Three major SRO championships travel north to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) to continue the season-long GT3 and GT4 class battles in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, May 17 – 19. Five Porsche 911 GT3 R customer race cars will fight for victory in Rounds 5 and 6 of the Blancpain GT World Challenge America championship for GT3 cars while a total of eight Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport racers will contest either the GT4 America Sprint or SprintX races.
Blancpain GT World Challenge America
The pair of 90-minute GT World Challenge America races are among the most hotly contested events in the world of auto racing. Alegra Motorsports fields the No. 22 Porsche 911 GT3 R for Porsche Young Driver Academy graduates Daniel Morad (Canada) and Michael De Quesada (Tampa, Florida) and the No. 24 for veteran Porsche pilots Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Marco Holzer (Germany). Kevan Millstein and Alex Barron enter their third weekend of SRO competition in the No. 38 prepared by K2R Motorsports. Wright Motorsports looks for victory lane with a pair of the rear-engine machines with Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) and Porsche Selected Driver Scott Hargrove (Canada) in the No. 58 Porsche Consulting/Pfaff Porsche 911 GT3 R. Anthony Imperato (Brooklyn, New York) and Porsche Young Professional Dennis Olsen (Norway) are partnered again this weekend in the No. 91 brought north by Wright.
The No. 58 pairing boasts a long history of success at the 2.459-mile circuit north of Toronto. Of Long’s four CTMP victories, two were earned during his first series event with Wright Motorsports in 2016. While it’s still a trip across the country for Hargrove, the track formerly known as Mosport International Raceway is familiar territory as the Vancouver-native holds nine victories driving Porsche cars at the Canadian road course.
The road-car based GT4 class will have four races at CTMP with two each of the 50-minute Sprint Championship and the 60-minute SprintX Championship. Porsche will be represented by four customer teams and their 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport race cars on track in Rounds 4 and 5 of the Sprint series. GMG Racing will have Jason Bell back in the No. 2 machine for the third time this season. Park Place Motorsports is a proven winner in both SRO and IMSA competition in 2019 with Alan Brynjolfsson in its No. 7 neon yellow Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport while TRG brings the No. 66 for Atlanta’s Spencer Pumpelly. The veteran Porsche combination has already stood on the top step of the Sprint podium this year. BGB Motorsports has entered Canadian Thomas Collinwood in the No. 169 for Saturday and Sunday’s races. The Sprint series is a single-driver format.
The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is also the customer Porsche in the 60-minute SprintX championship races at CTMP. Rounds 5 and 6 of the two-driver “endurance” series will see four more 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport race cars. TRG has Sean Gibbons and Derek DeBoer in the No. 17 while the pairing of previous race winners Matt Travis and Jason Hart will split driving chores in the No. 47 of NOLASPORT. Thomas Collinwood will team with John Tecce in the No. 69 BGB Motorsports car for the SprintX races on Saturday and Sunday. Park Place Motorsports’ Allan Brynjolfsson will also have a busy weekend driving all four GT4 races. The American will add Trent Hindman to the lineup in the No. 77 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
Patrick Long, Driver, No. 58 Wright Motorsports Pfaff Porsche/Porsche Consulting Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“CTMP is a track that stands entirely on its own compared to other North American tracks. It’s very quick, treacherous and challenging to get the car dialed in. When you have success there it gives you an extra kick of confidence because it’s that tough. We haven’t been the strongest car on the straights and CTMP has a lot of high speed sections. We’ll have our work cut out for us, but if you look our previous results with Wright Motorsports, we’ve always come out strong so we go in with confidence.”
“Having Pfaff Porsche on the car for a Toronto home race is a special thing. I’ve worked with Pfaff in the past when I lived in Toronto. It’s a great group that’s hugely successful on a global level with their car sales. I’m sure they will bring an extra home court advantage to cheer us on and we look forward to that.”
Scott Hargrove, Driver, No. 58 Wright Motorsports Pfaff Porsche/Porsche Consulting Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park feels like a home track to me, even at over 4000km away from my home in Vancouver. I’ve always really enjoyed tackling the high-speed elevation changes and I’m confident that we’ll carry over the positive momentum that we built at VIR. It’s also great to have Pfaff Porsche join us for the event as they are a leader in developing the Canadian motorsports community.”
Anthony Imperato, Driver, No. 91 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back to it at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. This is my first time going to CTMP, but I’m confident that we will have a fast Porsche and hoping for some strong results”
Dennis Olsen, Driver, No. 91 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“I’m looking forward to joining Anthony again in the SRO America championship. Unlike COTA, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is a new track for me. I’m sure we will be up to speed very quickly and as always, I feel very confident racing with Wright Motorsports. Hopefully we will be able to collect a lot of valuable points for the championship and continue the great momentum that we’ve built over the last two rounds.”