Porsche Cars Canada Ltd.

Porsche Cars Canada Ltd.

May 19, 2015 06:00 ET

Action-packed Start for the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin

Chris Green sweeps Platinum, Orey Fidani and Bruno Chapinotti each earn their first victory in the Gold class over the weekend

BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 19, 2015) - This weekend, rounds one and two of the Ultra 94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin were successfully completed.

"All elements were perfectly aligned to create a great start to the season," said Alexander Pollich, President & CEO Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. "Ideal weather, incredible competition, palpable excitement, and invaluable support from our sponsors made it a memorable weekend."

Chris Green saw an ideal start toward his goal of capturing his first Platinum Cup championship by completing a weekend sweep of Rounds 1 and 2 of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin on Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Green, from Montreal, led from start to finish in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. He beat runner-up Marco Cirone, from Toronto, to the finish by 4.897 seconds. Green held off Cirone on a last-lap restart to win Saturday by .660 of a second.

"It's been an amazing weekend and I am really proud of the Pfaff guys," Green said. "They did such a good job of putting together my Pfaff car. I couldn't ask for anything more.

"The Michelins were fantastic, and everything was really, really great from start to finish."

Daniel Morad, from Thornhill, Ontario, finished third for the second consecutive round in the No. 22 Alegra Motorsports Porsche to complete a successful first weekend in sports car racing. Morad returned to racing this weekend after a five-year hiatus. He won karting and junior open- wheel championships before racing in Europe in A1GP and Formula One feeder series GP3 from 2008-10.

Two-time reigning Platinum Masters champion Cirone kept a perfect record in the class with his second victory of the weekend. He kept his cool after Morad's pass in Turn 10, regaining second place just one lap later.

"Daniel ran a great race, and he got me there in Turn 10, but I managed to defend going into Turn 1 so he put on a lot of pressure," Cirone said. "So I just focused and drove it home. Thanks to the Mark Motors team."

2014 Gold Cup champion Sanderson completed his first event in a Platinum Cup with another second place podium finish in Platinum Masters.

Keith Bass, from Tampa, Florida, finished third in his first Platinum Cup start in the No. 28 SB Racing Porsche on Saturday's race. Bass jumped to Platinum Cup after finishing second in the Silver Cup championship in 2014. The next day, Carlos de Quesada, from Odessa, Florida, rebounded from failing to finish Saturday to earn a third place Platinum Masters podium result in the No. 50 Alegra Motorsports Porsche.

In Round 1, Orey Fidani, from Woodbridge, ON, was credited with the victory in Gold Cup in the No. 13 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche. Michael De Quesada from Tampa, FL, finished in second place in the No. 24 Alegra Motorsports car, while Jerimy Daniel, from Candiac, QC, came in third place in the TRC No. 75 car.

In the second race, former Brazilian karting standout Chapinotti took the lead, followed by Orey Fidani's No. 13 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche.

"Thanks to all of my sponsors and team and all of their amazing support," Chapinotti said. "My family has been great this weekend, and IMSA has been great. The people are so professional, and it's just great to be here."

Michael de Quesada, from Odessa, Florida, was credited with third place despite stopping in Turn 1 with a problem and dropping out six laps into the race.

Rounds 3 and 4 of the 10-round Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin are scheduled for June 13-14 at the Toronto Indy. The series is sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).

For more information on the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, visit www.imsa.com and @IMSA on Twitter with the hashtag #GT3CAN. Live commentary for both races will be provided on Twitter at @IMSALive.

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