GT Racing Has High Expectations for 2013 Season Opener
The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin season is fast approaching and GT-Racing intends to be on the podium with not one, but two drivers for this very exciting 2013 edition.
First, Jean-Frédéric Laberge, champion of the Platinum Cup in 2012 joins Etienne Borgeat (already in GT-Racing), who finished second in the 2012 championship Platinum Cup. Both drivers have accumulated eight wins, three second-place finishes and six pole positions out of a total of nine races. Their skills transcended in their ease to victory in the 2012 championship. Furthermore, Laberge went off track striking the Mont-Tremblant circuit during the fourth round, which prevented him from finishing the race when he was in second position behind Borgeat. Both drivers were off track at Mosport in the sixth round, once again in first and second positions. Both intend to procure victories in 2013, in the hopes of achieving a perfect season.
Borgeat and Laberge are both ex Formula Ford drivers and are the two most experienced in the series. Based on their experience on the Trois-Rivières and Montreal (Gilles Villeneuve) circuits, it is easy to believe that they will repeat the results of the 2012 season.
The GT-Racing team completed test sessions in Calabogie in April and the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in early May in preparation for the first two rounds of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin 2013 season. They both ended up beating GT3 Cup track records.
Team Racing GT-2013 has been in operation for 10 years now and has among its rankings several experienced specialists, starting with general manager of the team, Eric Coté.
Coté has been a driver since 1991, and as a mechanic, participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the championship World GT Cup before being promoted to race engineer on a leading team, Key Motorsports. This allowed him to lead Formula 1600, Formula 2000 and tourism car drivers to victory. He went on to found GT-Racing.
Adam Marchito, principal race engineer, also made his ranks at Key Motorsports before becoming a race engineer in Formula Atlantic, Formula Indy Lights and the highest level of racecar in North America, Formula Indy.
Moreover, during his participation at the Indy Lights, the fastest track record was realized on the well known Indianapolis circuit. A record that remains unbeaten to this day.
The main chief in data acquisition, Martin Lessard, counts his rankings amongst the European Formula 3 in the early 90’s, before advancing to Formula 1600, 2000, Fran-Am and North America Atlantic, with Key Motorsport.
Chief mechanic, Alain Blanchard, joined GT-Racing following his motorcycle racing career. In 2013, after having spent a year in World Endurance Championship (WEC) within the Larbre Competition team, leading them to world champions in the GT3 category. The remaining members of the team, include three graduate engineers and one avionic technician, who bring many years of experience in auto racing, in disciplines as diverse as rally’s or clay circuits.
GT-Racing is eager to participate in the Castrol Presents Victoria Speedfest at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park May 17-19.