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Szoke Seeks Historic Superbike Championship At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

The best in Professional and Amateur Superbike and Sport Bike racing will be heading to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the Canadian Superbike Doubleheader Weekend August 19-21.

The Mopar Pro Superbike class will see an exciting battle between the top two contenders. Jordan Szoke (BMW) of Brantford, Ont. will be looking to secure his historic and unprecedented eleventh championship with a 51-point lead over Belfountain, Ont.’s Kenny Riedmann (Kawasaki). With up to 52 points available in a single round and two races set to be run on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 10 turns, anything could happen and this championship is still very much up for grabs. The 37-year-old Szoke’s achievements have earned him a place in the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame; an honour that he will claim in an induction ceremony this October.

On top of the anticipated Mopar Pro Superbike class, the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike, Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike, Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec Racing Series will also take to the 3.957 km grand prix circuit for the last two rounds of the championship.

While he may be standing second in the Pro Superbike class, Riedmann, the two-time defending champion is looking to take the win in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class. He currently enjoys a 98-point lead over fellow Kawasaki rider Alex Coelho. Veteran rider Michael Taylor (Triumph) trails Coelho by one marker as he looks to move up the standings.

The amateur classes are gearing up for their own tight races with only 33 points between the top contenders, Jean-Marc Bilger in first and Chris Brent in second, with Jacob Shaw-O’Leary not far behind in the Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike class.

The battle for the Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike crown sees just 49 points between first-place holder Brent and Shaw-O’Leary, with Eric Richard close behind in third.

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec Racing Series delivers the tightest battle with just a single point separating Eric Quinitin and Brandon Pemberton. Jared Walker sits in third place, 76 points behind.

The event starts on Friday with practice sessions for all classes and qualifying in the afternoon for Pro and Amateur series; the afternoon will also have Mopar Pro Superbike Dalton Timmis Insurance SuperPole Qualifying rounds. Kawasaki Ninja 300 will hold their qualifying on Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon heats up with the first races for all classes and Sunday hosts the second and final races for each class.

The Canadian Superbike Doubleheader Weekend will welcome back the BMW Motorrad Days for the tenth year, located in the lower paddock. The BMW Motorrad Days is a motorcycle lifestyle experience open to everyone and features a Freestyle Stunt Show by BMW Motorrad Stunt Rider Mattie Griffin, trials riding demonstrations, rider training, on and off-road demo rides, displays and vendors, Saturday night concerts and much more. Honda and Suzuki will also have their latest lineup of motorcycles on hand for demo rides during the weekend.

A three-day SuperTicket is just $50 until August 17 ($60 at the gate). Each ticket includes parking, access to the race team paddock and the CTMP Marketplace. As with all Canadian Tire Motorsport Park events, children 16 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult admission. Single day tickets are also available at the gate. Advanced General Camping passes are available for just $40 for the weekend when purchased before August 17 (tents or pop-up trailers). Advanced RV passes are just $60 ($70 at gate).

For more information on Canadian Superbike, visit www.csbk.ca. The Canadian Superbike Doubleheader will be broadcast on TSN, and spectators can tune their radios to FM 90.7 for track P.A. broadcasts.

For more information and to order tickets, call the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Hotline at 1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm ET), visit online at www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com, or email info@ctmpark.com.

Action Express Racing Wins Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix

The #31 Action Express Racing Corvette DP Prototype, piloted by Americans Dane Cameron and Eric Curran, won the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Joao Barbosa and co-driver Christian Fittipaldi finished second in the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP and the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Konica Minolta Corvette DP driven by brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor were third in the Prototype class.

The #67 Ford GT duo of Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook beat the #4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner to win the highly competitive Grand Touring Le Mans (GTLM) class. Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and Antonia Garcia completed the podium in the #3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, after starting from pole position.

In Prototype Challenge action, CORE Autosport’s Jon Bennett and Colin Braun took the win in their ORECA FLM09 over Starworks Motorsports’ Renger van der Zande and Alex Popow.

In the IMSA Mazda Prototype Lites presented by Cooper Tires, JDC Motorsports’ Austin won the second race of the weekend, switching spots with Saturday’s winner Clark Toppe of JDC Motorsports, who came in second. Nathan Blok of Pembroke, Canada finished fourth.

