2014 Platinum Cup Champ Dominates For Victory In Toronto
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2014 Platinum Cup Champ Dominates For Victory In Toronto

From: IMSA.com

Scott Hargrove ended up Saturday in the same place he left the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin at the end of last season - victory lane.

2014 Platinum Cup champion Hargrove, from Surrey, British Columbia, led Round 3 from start to finish on the streets of Toronto to win his first start of the season in the No. 25 OpenRoad Racing Porsche.

Hargrove, 20, capped his championship season last year with two victories in the season-ending event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). He missed the first two rounds of this season last month at CTMP but put together a deal for Rounds 3 and 4 in Canada's largest city with OpenRoad Racing team owner Christian Chia.

"I'm thrilled with the result," Hargrove said. "The OpenRoad Racing Porsche was phenomenal. I'm just super-excited to be back here racing Porsches again. It's fun, and in front of the home crowd. You can't ask for much more than that."

Points leader Chris Green, from Montreal, finished second in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in a 45-minute race that ended under caution. Tim Sanderson, from nearby Pickering, Ontario, earned his first career Platinum Cup podium result by finishing third in the No. 07 Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports entry. Sanderson also was the top finisher in the Platinum Masters class.

Martin Harvey, from Berthierville, Quebec, earned his first Gold Cup victory since 2011 by finishing fourth overall in the No. 08 Wingho Motorsport Porsche. Rookie Harry Steenbakkers, from Ottawa, rounded out the top five in the No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche.

Hargrove slowly pulled away from the field from the start of the race. Behind him, Daniel Morad and Green engaged in a spirited duel for second. Green used an over-under move between Turns 5 and 6 to pass Morad's No. 22 Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports entry with 29 minutes remaining.

It appeared there was no stopping Hargrove, as he led Green by nearly 12 seconds. Then Shaun McKaigue hit the front straightaway wall while leading the Gold Cup class in the No. 34 Fiorano Racing entry with 22 seconds remaining, triggering the first full-course caution of the race.

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