Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama competitors faced the first of two 30-minute sprint races, Saturday, June 10 at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in support of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada in Montreal, Quebec. Friday’s exciting qualifying round saw Scott Hargrove nip the pole position with just minutes remaining in the session in his No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports/Castrol entry.  

Hargrove led today’s field flag-to-flag, but was challenged by the No. 98 Mark Motors entry of Zacharie Robichon who held pace for several laps until nearly the halfway mark, when Hargrove began to pull a strong gap to ultimately take the Platinum Cup win by 2.787 seconds.  

Seventeen-year-old Michael de Quesada in the No. 31 Alegra Motorsports car held his position and kept his racecraft clean to challenge Robichon early, but as the race progressed Robichon increased his pace to widen the gap between them and de Quesada ended up on the Platinum podium in third place behind Robichon.

Remo Ruscitti, who suffered a post-qualifying technical infraction in his No. 69 OpenRoad Racing entry and was relegated to start at the rear of the field, made a tremendous drive up through the 18-car field to ultimately finish fourth overall, gaining 14 total positions.

A full-course caution was issued on lap two for contact between the No. 2 of Etienne Borgeat of GT Racing backed by Sesame/Vallier Bistro and the Pfaff Motorsports/Orlando Corporation No. 13 of Orey Fidani. Borgeat was able to continue on, but dropped to 15th position under yellow, and Fidani was forced to retire from competition. The cautionary period lasted 3 laps.

The Platinum Masters championship saw plenty of action as the points gap tightened up with Borgeat faltering early in the race.  

The No. 88 of Marco Cirone of Mark Motors Racing took the victory and moved up the standings to challenge Tim Sanderson, who finished in second place in the No. 07 DFC/Speedstar entry backed by Downtown Porsche and Harry Rosen. The two of them are currently tied in championship points.   

Shaun McKaigue of Guilford, Ontario in his No. 34 FER-PAL/Pfaff Motorsports entry took the green flag in 11th position on the grid, but made a strong jump on the lap just before the full-course caution to run as high as eighth overall, before ultimately finishing third in the Platinum Masters championship and ninth overall.

In a recurring theme, the No. 78 of 16-year-old Roman De Angelis with Mark Motors steadily hustled his Gold Cup entry neatly through Platinum traffic to take the class win against returning competitor and teammate Valerie Chiasson in the No. 27 Mark Motors/TOTAL Canada car.

Newcomer Metod Topolnik rounded out the Gold podium in his GT Racing No. 76 entry. Hailing from Saint-Lambert, Quebec, this was Topolnik’s first race with the series.

The second and final race of the weekend will start Sunday, June 11 at 10:40 a.m. (ET).

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