Scott Hargrove dominates combined Porsche GT3 Cup field
After a sweep of two rounds in Montreal, Scott Hargrove is back in high gear in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.
This weekend's meeting, supporting the Canadian Grand Prix Formula One race, united the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama for the first time ever. Hargrove, from Surrey, British Columbia, won both races overall.
He earned his first victory of the season Saturday, holding off rival Daniel Morad in a tight, clean race between the two young Canadian stars at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The 2014 Platinum Cup champion started from pole, with Morad starting second on the 13-turn, 2.71-mile (4.361 km) circuit. The last time the talented duo shared the front row, in Round 2 on May 22 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), they collided in the second turn of the first lap and were eliminated.
This race was different. Morad, from Toronto, passed Hargrove for the lead at the Turn 7 hairpin on the first lap. Hargrove then tucked in behind Morad for the next nine minutes, staying within a second of his rival. Hargrove made his move with 15 minutes left in the race, standing on the brakes entering Turn 1 and slipping past Morad for the lead. He never looked back, claiming victory by .557 of a second over Morad.
Sunday, he won in mixed conditions. The 25-minute race started with three laps behind the Safety Car due to light rain that started after the cars had assembled on the grid with slick tires. That decision by IMSA officials, unanimously hailed by the drivers in the 36-car field, paid off when the rain stopped and a dry line formed.
Green-flag racing began with 17 minutes remaining. Pole sitter Hargrove wasted no time running away, building a 5.806-second lead after two laps while fierce racing throughout the field unfolded behind him. He eventually crossed the finish line with a priority of almost ten seconds of local driver Jesse Lazare.
Morad rallied from deep in the field after a spin due to contact to finish third in the Platinum Cup class in the No. 17 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche. Etienne Borgeat, from Montreal, finished fourth at his home circuit in the No. 2 GT Racing Porsche. Zach Robichon, from Ottawa, rounded out the top five in the No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche after serving a drive-through penalty for contact with Morad.
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