Thursday 4 March 2021 Posted by Elian Gillan
In the Pole-Position magazine issue published last December, we invite you to discover our exclusive Eric Côté interview, at: 5 private pages. The opportunity to review the entire career path of a Quebec driver, who became a team owner, in motorsport and in particular in endurance.
This year, most Canadian teams that have played racing programs in the US for now will have to make do with the national season due to the border closures. This is the case of GT Racing planning to get into two passenger cars. But in which series? Announcing the creation of the new SportsCar Canada Championship is already competing with CTCC, so there is a choice to be made for drivers and teams.
“I can’t yet decide which series we will be in, whether it be the CTCC series or the new SportsCar Canada series created by FEL,” explains Eric Cotet. “On the other hand, we will enter the TCR driven by Louis Philippe Montor and the Porsche Cayman GT4 driven by Gil Nadu in one of the two series,” he explains.
Last year during August testing at Calaboji Motorsports Park, the Volkswagen GTCR car made its debut from Montour, showcasing outstanding performance from the start. This car, which was discovered last year in Denmark by Volkswagen Motorsport, is making a comeback. “The trials went very well,” says Cote. “We made the basic modifications Volkswagen suggested to the Calaboji and everything was fine with the LP at the wheel.”
If Montour already has solid motorsports experience, having passed the Viper Cup and Trans-Am Series, the driver who will evolve into the GT4 is relatively new. Gil Nadu is a “gentleman’s driver”. But he was with us a few years ago, and last season he bought himself a new GT4 because he wanted to participate in an organized championship. We are now restricted to racing in Canada because it’s hard for us to travel to the US, “recalls Eric, who specifies:” If we’re crazy, we can do two Canadian Touring series, but we can’t handle 10 12 events in 6 very intense months. ”
For Eric Koteh, this “war” that we are witnessing between the GT4 and Touring series is quite simply … unfortunate! FEL has exceptional media power and the series is assembled by someone who organizes a lot of events in the automotive industry. John Bondar, owner of CTCC, really has a nice structure. So why don’t they cooperate? For now, the efforts are weakening, there will be 5 cars in each category in one series and 5 cars in the other, and the participants will be punished in the end. It’s hard to prove him wrong!
GT Racing plans to offer service again this season to drivers who simply want to have fun during the classics at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant. “We got out of the GT3 Cups because we can’t travel to the United States and the Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup series has stopped working. However, we will be there this season at Tremblant with Mark Montor and the other pilots who usually use our services for these events,” notes Eric.
Among its drivers, some are contemplating the idea of developing the new Nissan Sentra Cup. “I find the car order is late, but they are open to possibility,” stresses Eric Kotte. Remember, GT Racing competed in the early seasons of the Nissan Micra Cup, in particular winning the 2015 runner-up title with Thai, and Nissan GT Academy member, Thanaroj Thanasitnitikate.
Personally speaking, Eric Kohte now brings his expertise to the Ontario ST Racing team: “I compete in the 24H Series Endurance Championship with them. They have races in Asia and Europe and also a 24 hour event at Sebring at the end of the season. I don’t have an official title, we wear many “Hats off on this team because it is family. I will not be participating in the Hockenheim event because I have to be here for the races, but other than that I have no conflict in the schedule.” He concluded by telling us that “these days it is difficult to predict, but it seems that the software with the TCR and GT4 is on the right path. The rest will depend on the opportunities!”
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