Morad Holds Off Hargrove In Both Practices At GP3R
Friday, August 12, 2016

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec (Aug. 12, 2016) – The gap between Daniel Morad and Scott Hargrove is just a scant three points in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, and the margin on the time sheets was even tighter Friday.

Morad, from Toronto, turned the quickest lap of both practice sessions for the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, 1 minute, 4.504 seconds, in the No. 17 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Hargrove, from Tsawwassen, British Columbia, was second at 1:04.635 in the No. 28 OpenRoad Racing Porsche.

2015 Platinum Cup runner-up Morad and 2014 Platinum Cup champion Hargrove also were 1-2 in the morning session on the 10-turn, 1.5207-mile (2.433 km) temporary street circuit, with the gap holding steady. Morad led Hargrove by .136 of a second in the morning and by .131 of a second in the afternoon.

“Track conditions were way better in practice two,” Morad said. “In the morning, we had a little dampness on the edges near the wall so you couldn’t really use the full width of the circuit. The sun came out, the track temperature was higher in the afternoon, and I think everyone used new tires in the second practice.

“It was probably one of the better days for me in this series. Led both practices, and we’ve been working really hard. In Toronto, we found something pretty key with the car and its performance. The second race really helped us understand the car a bit more. We applied all of that this weekend, and it seems to be going well.”

Morad leads Hargrove, 137-134, with four rounds remaining this season in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned Single-Make Series.

Qualifying will take place at 8:35 a.m. (ET) Saturday, with Round 9 at 11:10 a.m. Round 10 is schedled for 10 a.m. Sunday. Both races are 45 minutes.

“I’m looking forward to qualifying,” Morad said. “I don’t know if it will be wet or dry, but either way, let it snow.”

Series rookie Zach Robichon, from Ottawa, was third overall at 1:05.365 in the No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche. 2015 Platinum Cup champion Chris Green, from Montreal, was fourth overall at 1:05.459 in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche.

Etienne Borgeat, from Montreal, rounded out the top five at 1:05.606 in the No. 2 GT Racing Porsche.

Tim Sanderson, from Pickering, Ontario, was the quickest Platinum Masters driver at 1:05.688 in the No. 07 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche.

Martin Harvey, from nearby Berthierville, Quebec, turned the top lap in the Gold Cup class, 1:08.034, in the No. 08 Wingho Racing Porsche.

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

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