After leading both practice sessions earlier on Friday, 18-year-old Roman De Angelis went on to collect his third Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama pole position of the season in qualifying at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
De Angelis took his No. 79 Mark Motors Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to a best lap time of 1:20.067.
The Ontario native, who also won the most recent GT3 Cup Challenge Canada race at CTMP, held at the track’s annual Victoria Day SpeedFest in May.
“I think starting out front here is probably more important than most places just because there’s not a lot of passing opportunities,” De Angelis said.
“There’s really no brake zones except in (Turn) 5 and you can’t really pass there. So yeah, starting on pole is a bit easier, less cars to pass.”
His pole, however, didn’t come easy. His time was just .135 seconds over Jeff Kingsley in the No. 16 Policaro Motorsport Porsche. Kingsley won the season opener at Victoria Day SpeedFest the day prior to De Angelis’ win.
In fact, the top eight GT3 Cup Challenge Canada cars posted times within one second of each other.
De Angelis will lead the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama field to green Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. The race will be streamed live on the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Facebook page.