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August 31, 2015 10:43 ET

Green, Cirone, Fidani Clinch Drivers' Championships; Hargrove, Cirone, M. de Quesada Pile On Win Totals

BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 31, 2015) - Chris Green, Marco Cirone and Orey Fidani clinched Drivers' Championships in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin with smooth, composed drives to the podium Sunday, Aug. 30 in the season finale at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Scott Hargrove, Cirone and Michael de Quesada won the season-ending Round 10 in the Platinum Cup, Platinum Masters and Gold Cup classes, respectively.

Green, from Montreal, earned his first Platinum Cup championship in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche in his third full season in the class. Green held off Daniel Morad by five points, 170-165.

"It's here," Green said. "It hasn't really hit yet. There was so much hard work by the Pfaff guys, Castrol backing us 100 percent all season. I'm so proud of them, so proud of everybody involved, from (Pfaff owner) Chris Pfaff all the way down to the people taking care of my tires. Everybody has such an important role in this series, for myself and for Orey. We're on cloud nine right now."

Said Alexander Pollich, president & CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd.: "After an intense season, Chris Green has proven that he had what it takes to win the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin championship for 2015. His victory caps an exciting racing weekend after our brand's first and second place in LMP1 and GTE Pro classes at the 6 Hours of Nurburgring. Congratulations to Chris and all the drivers."

Cirone, from Toronto, won the Platinum Masters championship for the third consecutive season in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche. He beat Tim Sanderson to the crown, 196-180.

"I'm so happy," Cirone said. "This is our third in a row, and I can't thank my team, Mark Motors Racing, enough. They always give me a great car to drive."

Fidani, from Woodbridge, Ontario, won the Gold Cup title by just two points, 170-168, in the No. 13 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche over fellow series rookie Michael de Quesada.

"I'm just ecstatic, overly excited," Fidani said. "I didn't really expect this coming into the beginning of this year. But, hey, hard work and driving smart pays off. This series was everything I thought it would be and probably a little bit more."

Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports won the Platinum Cup Team Championship in the first year of its partnership, edging Pfaff Motorsports, 174-170. The results were reversed in the Gold Cup Team Championship, with Pfaff taking the title in its second season as an independent team, 172-168, over Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports.

Hargrove, from Surrey, British Columbia, surrendered his 2014 Platinum Cup title to Green on Sunday, but he finished a dominant season with his sixth consecutive victory and seventh win in eight starts this season in the No. 25 OpenRoad Racing Porsche. Hargrove missed the first two rounds of the season before rejoining the series in June starting at Round 3 in Toronto.

Pole sitter Hargrove held off Morad in the early laps and then pulled away from the field in the 45-minute race. He beat Morad to the checkered flag by 10.901 seconds.

Morad, from Thornhill, Ontario, earned his ninth podium finish of the season in the No. 22 Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports entry. He held off Green by .333 of a second at the finish.

Green took a few peeks at Morad during the closing laps on the 10-turn, 3.957-km (2.459 miles) circuit. But Green never attempted a pass, instead choosing the safe, smart approach to clinch the season championship with his ninth podium finish of the season. Green needed to finish fourth or better in this race to seal the title.

The entire field followed that sound, smart strategy in a caution-free race, a peaceful contrast to an incident-filled Round 9 on Saturday.

Cirone ended up fourth overall, and Sanderson rounded out the top five in the No. 07 Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports entry.

Cirone only needed to start the race to clinch his third consecutive Platinum Masters championship, but he finished the year in style with his eighth class victory in 10 starts.

Sanderson, from Pickering, Ontario, ended up 25.816 seconds behind Cirone in second. While 2014 Gold Cup champion Sanderson didn't finish as close to Cirone as usual during the season, it was a victory for him just to be in the starting field.

The Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports team worked through Saturday night to repair Sanderson's car after it was forced into the tire barrier by contact from rookie Harry Steenbakkers late in Round 9 on Saturday.

2014 Silver Cup champion Chuck Harris, from Tampa, Florida, closed out his first season in Platinum Masters by finishing third in the No. 50 Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports entry.

Gold Cup

De Quesada did all he could to catch Fidani in the standings by winning his sixth consecutive race in the No. 24 Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports entry but came up just short in the championship.

Still, de Quesada, 15, ended his first season as the youngest race winner in any class the five-year history of the series.

De Quesada, from Odessa, Florida, started from the class pole and beat his father, Carlos de Quesada, to the checkered flag by 4.211 seconds.

Like Sanderson in Platinum Masters, Carlos de Quesada rebounded from an accident in Round 9 Saturday to earn a second-place class finish. De Quesada, from Odessa, Florida, was eliminated from Round 9 after hitting Shaun McKaigue's No. 34 Fiorano Racing Porsche at the end of the first lap after McKaigue spun exiting Turn 10.

Carlos de Quesada, from Odessa, FL, passed Fidani for second with eight minutes left in the race. Fidani, fighting understeer in his car, knew he only needed to finish third to clinch the championship. So he stayed calm and kept his car on track to the finish.

This is the second consecutive year in which the Gold Cup Drivers' Championship was decided by two points. Sanderson won by that margin in 2014.

Carlos de Quesada was presented with the Spirit of Speed Award at the Championship Ceremony Sunday evening. The award is presented to an individual in the series who embodies the ideals of sportsmanship and is a passionate advocate for Porsche Motorsport.

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