During the most recent Porsche GT3 Cup Canada round at Honda Indy Toronto just three weeks ago, the car was caught up in a first-lap incident during Race 1. The damage from the incident forced the team and driver Patrick Dussault to withdraw from the next day’s race and instead, focus on readying the car for this weekend in Québec.
“We rebuilt the whole car, really,” said Dussault. “The front left was wrecked – not the top, just the front left section – and we have a new engine also. The car was smashed, basically. Not our fault – obviously it was a pile up, an incident caused by another incident. For us, it’s unfortunate, but I have the best guys in the paddock to repair the car.”
The team effort will continue this weekend at GP3R, albeit in a different capacity. This is Dussault’s second trip to GP3R in a Porsche GT3 Cup car and the series sophomore is ready to take cues from teammate and longtime racer Etienne Borgeat in the No. 2 Porsche.
“Etienne here is very fast, so we can work as a team to upgrade our level,” Dussault said after Practice 1. “But we don’t necessarily have an edge on anybody. Anybody can be fast here…We were just cruising in practice. No need to push or do any stupid mistakes. We’re all competitive, we all want to be fast, but for us, it’s just a recap.”
Adding a special twist to the team’s return this weekend is that both the driver and team are based in Québec. This weekend’s Porsche GT3 Cup Canada trip to the province is the second and final time this year that the No. 77 group will get to race near home, let alone at such a historic event.
“GP3R has a big history for us Quebeckers to inspire racing,” said Dussault. “Gilles (Villenueve) came here, Jacque (Villenueve) came here, the biggest racing family in Canada. They built their dynasty and their history in Three Rivers. For us, it’s inspiring and it’s fun having all the families coming out.”