Rounds 3 and 4 of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama took place this past weekend at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in support of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada in Montreal, Quebec. The series delivered exciting action all weekend long that was enjoyed by fans from around the world. In the cars for this weekend of racing were Max Tullman and Jim Walker. The city of Montreal was electric all weekend long and proved to be a great setting for rounds 3 and 4.
Qualifying was a combination of still learning the track and testing out some adjustments made to the cars. With only 30 minutes of qualifying time many teams were pushing the cars to the limits, really focusing on strategy and timing. Max and Jim’s efforts were good enough for P9 in the platinum class with a time of 1.41.470 and P14 in the platinum class with a time of 1.44.088 respectively.
On Saturday, the day started off with an autograph session from drivers where fans showed up in large crowds, eager to meet the drivers and get their signatures. Some of the young fans were even heard saying “that’s the driver from the blue car!” while running up to Jim and Max with extreme excitement. Knowing they made their day easily brought an ear-to-ear smile to everyone’s face. Some fans even opted for skin autographs, a first for Jim and Max.
Round 3 took place under a beautiful sunny sky, however the start of the race did not match that of the weather. The race started with a full-course caution issued on lap 2 that lasted for 3 straight laps. After the caution, the race quickly regained top speed where Max and Jim were both having solid outings. With just a few laps remaining, Max gave the “Wall of Champions” a little more than kiss and damaged his left rear tire and wing. The incident forced Max to retire with only 2 laps remaining where he finished P12 in the platinum class. Jim finished P9 in the Platinum Class after gaining 4 spots throughout the race which was good enough to win him the Yokohama Hard Charger award.
With the damage to Max’s car, the team had some work to do into Saturday evening. The team made quick work of Max’s car and had a positive outlook for Sunday’s race.
Round 4 took place on a bright, humid, and very windy day. Sunday was also race day for F1 (the feature event of the weekend) which caused the crowd to grow larger from Saturday. Round 4 also started with an early caution flag after an incident that occurred right in front of Max. The incident allowed Max to quickly move up a few spots where he held P7 for many laps, but he was unable to hold the position until the end of the race. Max ended up finishing P9 in the Platinum Class. Jim finished P14 in the Platinum Class after a pair of spin-outs. Overall a positive race on a very technical track where the cars came out without any incident.
Here’s what Max Tullman had to say, “The team did a great job putting the car back together. It was a tricky track, but a lot of fun when you find the right people to play with. Once we found our groove it was a great weekend.”
Steve said, “What an event, fantastic fans who love racing, an incredible turnout. Getting the cars on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a prize. The track is open for racing once a year and being the companion race with Formula 1 is just a rush. Beautiful city and beautiful race track. Now off to Watkins Glen.”
Next up on the calendar for the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama is a combined event with the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen, N.Y. on June 29 – July 2 as part of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
For more information about the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, visit www.imsa.com, and follow hashtag #GT3CAN.
Date Posted: June 12, 2017