MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/10/13 -- Conditions similar to the qualifying session ended the first race day at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on Saturday. The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada drivers were the last on track and avoided a wet session due to the previous on-track activity creating a clean, dry line on track. Conditions were similar to qualifications, which made for an ultra-competitive 30-minute sprint.
Pfaff/Alegra Motorsports driver Chris Green led the field from the grid to the finish line and clinched his first Platinum Cup victory of his career and the 2013 season by a 17.390 margin. Green pulled away from the field immediately as the only driver consistently turning laps of 1:41, with everyone else settling in behind him at 1:42 or above.
"Montreal is home for me," Green said. "It's important for me to perform well in front of my home crowd in front of my friends, my family, and my sponsors. The Pfaff/Alegra car has been fantastic and I never had to look back."
Green's fastest lap came in his fifth time around the circuit. His quickest time was over one second better than the next driver in the field, teammate Spencer Pigot.
With a second-place finish Pigot earned his third spot on the podium this season.
"It's my first time here and I love the event. It's great to be part of an F1 weekend," Pigot said. "IMSA does a great job of putting everything on so I'm really enjoying it. It's fun to win races and be right up there. We've been second the past few times so hopefully we'll be able to get back on the top step."
SpeedMerchants' David Ostella began and ended the race in third position for his second podium finish of the year. Ostella battled with Masters Championship driver Marco Cirone before making a well-executed pass under braking into the hairpin on lap 13.
"The race was great," Ostella said. "The team did an awesome job. The car was really good. I had a little incident with Laberge, just a racing incident, nothing you can do about that. After that I just put my head down and just tried to get some laps in, landed in third, which was nice.
The top three Platinum Cup drivers consistently mixed with Masters Championship drivers Marco Cirone and Perry Bortolotti of Mark Motors Racing. The experienced drivers proved they could give the youngsters a run for their money in round three of the 10-round season.
In the Gold Cup, Tim Sanderson claimed his third victory of the season. Sanderson climbed two positions during the 30-minute feature after starting in 13th position and ending in 11th overall. The second Gold Cup finisher, Robert Maranda, ended 13th overall after starting in the 15th spot. It was an exciting return for Maranda for the 2013 season.
Carlos de Quesada with Pfaff/Alegra Motorsports finished third in the Gold Cup despite a spin early in the race.
Marco Cirone was as high as second position in Saturday afternoon's race feature before finishing fourth overall and first in the Masters Championship. The Mark Motors Racing driver was side-by-side with three-time Platinum Cup podium finisher Spencer Pigot early on in the race. He continued to remain in the top group with youngsters Pigot and Ostella just ahead of him.
Behind Cirone a constant battle ensued for the remaining two podium spots in the Masters Championship.
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