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The Tale of Two Porsches: All That The Competition Has Seen!

by Frank Ewald

Two Porsche Cup cars! Identical in many respects to all of the other Porsche Cup cars that you can find around the world. And yet these two cars won their respective classes. How is that possible? It's a Spec Series so the cars are as identical as they possibly can be, so what is it about these cars that allowed them to have a successful season. Is it the drivers? The team preparation? Of course, it is presumptuous of me to say that I have the answers but what I do have is a few months of observing and following this team. I was not at every race, but I have had the opportunity to chat with team members throughout the summer. I was at the opening race where, if memory serves me well, Christopher Green led from Green flag through to the Checkered one, capturing first place in both events. And while that was not same result during the concluding race, Chris brought the car home as the series Champion in the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada Platinum. Orey Fidani ran in the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada Gold division - capturing a First and Second place in the first two races of the season - and he brought home the championship. Neither driver ran away from the competition, but they both did exactly what was needed to make these championships happen.

 

Chris Green pilots the #9 Porsche GT3 bearing the Pfaff name. He finished the season with 170 points - 5 ahead of Daniel Morad in second and 12 ahead of Scott Hargrove in third.
Orey Fidani owns and drives this GT3 Cup car in the Gold Class. He finished the season and also had 170 points. Orey was 2 points ahead of second place driver Michael De Quesada and 44 points ahead of Martin Harvey.The Platinum Cup is contested by drivers in the 2014 and 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car - which is based upon the current generation of the street car. A GT3 Cup car can be purchased new for about $210 000 US.
The Gold Cup features the 2010 to 2013 version of the Porsche GT3 Cup race car.

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin is now in its fifth season. This IMSA sanctioned series is one of twenty Porsche series that take place around the world - Porsche touts it as the largest spec series on the globe. In the USA it is the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. The cars have engines producing 450 brake horsepower. This is the power output calculated before the loss of power caused by everything attached to the engine (transmission, alternator, water pump, exhaust, etc.). This is similar to the street cars, however, make no mistake in thinking these are street cars on the track. These are direct from the factory purpose built cars specifically for the GT3 Cup Challenge races.

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collinskl1
collinskl1link
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 4:10 AM
*tale
Nick B
Nick Blink
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 11:33 AM
Beautiful cars... One day.
nissannx
nissannxlink
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 5:54 PM
Collin, tail as in won the championship and others only saw their tail lights. Bad pun?
Supercharged111
Supercharged111link
Thursday, October 08, 2015 8:12 PM
It wasn't until the last page that I realized there was actual competition in that class. So many classes are sparsely populated, then the racers/car owners brag about winning. So pointless. This, however, is legit.
nissannx
nissannxlink
Sunday, October 11, 2015 3:13 AM
Supercharged,
There was a full field and the speeds they were running were very fast. Faster than the Nascar Trucks which ran that same weekend.
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