Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Trois-Rivieres Saturday Notebook
Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama field took the green flag Saturday afternoon based on championship points after an abandoned qualifying session earlier in the day. This gave points leader Scott Hargrove just the opportunity he needed to outpace the field in another flag-to-flag win in his No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports/Castrol 911 GT3 Cup car.

But it wasn’t as easy as it sounds, as Mark Motors Racing’s Zacharie Robichon did his best to make Hargrove’s drive a difficult one this time around in Platinum Cup competition. Robichon took several looks in his No. 98, but never got a run on Hargrove for a pass on the streets of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. He’s been the only real contender this season, finishing second in every race but one: He recently notched a win at Watkins Glen International. However, Hargrove now has seven wins to his credit.

Michael de Quesada settled into third place early and was never challenged. It marks his fifth podium this year in the No. 31 for Alegra Motorsports and keeps him third in Platinum points.

Platinum Masters points leader Marco Cirone put his classmen on notice again that he has every intention of taking home the championship. The driver of the No. 88 for Mark Motors Racing started fifth overall behind Patrick Dussault in the No. 77 of Lauzon Autosport/GT Racing for Porsche Rive-Sud. Cirone got around Dussault on the first lap and immediately embarked on a spirited, consistent drive with lap times that barely grew a second over the course of the 45-minute sprint. Cirone has now posted six class wins and three in a row.

Tim Sanderson started the day seventh overall in his No. 07 DFC Motorsport/Speedstar Motorsport GT3 Cup car for Downtown Porsche and Harry Rosen. The series veteran got off to a fast start, but quickly had his mirrors full of 16-year-old Roman De Angelis in a Gold Cup entry for Mark Motors Racing. The pair worked their way around the 10-turn circuit in lockstep as Sanderson attempted to hold off De Angelis’ older No. 78 entry.

The pair continued their duel through lapped traffic at about the halfway mark in the race, navigating with the precision of Royal Canadian Air Force pilots. And in the waning moments of the race, De Angelis closed the gap on Sanderson to within a car length with only a few minutes remaining. It wouldn’t be enough, however, as a diligent Sanderson kept his cool and his position to take second in Platinum Masters and fifth overall.

Pieter Baljet enjoyed a couple of firsts – his first podium in the Platinum Masters division, with his third-place finish, and his first Yokohama Hard Charger Award for advancing the most positions in Platinum Cup in his No. 15 for Porsche Center Victoria.

Gold Cup points leader De Angelis carried on with his remarkable season, posting his seventh win in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series, which was also good enough for sixth overall. Nearly as impressive are his six class wins in GT3 Cup Challenge USA races, where his is second in Gold Cup points, even though he missed two races while keeping up with his academic studies.

Perry Bortolotti crossed the line in second place in Gold in the No. 84 for Mark Motors Racing/Cee-Jay Micro LTD. The 2011 inaugural season Platinum Cup Champion rejoined the series for this weekend’s contest, having last raced in the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada in 2014. All four entries for Mark Motors grabbed podiums for their Toronto-based team.

Qualifying:

With a partially damp track ahead and impending rain in the skies, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama officials initially declared qualifying to be a Wet Session, meaning all cars would qualify on Yokohama wet tires. However, just before the period began, it was determined the variable dry-to-wet track conditions might lead to inequitable qualifying for the field. Therefore, the round was converted to practice and the Race 1 starting grid was set according to driver championship points by class.

For more information about Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, visit IMSA.com, and follow hashtag #GT3CAN at @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook. The races will air live on IMSA.tv, and statistics will be available at IMSA.com.

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama season will be highlighted with four televised races on The Sports Networks (TSN), Réseau des sports (RDS) and Motorsport.tv in Europe. The races from Trois-Rivieres will air on on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. on TSN, Saturday, Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. on RDS2 and Motorsport.tv.

Schedule (all times ET):

Qualifying: 8:30-8:50 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12

Round 1: 2:25 p.m.-3:40 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12

Round 2: 10-10:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 13

Race Coverage

Live Streaming: Both races will be live streamed on IMSA.tv

Live timing: All on-track sessions at scoring.imsa.com and on the official IMSA app for iOS

Twitter: Live text commentary from all sessions at @IMSALive

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