Nissan Micra Cup also held their second race of the weekend with Olivier Bedard beating Kevin King for first place in a tight race. Xavier Coupal came in close in third place.

1. (5) Eric Curran, Dane Cameron, Corvette DP, 125 laps, 114.282 mph
2. (4) Christian Fittipaldi, Joao Barbosa, Corvette DP, 125, 114.163
3. (2) Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Corvette DP, 125, 114.069
4. (6) Marc Goossens, Ryan Dalziel, Corvette DP, 125, 113.904
5. (3) Tom Long, Joel Miller, Mazda, 125, 113.782
6. y-(8) Jonathan Bennett, Colin Braun, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 123, 112.411
7. (13) Alex Popow, Renger van der Zande, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 123, 112.289
8. (12) Robert Alon, Tom Kimber-Smith, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 123, 112.003
9. (9) James French, Kyle Marcelli, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 123, 111.937
10. (10) Stephen Simpson, Misha Goikhberg, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 122, 111.475
11. (7) John Pew, Oswaldo Negri Jr., Ligier JS P2 Honda, 122, 111.186
12. (11) Matthew McMurry, Johnny Mowlem, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 122, 111.103
13. (14) Katherine Legge, Sean Rayhall, DWC13, 121, 110.368
14. x-(18) Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe, Ford GT, 119, 108.767
15. (21) Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 119, 108.750
16. (15) Mark Kvamme, Richard Bradley, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 119, 108.741
17. (16) Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 119, 108.641
18. (20) Bill Auberlen, Dirk Werner, BMW M6 GTLM, 119, 108.558
19. (17) Dirk Mueller, Joey Hand, Ford GT, 119, 108.527
20. (23) Earl Bamber, Frederic Makowiecki, Porsche 911 RSR, 119, 108.511
21. (22) Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander, Ferrari F488 GTE, 119, 108.470
22. (24) Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet, Porsche 911 RSR, 119, 108.385
23. z-(28) Bret Curtis, Jens Klingmann, BMW M6 GT3, 116, 105.681
24. (26) Andrew Davis, Robin Liddell, Audi R8 LMS GT3, 116, 105.597
25. (33) Madison Snow, Bryan Sellers, Lamborghini Huracán GT3, 116, 105.583
26. (34) Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan, Ferrari F488 GT3, 116, 105.526
27. (27) Spencer Pumpelly, Corey Lewis, Lamborghini Huracán GT3, 116, 105.517
28. (29) Patrick Lindsey, Jörg Bergmeister, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 116, 105.480
29. (37) Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 115, 105.051
30. (31) Cedric Sbirrazzuoli, Fabio Babini, Lamborghini Huracán GT3, 115, 104.787
31. (30) Matt Bell, Lawson Aschenbach, Audi R8 LMS GT3, 114, 104.212
32. (36) John Potter, Andy Lally, Audi R8 LMS GT3, 112, 105.884
33. (32) Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Dodge Viper GT3-R, 110, 100.043
34. (19) Lucas Luhr, John Edwards, BMW M6 GTLM, 108, 98.330
35. (25) Alex Riberas, Mario Farnbacher, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 106, 96.891
36. (1) Tristan Nunez, Jonathan Bomarito, Mazda, 60, 119.723
37. (35) Michael Marsal, Markus Palttala, BMW M6 GT3, 34, 108.754

y-PC class winner
x-GT Le Mans class winner
z-GT Daytona class winner

RACE STATISTICS
Time of race: 02:41:22.601
Margin of victory: 10.112 seconds
Race Distance: 307.375 miles

Tristan Nunez Takes Pole For Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix

Mazda Motorsports driver Tristan Nunez won the pole for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, setting the pace with a best lap time of 1:10.126. Nunez will co-pilot the #55 Mazda Prototype with Jonathan Bomarito in tomorrow’s 11:05 am race.

Corvette Racing driver Antonio Garcia of Spain won the pole in the highly competitive Grand Touring Le Mans (GTLM) class with a fast lap of 1:15.198. The factory pilot is joined by Denmark’s Jan Magnussen in the Corvette C7.R. In the Prototype Challenge (PC) class, Colin Braun of CORE Autosports took the top spot with a lap time of 1:11.946 in the ORECA FLM09, and Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing’s Alex Riberas had the fastest time for Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) at 1:18.245 in the Porsche 911 GT3 R.

