Hargrove triumphs again in GT3

August 2, 2015

Hargrove triumphs again in GT3

August 2, 2015

3rivers_aug2_15_2Scott Hargrove delivered a long-distance birthday present to his father by winning Round 8 of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin on Sunday, Aug. 2 at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R), completing a weekend sweep of both races.

Hargrove’s father, Jim, celebrated his birthday Sunday at home in Surrey, British Columbia. Reigning Platinum Cup champion Scott Hargrove earned his fifth victory in six starts this season in the No. 25 OpenRoad Racing Porsche, driving away from the field to win by 15.760 seconds.

“You couldn’t ask for anything better than this,” Hargrove said.

3rivers_aug2_15_3“And first off, I would like to say happy birthday to my dad. It’s his birthday today, and hopefully this is a good present for him this weekend. Just an incredible, incredible weekend, and I am so happy.

“The OpenRoad Porsche was amazing. My teammates at Mark Motors were phenomenal. I don’t really have words for what happened this weekend. Everything went perfectly, and I am just thankful for everyone, and especially the fans here. This is what we dream of when we think of a race weekend. The fireworks last night and the crowds today. I love it here. I wish I could race here every weekend.”

Daniel Morad, from Thornhill, Ontario, finished second in the No. 22 Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports entry after another tough street fight with Platinum Cup championship leader Chris Green on the 10-turn, 2.433-km (1.5207 miles) temporary circuit.

Green, from Montreal, finished third in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche for the second consecutive day. Green is the only driver to finish on the podium in all eight rounds this season, and he carries an 11-point lead over Morad into the season-ending Rounds 9 and 10 on Aug. 28-30 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Etienne Borgeat, from Montreal, placed fourth in the No. 2 GT Racing Porsche. Harry Steenbakkers, from Ottawa, rounded out the top five in the No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche.

Tim Sanderson, from Pickering, Ontario, earned his second Platinum Masters victory of the season in the No. 05 Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports entry. His 15-year-old teammate Michael de Quesada stretched his Gold Cup win streak to four consecutive rounds in the No. 24 Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports car.

Hargrove’s path to victory followed almost the exact blueprint as Saturday. He drove away from the field from pole, managing a gap of two to three seconds to Morad during the first half of the 45-minute race before pulling away through deft navigation of lapped traffic during the final 20 minutes.

The win vaulted Hargrove – who missed the first two rounds of the season in mid-May at CTMP – to third in the standings with 118 points, 22 behind leader Green.

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