Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin

Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin

July 06, 2015 08:41 ET

Hargrove Caps Perfect Weekend with Two Victories at Calabogie

CALABOGIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 6, 2015) - Reigning Platinum Cup champion Scott Hargrove completed a perfect weekend at Calabogie Motorsports Park by winning Rounds 5 and 6 of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin from the pole Sunday, July 5.

Hargrove, from Surrey, BC, earned his second and third victories of the season in the No. 25 OpenRoad Racing Porsche. He also won his season debut June 13 in Toronto, as he missed the first two races of the season in mid-May at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

"Two wins today," Hargrove said. "It's not often that you get to do two races in one day, and you kind of get the high from both of them in the same day."

Platinum Cup points leader Chris Green and Daniel Morad earned the other two podium positions in both 45-minute races. Green, from Montreal, finished third and second, respectively, in Rounds 5 and 6 in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche. Morad, from Thornhill, ON, finished second and third in the No. 22 Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports entry.

Green leads the standings, 108-93, over second place Morad with four rounds remaining.

Michael de Quesada, from Odessa, FL, made series history by sweeping both Gold Cup races in the No. 24 Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports entry. De Quesada, 15, became the youngest race class winner in the five-year history of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned Single-Make Series in Canada.

Orey Fidani, from Woodbridge, ON, leads in his Gold Cup points over Martin Harvey 104-96.

Marco Cirone, from Toronto, completed an event of sweeps by ending Rounds 5 and 6 as the first Platinum Masters finisher in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche.

Cirone padded his Platinum Masters points lead to 118-110 over second place Tim Sanderson.

ROUND 5

Hargrove withstood an early challenge from Chris Green and a late scare from Morad to earn his second victory of the season. He beat Morad to the finish by a comfortable 5.368 seconds, but that was misleading.

Series rookie Morad became the quickest car on track over the closing laps. He passed Green for second with three minutes left and continued his charge toward Hargrove, trailing by 3.712 seconds. But Morad ran out of time over the last two laps and settled for second.

Championship lead Green ended third, gaining points as he aims for his first Platinum Cup title.

Marco Cirone, from Toronto, finished fourth overall and was the top Platinum Masters finisher. Tim Sanderson, from Pickering, ON, rounded out the top five in the No. 07 Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports entry.

Platinum Masters

Cirone produced a stirring drive to earn his fourth Platinum Masters victory in five starts.

Sanderson finished second for his fifth consecutive podium finish in his first Platinum Masters season. Carlos De Quesada, from Odessa, FL, finished third to earn his second Platinum Masters podium finish this season in the No. 50 Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports.

Sanderson and De Quesada got engaged in a spirited duel to determine the final two spots on the Platinum Masters podium. Sanderson prevailed by just .821 of a second.

Gold Cup

Rookie Michael De Quesada, 15, earned his first career Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin victory and became the youngest winner in series history in any class.

Shaun McKaigue, from Gilford, ON, finished second in the No. 34 Fiorano Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for his best result of the season. Ron Tomlinson, from Manotick, ON, finished third in his series debut in the No. 48 Mark Motors Racing Porsche.

De Quesada'drive into history was as unlikely as it was stunning. He led from pole, building a gap of 20.559 seconds over McKaigue with 27 minutes remaining.

But then De Quesada pulled into the pits with 22 minutes left. His car had an electrical problem in qualifying Saturday that flared again.

"My awesome guys fixed it and got me right back out there, and I was just able to wheel it home," de Quesada said. "I said, 'You either win or you lose.' Just go and do your best."

ROUND 6

Hargrove and Green ran in lockstep within one second or less of each other for the first half of the race, much like Round 5. The difference in this 45-minute race is that Morad, Harry Steenbakkers and Cirone came along for the ride.

Less than three seconds separated the top five cars for most of the 25 minutes of race.

Hargrove then started to ease away from Green with about 20 minutes remaining, expanding his gap to 2.586 seconds with 10 minutes remaining. Meanwhile, Morad started to gain ground on Green, pulling to within .488 of a second with 13 minutes remaining.

But Green dug in and drove away from Morad, gaining a gap of 2.696 seconds.

"We learned a lot from this morning," Hargrove said. "I think I pushed the tires a little too hard in the morning, in the beginning, and so at the end Daniel (Morad) was closing in pretty quick. I got a lead on the start and then held it (in the second race), held a constant pace."

Morad placed third behind Hargrove and Green. Rookie Steenbakkers, from Ottawa, ended up fourth in the No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche, tying his season best. Cirone rounded out the top five overall as the first Platinum Masters finisher.

Platinum Masters

Cirone faced less drama in Round 6 to sweep the Platinum Masters class for the weekend, as he drove from the rear of the field after a tire change before Round 5.

Reigning Platinum Masters champion Cirone hung tough with the leaders early in race before getting into a duel with teammate Steenbakkers for fourth place toward the end of the race.

Sanderson probably was more disappointed to see the race-ending yellow than any driver in the field. He was nipping at Steenbakkers and Cirone when the race-ending caution period started.

Carlos de Quesada earned his second third-place finish of the weekend in the class.

Gold Cup

Michael de Quesada rallied from a quick pit stop to fix an electronic problem to win Round 5, but there was no drama in his dominant Round 6 victory.

De Quesada drove away from the Gold Cup field in Round 6, building a lead of 38.646 seconds with nine minutes remaining in a tour de force.

"It's great," de Quesada said. "It's awesome. I just made sure not to get in any trouble. We fixed the problem with the car, and everything was perfect."

Fidani rebounded from a last-place finish in Round 5 to place second in the No. 13 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche. He padded his lead in the Gold Cup championship in his rookie season.

Tomlinson rounded out his first event in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin with his second third-place finish.

UP NEXT

Rounds 7 and 8 are scheduled for July 31-Aug. 2 during the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières in Trois-Rivières, QC. For live updates on all the action, follow @IMSALive on Twitter. For live timing, visit scoring.imsa.com.

For more information about Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, visit www.imsa.com, follow hashtag #GT3CAN @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook.

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