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.
Rounds seven and eight of the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada were held at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Drivers would compete in two forty-five-minute races around the eleven-turn 1.786-mile temporary street circuit.
|The Platinum Cup points leader, Zacharie Robichon, has five victories in six starts. The driver of the No. 98 Mark Motors Racing Porsche GT3 Cup qualified on the pole for Saturday’s contest and led the race flag-to-flag, despite pressure from his teammate Roman De Angelis. Robichon was gridded first for the weekend’s final event and was challenged by De Angelis and Remo Ruscitti but captured his seventh win of the season.|
|To date, the only driver to beat the points leader, Zachario Robichon, is his teammate, Roman De Angelis. De Angelis was victorious in round five at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. During Friday’s practice session at Toronto, he was fastest, but on Saturday, De Angelis qualified behind Robichon. In the race, he followed Robichon to the checkered flag. The next day, a miscue resulted in a visit to the pits and a fifth-place finish.|
|Remo Ruscitti was seeking redemption in Toronto after finishing last in the final race at Montreal. In the qualifying session for round seven, Ruscitti recorded the third-fastest time. Unfortunately, in the race, he fell out of contention and finished a lap behind the leaders in seventh place. On Sunday, Ruscitti was gridded third and was able to capitalize on an error by Roman De Angelis to claim a runner-up result.|
|The Platinum Cup podium for round eight of the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Standing in the center for the seventh time this season is the race winner and points leader, Zacharie Robichon. On the left is the runner-up from OpenRoad Racing, Remo Ruscitti. Completing the rostrum is the third-place finisher, Michael Di Meo.|
|The driver of the No. 35 Policaro Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup, Michael Di Meo, was gridded fourth for the start of the first contest at Toronto. Unfortunately, an accident on lap one ended his race and he was classified with an eleventh place finish. With overnight repairs completed, Di Meo started fourth on Sunday. He was a beneficiary of Roman De Angelis’ error and captured the final position on the podium.|
|Rookie Stefan Rzadzinski scored his first podium on a damp track in round three at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Rzadzinski qualified in the back half of the grid for the weekend’s first race at Toronto. But in the race, he moved up the running order and the No. 8 Speedstar Motorsport Porsche GT3 Cup crossed the finish line in third place. On Sunday, Rzadzinski started fifth and finished in the fourth position.|
|Former series champion and Platinum Cup Masters division competitor Perry Bortolotti made his first appearance of the season a Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Bortolotti would win his class driving the No. 84 Mark Motors Racing Porsche GT3 Cup. He skipped rounds five and six at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve but returned to the series in Toronto. Once again, Bortolotti captured the top honours in the Masters’ category.|
|The Platinum Masters division podium for round eight of the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada at the Honda Indy Toronto. In the center for the fourth time, this year is the 2011 series champion and race winner, Perry Bortolotti. On the left side of Wingho Racing is the runner-up, Martin Harvey. Finishing in the third position and completing the rostrum is the third-place finisher, Neal Walker.|
|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||Stefan Rzadzinski||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / DFC Motorsport||34||-|
|4||Platinum||Jeff Kingsley||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Policaro Motorsport||34||-|
|5||Platinum||Perry Bortolotti||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||33||-|
|6||Gold||Marco Cirone||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||33||-|
|7||Platinum||Remo Ruscitti||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / OpenRoad Racing||33||-|
|8||Platinum||Neal Walker||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Tullman Walker Racing||32||-|
|9||Platinum||Martin Harvey||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Wingho Motorsport Racing||31||-|
|10||Platinum||Michael Fantin||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Engineered Automotive||1||Did Not Finish|
|11||Platinum||Michael Di Meo||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Policaro Motorsport||1||Did Not Finish|
|12||Platinum||Patrick Dussault||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / GT Racing||0||Did Not Finish|
|FINISH||CLASS||DRIVER||CAR / SPONSOR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||Platinum||Zacharie Robichon||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||37||-|
|2||Platinum||Remo Ruscitti||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / OpenRoad Racing||37||-|
|3||Platinum||Michael Di Meo||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Policaro Motorsport||37||-|
|4||Platinum||Stefan Rzadzinski||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / DFC Motorsport||37||-|
|5||Platinum||Roman De Angelis||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||37||-|
|6||Platinum||Jeff Kingsley||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Policaro Motorsport||37||-|
|7||Platinum||Perry Bortolotti||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||37||-|
|8||Gold||Marco Cirone||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Mark Motors Racing||36||-|
|9||Platinum||Michael Fantin||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Engineered Automotive||36||-|
|10||Platinum||Martin Harvey||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Wingho Motorsport Racing||35||-|
|11||Platinum||Neal Walker||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / Tullman Walker Racing||6||Did Not Finish|
|-||Platinum||Patrick Dussault||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup / GT Racing||-||Did Not Start|
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