Valérie Chiasson to compete in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada

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 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.

Chiasson unveiled her program of activities in the IMSA-sanctioned Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama on May 9 at the Porsche Prestige dealership in Montreal.

“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,” Chiasson said. “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,” Chiasson said.

Chiasson will make her series debut May 20-22 in the Platinum Cup class at Rounds 1 and 2 of the championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. She has not tested the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car but is not hesitant about her first race weekend in the series.

“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,” Chiasson said. “I have, however, already practiced with the simulator.”

Chiasson was the top novice Canadian Touring Car driver at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, a winner of three 2014 races in Stohr WF1 prototype and finished sixth in the Nissan Micra Cup last year, with one podium finish. She will continue in the Micra Cup this season in addition to her Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama duties.

“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!” Chiasson said. “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 10 in the championship.”

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.