Scott Hargrove earned his first Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) Sprint GT Drivers’ title with a second-place finish in the final round of the 2018 season at Watkins Glen International on September 2. The Canadian had to fend off 2016 PWC GT Champion Alvaro Parente (Portugal) for the full race to take his ninth podium finish of his rookie season in the No. 96 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R to clinch the title. Porsche factory driver Michael Christensen (Denmark) finished the Sprint season in third-place in the Drivers’ standings with the No. 24 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R. Porsche closed the year as runner-up in the Manufacturers’ Championship with four victories and 18 podium finishes between Hargrove and Christensen.
By virtue of his surprise victories in the first two rounds of the series at St. Petersburg, Florida in March, Hargrove held onto the Sprint Championship through the entire nine-race GT season. However, after a tire-puncture in Race 1 at the Watkins Glen, New York-area track, the battle narrowed between him, Toni Vilander and Christensen entering Sunday’s final round. The Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate started fifth on the grid but moved forward almost immediately as several competitors tangled entering Turn One. From there he held onto second-place as Parente pressured his every move lap-after-lap. The two-time Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Champion never buckled to the pressure and held his place throughout. Christensen, who finished Race 1 in second-place, suffered a tire puncture late in the 50-minute feature while racing in the top-five. Despite finishing in sixth-place as a result, the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans-winner maintained third-place in the championship.
Rookie Anthony Imperato (Brooklyn, New York) earned his first PWC victory in the GTA class on Saturday, his second on Sunday. It was the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama-regulars second weekend of PWC competition in the No. 91 Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3 R.