In Saturday’s feature race, the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Toronto’s Scott Maxwell and co-driver Billy Johnson were victorious in the Grand Sport class. Winnipeg’s Daniel Burkett and Marc Miller came in second. In Street Tuner action, Americans Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler finished atop the podium.

Other races held on Saturday included the Nissan Micra Cup, Mazda Prototype Lites presented by Cooper Tires and the SCCA Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich.

The Mazda Prototype Lites first race of the weekend saw JDC Motorsports’ Clark Toppe take the win with a lap time of 1:15.029. Vancouver’s James Dayson came in sixth overall.

Sunday’s schedule begins at 8 am with IMSA WeatherTech Championship warm-ups. The Mazda Prototype Lites, Nissan Micra Cup and SCCA Mazda MX-5 Cup hold their second races of the weekend. The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race gets underway at 11:05 am ET.

1. (55) Tristan Nunez, Mazda, 126.236 mph
2. (10) Ricky Taylor, Corvette DP, 125.682
3. (70) Tom Long, Mazda, 125.438
4. (5) Christian Fittipaldi, Corvette DP, 125.103
5. (31) Eric Curran, Corvette DP, 124.372
6. (90) Marc Goossens, Corvette DP, 124.164
7. (60) John Pew, Ligier JS P2 Honda, 123.361
8. y-(54) Colin Braun, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 123.042
9. (38) James French, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 122.318
10. (85) Stephen Simpson, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 122.190
11. (20) Matthew McMurry, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 122.151
12. (52) Robert Alon, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 122.094
13. (8) Alex Popow, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 120.939
14. (0) Katherine Legge, DWC13, 119.503
15. (88) Mark Kvamme, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 118.001
16. x-(3) Antonio Garcia, Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 117.721
17. (66) Dirk Mueller, Ford GT, 117.662
18. (67) Richard Westbrook, Ford GT, 117.359
19. (100) Lucas Luhr, BMW M6 GTLM, 117.334
20. (25) Bill Auberlen, BMW M6 GTLM, 117.249
21. (4) Oliver Gavin, Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 117.174
22. (62) Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari F488 GTE, 116.817
23. (912) Earl Bamber, Porsche 911 RSR, 116.128
24. (911) Nick Tandy, Porsche 911 RSR, 115.754
25. z-(23) Alex Riberas, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 113.137
26. (6) Andrew Davis, Audi R8 LMS GT3, 112.652
27. (16) Spencer Pumpelly, Lamborghini Huracán GT3, 112.523
28. (96) Bret Curtis, BMW M6 GT3, 112.521
29. (73) Patrick Lindsey, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 112.419
30. (9) Matt Bell, Audi R8 LMS GT3, 112.294
31. (27) Cedric Sbirrazzuoli, Lamborghini Huracán GT3, 112.056
32. (33) Ben Keating, Dodge Viper GT3-R, 111.869
33. (48) Madison Snow, Lamborghini Huracán GT3, 111.842
34. (63) Christina Nielsen, Ferrari F488 GT3, 111.587
35. (97) Michael Marsal, BMW M6 GT3, 110.558
36. (44) John Potter, Audi R8 LMS GT3, 110.383
37. (22) Cooper MacNeil, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 110.284

y-PC class pole
x-GT Le Mans class pole
z-GT Daytona class pole

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Counts Down To Canada’s Biggest Sports Car Race Of The Year

10-12 July, 2015, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
10, Chevrolet, Corvette DP, P, Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor leads at the green flag.
©2015, Richard Dole
LAT Photo USA

The top sports car racing teams and an international field of drivers from over a dozen countries will arrive at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in three weeks for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, July 7-10.

The highlight of the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix will be the prestigious IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, making their only Canadian stop in 2016. It will be the seventh of twelve rounds, one week after the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International.

