Two podiums at VIR maintain PWC lead for Pfaff MotorsportsMay 3rd, 2018
Scott Hargrove and Wolf Henzler, driving the Castrol/Pfaff Motorsports (http://www.pfaffmotorsports.com) Porsche 911 GT3 R, secured two podium finishes in the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX series at Virginia International Raceway, April 28-29. Stellar drives by both drivers meant the team maintained its lead in the championship in the lead-up to its next stop at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
The legendary VIR is not a track that favoured the Pfaff team, due to the effect of Balance of Performance regulations that hobble the car’s weight and power. In practice, Henzler and Hargrove were eighth fastest, but the team worked hard overnight, allowing them to earn a fifth-place spot on the grid during qualifying on Saturday.
From there, the two drivers did all they could on track, while smooth strategy calls by the team enabled them to land a third-place finish in Saturday’s feature race. They were once again the top-finishing Porsche (http://www.pfaffporsche.com) in the field, finishing behind a significantly more powerful V8-powered Bentley Continental GT and Ferrari 488.
On Sunday, Henzler was starting the race from ninth position on the grid, so the team’s expectations were tempered. But he drove like a man on a mission, living up to his legendary status in the Porsche racing community. He finished his stint in P5 without a scratch on the car, and the crew executed a flawless pit stop and driver change to put Hargrove in the driver’s seat. Hargrove drove his heart out to earn a second-place finish and the attention of the rest of the paddock.
In the GTS-X category, Orey Fidani and Kyle Marcelli performed exceptionally well in practice, finishing fourth-fastest. They qualified 15th in their class and drove to a strong eighth in class and 14th overall on Saturday. On Sunday, starting from 13th on the grid, Marcelli drove an amazing first stint, bringing their Orlando Corporation/Pfaff Motorsports (http://www.pfaffmotorsports.com) Porsche (http://www.pfaffporsche.com) Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR to fifth in class. Fidani then drove the most consistent, fastest, and best race he’s ever had with the team, and brought the car home in sixth place overall.
The weekend’s results mean that the Castrol/Pfaff Motorsports (http://www.pfaffmotorsports.com) team returns to its home track leading the championship and ready to put on a great show for fans at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, May 18-20.
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