Pfaff Motorsports continued to lead the four Porsche customer teams of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) SprintX Championship this weekend at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) scoring twin podiums. In total, three podium finishes were earned by GT-SX class Porsche customers. The Canadian team entered the weekend at the Alton, Virginia-track as the overall points leader with driver Scott Hargrove (Canada) in the No. 96 Porsche 911 GT3 R and, paired with Wolf Henzler (Germany), scored a third-place and second-place finish overall in the two, 60-minute races. The No. 24 Alegra Motorsports GT3 R of Porsche factory driver Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Spencer Pumpelly (Atlanta, Georgia) followed the Pfaff machine under the checkered flag to finish in third-place in Sunday’s race.
Despite the two podium finishes, Hargrove was unable to hold the overall points lead but sits just two markers behind the Ferrari 488 GT3 he has fought with in the first seven combined (Sprint and SprintX) races of the season. The Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate and two-time IMSA Porsche Ultra 94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Champion entered the weekend with a two-point lead.
Porsche performance on the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course has always been strong and this weekend showed the rear-engine, 500-horsepower 911 GT3 R continues to grow the tradition. In Saturday’s race – Round Three of the SprintX Championship – Hargrove/Henzler’s third-place overall, second-place in the GT-SX Pro/Pro class, finish was followed by Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas) and Corey Lewis (Nazareth, Pennsylvania) in the No. 41 GMG-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 R in fifth-place overall. Christensen/Pumpelly finished fifth-overall and the No. 54 Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R of Tim Pappas (Boston, Massachusetts) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (Belgium) took ninth overall, fourth-place in the GT-SX Pro-Am class.
Race 2, Round Four in the Championship, was even more successful. The No. 96 Pfaff car earned the second-place overall finish while Christensen brought the Alegra Porsche across the finish line in third-place overall after taking the ride over at the mid-point from Pumpelly. The GMG-entered 911 GT3 R of Lewis and Udell was fifth in class, sixth-place overall, while the Black Swan machine of Pappas/Bleekemolen earned a fifth-place in Pro-Am class, eleventh-overall.
The Pirelli World Challenge returns to the single-driver Sprint Championship on May 18 – 20 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The Bowmanville, Ontario-track is another hallmark event on the PWC schedule and the home track for Pfaff. The IMSA Porsche Ultra 94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama championship will share the weekend at the ultra-fast 2.549-mile, 10-turn track with the PWC cars.