Marco Signoretti’s winning streak in the Ford Mustang GT4 continued at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) on July 17/18. The first of the weekend’s two Sports Car Championship Canada (SCCC) races was plagued by wet weather, but the experienced Multimatic Motorsports team adapted the car’s set-up and guided Signoretti through all of the specific challenges of driving in the slick conditions, resulting in the young Canadian’s first GT4 win in the wet. He then went on to repeat the result in a dry Sunday race under big pressure during the final three lap sprint to the finish.
Saturday’s Round 3 afforded a new challenge for Marco as it poured with rain all day. The team provided him with a good baseline wet set up on the #22 Mustang so he could go out and search for the grip. He must have found it as he qualified on the pole!
Marco got away well at the start of Saturday’s race and drove confidently. He dealt with a mid-race caution well, aced the restart and took the win.
The sky cleared for Sunday’s 40-minute race and Marco again started from the pole and began to pull out a comfortable lead. The race was unfortunately red flagged and once the incident was cleared there was only enough time left on the clock for a three-lap sprint to the finish, which was a nail-biting time for the team but again Marco came through to take his second win of the weekend by a slim 0.4 of a second.
Saturday was my first rain race in the Mustang GT4 and I’m pleased with my level of confidence in the car,” said Marco. “The setup was well balanced and I was comfortable with the car moving around as I looked for grip. Sunday’s race was going well until the red flag. I was pushing on the restart and made a couple of mistakes but I was able to hold on and win the race. I learned lots from this and overall I was happy with the experience gained. Thank you to the Multimatic Motorsports team for dialling in the car and giving me the best opportunities in every session.”
Larry Holt, Executive Vice President – Multimatic Special Vehicle Operations, said: “That was a bit of a wild weekend for Marco. The team did a great job with the set-up on Saturday, but Marco had to figure out the wet line on what is a relatively new surface with not a lot of history to rely on. He did an amazing job and took the pole and the race with little drama. Sunday was dry but there was big pressure at the end when it went green with only three laps left. The Mustang doesn’t get its tyres up like the TCR cars and they were all over the back of him, but he held on fighting all the way to line. It was a great pair of wins and another couple of intense days of learning for Marco. The series is really gathering momentum and I can’t say enough about the FEL organisation and what they have done for Canadian racing.”