In Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin
“The seventh generation Porsche 911 road car has given a tremendous platform to build this new 911 GT3 Cup car Porsche Motorsport is introducing to all of the Cup and Challenge series around the world,” said Jens Walther, president and CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America. “The Ultra 94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin has generated some of our most loyal Porsche customers and that, in turn, has brought in new teams for next season. The level of competition and professionalism is a testimony to what the organizers and participants bring to the series. We are very pleased to introduce the latest 911 GT3 Cup car to Canada in 2014.”
The new race car has already become a hot seller. Eight of the 10 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars earmarked for the series have already been purchased, leaving just two on the showroom floor.
“We are still six months away from the start of the fourth season of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series in Canada,” said Alexander Pollich, President & CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. “Yet, the healthy number of next-generation 911 GT3 Cup car orders already placed speaks highly to the level of commitment the teams reserve for the series. We are confident that this new car will bring even more excitement for the 2014 edition of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series.”
The five-weekend, 10-race 2014 season has not yet been announced, but it will include a visit to one of Canada’s most high-profile motorsport venues. Anticipation is already building for what may be the most different and exciting shift since the IMSA Development Series’ inaugural 2011 season.
Among the competitors who have already announced their plans for 2014 are Quebec-based GT Racing, which returns with owner Eric Cote at the helm alongside returning stars Etienne Borgeat and JF Laberge behind the wheel. The team will also be joined by series newcomer Andre Belzile of Longueuil, Quebec.
“We can’t wait to get the new cars,” Cote said. “We will have three cars next year in our team. Andre Belzile will be the new guy, Borgeat and Laberge will be back again this time fighting for the championship in Masters and Platinum.”
Alegra Motorsports team owner Carlos de Quesada, who won the Gold Cup championship in 2013, will also be back in action for 2014 with a driver as yet to be announced. The dynamic duo of Marco Cirone and Perry Bortolotti of Mark Motors Racing return behind the wheel of new, gleaming 911 GT3 Cup entries.
In a new twist, Ansa Motorsports owner Alain Nadal will bring his Miami-based team north of the border with driver Ludovico Manfredi to compete in the series full time. Ansa’s primary sponsor, MOMO, is expanding its Canadian presence, which prompted the shift to the Canadian series. Manfredi ran select races in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda Series in 2013 prior to previously competing in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA.
Second-place Platinum Cup finisher Chris Green and Pfaff Tuning will be back again for another run at the title in their purchase of new 2014 Porsche muscle.
Updates on Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin news and activities can now be found on imsa.com, the series newly launched website, as well as IMSA on Facebook and now @IMSA with the #GT3CAN hashtag on Twitter.