Mont-Tremblant, QC – This past weekend the
“The GT3 Cup Challenge delivered more than ever as an advanced driver development series and proves again this year that it is one of the best ways to climb into Motorsport car racing,” said Marc Ouayoun, President & CEO,
September 28, 2019 – First race With the drop of the green flag on Saturday’s
Driving the No. 79 Mark Motors Racing
The youngster from Belle River, Ontario, was the first car to the green flag and the first car to the checkered flag as he led for the entirety of the first 45-minute race of the weekend.
“I still don’t feel like it’s over,” said De Angelis, who previously won the 2017 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Gold class championship. “I came into the weekend knowing that I just had to start anyway, so even then I didn’t really think about it. I guess tomorrow night I’ll see how it feels.
De Angelis’ path to the championship has mirrored that of his Mark Motors teammate last year, Zacharie Robichon. The two have been friends for longer than their Mark Motors days, since Robichon coached De Angelis when he ran Formula Ford several years ago. Last year, Robichon collected 11 wins in 12 races – with De Angelis taking the outlier.
Robichon joined the top-tier IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship ranks this year in the GT Daytona (GTD) class and two weeks ago, was crowned the sole champion of the inaugural WeatherTech Sprint Cup, which consisted of all GTD races two-hours, 40-minutes in length or shorter.
“When I joined Mark Motors, it was pretty cool to be teammates with him in Gold and then obviously last year,” said De Angelis. “It means a lot to have someone like Zach mentor me, even this year he has helped me a lot.”
Earning his best finish of the season was series rookie Ethan Simioni in the No. 40 Policaro Motorsports
Another title was also secured following Saturday’s race, with Marco Cirone earning his sixth
“I really have to thank Michael and Liza Mrak for bringing me back this season,” said Cirone. “They have been so wonderful in their efforts and contributions to the series. Moreover, countless thanks to my team for putting up with me all the time. It’s been a fantastic year and I can’t wait for next season.”
Winning Saturday’s race in the
Finishing second in
September 29, 2019 – Second race
It was the perfect ending to a perfect season on Sunday for Roman De Angelis in
In the final race of the year at Circuit Mont-Tremblant, De Angelis started second on the grid in his No. 79 Mark Motors Racing
Thompson, in the No. 3 SCB Racing
It was De Angelis’ 11th first-place trophy this year out of 12 races and came one day after securing his first GT3 Cup Challenge Canada
“It definitely wasn’t unentertaining,” said 18-year-old De Angelis. “I worked pretty hard to make Parker make a mistake, but Parker did an awesome job as always. I was finally able to get him with an old Formula Ford move that we use to use here also with the draft on the back straightaway. I made the move and was able to pull a bit of a gap. It was an awesome race, pretty entertaining up to the last few laps.”
This is De Angelis’ second GT3 Cup Challenge Canada championship in three years with Mark Motors Racing, after winning the Gold Class championship in 2017. He credited the team following the race and especially teammate Marco Cirone, who captured a sixth GT3 Cup Challenge Canada
“The last three seasons, it’s been phenomenal,” said De Angelis. “A perfect season not only for myself, but for the team with Marco winning the
Thompson held on for a second-place finish, which coupled with a fourth-place showing on Saturday, elevated him to second behind De Angelis in the 2019 championship standings as well.
Finishing third on Sunday was rookie Ethan Simioni in the No. 40 Policaro Motorsport
Meanwhile, coming home in fourth place on Sunday after a difficult Race 1 on Saturday, was Jeff Kingsley in the No. 16
Also having an infinitely better Race 2 was De Angelis’ teammate and the 2019
But a spectacular bounce back on Sunday ended with a win, Marco’s seventh of the season. However, it didn’t come without its own set of trials.
“Today I had it set in my head I was going to go out there and give it all I can, the last race I really wanted to prove a point,” said Cirone. “However, I had a little incident where I lost my splitter and came in during a caution. The boys taped it up – I don’t know how it stayed on – and amazingly, the car got faster.
Completing his rookie season in GT3 Cup Challenge Canada was Sam Fellows, driver of the No. 35 Pfaff Motorsports
“My dad and I, when we were talking about where is the best place to learn in Canada, for him it was the Player’s Challenge and
Fans can re-watch several of the 2019 races on the
Drivers and teams celebrated the season finale, receiving championship trophies and other awards during the
A banquet was held to commemorate the season at Le Pont Couvert in Mont-Tremblant, QC. For the sixth consecutive year, the winner of the series was awarded the use of a
“Roman has proven his talent and masterfully claimed a near-perfect season at the beautiful backdrop that is Mont-Tremblant,” added Ouayoun. “He will now be driving into the sunset in a brand new 911 which he will get to keep for a year.”
The series will make its return in 2020 at the annual Victoria Day SpeedFest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 15-17.
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