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Hargrove Enters 2018 Pirelli World Challenge with Pfaff Motorsports and Porsche

Hargrove Enters 2018 Pirelli World Challenge with Pfaff Motorsports and Porsche

Vancouver, BC (December 13, 2017) - Reigning Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup champion Scott Hargrove is set to enter the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge with Pfaff Motorsports in the GT Sprint and SprintX classes with a brand new Porsche 911 GT3R. Their campaign will include support from Porsche Motorsport North America and Hargrove will be joined by a Porsche Factory driver for the SprintX races.

2017 was a fantastic year for Pfaff Motorsports and I,” said Hargrove. “We set our goals high and never lost sight of them all year. In 2018, we’ll be pushing those goals even higher, entering Pirelli World Challenge with the newly updated Porsche 911 GT3R. Together with the support of Castrol, Pfaff and Porsche Motorsports North America I expect we’ll quickly adapt and become a threat at the front of the field.

Hargrove and Pfaff Motorsports will build on their success in the Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup, having won 10 out of 12 races in 2017. The team’s continuity of personnel and sponsors is sure to expedite the learning process of the new car and series.

“The 911 GT3 R is a completely different animal to the 911 GT3 Cup that we are used to racing,” said Steve Bortolotti, manager of Pfaff Motorsports. “It has been built specifically for endurance racing around the world, with predominately carbon bodywork, and breathtaking aerodynamics. It also demands a whole new level of precision in its setup, with far more adjustments possible when compared to the GT3 Cup cars we previously prepared. We’re thrilled to take this next step, and with the support of Porsche Motorsport North America alongside us, I’m confident in our ability to get the most from this platform.”

Hargrove has competed on many of the tracks on the Pirelli World Challenge schedule having raced cars across North America since 2011. The season kicks off at the St. Petersburg GP on March 9-11, a track where Hargrove has 2 wins and 4 podium finishes. Other highlights on the calendar include the famous Long Beach GP (April 13-15), the home race for Pfaff Motorsports at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (May 18-20), and the closest race to Hargrove’s home of Vancouver, BC at Portland International Raceway (July 13-14).

2018 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule:

  • March 9-11 — St. Petersburg (GT Sprint, GTS)
  • March 23-25 — Circuit of The Americas (GT SprintX, GTS, TC)
  • April 13-15 — Long Beach (GT Sprint)
  • April 27-29 — Virginia International Raceway (GT SprintX, GTS, TC)
  • May 18-20 — Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (GT Sprint, GTS)
  • May 25-26 — Lime Rock Park (GT SprintX, GTS, TC)
  • June 22-24 — Road America (GT Sprint, GTS)
  • July 13-14 — Portland International Raceway (GT SprintX, GTS, TC)
  • August 10-12 — Utah Motorsports Campus (GT SprintX, GTS, TC)
  • August 21-Sept. 2 — Watkins Glen International (GT Sprint, GT, TC)
  • October 26-28 — Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (IGTC)

 About Scott Hargrove: 22 year old British Columbian Scott Hargrove is the 2017 Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup champion driving for Pfaff Motorsports. Over four seasons in GT3 Cup, Scott has captured more than 30 victories, including 2 championships in 2017 and 2014. Scott also has an extensive open wheel racing background, having competed in every level of the Mazda Road to Indy, with numerous Pro Mazda victories and winning the 2013 USF2000 Championship.

You can follow Scott’s 2018 season over social media using any of the links below.

About Pfaff Automotive Partners: Pfaff Automotive Partners, a leading Canadian automotive retailer, was founded in 1964. Its brand offering includes Volkswagen, Toyota, Chrysler, Dodge, RAM, Jeep, Mazda, Audi, BMW, MINI, Porsche, McLaren, Singer Vehicle Design, Pagani, BAC Mono, 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.

Pfaff Motorsports & Scott Hargrove Celebrate As Porsche GT3 Cup Champions

Pfaff Motorsports & Scott Hargrove Celebrate As Porsche GT3 Cup Champions

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 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.

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