We are halfway through our Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge race season and it has been an exciting journey for our driver Pieter Baljet and Porsche Centre Victoria team.
In the recent race at Watkins Glen International in New York, there was a heavy pile up in the first of two races. We were thankful to see our driver and dear friend, Pieter was able to stop in time to avoid the collision. Unfortunately there were quite a few other vehicles that were heavily damaged in the crash. As Porsche enthusiasts, it is always painful to see this kind of collision in a race of this caliber.
As we look forward to the races ahead, this weekend Pieter and the team will head to the streets of Toronto. Qualifying begins on Friday July 14th with the first race starting on Saturday July 15th at 3:20pm PST. The second race will take place Sunday July 16th at 10:40am PST.
Here is a little history on the upcoming track.
- Mr. Uli Bieri of Toronto purchased the dragway in 1997
- Throughout his business career Bieri always had a passion for racing; in the 1980's and 90's he raced professionally
- In the year 2000 a 3 km Road Course was built
- The track was designed so it could be configured in different ways to suit driver skills from novice to pro
- Safety was the first concern in designing and building the track
- The course is flat and provides plenty of run off area
- The track was closed for a short time while noise studies were carried out and noise mitigation designed
- An extensive system of noise berms was constructed
- In 2001 the track name was changed to Toronto Motorsports Park
- Toronto Motorsports Park developed lapping days for cars and motorcycles, and introduced a variety of instruction programs
The objective of Toronto Motorsports Park remains to encourage people to enjoy motorsports, but to do so in a controlled and safe environment. On-track practice and instruction not only provide the opportunity to experience the potential of their vehicles, but also develop skills that make on-road driving and riding safer.
Want to learn more? Follow race updates at IMSA.
Wishing our Porsche Centre Victoria team and Pieter Baljet the best of luck in the upcoming races!
Date Posted: July 11, 2017