The fifth season of the International Motor Sports Association Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada presented by Michelin kicked off 2015 on May 15-17 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. In 2015, there were five race weekends with two forty-five-minute rounds at every series event. Following Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, teams would remain in Ontario for a doubleheader at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Rounds four and five would be conducted in early July at Calabogie Motorsport Park. The next stop would be the series only visit to Quebec, where drivers would compete on the temporary circuit at Trois-Rivieres. The championship weekend would take place where the season started, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The series uses the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. This particular model was developed by Porsche for the one-make series that takes place throughout the world. The 911 GT3 Cup racing version is based on the production 911 GT3 RS road car. The cars are powered by a motor similar to those used in the 911 GT3 RS model. The engine is a four-liter flat six-cylinder that produces 450-horsepower at 8,500-rpm.

The series has two classes:

  • Platinum Cup – this category is comprised of the 2014 and 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
  • Gold Cup – this group is for older models produced from 2010 to 2013.

The series also offers a Masters division for drivers 45-years of age or older.

The first two rounds of the 2015 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada presented by Michelin were held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on the Victoria Day long weekend. Drivers would compete in two forty-five-minute races around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

The first lap through Moss Corner for round one of the 2015 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada presented by Michelin. Leading the field of thirteen starters is the pole-sitter, Chris Green, in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup. Chasing Green is the second-fastest qualifier, Marco Cirone, driving the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing sponsor Porsche and Daniel Morad, who was gridded fourth for the contest.
It was a clean sweep for Chris Green; he won both ends of the double-header. Green’s archrival for the title and last year’s champion, Scott Hargrove, didn’t participate in the opening weekend. In both races, the driver of the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports sponsored Porsche qualified on the pole. He led rounds one and two flag-to-flag but was kept honest by his fellow Platinum competitor, Marco Cirone.
The two-time reigning Platinum Masters champion, Marco Cirone, drove the No. 88 Mark Motors Porsche GT3 Cup. He started in the second position, both days. In round one, the leader and eventual winner, Chris Green, opened a gap until a late-race caution bunched the field. Cirone was unable to capitalize on the restart and finished second. In the finale, he earned another runner-up result – finishing behind Green.
In Friday’s abbreviated qualifying session, Jerimy Daniel captured the Gold Cup pole-position driving the No. 75 TRC Porsche GT3 Cup. Daniel’s time placed him seventh overall for the weekend’s first race. Daniel was the first Gold Cup competitor to cross the finish line, but his Porsche failed the post-race technical inspection. He and Martin Harvey were penalized one-lap. Daniel did not start round two.
Bruno Chapinotti was unable to start round one due to damage suffered to the No. 12 SpeedStar Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup in Friday’s practice session. The Porsche was repaired for Sunday’s contest and Chapinotti was required to start at the rear of the field. The Gold Cup competitor advanced through the field and with ten minutes remaining in the contest, he passed the class leader, Orey Fidani, for the victory.
In round one, series rookie Orey Firdani inherited the Gold Cup victory after Jerimy Daniel and Martin Harvey were penalized for a technical infraction. Firdani, driving the No. 13 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup, qualified eleventh overall and finished tenth in race one of the weekend. In Sunday’s contest, he led the class when a late-race pass by Bruno Chapinotti resulted in a runner-up finish.
Daniel Morad finished third in both the opening rounds at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The weekend also marked Morad’s return to racing after a five-year hiatus. Just two weeks before the event, a deal came through to drive the No. 22 Alegra Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup. Morad was a successful open-wheel racer before moving to Europe to compete in the A1GP championship, a step on the ladder to Formula One.
The round two Platinum Cup podium for the 2015 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada presented by Michelin at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Standing in the center is the winner who swept the weekend, Chris Green. The runner-up, Marco Cirone, is standing on the left side of the rostrum. The final position on the podium is occupied by the third-place finisher, Daniel Morad.

FINISHCLASSDRIVERCAR / SPONSOR/font>LAPSRETIREMENTS
1PlatinumChris GreenPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / Pfaff Motorsport32-
2PlatinumMarco CironePorsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing32-
3PlatinumDaniel MoradPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / Alegra Motorsports32-
4PlatinumTim SandersonPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / Alegra Motorsports32-
5PlatinumHarry SteenbakkersPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing32-
6PlatinumEtienne BorgeatPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / GT Racing32-
7PlatinumAntony ValidzicPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / RS Motorsport32-
8GoldOrey FidaniPorsche 997 GT3 Cup / Pfaff Motorsport31-
9GoldMichael De QuesadaPorsche 997 GT3 Cup / Alegra Motorsports31-
10GoldJerimy DanielPorsche 997 GT3 Cup / TRC/Fix Auto31-
11GoldMartin HarveyPorsche 997 GT3 Cup / Wingho Motorsport Racing30-
12PlatinumKeith BassPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / SB Racing29-
13PlatinumCarlos De QuesadaPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / Alegra Motorsports26Did Not Finish
-GoldBruno ChapinottiPorsche 997 GT3 Cup / SpeedStar Motorsports0Did Not Start

FINISHCLASSDRIVERCAR / SPONSOR/font>LAPSRETIREMENTS
1PlatinumChris GreenPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / Pfaff Motorsport32-
2PlatinumMarco CironePorsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing32-
3PlatinumDaniel MoradPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / Alegra Motorsports32-
4PlatinumHarry SteenbakkersPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing32-
5PlatinumTim SandersonPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / Alegra Motorsports32-
6PlatinumCarlos De QuesadaPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / Alegra Motorsports32-
7PlatinumAntony ValidzicPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / RS Motorsport32-
8GoldBruno ChapinottiPorsche 997 GT3 Cup / SpeedStar Motorsports32-
9GoldOrey FidaniPorsche 997 GT3 Cup / Pfaff Motorsport31-
10PlatinumKeith BassPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / SB Racing31-
11PlatinumEtienne BorgeatPorsche 991 GT3 Cup / GT Racing29-
12GoldMichael De QuesadaPorsche 997 GT3 Cup / Alegra Motorsports6Did Not Finish
13GoldMartin HarveyPorsche 997 GT3 Cup / Wingho Motorsport Racing2Did Not Finish
-GoldJerimy DanielPorsche 997 GT3 Cup / TRC/Fix Auto0Did Not Start

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