CALABOGIE, Ontario – Championship contenders Scott Hargrove and Chris Green endured each other’s best shots Sunday at Calabogie Motorsports Park, with the pair splitting the two rounds of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin.
Canadian stars Green and Hargrove finished 1-2 in the first 45-minute race Sunday morning, with Green earning his first victory of the season in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. They swapped positions in the second race, with Hargrove winning for the third time in four rounds this season in the No. 69 OpenRoad Racing Porsche.
The speedy stalemate preserved Hargrove’s four-point lead, 78-74, over Green with four of 10 rounds completed in the series, one of 19 global Porsche 911 GT3 Cup one-make championships providing thrilling action.
“It was a really good win for me, and I couldn’t be happier to be at Calabogie Motorsports Park in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin,” Hargrove said after round four.
Young American standout Spencer Pigot finished third in both races in the No. 21 Alegra Motorsports entry to climb to third in the championship with 54 points.
Toronto resident Marco Cirone was the top Platinum Masters (drivers age 45 and older) finisher in both races in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche. Carlos de Quesada was second in Platinum Masters in both races in the No. 22 Alegra Motorsports entry, with Perry Bortolotti third in both races in the No. 84 Porsche fielded by Ottawa-based Mark Motors Racing.
Shaun McKaigue, Tim Sanderson and Martin Harvey shared the podium spots in both Gold Cup (2010-2013 model cars) races.
McKaigue, from Gilford, Ontario, was the top Gold Cup finisher in round three and finished second in round four in the No. 34 Fiorano Racing entry. Sanderson, from Pickering, Ontario, bounced back from a third-place finish in Round 3 to win Gold Cup honors in round four in the No. 07 Alegra Motorsports/Northwest Atlantic Motorsports Porsche. Harvey, from Berthierville, Quebec, finished second in round three and third in round four in the No. 08 Wingho Racing Inc. Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
Sanderson turned a Gold Cup track-record lap of 2:05.585 in round three.
Alegra Motorsports teammates Chuck Harris and Keith Bass finished first and second, respectively, in both races in Silver Cup competition for 2005½-2009 model cars. Harris set a lap record of 2:10.425 for the Silver Cup class during the second race
Hargrove never trailed from the pole in Round 4 Sunday afternoon. He led by 1.211 seconds after the first lap and expanded his lead in metronomic fashion, tenth by tenth nearly every lap, to build his winning margin of 6.737 seconds.