Hargrove wins Porsche GT3 Canada in Toronto

July 20, 2014

Hargrove wins Porsche GT3 Canada in Toronto

July 20, 2014

hargrave_winsIn a race in which it seemed no one wanted to keep the lead, Scott Hargrove was the last man standing and expanded his championship lead in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin.

Hargrove, 19, from Surrey, British Columbia, won Round 5 of the season Saturday, July 19 in the No. 69 OpenRoad Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car on the Streets of Toronto.

The victory was his fourth in five starts this season for Vancouver-based OpenRoad Racing.

“Four wins in five rounds now, so it’s been a phenomenal year, and we are going to try and keep this going,” championship leader Hargrove said.

Round six is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday, July 20 on the Streets of Toronto.

Hargrove leads Chris Green, 98-84, in the championship after five rounds. Marco Cirone, from Toronto, finished second Saturday on his hometown track in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche, 6.702 seconds behind Hargrove.

It was the first overall podium finish of the season for Cirone, who expanded his Platinum Masters (drivers 45 and older) championship lead. Santiago Creel, from Mexico City, placed third overall in the No. 60 Wright Motorsports entry.

It was the first Canadian series start for Creel, a regular in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. Platinum Masters competitor Perry Bortolotti, from Kanata, Ontario, placed fourth overall in the No. 84 Mark Motors Racing Porsche. Jerimy Daniel, from Candiac, Quebec, placed fifth overall in the No. 75 TRC Porsche that competes in the Gold Cup (2010-2013 car models) championship.

The result tied the best overall finish this season by a Gold Cup driver, as Daniel also was fifth in Round 2 in May at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Daniel and Tim Sanderson are tied, 84-84, atop the Gold Cup standings after this event. Hargrove and championship rivals Green and Spencer Pigot each led and then lost the front spot during the 36-minute race, shorted from the scheduled 45 minutes due to track repair after a previous race in another series.

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