Kick-off for the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix officially got underway in Montreal June 7th, which features a unique joint race weekend for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and the USA, which we’ll see happen one other time this season at Road America.
Posting the fastest time in qualifying to earn the pole position for Race 1 on Saturday was Kelly-Moss’ own Roman De Angelis, who last year scored his first GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Platinum Class pole and victory at the same track.
Race 1 of the weekend was filled with incidents resulting in a 15-minute race stoppage, some calling it a ‘race of survival’ due to so much contact and spins. De Angelis, leading flag-to-flag, managed to stay ahead of the pack and make his way through incidents, although admitted the race was not easy.
“It’s never easy,” said De Angelis. “Initially on the start, we had pretty good pace. We set the car up so it was good towards the end, but it was struggling at the beginning to pull a gap. It seemed like – and obviously not and I hope everyone’s okay – but everyone kind of crashed on one lap and had a lot of clean up to do. When it went green again, I kind of made a stupid mistake braking into (Turn) 1 and made the same mistake into (Turn) 3. I locked the front tires, so I had a flat spot on the left and right front and had to deal with that for the five remaining laps, so that didn’t make easy. We had a good car though with Kelly-Moss and Mark Motors which made it cool.”
In the GT3 Cup Challenge USA Gold Class, Kurt Fazekas in the No. 52 Angelina’s Pizza/Kelly-Moss Porsche was running second to polesitter Sebastian Carazo but slipped by for victory.
“What a great venue and we’re so fortunate to race with the likes of Formula One drivers, the greatest drivers in the world and hopefully put on a good show,” said Fazekas. “Just too bad there was so much carnage out there. It kind of took away, I think, from the spectacle of the GT3 Cup series because it’s such a great competitive series.”
For Race 2 on Sunday, Roman De Angelis once again found his way to the top step of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama podium at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Coming off his Race 1 win, De Angelis started first but surrendered the lead to Parker Thompson shortly after the drop of the green flag. Thompson opened a gap between him and De Angelis, but with 20 minutes remaining, Thompson made a minor mistake and De Angelis took advantage of it.
“We took the lead and did what we did yesterday and I pulled a big gap. It’s pretty cool to win double duty with both teams with the American and Canadian championship and it’s a huge points advance for us. I’m looking forward to keeping the points gap going.” said De Angelis.
Alan Metni in the No. 99 Kelly-Moss Porsche bounced back from a retirement in Saturday’s race to land on the Platinum Masters podium Sunday. The entire Kelly-Moss Road and Race team was excited for multiple weekend podiums and looks forward to Watkins Glen.
Rounds 7 and 8 for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama are set for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship weekend at Watkins Glen International on June 27 – 30. The 3.4 mile circuit is one of the most exciting of the season with two, 45 minute races. Last year Kelly-Moss walked away with two victories and six podium finishes in the two Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama races at Watkins Glen International. The team is hoping for similar results this year.