May 19

Martin Harvey to compete in the Porsche GT3 Cup this weekend

IMSA Ultra 94 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama

Martin Harvey 135325Martin Harvey returns to competition this weekend for the first two rounds of the IMSA Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada.

Martin Harvey of Berthierville, Québec, driver the number 08 Wingho Racing Porsche 911 GT3 sponsored by McDonald’s, Berthierville, enters his seventh season of competition this weekend in the IMSA Ultra 94 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama. The first two rounds of the 12-round 2017 schedule, will be held this Saturday and Sunday on the 3.957-km Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) road course located near Bowmanville, Ontario.

The Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend of activities will see the GT3 Cup driver competing in the 45-minute opening round on Saturday, May 20 at 3:00 p.m. The starting grid for round 1 will be set earlier in the morning following the 9:00 a.m. qualifying session. Results of Saturday’s race will set the starting positions for the 11:25 a.m. round 2, 45-minute race on Sunday.

“I was eager to see how the new Porsche would handle on a fast race track like Mosport, since I was unable to test it prior to this weekend,” said Martin Harvey following the first practice session held on Friday morning. “I quickly discovered that the car was more powerful and more difficult to handle, and that I would have to adapt very quickly. There will be another practice session this afternoon followed by qualifying on Saturday before the races, so I should be ready.”

Born in Dolbeau, Québec, the semi-pro driver is entered in the Platinum Cup class and will compete in the Master championship for drivers 45 and over. During the span of his GT3 Cup career, the Wingho Racing Team driver scored nine Master Cup victories. This year, Harvey partnered with Porsche Prestige of Montreal, owned by Groupe Gabriel, to secure his second-generation Porsche GT3 Cup racecar.


The 2017 IMSA Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Canada Schedule

Following the two opening rounds held this weekend at CTMP, the next two races will be run June 9-10 as part of the Grand Prix du Canada at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal. After that, the Canadian drivers will cross the U.S. border for two races against their American counterparts at iconic Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. on June 30-July 1. Fifteen days later, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge will be at the Toronto Indy for their fourth double-header of the season. The Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières will host the penultimate round on August 12-13. The season ends September 2-3 where it begins this weekend, at the historic Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

source: Max d’Orsonnens