Porsche factory driver Michael Christensen (Denmark) was the top Porsche finisher in both the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) on May 19 and 20. Christensen drove the No. 24 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R to a second-place finish in the first 50-minute feature on Saturday in changing weather conditions. He followed that on a sunny Sunday with a third-place result on the fast 2.458-mile road course. Canadian Scott Hargrove entered the weekend with the overall GT class points lead of the PWC Sprint Championship, and finished in fourth and fifth-place respectively at the Bowmanville, Ontario track.
Race 1 on Saturday was delayed to late afternoon after fog and rain closed the track to competition. Once started, all the GT3-spec cars were on rain tires with a drying track. Christensen, who has now scored podium finishes in the last three PWC events, and most of the field remained on the treaded rubber for the duration of the 50-minute event, as there is no mandatory pit stop in the sprint format. That would play into the final laps as the No. 24 911 GT3 R chased down the leading Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Daniel Morad (Canada). The two know each other well, as they won the Rolex 24 At Daytona together in the Alegra Porsche in 2017. Burning through the tires, Morad, a Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate, was able to hold-off Christensen but not without a heated battle throughout much of the race. Hargrove, also a Porsche Young Driver Academy grad, followed in fourth-place in the Pro class, just ahead of his primary championship rival Toni Vilander (Finland).
A pair of pit stops in Race 1 would determine the finishing order in Race 2. In Saturday’s race, the pair of factory-supported Bentley Continental GT3 racecars, out of contention in the race, gambled on a strategy to benefit them on Sunday by stopping to put on racing slicks. As the track dried, the team cars turned the fastest race laps and, as a result, started one-two on the grid for Race 2 on Sunday. They were never seriously challenged for the win while Christensen and Hargrove charged behind. The Dane took third-place in the Pro class, fourth overall, defending against Hargrove, who finished fifth in the GT Pro class, sixth-overall. The Canadian, whose mother gave the command to start engines, lost points to Toni Vilander in the second-place Bentley, who was just ahead of Christensen at the checkered flag.