February 20, 2018
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Chris was always interested in cars or anything else with a motor attached to it. As a kid, he would tinker with go-carts, boats and cars with his brother (the real gear head of the family). In the mid 80’s, Chris’ friends decided they wanted to go stock car racing – and of course, Chris was in.
Around 1990, one of Chris’ friends moved their shop to Richmond Hill, next to the shop of Rudy Bartling and Peter Stalibrass, who were into road racing. Chris approached them and said that he was willing to help them if they needed it. Rudy and Peter were going to a race the next weekend and encouraged Chris to join – and that was the start to Chris’ road racing career.
From then on, Rudy and Chris raced together for the next 20 years in IMSA, Sports Car, The Canada Challenge Cup, Porsche Club, and local club racing. In the meantime, Chris also met Vito and George, who were his competition on the track. Around the end of the 90’s, Chris also gave the ALMS a try with his friend Kye Wankum. Later they had co-drivers such as Joe Foster, Doc Bundy and Craig Stanton in the car.
Chris was later introduced to Michael Vong, who was interested in going Porsche Club racing. However, Michael decided he wanted to take a break from racing, and then this guy named Marco came along and decide he wanted to go Porsche Cup racing – and of course, Chris said OK lets go! The rest is a story that is still unfolding.
Matt’s the type of crew member that likes to “get s#!t done.”
Never one to mince words, Matt joined Bestline Autotech after successful stints in the Honda CRX category and following his development at Petrorf (Porsche) Performance.
When Matt’s not trackside with the drivers, you can find him at the shop analyzing, tweaking and then re-analyzing all the team’s data.
Always the perfectionist, Matt believes winning at the race track starts with working together with the drivers and engineers at the shop to gain every advantage before hitting the pavement.
Before Vito, came go-karts, girls, cars and school. Having grown up on a race track on Canada’s eastern shoreline of New Brunswick, Georges gained success in the 100cc go-kart division before dominating the IMSA Cup Car series with his father and great-uncle.
Staying focused on the engineering side of motorsports and jumping at an opportunity when it’s presented, Georges decided to combine his engineering expertise with Vito’s race team management and driving talents, which included Hall of Famer, Rudy Bartling. Together, they formed a two-car effort from 1994 through ’96.
They say two is better than one – and with a growing team, a rejuvenated attitude and one goal, Vito and Georges became the 1st individuals to enter the 12hrs of Sebring with a Porsche Turbo 944. They placed 7th overall.
Success breeds more success – and with that said, the following decade saw Vito and Georges continue to race within many forms of Regional and National championships across the Americas, gaining podiums, wins and championships, earning them respect from mutual competitors and colleagues.
Unlike most motorsports enthusiasts who were introduced to the sport through go-karts, Vito found his passion for motorsports climbing a hill; literally.
In 1966, based in Switzerland at the time, Vito began racing the prestigious Porsche 911 up the hills of mountains. Having competed against the best, Vito grew more determined to conquer the motorsports world. In doing so, he made the jump to FIAT Racing and to Canada, where he would be faced with many new challenges.
Through the 1970′s and 80′s era, Vito raced for FIAT, gaining several podium positions, which lead to him being a lead Instructor for Ferrari at Mosport International Raceway.
In the following decade, Vito would be introduced to long time 6th Gear Racing team member Georges Bourque, and the operation would grow into a two car effort.
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