Hargrove Continues Roll by Leading Both Practice Sessions in Toronto
Friday, July 15, 2016

TORONTO (July 15, 2016) – Different track, different country, different continent, same result: Scott Hargrove is on top.

Hargrove, from Tsawwassen, British Columbia, led both practice sessions for the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama on Friday at Toronto. His best time was 1 minute, 14.403 seconds during the second practice on the street circuit around Exhibition Place in Canada’s largest city. He also led the first practice at 1:15.400.

This is the third event in three countries and two continents in the last two weeks for 2014 Platinum Cup champion and current Platinum Cup championship leader Hargrove.

Hargrove, 21, won one of two Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama rounds two weeks ago at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York. He followed last weekend by winning one of two starts in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand.

“I think I’m extremely comfortable in it right now,” Hargrove said of his third consecutive weekend racing a Porsche. “Being around here, the walls aren’t bothering me at all. Getting to slide the car a little bit, I think that little bit of comfort lets me keep my foot in it when I get a little bit sideways and ride it out. Whereas before I might be lifting or think the car needs some things different. So I was just really happy with the day.”

2015 Platinum Cup champion Chris Green, from Montreal, was second overall at 1:14.811 in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche. Green is making his first Canadian series start this season amid a limited schedule in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.

Daniel Morad, from Toronto, was third at 1:14.988 in the No. 17 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche. Zach Robichon, from Ottawa, was fourth at 1:15.694 in the No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche.

Tim Sanderson, from Pickering, Ontario, rounded out the top five and was the quickest Platinum Masters driver at 1:16.446 in the No. 07 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche.

Martin Harvey, from Berthierville, Quebec, was the quickest Gold Cup driver at 1:17.859 in the No. 08 Wingho Racing Porsche. Harvey swept both Gold Cup races last year on the 11-turn, 1.755-mile (2.824 km) temporary street circuit in Toronto.

“I love the races on the street circuits,” Harvey said. “It’s tough because the walls are very close. I like this track. Today is perfect. Very good for me.”

Andrew Danyliw, from Toronto, led the Silver Cup class the new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car at 1:22.643 in the No. 38 SCB Racing Porsche.

Qualifying is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. (ET) Saturday. Round 7 of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned championship, a 45-minute race, is scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m. Saturday.

Round 8, another 45-minute race, starts at 12:40 p.m. Sunday.

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POST-PRACTICE QUOTES

SCOTT HARGROVE (No. 28 OpenRoad Racing, first, Platinum Cup): “I think I’m extremely comfortable in it right now. Being around here, the walls aren’t bothering me at all. Getting to slide the car a little bit, I think that little bit of comfort lets me keep my foot in it when I get a little bit sideways and ride it out. Whereas before I might be lifting or think the car needs some things different. So I was just really happy with the day. Four-tenths clear in both sessions isn’t something that happens every day, so I’m just going to hope that continues throughout the rest of the weekend.” (On conditions between sessions): “The lap times were quicker and I think the rubber from the other series helps, but any time you go on a street course, it gets quicker as the weekend goes on. We kind of anticipated that and hit the nail on the head, and we’re on to tomorrow.”

MARTIN HARVEY (No. 08 Wingho Racing, first, Gold Cup): “I love the races on the street circuits. It’s tough because the walls are very close. I like this track. Today is perfect. Very good for me.” (Why do you like street courses so much?): “I don’t know. It must be me. I feel good. I just push, push, push. You need to drive safe. I love the street circuits.”

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