Article in the Montreal Gazette about Perry Bortolloti and the SpeedMerchants 2010 Cup.

Perry was chosen by Porsche Canada to represent all Canadian Racers, he is the overall Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge winner.

In a sport filled with unique events, cars and personalities, few will argue that the Porsche Carrera World Cup race at the Nurburgring is truly one of a kind. On June 25, winning Porsche drivers from around the world will gather to compete on one of the world’s most storied and most challenging racetracks – the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

Up to 200 911 GT3 Cup cars will take the green flag in front of a crowd of an estimated 200,000 fans next Saturday. The Carrera World Cup race marks the high point of the Porsche one-make racing calendar.

This year, Canadian Perry Bortolotti, winner of three of the first four races of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, is determined to make it to the checkered flag and uphold Canada’s honour in the huge and diverse group of drivers.

“It is absolutely surreal to have the opportunity to race in the Carrera World Cup in Germany at the Nurburgring. For a race driver it is the ultimate track in the world,” said Bortolotti.

Indeed, the Nurburgring long course, or Nordscleife as it is known, is not for the faint of heart, or for those short on memory. Built in the early 1920s by the German auto club (ADAC), it was designed as a place to hold motor racing events which, prior to its completion, had been held on public roads in the Eiffel Mountains.

Because of rapid advancements in automotive technology in that era and the resultant increases in speeds, German authorities soon saw that racing on public roads was impractical and dangerous. In order to provide work and lure tourists to the area, the construction of a dedicated race track was proposed, one which would recreate the “open road” character of true road racing. It was also seen as a place to showcase German automotive engineering and driving talent.

Even today, more than 80 years since its completion in 1927, the Nurburgring is still a track that challenges both man and machine. The Carrera World Cup – the biggest Porsche race in the world – will be run over six laps of the 20.8-km circuit in the buildup to the ADAC 24-hour race, held later in the weekend. A single lap of the Nordschleife has 154 turns, all unique in design and character – quite a lot to remember.

“It has been a very good season so far this year,” offered Bortolotti, an Ottawa native. “I definitely have my sights set on the inaugural Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada championship. But to have the opportunity to represent Canada on the world stage, well that is really unbelievable.”

When asked about competing against some of the best drivers from all over the world and from every continent but Antarctica and in front of nearly 200,000 spectators, he replied: “That’s quite a crowd and quite a responsibility. I now understand how our Canadian hockey players feel with the maple leaf on their jersey; in this case, it will be on my car.”

The field will be divided into two classes, for 911 GT3 Cup cars with 3.6-litre engines, model years 2007 to 2009 (400 to 420 hp) and the 3.8-litre versions, manufactured in 2010 and 2011 (450 hp). Each class will be classified separately, in a “race-within-a-race” format.

After the Carrera World Cup race, Bortolotti will return to Canada for the final round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, July 23-24 at the Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport. Two races will be held during the weekend, and the season’s overall champion will be presented with a Tudor Heritage Chronograph, provided by Rolex Canada.

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