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Toronto Weekend Notebook

Sportscar365’s weekend notebook for series’ first trip to streets of Toronto…

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***The entry for this weekend’s Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by The Cayman Islands rounds has been reduced to 17 cars following the late withdrawal of Hutton McKenna. It has resulted in ten Pro class entries, five Pro-Am and two Am class contenders for the pair of 40-minute races.

***Toronto marks the second street circuit event this season following the series’ debut at Long Beach in April. Unlike Long Beach, which featured split qualifying sessions, all classes will qualify together.

***TAG Heuer, a founding partner of the Carrera Cup North America, will present the TAG Heuer Pole Award to the overall pole position winner at Toronto. This is the first time the luxury watchmaker has provided the award to the driver who sets the fastest time.

***Kay van Berlo won both races, both pole positions and set both fastest race laps at Long Beach.

***Four drivers are Canadian citizens. Parker Thompson (Red Deer, Alberta), Jeff Kingsley (Toronto suburb of Ajax), Thomas Collingwood (St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador) and Marco Cirone (Toronto).

***Riley Dickinson is coming off his Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup debut at Silverstone earlier this month. The 20-year-old Texan, in a GP Elite-supported Kelly-Moss Porsche, finished 15th in the 30-minute race supporting the Formula 1 British Grand Prix.

***Kelly-Moss accounts for 12 of the possible 24 class wins this season in Carrera Cup North America competition. MDK Motorsports has earned five five, JDX Racing has three while Mark Motors, Nolasport, Topp Racing and Wright Motorsports enter Toronto with one each.

***Two Carrera Cup teams are also competing with a Porsche at Lime Rock Park this weekend: BGB Motorsports with a 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport in Michelin Pilot Challenge and Wright Motorsports in the No. 16 911 GT3 R in WeatherTech GTD class.

***Kingsley is making his first start of the season subbing for Am class points leader Mark Kvamme in the No. 43 MDK Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Because of his age, the No. 43 has been moved to the Pro class.

***Qualifying gets underway at 9:10 a.m. ET with Race 1 of the weekend set for a 3:35 p.m. start, with live coverage on Peacock, and, featuring commentary from the IMSA Radio team. Race 2 takes the green flag Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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