TORONTO – Spencer Pigot put a heartbreaking result from round five into the vanishing point of his rear-view mirror, winning round six of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin Sunday on the streets of Toronto.
It was the first victory of the season in the No. 21 Alegra Motorsports Porsche for Pigot, 20, from Orlando, Florida. He led with seven minutes remaining in round five Saturday when a belt broke in his car, causing him to retire in 15th place and handing the lead and an eventual victory to Scott Hargrove.
Pigot beat both of his fellow championship contenders, Hargrove and Chris Green, for the first time this season Sunday after Hargrove and Green were both forced to drive to the podium from deep in the pack after an incident between them early in the 45-minute race.
“It was really a very straightforward race for me,” Pigot said. “I was just out by myself, and I didn’t really have to push it that hard, just hit my marks and don’t make any mistakes. Just a big thanks to everyone at Alegra for all the hard work this weekend.”
Hargrove, from Surrey, British Columbia, finished 16.379 seconds behind Pigot in the No. 69 OpenRoad Racing 911 GT3 Cup car. Platinum Cup (2014 model cars) championship leader Hargrove has finished first or second in all six rounds this season in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned series. He leads second-place Green, 116-100, in the championship.
Green, from Montreal, placed third in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche for his fifth podium finish this season.
Carlos de Quesada, from Odessa, Fla., finished a season-best fourth in the No. 22 Alegra Motorsports entry and was the first finisher in the Platinum Masters (drivers 45 and older) class. Santiago Creel, from Mexico City, rounded out the top five in the No. 60 Wright Motorsports Porsche.
Pigot took the lead when race officials ordered Hargrove to serve a drive-through penalty for contact with Green in turn two after a restart 16 minutes into the race. Green spun and backed into the wall, suffering damage, in the incident.
Green dropped to 11th after the contact and spin. Hargrove fell to seventh after serving the drive-through penalty. Both drivers then began to bob and weave through traffic to salvage podium spots.