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Scott Hargrove Celebrate As Porsche GT3 Cup Champion

Scott Hargrove Celebrate As Porsche GT3 Cup Champion

Bowmanville, ON (Sept 4, 2017) – A high-energy, triple-header race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) marked the season finale for the Pfaff Motorsports’ GT3 Cup Challenge program, who were looking to lock up the team and Platinum-class championship titles in front of the packed hometown crowd.

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Points leader and Pfaff pilot Scott Hargrove had a healthy 18-point lead on challenger Zach Robichon, though with the make-up race from Watkins Glen included amongst the weekend’s events, it meant the team and its 2014 champion would essentially need to win two of the remaining three races.

 

The first day of regular-scheduled practices also saw the Watkins Glen make-up race held, with Hargrove starting from second position and pushing Robichon from the wave of the green flag.

 

Pressure on, Hargrove made a swift move on lap 11 on the inside of the tight Turn 9-10 complex and never looked back. Teammate Orey Fidani, who was involved in the heavy collisions at Watkins Glen that resulted in the reschedule, had started from the back as a result, though he consistently sliced his way through the field to finish in the top 10, with teammate Pieter Baljet behind, and Ed Killeen closing out the field.

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Hargrove carried that momentum into qualifying for the weekend’s regular-scheduled events, leaving little room for the competition as he set pole and a new GT3 Cup lap record at Mosport with a time of 1:18.488.

 

Putting himself up front for the start for race one, Hargrove’s race for his second GT3 Cup title since 2014 mirrored much of his performance all season, putting in consistent, fast laps and running away from the competition. He cemented his title and the Pfaff Motorsports’ team championship crossing the line 7.5 seconds ahead of second place, while Fidani earned a second-place in the Gold class, and Baljet and Killeen sitting on either side of the top-10 position.

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When Hargrove drove into the winner’s circle, he pumped his fists in the air and took a giant leap from the roof of his Porsche 991.2 GT3 Cup car in celebration, before being joined by his Pfaff Motorsports teammates and congratulated by the competition.

 

“This season has been a dream come true,” Hargrove said at the podium celebrations. “To be called on by Pfaff this year has been an amazing opportunity, and the team has been absolutely incredible, giving me an amazing car weekend after weekend. All the credit goes to them for their amazing talent and hard work to make this championship possible.”

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Reclaiming their crown as the top team in the series, the final race of the season was also one of the wettest, with heavy rains pouring down on the circuit on Sunday morning. Killeen would not start, leaving a three-car effort for the season finale.

 

Hargrove again started from pole, but a quick move and a bump on the outside of turn one left Hargrove in second place with a yellow-flag that soon followed. Fidani found himself in the top 10 on the first lap, and would hold that through to the checkers, while Baljet climbed three positions to finish ninth.

When the flag dropped, Hargrove crossed the line in second place for only the second time this season, in what has been a near-perfect performance by the Pfaff Motorsports crew for 2017.

 

At season’s end, Hargrove finished with 246 points, a 25-point margin from second place, while Baljet finished eighth overall, Shaun McKaigue ninth, Killeen 14th, and Fidani 16th. As a team, Pfaff Motorsports celebrates their second title in just three years, and looks forward to continuing its 50-year involvement in major Canadian motorsport.

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“This has been a dream season,” team manager Steve Bortolotti said. “The entire crew has given it their all week in and week out, and we have an amazing lineup of drivers to match. It’s been a lot of work, but to see it pay off like this for everyone is just an amazing feeling.”

 

Stay tuned for 2018 developments, and Pfaff Motorsport’s ongoing 2017 programs by following @PfaffMotorsports and @PfaffAuto on Instagram.

Scott Hargrove Joins Four-Strong Pfaff Motorsports Lineup In 2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Canada

Scott Hargrove Joins Four-Strong Pfaff Motorsports Lineup In 2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Canada

Toronto, January 25, 2017 – Pfaff Motorsports will return to the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada with a four-strong full-season driver lineup, headlined by three champions and the addition of three new 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars to the Canadian series. Pfaff’s series effort includes 2014 GT3 Cup Canada Platinum class champion Scott Hargrove, 2015 Gold class champion Orey Fidani, series veteran and 2016 Gold class champion Shaun McKaigue, and newcomer Ed Killeen.

