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SCOTT HARGROVE AND PFAFF MOTORSPORTS SWEEPS HOME RACES AT TORONTO INDY

SCOTT HARGROVE AND PFAFF MOTORSPORTS SWEEPS HOME RACES AT TORONTO INDY

From opening practice until the checkered flag on Sunday, Pfaff Motorsports couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.

After a tumultuous race at Watkins Glen that saw driver Orey Fidani suffer extensive damage to his 991.2 GT3 Cup car, the team returned to Indy with a four-car lineup that included championship leader Scott Hargrove (Platinum), Shaun McKaigue (Masters), Pieter Baljet (Masters), and Ed Killeen (Masters).

For Hargrove, his objective for rounds five and six were clear: extend his points lead and try to remain undefeated in the Canadian GT3 Cup series.

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It wasn’t long before those wheels were set in motion, as Hargrove opened up a half- second gap in first practice, and extended that even further for the second. In qualifying, Hargrove topped the charts once again in his #9 Castrol-Pfaff Motorsports 911 GT3 Cup, needing the fewest laps to set pole position, while McKaigue set himself up for a strong race, qualifying third in the Masters class ahead of Baljet and Killeen.

Hargrove was methodical, following the fastest line and creating a gap almost immediately. As each lap passed, he built a comfortable lead to cross the finish line two seconds ahead of the competition. McKaigue, meanwhile, kept himself neatly among the top three Masters cars throughout the race, and made a late charge on lap 24 of 32 to finish third in class, and eighth overall. Unfortunately, Baljet suffered a failure that saw him retire on lap 16, while Killeen was collected in an incident on lap 24 that forced him to sit out the remainder of the weekend.Despite the continued threat of wet weather throughout the weekend, the GT3 Cup series opened race one under clear evening conditions, giving Hargrove an unimpeded view down the front straight as he took the inside line on turn one with three cars wide.

For race two, Hargrove started from pole once again, and carried the favoured line into turn one to set himself up for clear roads ahead. His race was far less comfortable than the day previous, as he was pressed heavily by Zach Robichon, who stayed within one second of the leader, until Hargrove crossed the finish line a half-second ahead. McKaigue made another late-race pass on lap 25, to finish ninth overall and secure another top-three podium.

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“The performance by everyone this weekend has been amazing,” Hargrove said. “To come to our home race in front of our family, friends and fans, and perform as well as we did is an amazing feeling. It was an honest race [on Sunday] especially, and I can’t thank the entire Pfaff team enough.”

Hargrove’s sweep in Toronto gives him four career wins at the street circuit, and marks a perfect six-for-six record on the Canadian calendar thus far, giving him a 17-point lead in the championship. Both he and the entire Pfaff Motorsports team look to return with a full squad when they visit another of Canada’s prized street-course weekends at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R), taking place on August 11 to 13 in Trois-Rivières, Québec.

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SCOTT HARGROVE LEADS CANADIAN GP WEEKEND FROM START TO FINISH

SCOTT HARGROVE LEADS CANADIAN GP WEEKEND FROM START TO FINISH

The Canadian Grand Prix set the stage as the jewel for the 2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge season, and Pfaff Motorsports was ready for the occasion.

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Leading the overall championship after taking the season’s opening two races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last month, Scott Hargrove captured pole position on Friday’s qualifying by over four-tenths of a second. Teammates Orey Fidani and Shaun McKaigue were slotted mid-pack, with Pieter Baljet and Ed Killeen closing out the 18-car field at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

With the drop of the green flag in race one on Saturday, Hargrove escaped a hectic turn one which saw numerous cars suffer minor damage, requiring a restart. When the flag dropped again, Fidani was caught out by an errant car that was hit and spun into his path, thus ending his race on just the second lap.

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Being pressed by Zach Robichon in the second half of the race, Hargrove looked calm and collected as he pulled away from the field in the latter stages and crossed the line 2.8 seconds ahead of second place, and clocking the fastest average speed with a 158.36 km/h.

Shaun McKaigue captured third in the Platinum Masters class, followed by Killeen in seventh, and Baljet in eighth.


For race two, Hargrove came away from a cleaner start with the lead once again, with Robichon chasing him down. Throughout the race, the two-car battle saw numerous challenges and defensive moves taken by the two, resulting in a few close calls and some flat-spotted tires.Race 2

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Following a rebuild of the front left quarter of his car by the Pfaff team overnight, Fidani returned to the track and came away seventh in class, despite some irreparable handling issues that were a result of his collision the day before.