The top sports car series in North America boasts more top manufacturers than Formula 1, NASCAR and IndyCar combined. The elite marques that will compete over the weekend include Aston Martin, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, Lamborghini, Mazda, Nissan, Porsche and Viper, plus the revolutionary Delta Wing Prototype.

In addition to the WeatherTech Championship, four exciting series will also take to the 3.957 km grand prix circuit; the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Mazda Prototype Lites presented by Cooper Tires, SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich and the Nissan Micra Cup.

The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge featuring production cars specifically modified for racing will highlight the action on Saturday, July 8 with an always competitive race from start to finish. There are several Canadian drivers chasing a win on home soil this weekend; Toronto’s Scott Maxwell and Cameron Cassels of Coldstream, Ont., both early season winners in the GS class, will be among the Canadian drivers. Joining them are Daniel Burkett of Winnipeg (GS), another Toronto native James Vance (ST), as well as Michael Valiante (ST) and Remo Ruscitti (ST), of Vancouver.

The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix features a wide-array of fun things away from the track for fans to see and do, such as tech talks, driver meet and greets, and autograph sessions with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship drivers.  There will also be vendors selling authentic race-related merchandise.  Both the WeatherTech Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will feature Open Grid Walks, giving fans an up-close, interactive experience with the teams and drivers on track just minutes prior to the drop of the green flag.

The weekend kicks off on Thursday (July 7) with a full day of testing for all series except the WeatherTech Championship, who take to the track for practice rounds on Friday (July 8). Friday’s action also includes qualifying rounds for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Nissan Micra Cup. Qualifying for the WeatherTech Championship, MX-5 Cup and Mazda Prototype Lites finishes up on Saturday (July 9). The first races of the weekend also start on Saturday for the Nissan Micra Cup, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Mazda Prototype Lites and MX-5 Cup. Sunday (July 10) rounds out the weekend with a full day of action. The second race of their weekend doubleheaders take place for Prototype Lites, Nissan Micra Cup and the MX-5 Cup.  The IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship will hit the track at 11:05 am for the highlight of the weekend – the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix which runs for two hours and 45 minutes.

A four-day Early Bird Weekend SuperTicket is just $65 until June 23 and the Advanced Weekend SuperTicket is $70 until July 6 ($80 at the Gate).  Each ticket includes parking, access to the race team paddock and the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Marketplace.  As with all CTMP major events this season, children 16 and under are admitted for free when accompanied by a paid adult admission.  Single day tickets are also available for purchase at the gate.

Family and General Camping areas are available.  An Early Bird General Camping pass is just $50 for the weekend when purchased before June 23, and just $55 before July 6 (tents or pop-up trailers). Camping passes can also be purchased at-gate for $60. Early Bird RV passes are just $70 and Advance RV passes are $75 ($80 at gate).  There are full-service washrooms and showers located on the grounds.

For the spectators that like to get closer to the action, the Grand Prix Club offers a VIP hospitality package which includes a fully catered BBQ lunch, beverages and bar service (beer and wine) on Sunday.  The GP Club Chalet tent is located trackside overlooking the start/finish straight and Corner One.  Passes are just $225 and are also good for admission to the event for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

For more information and to order tickets and camping, call the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Hotline at 1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm ET) or email info@ctmpark.com.

Andrew Ranger Wins Exciting Clarington 200

Quebec native Andrew Ranger won the exciting NASCAR Pinty’s season opening race, the Clarington 200 in front of a huge crowd at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday, May 22.

Ranger was at the right place at the right time and it paid off for him. Sitting in third place behind leader Jason Hathaway and Alex Labbe on the final lap, Labbe and Ranger took turns passing Hathaway, with Ranger taking the win – his third win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and the 21st of his career. Ranger was followed by Robin Buck in second and D.J. Kennington third.

The Pirelli World Challenge held their second GT/GTA/GT Cup Class race of Castrol presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend. For the second day in a row, Patrick Long was victorious in the Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R. The California driver was followed by J.D. Davison in a Nissan GTR GT3 and Andrew Palmer in a Bentley Continental GT3. Michael Schein took the checkered flag in GTA Class for the second straight day, and Chris Green took first for the GT Cup class.

