The season all comes down to this weekend for David Ostella and the rest of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin competitors. Ostella will attempt to conquer Calabogie Motorsports Park for the points championship.
Leading fellow competitor Chris Green by a slim margin of 12 points leaves little room for error at Canada’s longest track. Calabogie is 5.05 KM (3.14 miles) long, with 20 turns in total. The permanent road course was built in 2006 and has since become a favorite track for drivers.
Ostella’s preference is no different, though he has not spent much time on the track. His only prior experience at Calabogie comes from a test day a mere week ago. Even while lacking track time, the course is not entirely unfamiliar, as the 21-year-old has found similarities between other tracks he has ran at.
“I haven’t ran here before, just tested,” Ostella accounted. “The course reminds me a little of Sebring because it is so long. The steeper corners remind me of Barber, the elevation is just amazing. It has a few blind corners like Mosport that I love. Overall, I’m looking forward to running here.”
The current points leader will put thoughts of all those who follow him in the standings behind him as he takes on the finale track of the 2013 season.
“With Calabogie being so long, the track is really hard on your tires,” Ostella said. “If you miss one-tenth of a corner you’ll be off by two seconds, so there is little room for mistakes, which I like. Coming off of two street courses to a (permanent) circuit does make things a little easier. If you make an error there isn’t a wall there waiting for you.”
The KBC Grand Prix Race Weekend at Calabogie marks the end of the season for GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and the end of Ostella’s first season in sportscars.
“The competition has been great and the amount of respect people show on and off track has been amazing too,” Ostella said. “The SpeedMerchants guys know how to have fun and keep things light under the tent. Then you know out on the track we’re all battling it out. That’s how racing should be. I’ve had a lot of fun in my first year of sports cars.”
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