MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/19/13 -- Editor's Note: Photos for this release will be available on the Canadian Press picture wire via Marketwire.
The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin drivers may barbecue together off the track, but on track they are fierce competitors. Tight battles took place within the field at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, but the participants kept the race clean at the 2013 Castrol Presents Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend.
"It was the perfect start to this season," said Joe Lawrence, President & CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. "The weather was fantastic, we saw a tight race for the podium, and the new track accommodations enhanced the entire experience."
"We couldn't be happier with the result of the weekend," said IMSA Development Series Director Steven Sewell. "We had good, clean racing and showcased youthful talent at the front mixed with experienced drivers throughout the Masters class."
Pfaff/Alegra Motorsports started the 2013 season on a high note at the Saturday race, producing two Platinum Cup podium finishes in the first of two 45-minute races. Spencer Pigot led the field flag-to-flag and teammate Chris Green finished in second. Pigot maintained speed throughout the 32 laps, posting his fastest time on lap 16 of the circuit.
"It went pretty perfect," Pigot said. "We were able to get a good lead off the start, made a little mistake in the middle that allowed David (Ostella) to catch up and it was pretty close there for a while and I just had to keep pushing to keep him behind me. And eventually with the traffic I was able to get a gap with him. I'm very happy with the weekend so far and can't thank the guys at Alegra and Pfaff enough to be here."
Green's run to a second-place finish started on lap two when he passed rookie David Ostella after making contact at Turn 5B. Ostella wouldn't let Green by easily, however, and seven laps later was back ahead of Green in second position. As Ostella made runs at the leader, Green continued to creep up on the 21-year old and eventually passed Ostella on the 29th lap with five minutes remaining.
Although Ostella was never able to pass Pigot and finished fifth overall, he produced some impressive numbers including setting a race lap record in his first closed-cockpit car, battling the fellow former open-wheel racer. On lap 10, Ostella began the chase to Pigot, posting the fastest lap in the field at that point. He followed it with another fastest time on lap 11 and shortened the gap to just seven-tenths of a second in lap 17, but a minor racing incident with a lapped car ultimately slowed his progress.
With only two laps to go, GT Racing's Jean-Frederic Laberge made a pass into third position after holding onto fourth for the majority of the race. The Montreal native is pleased with making it to the podium.
Tim Sanderson opened up the 2013 season with a first-place finish in the Gold class. Sanderson represents Racing for Joanne's House this season and moved up from 12th starting position to finish 11th overall in Race 1 of the Castrol Presents Victoria Day Speedfest. His time best lap of 1:24.116 is now a track-best time in the Gold Cup category.
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