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May 9, 2016.- As the top Canadian Touring Car novice driver at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in 2014 and the first female driver to earn an overall podium at the Grand Prix du Canada in 2015, Valérie Chiasson will mark another "first" this year as the first woman to contest a full season in the Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup. This prestigious series consists of six event, including the Grand Prix du Canada in Montréal, the Toronto Indy and the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.
This past Monday, from Porsche Prestige dealership in Montreal, Valérie Chiasson unveiled her program of activities in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, sanctioned by IMSA. « Thanks to the collaboration of Porsche Prestige, Total Canada, Super Remover, Anibal Automotive Design and L.P.M., I am very proud to announce my participation in the full season of the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada » stated Valérie Chiasson.
« The car, given by Porsche Prestige, is a 2014 GT3 Cup model and was prepared by Éric Côté's GT Racing Team, who have a lot of experience in the series and are known for the quality of their work. Naturally, I have to learn four of the six tracks that are on the calendar and have to get more experience at the wheel of the GT3 car so the job ahead of me is not an easy one but it's the type of challenge that really excites me. With our partners and sponsors, we have put together an ambitious and professional program, and are ready to start the season » added the Quebec driver, who was recently nominated as the Canadian representative on the FIA "Women in Motorsport" commission, which encourages female participation in motorsport.
Valérie Chiasson may not yet have had the opportunity for a proper test session in preparation for the 2016 season at the wheel of a Porsche GT3, but she is also not hesitant going into the first race, which will take place at the Canadian Motorsport Park, east of Toronto, this coming May 21st. « We have a lot of track time in the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada, which means I'll have a chance to familiarize myself with the track and the car during the test days leading up to the first weekend. I have, however, already practiced with the simulator the last days » she specified.
The top novice Canadian Touring Car driver at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, winner of three 2014 races in Stohr WF1 prototype, and sixth (with one podium) in the Nissan Micra Cup last year, Valérie Chiasson will not exclusively be driving in the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada this year. As she did in 2015, Valérie will contest the Nissan Micra Cup once again. « To be successful in multiple series is not a problem; I've been training for several months to be in top physical shape and ready for an intense 2016 season. Intense but very promising ! » explained Valérie, who added : « with my sponsors and the technical team, I have a great recipe to do well in the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada. The goal for my inaugural season is to finish among the top ten in the championship » she concluded.
The first weekend on the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada calendar take places on May 21st and 22nd at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Ontario). This will then be followed by the Grand Prix du Canada on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montréal on June 10, 11, and 12 and the third weekend will be held in the United States, at Watkins Glen (state of New York), from July 1st to 3rd. The races in Montreal and Watkins Glen will assemble drivers from Canadian and American series, which will no doubt mean starting grids of more than forty participants.
The second half of the season is set to kick off in the streets of Toronto, as part of the Toronto Indy from July 15thto 17th before the popular Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières from August 12th to 14th. The 2016 season will conclude by returning to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, during the September 3rd and 4th NASCAR weekend.
Valérie Chiasson's participation this season in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama is organized in partnership with Porsche Prestige (principal partner), Total Canada, Super Remover, Anibal Automotive Design, L.P.M., VCE Auto Marketing and Pole-Position Magazine. Additional sponsors will be announced at a later date.
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