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Scott Hargrove (left) and Christian Chia, President & CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group celebrate their win at the Toronto Indy on July 17, 2016 Scott Hargrove (left) and Christian Chia, President & CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group celebrate their win at the Toronto Indy on July 17, 2016

Hargrove closes in on Porsche GT3 Challenge Canada title

Written by  Tanis Sullivan - OpenRoad Auto Group on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 16:48

@OpenRoadCA •@Scott_Hargrove • @PorscheCanada • @IMSA •VANCOUVER, B.C. – After a dramatic weekend of racing at the Toronto Indy, Scott Hargrove is one win closer to taking the lead in the 2016 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Challenge Canada.

The 21-year-old champion race car driver from Surrey, B.C., beat title rival Daniel Morad to the finish by 13.523 seconds in the No. 28 OpenRoad Racing Porsche for his fourth victory of the season.

Hargrove led by more than 10 seconds with 12 minutes remaining in Round 7 on Saturday when his car lost drive due to a broken drive shaft, handing Morad the victory. On Sunday, Hargrove came back from the disappointing loss to beat Morad within three points of Morad for the lead in the Platinum Cup championship, with four rounds remaining this season. Rounds 9 and 10 of the 12-round Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama are scheduled for August 12 - 14 at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières, QC.

"The car was phenomenal," Hargrove said. "The OpenRoad car was unreal this whole weekend. Same boat yesterday, but we made up for it today. I'm happy and ready to continue this exact same thing the rest of the year."

Hargrove began racing with OpenRoad Racing during the 2014 season with a sweep of both Victoria Day Weekend races at CTMP, and claimed the Platinum Cup Championship with a record of six wins and four runner up finishes, including winning the season ending race by more than 14 seconds, which was the second-largest winning gap of the season by any driver.

Founded in 2004, the OpenRoad racing team is spearheaded by Christian Chia and his two brothers – all of whom are race car drivers themselves and have competed in races all over the world. Their race history includes the Asia GT3 Challenge and the Asian Formula Renault Challenge (2004-2008); Macau Grand Prix, Macau GT Cup (2008); Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (2010-2012); Asia GT Series (Audi R8 LMS) (2014). For more information about the OpenRoad racing team, visit OpenRoad Racing online.

About the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Challenge Canada: The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin enters its fifth season in 2015 ready to produce more intense, exciting competition for semi-professional and aspiring professional drivers in the world’s most produced and iconic race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned championship is one of 20 global Porsche single-make Cup Racing series and is the perfect platform for aspiring drivers to ascend to the highest levels of GT competition, such as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. For more information visit the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada website.

About OpenRoad Auto Group: OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C.'s largest automotive dealership group with over 900 associates representing 14 quality automotive brands at 18 full-service car dealerships. Established In 2000, OpenRoad Auto Group offers car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. OpenRoad is proud to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a CADA Laureate, and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards.

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