Roman De Angelis topped the timesheets during the first day of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama action at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Friday.
After two practices, De Angelis was fastest of the day with a lap in the afternoon session of 1:19.245 in his No. 79 Mark Motors Racing Porsche GT3 Cup Car.
Temperatures were a bit different between the two sessions, with the afternoon dominated by sunny skies in contrast with clouds and strong winds in the morning.
Those morning conditions will be closer to what is expected Saturday during qualifying which begins at 7:30 a.m. ET.
“We were two-tenths off this morning,” said De Angelis, who finished runner-up in the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada championship last year.
“It was a bit cooler, which I think we probably could’ve gone quicker than we did in the afternoon. This track has a tendency to be quicker when it’s cold.
“I think we put a pretty good lap together given how hot it was. I think the temperature will play a big part tomorrow morning in qualifying considering how early we’re on.”
Jeff Kingsley in the No. 16 Policaro Motorsport Porsche was fastest in the morning session and second overall on the day with a time of 1:20.222..
GT3 Cup Challenge Canada newcomer and representing the Platinum Masters category was Alan Metni in the No. 99 Kelly-Moss/AM Motorsports machine, being third quickest of the day at 1:20.280.
Metni, like De Angelis, is pulling double duty between GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and GT3 Cup Challenge USA this year.
Saturday brings a 20-minute qualifying session at 7:30 a.m. ET followed by Race 1 at 10:55 a.m. The race will be streamed live on the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Facebook page.
Race 2 is scheduled for 11:55 a.m. For fans onsite, a 30-minute autograph session is slated for 9:30 a.m. at the Yokohama Tire Service Center.