The Canadian stole the victory in a thrilling finish during the second Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge race of the week, featuring drivers from both the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.
While Robichon consistently ran in the top five throughout the 45-minute race in his No. 98 Mark Motors Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, he was never able to get past the revolving 1-2 combination of Roman De Angelis and yesterday’s overall race winner and Porsche GT3 Cup USA competitor Trenton Estep.
That is, until the last lap.
Heading into the final and iconic Turn 17, De Angelis in the No. 1 Kelly Moss Road and Race Porsche battled alongside Estep in the No. 3 JDX Racing Porsche heading to the checkered flag. The two cars made contact and spun, opening the door for Robichon to sneak past for the overall and GT3 Cup Challenge Canada victory ahead of second-place in the Canadian Platinum Cup class, Nelson Mason in the No. 35 Policaro Motorsport/SportsCarBoutique machine.
“It was sort of written in the wall for the last two laps what was going to happen with those two guys,” said Robichon, who also claimed the Canadian series victory yesterday with an overall finish of second. “You never want to see a race end like that. They’re both my friends and it’s kind of awkward for me to be happy about it, but we’ll take it and it’s great for the championship. We’re sorry to take it this way but a win’s a win, right?”
De Angelis, collecting points this weekend in both the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada and USA championships, finished 10th in USA and seventh in the Canada series after the collision.
Mason, who fell victim to a left front tire puncture in yesterday’s race that took him out of contention, was overcome with relief at closing out the weekend with a solid finish.
“The guys worked overnight to get the car back together and did an absolutely stunner job because I’d say this was the best the car has been all weekend,” Mason said. “It was a real pleasure to drive… To be honest, I was going for the podium, but I was just trying to bring the car home for the guys. They’ve been working so hard, a new team. This is really their first result, so I knew how important it would be to even get a fourth or a fifth.”
Rounding out the podium was Marco Cirone, driver of the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, who also added his second Porsche GT3 Cup Canada Masters class win of the weekend to his resume. He snuck into the third position as a result of De Angelis’ and Estep’s collision after running throughout the top ten all race.
“Not just the Canadian guys, but the American guys,” said Cirone about the tough competition. “Everybody is so talented. I think I started in eighth position and the seven guys ahead of me, they were just keeping an incredible pace. Our car, we were having some issues in the beginning so I just figured, let me stay out of trouble and let me just be here in case something happens.”
The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama returns for Rounds 3 and 4 on May 19-20, as part of the Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.