Porsche GT3 Pole Goes To Hargrove

Scott Hargrove won the pole on his first flying lap at Calabogie Motorsports Park. (IMSA photo)
Scott Hargrove won the pole on his first flying lap at Calabogie Motorsports Park. (IMSA photo)
Scott Hargrove won the pole on his first flying lap at Calabogie Motorsports Park. (IMSA photo)

CALABOGIE, Ontario – It took Scott Hargrove a little while to get to work during qualifying for the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin event Saturday at Calabogie Motorsports Park, choosing instead to play a waiting game.

But young Canadian star Hargrove wasted little time getting the job done once he started.

Hargrove, from Surrey, B.C., continued his perfect record in qualifying at the first two events this season by winning the pole in the No. 69 OpenRoad-6th Gear Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. He turned a track-record time of 2 minutes, .241 of a second (2:00.241) on his first flying lap after sitting in the pits for the first 13 minutes of the 30-minute session.

Championship leader Hargrove, 19, turned only one more lap at speed in the session before parking in the pits. None of the 14 other drivers could top his lap on the challenging, fast, 20-turn, 3.05-mile (5.05 km) circuit.

“It was a really interesting qualifying session,” Hargrove said. “Everybody else went out early. We waited about 15 minutes, and then I went out. I only put two laps on these Michelin tires, and they’ll be good to go for the race.”

Two 45-minute races are scheduled Sunday. Round 3 of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned championship starts at 10:15 a.m. (ET), with Round 4 at 2:45 p.m. Hargrove won the first two rounds of the season May 17-18 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Spencer Pigot, from Orlando, Fla., qualified second at Calabogie at 2:01.132 in the No. 21 Alegra Motorsports entry. Chris Green, from Montreal, was third at 2:01.230 in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports 911 GT3 Cup car.

Marco Cirone and Perry Bortolotti of the Ottawa-based Mark Motors Racing team were the two quickest Platinum Masters (drivers age 45 and older) qualifiers. Cirone, from Toronto, was fourth overall at 2:01.905 in the No. 88 car. Bortolotti, from the Ottawa suburb of Kanata, Ontario, was fifth overall at 2:02.280 in the No. 84 Mark Motors Racing Porsche.

Tim Sanderson, from Pickering, Ontario, was the top Gold Cup (2010-2013 model cars) qualifier at 2:04.707 in the No. 07 Alegra Motorsports/Northwest Atlantic Motorsports car. Sanderson also won the playful GT3 Kiddie Cup Challenge by Michelin race on Porsche toy push cars among series competitors in the paddock after qualifying.

Chuck Harris, from Tampa, Fla., was the quickest Silver Cup (2005½-2009 model cars) qualifier with a top lap of 2:09.317 in the No. 50 Alegra Motorsports Porsche, a track record for the class.