Canadians Conquer Rain in PWC GT Qualifying Saturday Morning at CTMP
BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Canada – Canadians Daniel Morad and Scott Hargrove conquered the rain Saturday morning at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the Pirelli World Challenge GT Sprint qualifying round as part of the Castrol presents the Victoria Day Speedfest.
Morad, the local favorite from Toronto, used his CTMP track knowledge to grab the pole position over Hargrove in wet conditions with his No. 2 CRP Racing/DeVilbiss Mercedes-AMG GT3 sports car in a close battle with Hargrove in the Toronto-based Pfaff Motorsports/Castrol Porsche 911 GT3 R.
The 20-minute qualifying session featured steady rain with the GT drivers taking different racing lines from their Friday practice runs with Morad scoring his second 2018 GT pole.
Morad posted a best lap of one minute, 29.331 seconds for an average speed of 99.09 miles per hour, just two-tenths of a second quicker than Hargrove, who recorded a quick lap of 1:29.573 at 98.82 m.p.h.
“Two poles in a row definitely makes me happy and especially doing it at my home track, CTMP,” said Morad, a two-time GT SprintX race winner last year. “It was in very difficult conditions, considering we haven’t had any rain runs this weekend. (I’m) really happy with the team and the car. We have made some changes with the car since the last race at VIR (VIRginia International Raceway). Let’s see if we can translate this pole into a couple of race wins this weekend now.”
Hargrove, the GT Overall and Sprint point leader from Tsawwassen, B.C., Canada, will start alongside his fellow Canadian when the green flag falls for Round 3 of the GT Sprint class at 1:55 p.m. EDT Saturday.
Third on the GT grid will be Denmark’s Michael Christensen in the No. 24 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R with a time of 1:30.539 (97.77 m.p.h.) followed by 17-year-old high school student Parker Chase of New Braunfels, Tex., in the No. 19 TruSpeed Motorsports Audi R8 LMS GT3 at 1:36.241 (91.98 m.p.h.) and Long Beach GTA race winner Yuki Harata of Japan at 1:38.780 (89.61 m.p.h.) in the No. 55 Dream Racing Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3.
The GTA pole for Chase was his first in Pirelli World Challenge competition after racing in the GTS category the past two years.
GT competitors take to the track at 1:55pm EDT Saturday for Round 4 competition. The race will be livestreamed at World-Challenge.com as well as audio broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 383 (App 983).
Results from the Qualifying Session of the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, May 19, 2018. Results are provisional until posted Final.
Pos,PIC,Class,Name,Hometown,Car,Laps,Status,Fastest Lap Time,Fastest Lap Avg. Speed
1,1, Pro,Daniel MORAD,Toronto, ON,CAN,Mercedes-AMG GT3,13,Running,1:29.331,99.0
2,2, Pro,Scott HARGROVE,Tsawwassen, BC,CAN,Porsche 911 GT3 R (991),13,Running,1:29.573,98.8
3,3, Pro,Michael CHRISTENSEN,Karlslunde, DNK,DNK,Porsche 911 GT3 R (991),13,Running,1:30.539,97.7
4,1, Am,Parker CHASE,New Braunfels, TX,USA,Audi R8 LMS,13,Running,1:36.241,91.9
5,2, Am,Yuki HARATA,Narita, JP,JPN,Lamborghini Huracan GT3,10,Not Running,1:38.780,89.6
6,3, Am,Martin FUENTES,Mexico City, MX,MEX,Ferrari 488 GT3,9,Running,1:43.348,85.6
7,4, Am,Rodrigo BAPTISTA,São Paulo,BRA,Bentley Continental GT3,11,Not Running,1:43.492,85.5
8,4, Pro,Daniel MANCINELLI,Fabriano, Italy,ITA,Ferrari 488 GT3,13,NC,1:37.250,91.0
9,5, Pro,Toni VILANDER,Kankaanpää,FIN,Ferrari 488 GT3,12,NC,1:37.926,90.3
10,6, Pro,Alvaro PARENTE,Porto, Portugal,PRT,Bentley Continental GT3,12,NC,1:38.426,89.9