2018 is the seventh season of the International Motor Sports Association Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada presented by Yokohama.
This year the championship kicks off at Sebring International Raceway as a support event for the 66th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
During the weekend competitors, from the Canadian and American divisions compete together in two forty-five-minute races.
Races three and four are held on May 19-20 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Following Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, teams will travel to Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve,
acting as a support event for the Canadian Grand Prix. In mid-July, it is back to Ontario for a doubleheader at Toronto’s Exhibition Place.
Rounds nine and ten will be conducted on the temporary street circuit at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.
The championship weekend will take place where the season began, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Competitors score points in one of three classes – Platinum Cup, Gold Cup and Silver Cup. The series also offers a Masters division for drivers 45-years of age or older.
The vehicles in the Platinum and Gold Cup categories use 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 latest cars are powered by a motor similar to those used in the 911 GT3 RS model. The engine is a 4.0-liter flat six-cylinder that produces 485-horsepower. The vehicles weigh 2,645-lbs.
The racing version of the Cayman uses a 3.8-liter naturally aspirated flat-six, which produces 385-horsepower. The car is also equipped with a PDK automatic transmission.
The final rounds of the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada were held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during NASCAR’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 weekend. Competitors would score points in two forty-five-minute contests around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.
|The first lap through Moss corner for the penultimate race of the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Leading the field of thirteen starters is the pole-sitter, Zacharie Robichon, in No. 98 Mark Motors Racing Porsche GT3 Cup. Behind Robichon is the other front row starter and his teammate, Roman De Angelis. Trailing De Angelis are the Porsches of Remo Ruscitti and Michael Di Meo.|
|The Platinum Cup competitor, Zacharie Robichon, entered the final weekend with a commanding lead in the title chase. Robichon’s record included nine victories and one runner-up result. He started the first race of the weekend on the pole and led the contest flag-to-flag, which was enough to secure the championship. The new titleholder repeated his performance on Sunday.|
|The driver that broke Zacharie Robichon’s streak of consecutive victories was his teammate Roman De Angelis, who won round five at Montreal. In the penultimate race of 2018, De Angelis qualified behind Robichon, which he has done for most of the season, and followed him to the checkered flag. In the finale, he started fourth, but a spin by Remo Ruscitti and a pass on Michael Di Meo gave De Angelis a second-place result.|
|Five-time Masters champion, Marco Cirone was competing in the Gold Cup division on a part-time basis this season. Cirone won the category at the Honda Indy Toronto as was the only entry. He returned to the series for the final weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, driving the No. 18 Mark Motors Racing Porsche GT3 Cup. Cirone captured two more class victories and finished seventh and eighth overall.|
|The start of the final race for the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada. Leading the field through Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s corner one is the pole-sitter and new series champion, Zacharie Robicon, in the No. 98 Mark Motors Racing Porsche GT3 Cup. Immediately behind Robichon is the other front row starter Remo Ruscitti driving the No. 96 OpenRoad Racing Porsche GT3 Cup.|
|The No. 96 OpenRoad Racing Porsche GT3 Cup was piloted by Vancouver’s Remo Ruscitti. Ruscitti was third fastest in the qualifying session for Saturday’s race. During the forty-five-minute contest, he chased the leaders and captured the final spot on the podium. Ruscitti started on the outside of the front row in the finale but spun in corner one on the first lap and battled back for a sixth-place finish.|
|Michael Di Meo qualified fourth fast for the first race of the weekend. Di Meo followed the leaders during the forty-five-minute contest and finished fourth in the No. 35 Porsche GT3 Cup. In the finale, he started third but gained a position when Remo Ruscitti spun. However, he lost a spot to Roman De Angelis and found himself in a race-long battle with Jeff Kingsley before finishing in the third position.|
|Martin Harvey wasn’t the quickest competitor ‘week in and week out’; however, consistency paid off for the driver of the No. 08 Wingho Racing Porsche GT3 Cup. Harvey participated in the Masters category and accumulated enough points to earn the class title with his round eleven results. At the Chevrolet Silverado 250, he captured two eleventh place finishes.|
|FINISH||CLASS||DRIVER||CAR / SPONSOR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||Platinum||Zacharie Robichon||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||29||-|
|2||Platinum||Roman De Angelis||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||26||-|
|3||Platinum||Remo Ruscitti||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / OpenRoad Racing||26||-|
|4||Platinum||Michael Di Meo||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Policaro Motorsport||26||-|
|5||Platinum||Jeff Kingsley||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Policaro Motorsport||26||-|
|6||Platinum||Patrick Dussault||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / GT Racing||26||-|
|7||Gold||Marco Cirone||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||26||-|
|8||Platinum||Perry Bortolotti||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||26||-|
|9||Platinum||Max Tullman||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Tullman Walker Racing||26||-|
|10||Gold||Ilker Starck||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Policaro Motorsport||25||-|
|11||Platinum||Martin Harvey||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Wingho Motorsport Racing||25||-|
|12||Platinum||Stefan Rzadzinski||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / DFC Motorsport||25||-|
|13||Platinum||Michael Fantin||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Engineered Automotive||25||-|
|FINISH||CLASS||DRIVER||CAR / SPONSOR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||Platinum||Zacharie Robichon||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||34||-|
|2||Platinum||Roman De Angelis||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||34||-|
|3||Platinum||Michael Di Meo||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Policaro Motorsport||34||-|
|4||Platinum||Jeff Kingsley||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Policaro Motorsport||34||-|
|5||Platinum||Patrick Dussault||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / GT Racing||34||-|
|6||Platinum||Remo Ruscitti||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / OpenRoad Racing||34||-|
|7||Platinum||Stefan Rzadzinski||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / DFC Motorsport||34||-|
|8||Gold||Marco Cirone||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||34||-|
|9||Platinum||Perry Bortolotti||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||34||-|
|10||Platinum||Michael Fantin||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Engineered Automotive||34||-|
|11||Platinum||Martin Harvey||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Wingho Motorsport Racing||33||-|
|12||Gold||Ilker Starck||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Policaro Motorsport||33||-|
|13||Platinum||Max Tullman||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Tullman Walker Racing||30||-|
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