Baljet was the highest finishing Platinum Masters driver finishing fourth in class, followed by a strong effort for Ed Killeen in sixth, while McKaigue suffered heavy front left damage that resulted in a retirement early in the race.


With the checker flag waving, Hargrove showed his race management once again, escaping to win by 3.092 seconds and once again cracking the fastest average speed with 158.52 km/h, nearly identical to his previous day’s performance.

The win marks Hargrove’s sixth straight with Pfaff Motorsports in Porsche GT3 Cup competition, and fourth this season in the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series, giving him a perfect season in poles and wins. He currently leads the series with 84 points, while McKaigue hunts down the Platinum Masters leaders, sitting fourth in the standings.

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With more victories in sight, Pfaff Motorsports is looking forward to rounds 5 and 6 at the 6 Hours at the Glen, taking part at the legendary Watkins Glen International raceway from June 29 to July 2, 2017.

For the latest updates, news and behind the scenes content, follow @PfaffMotorsports and @PfaffAuto on Instagram.

SCOTT GOES TWO-FOR-TWO IN PORSCHE GT3 CUP SEASON OPENER

SCOTT GOES TWO-FOR-TWO IN PORSCHE GT3 CUP SEASON OPENER

Pfaff Motorsports opened up the 2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada season in dominant fashion, taking the overall win in both rounds at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) as part of the Victoria Day SpeedFest activities this weekend.

Following a successful race debut at Sebring last month for the new Porsche 911 Gen 2 (991.2) GT3 Cup car that saw Pfaff’s new Platinum-class driver Scott Hargrove capture the car’s first global victory, the 2014 series champion wasted no time in putting his no. 9 Castrol GT3 on pole by more than two-tenths of a second for the Saturday and Sunday races.pfaff-porsche-gt3-cup-season-opener

Driving alongside Hargrove was teammate Orey Fidani (Gold class) in the no. 13 Orlando Corp. 911 GT3 Cup, and Shaun McKaigue (Platinum Masters) in the no. 34 FER-PAL GT3 991.2, as well as new additions and Masters drivers Ed Killeen and Pieter Baljet, also running 991.2 GT3s.


In race one, Hargrove’s raw speed saw him lead from flag to flag, staying consistent amidst pressure from Mark Motor’s Zach Robichon to capture the win by two seconds. McKaigue was in a heated battle for the Master’s class lead throughout the race, which ultimately saw him stand atop the third step on the podium, while Fidani was heavily in the Gold-class mix en route to a second-place finish. In their Pfaff Motorsports race debuts, Baljet and Killeen finished in 13th and 15th overall, respectively.

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For Hargrove, race two was much of the same. The rain held off just long enough to see him weave the lead car through the lapped field, ultimately losing Robichon and the competition in the latter stages of the 45-minute sprint. On the opposite side of the coin, Fidani ran into some technical issues that put him at the back of the grid for the green flag, though a calculated and tenacious drive saw him take a well-deserved second place once again, followed by McKaigue’s repeat third-place finish in Platinum Masters to round out Pfaff’s podium finishes.

Despite fielding the largest GT3 Cup team in the series and Pfaff Motorsport history, the team was able to execute a near-flawless weekend that saw all five cars arrive home safely.


With each driver firmly planted in the hunt for their class championship, rounds three and four will surely provide added excitement, as the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series makes its way to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix weekend, taking place from June 9-11 in Montreal, Quebec.

For the latest updates, news and behind the scenes content, follow @PfaffMotorsports and @PfaffAuto on Instagram.

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Scott Hargrove

“To start the season off like this is absolutely incredible. I couldn’t have asked for anything better – the car and the team have been flawless. For race two today, the cooler weather made for an interesting race, but the car was still on rails. I can’t thank the team enough for their support, and I can’t wait until we’re back on track in Montreal.”

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Shaun McKaigue

“It’s great to come away from this first weekend with two podium finishes. I think the [U.S.] races in Sebring helped us familiarize ourselves with the car – we’re always improving our times, and there’s still plenty to go, so that’s really promising. It was a great two races, and the Pfaff team has done a great job once again to get us where we need to be.”