Support Races Set For Canadian Grand Prix


MONTREAL — The Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada is pleased to reveal its complete schedule for the weekend of June 7-9 at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

In addition to the three free practice sessions, the qualifying session and the 2013 F-1 Grand Prix, eight races are on the agenda.

Ferrari Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, CTCC and Formula Tour 1600 are the four series that will each present two races after their respective practice and qualifying sessions.

“We are pleased to provide our loyal fans with another program with more than 14 hours of pure action on the race track, and where more than seven will feature drivers from North American series,” said President and CEO of Octane Racing Group Inc. and President of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada, François Dumontier. “The Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada is pleased to welcome the participants and representatives of North American championships to whom a visit in June, at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, always had a special signification. Well aware that they share the racetrack with Formula 1 aces and facing a crowd of connoisseur, they offer an amazing show every time they compete on the circuit. The importance they attach to their visit in Montreal can easily be measured by looking at their great enthusiasm during the podium ceremonies. ”

Spectators are invited to arrive at the circuit at 8 a.m. Friday, June 7, as the gates will open. Starting at 8:50 a.m., the drivers from Ferrari Challenge will arrive on the racetrack for the first practice session. Preceding the CTCC and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, they will return later in the afternoon for their qualification and trial sessions. Also on Friday, the eleven teams competing in the world championship will execute their first laps in two free 90-minutes practice sessions, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The forty passionate Formula 1600 drivers will close the day with the presentation of a qualifying session at 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 8, when the doors open at 7: 30 pm, the on-track action will begin at 8:45 a.m. with the Ferrari Challenge qualifying session. This championship’s participants will return on track at 4:30 p.m. to take part in one of their two races of the weekend. Formula 1600 and CTCC drivers will also compete in their first race of their doubleheader, at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. respectively. This eventful day will conclude on a Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge race at 5:30 p.m. Evidently, Formula 1 fans will be entitled to a free practice session of 60 minutes at 10 a.m. and the highly anticipated qualifying session divided in three rounds at 1 p.m.

The 2013 Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada will wrap up on Sunday, June 9, with the conclusion of the seventh round of the world championship, a 70-lap race whose start will be given at 2 p.m. The gates will open at 8 a.m. for this last day of the 44th (34th in Montreal) edition of the largest sporting event in the country. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early in the morning to enjoy the final four supporting races. CTCC (9 a.m.), Formula 1600 (9:45 a.m.), Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge (10:30 a.m.) and Ferrari Challenge (11:15 a.m.) will then follow.