Pfaff Motorports will make the step into Pirelli World Challenge competition next year, with reigning IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Canada champion Scott Hargrove confirmed in the team’s new Porsche 911 GT3 R.
The 22-year-old Canadian was announced Tuesday evening as the lead driver for the team’s new PWC venture, following multiple seasons of Porsche’s single-make series.
Additionally, the team will field a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR for Orey Fidani in the GTSA class.
“We’re looking forward to racing against some of the best drivers in GT racing on a North American stage,” said Chris Pfaff, President and CEO of Pfaff Automotive Partners.
“Each one of our 1,200 employees at Pfaff strives to do better every day, and nowhere is this more true than on the racetrack.
“Having won multiple championships in the Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, our team is ready to move to an even higher level of competition, competing against multiple brands, and some of the best drivers and teams in the world.”
Hargrove will team up with a yet-to-be-announced Porsche factory driver for the SprintX rounds, with support coming from Porsche Motorsport North America throughout the season.
“It is always gratifying when one of our customer teams progresses up the Porsche ladder system, by taking their competition program to the next level,” said PMNA Race Director Owen Hayes.
“We’ve been impressed with Scott since his participation in our Young Driver Academy in 2014. So when a driver follows the same path, at the same time, with the same team, it’s a double win.”
It is the first Pro class Porsche entry to be confirmed in PWC for next year, following the ceasing of operations for GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and 2017 champions Wright Motorsports moving to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.