ULTRA 94 PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE CANADA BY YOKOHAMA CTMP SATURDAY NOTEBOOK
Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama competitors enjoyed some spirited competition Saturday as Round 1 of season competition kicked off at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the Castrol presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest.

Scott Hargrove, of Tsawwassen, British Columbia in his No. 9 Castrol-Pfaff Motorsports entry led the 16-car field from flag-to-flag to capture the overall and Platinum Cup victory. The 2014 Series Champion held off the No. 98 of Ottawa, Ontario resident Zacharie Robichon of Mark Motors Racing by just over two seconds, and set the fastest lap in class on Lap 18 with a one-minute, 20.341 second lap on the technical 2.459-mile road course.

Robichon started the race in third position, but his opening gambit pushed him past the No. 31 of Michael de Quesada and Insync/Alegra Motorsports to slide into second place. He was immediately followed by series newcomer Remo Ruscitti from Vancouver, British Columbia in the No. 69 OpenRoad Racing entry and the two ran in lockstep throughout the 45-minute sprint to finish in second and third place in Platinum respectively.

Patrick Dussault of Montréal, Quebec in the No. 77 of Lauzon Autosport/GT Racing representing Porsche Rive-Sud started in fifth position on the grid, but moved up to capture fourth on Lap 22 when de Quesada pushed four wheels off track in Turn 5 and lost his position. 

Series veteran from Toronto, Ontario, Marco Cirone in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing entry proved that he was once again on the championship hunt as he remained patient and consistent, gaining ground to round out the top five overall in Platinum and capture the Platinum Masters championship win.

Cirone was joined on the podium by second-place finisher Etienne Borgeat in the No. 2 Platinum entry running for Sesame/GT Racing.  Tim Sanderson in the No. 07 DFC Motorsport-Speedstar Motorsport entry representing Downtown Porsche and sponsor Harry Rosen rounded out the Platinum Masters podium in third.

De Angelis, in the No. 78 entry of Mark Motors Racing pushed his Gold entry into the thick of Platinum action running consistently in 10th overall or better throughout the race. A native of Belle River, Ontario, De Angelis ultimately finished in eighth position overall and earned the Gold Cup victory.

Orey Fidani, of Woodbridge, Ontario pushed his No. 13 Orlando Corporation/Pfaff Motorsports entry into the tight line of Platinum traffic and maintained a consistent pace to take the second step on the Gold Cup podium.

Borgeat, of Montréal, Quebec who started in 10th position on the grid and ultimately finished in sixth, earned the Yokohama Hard Charger Award for advancing the most positions in Platinum Cup competition.

Qualifying:

The morning qualifying efforts provided plenty of excitement for teams, drivers and fans alike. The weather conditions had improved from Friday’s practice with sunny skies and a light wind, but temperatures remained stubbornly low – 47 degrees – as the competitors rolled off the grid for the 20-minute session. 

As the Yokohamas warmed up and the competitors spread out on the sprawling and highly technical track, the pace began to rise, with 2014 Series Champion Hargrove and Castrol-Pfaff Motorsports setting a new series qualifying record on Lap 7 of 1:18.902 seconds, just under the 1:18:942 lap set last year by 2016 Series Champion Daniel Morad.

Cirone captured the top starting position in the Platinum Masters division, with teammate De Angelis taking the pole position in Gold Cup competition.

Event Details

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama series takes the track again for the second race of the weekend at 11:25 a.m. EDT, Sunday, May 20. Live timing for every race is available at IMSA.com.

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