Rebuild in the Rearview Mirror for Dussault, No. 77 Lauzon Autosport Team in Porsche GT3 Cup Canada
Friday, August 10, 2018

Practice 1 Results

Practice 2 Results

For the No. 77 Lauzon Autosport team, it’s been a long road to this weekend’s pair of Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama races at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R).

During the most recent Porsche GT3 Cup Canada round at Honda Indy Toronto just three weeks ago, the car was caught up in a first-lap incident during Race 1. The damage from the incident forced the team and driver Patrick Dussault to withdraw from the next day’s race and instead, focus on readying the car for this weekend in Québec.

“We rebuilt the whole car, really,” said Dussault. “The front left was wrecked – not the top, just the front left section – and we have a new engine also. The car was smashed, basically. Not our fault – obviously it was a pile up, an incident caused by another incident. For us, it’s unfortunate, but I have the best guys in the paddock to repair the car.”

The team effort will continue this weekend at GP3R, albeit in a different capacity. This is Dussault’s second trip to GP3R in a Porsche GT3 Cup car and the series sophomore is ready to take cues from teammate and longtime racer Etienne Borgeat in the No. 2 Porsche.

“Etienne here is very fast, so we can work as a team to upgrade our level,” Dussault said after Practice 1. “But we don’t necessarily have an edge on anybody. Anybody can be fast here…We were just cruising in practice. No need to push or do any stupid mistakes. We’re all competitive, we all want to be fast, but for us, it’s just a recap.”

Adding a special twist to the team’s return this weekend is that both the driver and team are based in Québec. This weekend’s Porsche GT3 Cup Canada trip to the province is the second and final time this year that the No. 77 group will get to race near home, let alone at such a historic event.

“GP3R has a big history for us Quebeckers to inspire racing,” said Dussault. “Gilles (Villenueve) came here, Jacque (Villenueve) came here, the biggest racing family in Canada. They built their dynasty and their history in Three Rivers. For us, it’s inspiring and it’s fun having all the families coming out.”

De Angelis Fastest During Porsche GT3 Cup Canada Day 1 at GP3R

If Roman De Angelis is looking to mount a comeback in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama championship standings, he’s on the right track following Friday’s activities at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R) in Québec.  

The Platinum class rookie laid down a flyer of one minute, 4.171 seconds (137.295 kph; 85.311 mph) during the final minutes of Practice 2 to top the overall charts of the day in the No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche. De Angelis’ time was just .122 seconds quicker than teammate Zach Robichon in the No. 98 Porsche.

This weekend’s Porsche GT3 Cup Canada doubleheader is crucial for De Angelis, who sits second in the championship standings 32 points behind Robichon. Given the day’s results, however, the 17-year-old is cautiously optimistic.

“We put new tires on so obviously that was a huge help,” said De Angelis. “We looked over some of Zach’s data earlier and I could see where I was a bit slower and just built from that. I improved braking a little bit, that’s where most of the time is, and just rolling speed with new tires. It’s a good start, I think, and a good qualifying simulation, so we know what to expect tomorrow.”

Remo Ruscitti in the No. 96 OpenRoad Racing Porsche was the only other driver in the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada field to break the 1:05 mark on the time charts, posting a lap of 1:04.750 in Practice 2.

Porsche GT3 Cup Canada kicks off early on Saturday at GP3R with a 20-minute qualifying session at 8:30 a.m. ET. The first of two races on the weekend goes green on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. ET and can be streamed live on IMSA.tv.

Additionally on Saturday, fans onsite at GP3R are invited to meet the drivers during the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada autograph session, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Yokohama Tire Service Center.

Race 2 is set for Sunday morning at 10 a.m. and can also be streamed live on IMSA.tv.

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