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