DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A return to the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal is a leading highlight of the schedule for the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama that was announced on Thursday by IMSA.
The series, one of 20 global Porsche GT3 Cup one-make championships, will compete at five venues, including Canada’s two largest cities in support of the two most prestigious motorsports events in the country – the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada
at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal and the Honda Indy Toronto.
The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama will also return to the United States with two rounds at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) Int’l.
Those three events are an integral part of the 12 rounds for the series, which helps groom drivers for future IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition or professional GT racing worldwide.
Another key addition to the calendar is the introduction of the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, which will be featured in the Platinum Cup class. The class will compete alongside the Gold Cup and Silver Cup classes, the latter featuring the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car in all events held at Canadian venues.
The season starts May 19-21 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and ends Sept. 1-3 at the same venue in Bowmanville, Ontario. High-profile events also will take place at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal, Watkins Glen Int’l, the streets of Toronto and the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, with two rounds at every series event.
The traditional Victoria Day season-opening weekend will feature the debut of the 911 GT3 Cup car in the Platinum class. The Gold class will now consist of the previous-generation 911 GT3 Cup car and the Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car will remain in the Silver Cup class.
The Silver Cup class will compete alongside the Platinum and Gold Cup GT3 classes at five of the series’ six events, with separate standings and awards presented in a 10-round championship. As such, Silver Cup competitors will be racing at all weekends held in Canada.
After the season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, teams and drivers then will head to Montreal for rounds three and four on June 9-11.
The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama then will cross the Canada-United States border to compete in rounds five and six June 29-July 2 at historic Watkins Glen Int’l during the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. The sole joint event weekend of the season between the Canadian and USA series will take place at The Glen.
Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama teams and drivers then will move to Canada’s largest city for rounds seven and eight on July 14-16, supporting the Verizon IndyCar Series for the third consecutive year at Honda Indy Toronto.
Teams and drivers then will return to Quebec for rounds nine and 10 on Aug. 11-13 during the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières street race. The season-ending rounds 11 and 12 will take place Sept. 1-3 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
“We are awaiting the start of this season’s racing with anticipation,” said Alexander Pollich, president & CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. “With the arrival of the new 911 GT3 Cup car, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama promises to be the most exciting yet.”