Bowmanville, Ontario. Team C&C could not have asked for better finish on Sunday at the Canadian Tire Speedway for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Series. It was a perfect season opener for the new team and driver Bruno Chapinotti. As the cars passed the checkered flag on Sunday, Chapinotti secured first position on the podium for the Porsche GT3 Cup Gold Series.
The accomplishment of this weekend is being hailed as a perfect Cinderella story as SpeedStar narrowly missed contending for Challenge altogether. Unfortunate events during Friday’s qualifying round due to heavy rain caused Bruno’s 997 GT3 to spin out and hit a tire wall at turn 8 on the Canadian Tire Mosport Speedway. The crash caused heavy damage to Bruno’s racing machine making it inoperable for Saturday’s race. Albert Au, the Chief Engineer’s team worked around the clock for almost 50 straight hours to repair the damaged 997 for Sunday’s final race. And when they did race, the odds were against them as the race car repairs were completed on the 11th hour. There was a lot of uncertainty looming over the performance of the racing machine. Also Bruno was placed at the bottom of the pack as the green flag was waved for Sunday’s final race.
The veteran 3rd generation Brazilian native race driver was not deterred by this setback. Chapinotti had been mentored in his childhood by Tche, (the same coach of racing legend Ayrton Senna) to strategically win under any circumstance. As Sunday’s race started, Bruno aggressively passed other competitors of the Gold Series within the first 10 minutes to be in 2nd position. And then the battle for 1st position ensued, it was an intense spectacle against Orey Fidani from Pfaff’s Team until the last 10 minutes of the race when Bruno passed Fidani to gain the lead. At the checkered flag after 45 minutes, Chapinotti’s C&C had established a formidable lead of 1 second over rival Fidani from Pfaff. Despite being newcomers, C&C’s goal was to win this weekend in order to establish their presence as a formidable team on this year’s Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.Albert Au was very pleased by the efforts of his team, and after the race he said “our goal was to give Bruno the best chance at winning”. Au has over 15 years experience in automotive race tuning and he operates a high performance tuning shop in Toronto as his main business.Bruno Chapinotti hails from a racing family where passion for motor sports is a part of their family heritage, both his grandfather and father were accomplished open cart champion drivers. In his younger days of open-cart racing in Brazil, he competed and won against the likes of F1 racer Filipe Massa.
The road to the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada started for Chapinotti less than an year ago. After moving to Canada a few years ago, Bruno was determined to pursue his career dream of being a race driver. He is humble to share the credit of the victory with his team and sponsors but his story is that of pure determination and ambition. It was Chapinotti himself who organized the C&C team with the help of Albert Au and organized the funding for 997 race car by brining on key sponsors that shared a passion for motor sports. Among such is Jack R Cayne CGA, as the primary sponsor of the SpeedStar team and an avid Motorsport fan that has strong belief in Bruno’s racing abilities.
The entire C&C team was thrilled over Sunday’s victory and as Bruno and the team held the trophy he said that it was a team effort that took a lot of hard work to win. Chapinotti’s family and friends were there to share the joy of the victory along with team sponsors from Royal Oak and Nova Solutions.
Champagne soaked Chapinotti said “this is just the beginning” as the team prepares for race 3 and 4 on June 12-14 at the Honda Indy.