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Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama series welcomes partnership with Kévin Estre Porsche factory driver and 2018 Le Mans champion to collaborate in the 2019 Canadian race series
Toronto. Today, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. announced the association of Porsche Factory Driver and 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans champion Kévin Estre with its GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama series. Kévin will offer competitors in the Canadian race series coaching and mentorship for the 2019 season.
“Kévin Estre joining as a mentor in the 2019 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama is more than just an honour,” said Marc Ouayoun, President & CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. “I’ve known Kévin for more than 10 years when he raced in the Carrera Cup France, becoming champion in 2011. His outright talent and passion have allowed him to realize outstanding achievements, including his Le Mans win last year. We couldn’t think of a better candidate to inspire and guide our series’ drivers as they develop and hone their craft.”
“I’m really excited to be included in the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series as a driver mentor. Although I have done a lot of coaching, this is completely new for me, as I will have to take care of the entire field,” said Kévin Estre. “The Porsche GT3 Cup is the perfect platform to prove yourself as a driver, and as this car has a unique way of driving, I’m happy to share my Carrera Cup and Supercup experience with all the drivers. A majority of the Porsche Factory drivers have a GT3 Cup background, as well as the lead amateur drivers in IMSA or WEC, which shows just how much can be learned in a 911 GT3 Cup car.”
Kévin will be present at two race weekends throughout the season: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park IMSA race weekend, July 5 to 7, and the season finale in Mont-Tremblant, September 27 to 29. Involved with Porsche Motorsport for a number of years, dating back to 2008 when he entered the Porsche Carrera Cup France for the first time, Kévin progressed to Supercup in 2012 and became a Porsche Factory Driver to start the 2016 race season.
He is currently in first place in the WEC GT FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Championship with two races left in the 2018-2019 Super Season (6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, May 2; and 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 15 and 16, 2019).
About Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd.
Established in 2008, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. (PCL) is the exclusive importer and distributor of the Porsche 911, 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman; Panamera; as well as Cayenne and Macan. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, since 2017, PCL employs a team of more than 50 in sales, aftersales, finance, marketing, network development, and public relations. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a bestin- class experience in keeping with the brand's 70-year history of leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety, and efficiency. In 2019, a Parts Distribution Centre will open its doors and service the countrywide network of 19 Porsche Centres. PCL is the dedicated subsidiary of Porsche AG, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2018, Porsche sold an unprecedented 8,904 units in Canada, up 7.9% over the prior year.
At the core of this success is Porsche's proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000-plus motorsport wins to date.
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