And while the dynamic duo made a great statement on the podium regarding the agility and ability of the 911 GT3 Cup car, it was rookie and current series points leader David Ostella that added the punctuation.
The 21-year-old from Maple, Ontario started the race in seventh position for SpeedMerchants, and once the checkered flag dropped, began his immediate signature hard charge to the front. Passing one car each lap, he quickly wound his way to second place and locked in behind Green, where he held on through two caution periods to take home a well-earned second place.
“It was an amazing race,” Ostella said. “I started off seventh and made my way to second. It was just phenomenal. It ended on yellow, and while I wish it didn’t, I think I could have had something for Chris (Green) at the end there. I just can’t thank the SpeedMerchants guys enough, because they did a great job for me today. We struggled a bit in qualifying but definitely found our rhythm and bounced back today. Driving a Porsche is such an awesome experience and I am hopeful that we can keep that momentum in tomorrow’s race. Doing both the U.S. and Canadian races this weekend has made me appreciate both tire manufacturers and my Michelins held up beautifully today.”
Catching the spirit of Ostella’s drive, GT Racing’s JF Laberge demonstrated why the Montreal native captured the Platinum Championship last season, by pushing from a last place starting position on the grid due to a late tire change following qualifying, all the way to sixth place as the checkered flag fell.