Talented Series Rookie Reigns In Toronto With Wet First Career Victory
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Talented Series Rookie Reigns In Toronto With Wet First Career Victory

From: IMSA.com

Daniel Morad produced a magisterial drive in a pouring rain Sunday on the streets of Toronto, earning his first career Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin victory in just his fourth start in the series.

Morad, from the Toronto suburb of Thornhill, Ontario, drove the No. 22 Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsports Platinum Cup entry to a 4.184-second victory in Round 4 of the championship. The race was shortened from 45 to 30 minutes due to the rain.

"I just paced myself in the beginning," Morad said. "I got into a groove, and eventually I found the grip on the track and started to attack, take them one by one. That doesn't happen every day, one of those runs where you can just walk away from the field in one lap. So it's a very special moment for me."

Round 3 winner Scott Hargrove, from Surrey, British Columbia, finished second in the No. 25 OpenRoad Racing Porsche. Championship leader Chris Green, from Montreal, finished third in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

Platinum Masters points leader Marco Cirone, from Toronto, rebounded from a seventh-place finish in Round 3 on Saturday to finish fourth in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing entry. He also was the leading Platinum Masters finisher on the 11-turn, 1.755-mile circuit on the streets of Canada's largest city.

Cirone's teammate, 17-year-old Harry Steenbakkers of Ottawa, rounded out the top five finishers in the No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche.

Martin Harvey, from Berthierville, Quebec, completed a weekend sweep in Gold Cup in the No. 08 Wingho Motorsports Porsche.

Hargrove started on the pole and built a six-second lead over Green just six minutes into the race. Morad started third but dropped to fourth behind Cirone on the first lap. But he started to get comfortable with driving his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car on the wet track and began to gain ground.

Morad passed Cirone for third 10 minutes into the race and began to gobble chunks of time from Hargrove and Green.

"I got by him at the start," Cirone said of Morad. "I thought I had a great start, and then he was just all over my mirrors in a couple of laps, I said, 'Oh my God, this guy's unbelievable.'"
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