Scott Hargrove, from Tsawwassen, BC, will drive the full Canadian season, plus the U.S. GT3 Cup race at Sebring, FL, in the flagship #9 Castrol-Pfaff Motorsports 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The 21-year-old has captured a total of 19 victories in the Canadian GT3 series, was the Canadian GT3 Platinum champion in 2014, won the 2013 USF2000 championship, and came second in the 2014 Pro Mazda championship. He has also raced the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, and in select Indy Lights races.

“Pfaff has been involved in motorsports since the 1980s, and is one of the most recognized names in Canadian Motorsports,” said Hargrove. “Several people I look up to in my racing career, such as Scott Goodyear and Richard Spenard, have raced with Pfaff. It’s important to align yourself with like-minded people who are goal-oriented, and the group at Pfaff Motorsports is a perfect fit; they want to win as much as I do.”

Castrol Canada returns as the title sponsor of Hargrove’s 2017 GT3 Cup race car, wearing a new livery. Hargrove added: “The new car looks beautiful, and I’m looking forward to more horsepower and downforce, and racing in Canada in front of Canadian fans. The Porsche GT3 Cup has been some of the most fun racing of my career, and the introduction of a new, more powerful, car will spice up the action and create a new challenge. The series has grown a lot, the field is more competitive, and the atmosphere is more intense than ever –drivers and fans will be more engaged in 2017.”

“Scott is the winningest driver in the last three seasons of the GT3 Cup Canada,” added Steve Bortolotti, Pfaff Motorsports team manager. “His experience, success, and drive give us the best chance to deliver another Pfaff championship in 2017.”

Hargrove will be joined by Orey Fidani, who will drive his Gold-class 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup in the full season, plus Sebring. A series rookie in 2015, Fidani claimed the Goldclass championship in his first year, and has shown constant improvement throughout his time in the series. Said Bortolotti: “We are thrilled to have Orey Fidani continue his development with us in 2017 with the goal of bringing home another Gold-class championship.”

Longtime customer Shaun McKaigue began purchasing his cars at Pfaff before attending track days, competing in Porsche Club Racing, and ultimately moving up to the IMSA-sanctioned GT3 Cup series a few years later. McKaigue has driven in the Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup since the series’ inception in 2011, and won the Gold class in 2011 and 2016. In 2017, he moves up to the Platinum class with a brand-new 911 GT3 Cup race car, wearing FER-PAL Infrastructure/FER-PAL Aquapipe livery.

“Pfaff Motorsports has demonstrated a professionalism, dedication, and will to win over the last number of years,” said McKaigue. “Their knowledge of everything Porsche gives us an edge. Pfaff can be depended upon to field perfectly prepared cars, every weekend. With their support, I’m hoping to consistently run in the top five during the season, and have my eye on a couple of podium finishes. I would also like to challenge for the win in the Platinum Masters class.”

Another Pfaff customer joining the Canadian GT3 Cup series is Ed Killeen, from Buffalo, New York, who will also be running in the Platinum class with an all-new 911 GT3 Cup car, sponsored by Life Storage. Killeen’s desire to be on-track and learn racecraft began with several years of track days. Becoming more serious about racing, he jumped headfirst into motorsports, competing in endurance racing with TWOth Autosport, and earning numerous race wins and podiums. After a successful season racing a Porsche GT4 Clubsport, and running the final race of the Canadian GT3 Cup series in 2016, he’s excited about competing at the top level in the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada.

“My goal for the 2017 season is to get comfortable with the new Cup car as quickly as possible, and challenge for the Platinum Masters class Championship,” said Killeen. “Having the experience and depth that Pfaff Motorsport brings will certainly help us all get up to speed with this great new car. I feel fortunate to run with my guys at TWOth Autosport, and to do it with a group like Pfaff will make it a special year. I've got great confidence in the team, and can't wait for race one at CTMP!”

Alongside Pfaff’s four full-season competitors, Jeff Pabst, an accomplished racer on the Canadian and international stages, will compete in select Canadian races behind the wheel of Pfaff’s 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, bringing the total number of Pfaff entries in the Canadian series to five.

 

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About Pfaff Automotive Partners:

Pfaff Automotive Partners, a leading Canadian automotive retailer, was founded in 1964. Its brand offering includes Volkswagen, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Porsche, McLaren, Singer Vehicle Design, Pagani, and Harley-Davidson automobiles and motorcycles. It has a 50-plus-year racing history across many forms of motorsport. The company also operates Pfaff Tuning, Pfaff Leasing, and Pfaff Autoworks. For more information, please visit www.pfaffauto.com.

 

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