Scott Hargrove Wins Another One
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario — Scott Hargrove completed a weekend sweep of both Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin rounds at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a victory in an action-packed race Sunday.
Hargrove, 19, from Surrey, B.C., beat Chris Green by 1.442 seconds in the No. 69 OpenRoad Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Hargrove edged Green by .840 of a second in the first race Saturday on the 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit.
Hargrove made a one-off entry into the single-make Porsche series this weekend, driving Christian Chia’s OpenRoad Racing entry.
“Two races, two wins,” Hargrove said. “I can’t ask for more than that. It’s phenomenal racing in these Porsche cars, and I can’t thank the OpenRoad guys enough for giving me a good car and being able to run up front all weekend. A phenomenal weekend for us, and hopefully we will be back and be able to run more races this year.”
Spencer Pigot finished third in the No. 21 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, rebounding from a 14th-place finish in the first race Saturday. Pigot’s last-straightaway lunge at Green’s No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports entry fell just .122 of a second short.
Etienne Borgeat, from Montreal, completed a solid weekend in the No. 2 GT Racing entry by finishing fourth. He placed third Saturday.
2013 series runner-up Green, from Montreal, started from pole in the 45-minute race. But Hargrove passed him in turn eight — the hardest braking zone on the circuit – on the second lap and never trailed thereafter.
Green and Pigot hounded Hargrove for the next 17 minutes, until a two-car accident in turn 10 created an extended yellow-flag period. J-F Laberge spun in turn 10 in the No. 91 GT Racing Porsche and then was hit from behind in traffic by Ilker Starck in the No. 48 SCB Racing/Downtown Porsche. Both cars suffered heavy damage and were eliminated from the race, but both drivers were unhurt.
After an extensive cleanup, the race resumed with seven minutes remaining. Less than one second separated the lead pack of Hargrove, Green and Pigot until there was one lap remaining, when Hargrove pulled away.
“We’re really, really quick on the starts and the restarts, and Chris (Green) definitely had a lot for me in the middle of the race,” Hargrove said. “But that caution helped me out, and I knew that once I cooled my tires down, I would be good to go until the end of the race.”
Jerimy Daniel completed a weekend sweep of the Gold Cup in the No. 75 TRC Porsche.
Chuck Harris was the top Silver Cup finisher in the No. 50 Alegra Motorsports entry.