Chris Green wins 2015 Canadian Porsche Cup title
Chris Green, Marco Cirone and Orey Fidani clinched the Drivers’ Championship of their respective class in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin with smooth drives to the podium in the season finale at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Scott Hargrove, Cirone and Michael de Quesada won the season-ending Round 10 in the Platinum Cup, Platinum Masters and Gold Cup classes, respectively.
Green, from Montreal, earned his first Platinum Cup championship, driving the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche, in his third full season in the class. Green bested Daniel Morad by five points, 170-165.
“It’s here,” Chris Green said. “It hasn’t really hit yet. There was so much hard work by the Pfaff guys, Castrol backing us 100% all season. My entire team is all full-time employees of Pfaff, except for my engineer and chief mechanic, and everybody has given their 110% this year. So the least I could do was bring home the championship for them this year.”
Marco Cirone, from Toronto, won the Platinum Masters championship for the third consecutive season in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche. He beat Tim Sanderson to the crown, 196-180.
“I’m so happy,” Cirone said. “This is our third in a row, and I can’t thank my team, Mark Motors Racing, enough. They always give me a great car to drive.”
Orey Fidani, from Woodbridge, Ontario, won the Gold Cup title by just two points, 170-168, in the No. 13 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche over fellow series rookie Michael de Quesada.
“I’m just ecstatic, overly excited,” Fidani said. “I didn’t really expect this coming into the beginning of this year. But, hey, hard work and driving smart pays off. This series was everything I thought it would be and probably a little bit more.”
Chris Green admits he drove differently in 2015. “If we were to sit down and script our season, the way it was going to pan out, it would have been almost word for word, page for page, how this season worked out,” Green explained.
“We really know what it takes and what’s required to win a championship, and, ultimately, that’s consistency. You can’t be off the podium. You have to be up at the top of the points, and you have to make sure that you’re not making the mistakes that will cost you one race or cost you two races like I’ve done in the past. I’ve lost championships in the past as opposed to chasing or coming down to a final draw. I think the championships in the previous years, especially back in 2013, was because I lost it. I made a lot of mistakes that year.
“This year I think has been my most mature season. It’s been a very difficult season for me, in terms of not going out and having to do the ultimate best lap, not going out and having to fight for the win every single time and actually just sitting back and saying, ‘You know what? We’re going to accept third today; we’re going to accept second today and let the other guys kind of do their thing.’ And if in any way they were a threat or a danger of taking me out, then it was just a question of moving over and saying, ‘You go by. I’m going to come home and bring this home on the podium,” Green admitted.
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