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Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

“We are now halfway through the season and the field has shown increased confidence, competitiveness, and aptitude,” said Marc Ouayoun, President & CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. “We were delighted to have been able to welcome 2018 LeMans-winner and World Champion Kevin Estre as a mentor in the series which has benefited drivers in tangible and measurable ways.”

Fans at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park were treated to a show on Sunday morning with the second and final Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama race of the weekend.

The contest for the lead was a replica of Saturday’s race in Bowmanville, with Roman De Angelis taking his fifth GT3 Cup Challenge Canada victory of the season and his second weekend sweep after winning Rounds 3 and 4 in Montreal last month at the Canadian Grand Prix. 

He now owns a 27-point lead in the championship standings. 

While De Angelis cruised to his 20-second victory, other cars in the pack were forced to fight for their positions on the leaderboard, resulting in a 45-minute race that consistently saw battles on track.

Ten minutes into the race, Jeff Kingsley in his No. 16 Policaro Motorsport Porsche was in hot pursuit of second-place Parker Thompson in the No. 3 SCB Racing Porsche but spun in Turn 10 as he looked inside for the position. 

The incident dropped Kingsley to the bottom of the leaderboard. As he worked to get back to the front, though, he encountered three- and four-car battles deeper in the field that he ended up having to navigate himself. Ultimately, the Ajax, Ontario native was able to pick off six cars and salvage an eighth-place finish. 

Meanwhile, Thompson held on for the runner-up finish, his best since Round 3 at Montreal and a solid recovery from a challenging Race 1 on Saturday. He kept Patrick Dussault’s No. 77 Lauzon Autosport Porsche behind him in third, although Dussault stayed within a second of Thompson for the entirety of the race. 

“The SportsCarBoutique guys have been awesome all week,” said Thompson. “Unfortunately, we didn’t qualify where we wanted to, P4, but we got the Yokohamas working for us now. Yesterday was tough. We had the pace to be on the podium, but with contact in Turn 1, I had to work my way back up to where we started. Today, they straightened up the old girl, the No. 3 was on rails and we were able to hold off second. Overall, a good weekend.”

Sponsored by Porsche Centre Victoria and the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit, we are all very proud of Parker’s accomplishments thus far this season and wish him all good luck for the rest of the season. 

Date Posted: July 7, 2019