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April 8th, 2011, 11:40am
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Porsche Canada is bringing racing back to this country, adding the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series to the motorsports calendar.

Three races will be held, the first on May 14-15 at Calabogie Motorsports Park (Calabogie, Ontario), the second on June 3-5 at Circuit ICAR (Mirabel, Quebec), and the season ending session July 23-24 at the Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport.

“Canada has always been a part of the Porsche motorsport family,” said Joe Lawrence, President and CEO of Porsche Canada. “Canada was the stage for one of the most competitive one-make Porsche series in the 1980s, and Mosport has hosted the American IMSA GT3 Challenge every year.

“It’s great to once again have a Canadian series and Porsche Canada looks forward to playing a more active role in the worldwide Porsche motorsport community.”

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada will consist exclusively of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. The series is designed to develop new drivers and prepare them for competition in the American Le Mans Series.

Developed by Porsche for their one-make cup series worldwide, 911 GT3 Cup is based on the production 911 GT3 RS road car. Cup-car engines are largely identical to the production engine of the 911 GT3 RS, with the same power output of 450 hp and the same maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm.

Porsche Canada has partnered with Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) to bring the series here. Adding Canada to the roster brings to 20 the number of worldwide Cup Challenge Series.

IMSA sanctions the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama in the United States, currently the largest one-make series in North America. The Mosport event will give both series a chance to go head to head on the Canadians’ home turf.

“This new series is a significant step for Porsche’s worldwide network of one-make cups as Canada has a rich heritage for both Porsche and sports car racing,” said Jens Walther, president of Porsche Motorsport North America.

“Trans-Am champion Ludwig Heimrath, Sebring winners Kees Nierop and Bill Adam are some of the many Porsche drivers who have called Canada home. The fact that there is enough interest to start their own Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge is not only a testament to the reputation of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, but of Porsche Canada’s commitment to the 911 market and IMSA’s willingness to meet the demand of the Canadian motorsports market.”

For more information, including competitor regulations, go to www.imsaracing.net (http://www.imsaracing.net/).

Read more: http://www.driving.ca/Porsche+brings+Challenge+Series+Canada/4515102/story.html#ixzz1HunAK5Yh


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