“It’s a lot of fun, it really is. It is very exhilarating, and tricky, because it is a street circuit.”No. 98 Porsche GT3 Cup car driver, Zach Robichon, on the Honda Indy Toronto track
The 2.8 km track around Exhibition Place is a notoriously bumpy mix of asphalt and concrete patches. This year, turn one proved to be even bumpier and tougher for the drivers to navigate.
The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama race series is comprised of spec built Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, which are powered by 485 hp 4.0 litre flat-six cylinder engines. That’s up 25 hp from the previous generation’s 460 hp 3.8 litre engine. The series consists of six race weekends and a total of twelve races.
Marco Cirone’s No. 88 Porsche GT3 Cup car
Five races into the season (one of the two races at Watkins Glen in New York State had to be cancelled due to a bad crash), Ottawa-native Zach Robichon is in second place in the Platinum Class Championship, behind Scott Hargrove from Tsawwassen, British Columbia.
“We ended last year strong winning the last race of the season and finishing third in the championship,” said Robichon at the start of the race weekend. “It was our rookie year so we were really happy with the way it went. We’re continuing on where we left off and this year we are very very competitive. We won our first race of the year at Watkins Glen a couple of weeks ago and qualified in pole position so we are starting to come into our own as the season goes along.”
Roman De Angelis (L), Marco Cirone (C) and Zach Robichon (R)
Zach Robichon’s Porsche GT3 Cup car cockpit
What is it like driving a Porsche 911 race car as fast as you can through the streets of Toronto? “It’s a lot of fun, it really is. It is very exhilarating, and tricky, because it is a street circuit”.
Zach Robichon finished second overall in both races and Marco Cirone finished first in class in both races. Robichon remains in second place in the Platinum Championship behind Scott Hargrove. Cirone is leading the Platinum Masters Championship.
Zach Robichon’s No. 98 Porsche GT3 Cup car
The next doubleheader race weekend for the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama takes place August 11-13 at the Grand Prix du Trois-Rivieres in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.
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