick Laberge||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / GT Racing||22||-|
|6||Platinum||Victor Carbone||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Alegra Motorsports||22||-|
|7||Platinum||Perry Bortolotti||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||22||-|
|8||Platinum||Anthony Mantella||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Speed Merchants||22||-|
|9||PRO||James Hoddinott||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Speed Merchants||22||-|
|10||Gold||Carlos De Quesada||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Alegra Motorsports||22||-|
|11||Gold||Martin Barkey||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Fiorano Racing||22||-|
|12||Platinum||Ilker Starck||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / SCB Racing||22||-|
|13||Platinum||Shaun McKaigue||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Fiorano Racing||22||-|
|14||Gold||Tim Sanderson||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Fiorano Racing||22||-|
|FINISH||CLASS||DRIVER||CAR / SPONSOR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||Platinum||Chris Green||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Pfaff Automotive Partners||21||-|
|2||Platinum||David Ostella||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Speed Merchants||21||-|
|3||Platinum||Jean-Frederick Laberge||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / GT Racing||21||-|
|4||Platinum||Marco Cirone||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||21||-|
|5||Platinum||Etienne Borgeat||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / GT Racing||21||-|
|6||Platinum||Victor Carbone||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Alegra Motorsports||21||-|
|7||Platinum||Anthony Mantella||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Speed Merchants||21||-|
|8||Platinum||Perry Bortolotti||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||21||-|
|9||PRO||James Hoddinott||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Speed Merchants||21||-|
|10||Platinum||Ilker Starck||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / SCB Racing||21||-|
|11||Gold||Carlos De Quesada||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Alegra Motorsports||21||-|
|12||Gold||Tim Sanderson||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Fiorano Racing||21||-|
|12||Platinum||Shaun McKaigue||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Fiorano Racing||21||-|
|14||Gold||Martin Barkey||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup / Fiorano Racing||21||-|
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