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama held its second race of the weekend. In Platinum Cup, Zacharie Robichon finished on the top step of the podium with Michael de Quesada second and Marco Cirone third. In Gold Cup Bruno Chapinotti was first and Saturday’s winner Shaun McKaigue finished second.

NASCAR Pinty’s Series-Clarington 200 Results
SundayAt Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Bowmanville, Ont.
Lap length: 2.459 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 51 laps, 66.638 mph.
2. (14) Robin Buck, Campbellville, Ont., Dodge, 51.
3. (7) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 51.
4. (11) Cayden Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 51.
5. (1) Alex Labbe, Victoriaville, Que., Ford, 51.
6. (9) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 51.
7. (12) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Ford, 51.
8. (21) Simon Dion-Viens, Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska, Que., Dodge, 51.
9. (6) Jason Hathaway, St. Thomas, Ont., Chevrolet, 51.
10. (4) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Dodge, 51.
11. (3) Pier-Luc Ouellette, Montreal, Que., Chevrolet, 51.
12. (5) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 51.
13. (23) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 51.
14. (22) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Ford, 51.
15. (24) Bryan Cathcart, Peterborough, Ont., Chevrolet, 51.
16. (15) Patrick Dussault, Lorraine, Que., Dodge, 51.
17. (19) Brett Taylor, Calgary, Alta., Dodge, 51.
18. (20) David Michaud, Terrebonne, Que., Dodge, 50.
19. (18) Anthony Simone, Aurora, Ont., Dodge, 50.
20. (8) Kaz Grala, Westborough, Mass., Dodge, 49.
21. (17) Kevin Poitras, Newcastle, Ont., Ford, 43, off track.
22. (16) Carlos de Quesada, Gainesville, Fla., Dodge, 32, accident.
23. (27) Kevin Lacroix, Saint-Eustache, Que., Dodge, 31, rear end.
24. (25) Mel Shaw, Voorhees, N.J., Chevrolet, 30, accident.
25. (10) Matthew Scannell, Rockwood, Ont., Dodge, 21, clutch.
26. (26) David Thorndyke, Oshawa, Ont., Chevrolet, 16, suspension.
27. (13) Ryan Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 5, vibration.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 52 minutes 55 seconds
Margin of Victory: .534 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: A.Labbe (106.422 mph, 83.182 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 19 laps.
Lead Changes: 5 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: A. Labbe 1-8; A. Ranger 9; D. Kennington 10-15; S. Dion-Viens 16-18; J. Hathaway 19-49; A. Ranger 50-51.
Standings: 1. A. Ranger, 47; 2. R. Buck, 42; 3. D. Kennington, 42; 4. C. Lapcevich, 40; 5. A. Labbe, 40; 6. J. Dumoulin, 38; 7. K. Micks, 37; 8. S. Dion-Viens, 37; 9. J. Hathaway, 37; 10. G. Klutt, 34.

Alex Labbe Wins The Pole For NASCAR Pinty’s Series Season Opener

NASCAR Pinty’s Series driver Alex Labbe of Victoriaville, Que., set the pace for the season opening race, with a time of 1:23.182 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Saturday, May 21.

Two-time Series champion Andrew Ranger of Roxton Pond, Que., will join Labbe on the front row and Pier-Luc Ouellette will start third.

The Pirelli World Challenge GT class ran the first of its two weekend races. Patrick Long finished first from pole position in a Porsche 911 GT3R. He was followed to the line by the Bentley Continental GT3 of Andrew Palmer with Ryan Eversley third in an Acura TLX-GT. Michael Shein finished first in the GTA class with Martin Fuentes second. Alec Udell took first in the GT Cup class with Sloan Urry coming in second.

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama held the first of its two weekend races as well. Starting from pole position, Alegra Motorsports driver Daniel Morad won in the Platinum Cup class over Scott Harrgrove. Shaun McKaigue took the victory in Gold Cup with pole sitter Bruno Chapinotti second.

Saturday’s racing also saw the Canadian Touring Car Championship run the first leg of its weekend doubleheader. Gary Kwok took the Grand Touring win – as well as first overall – over Bob Attrell. Scott Nicol was first – second overall – in Super Touring and Michel Sallenbach was victorious in the Touring Class.

Sunday’s schedule begins with qualifying and three races; the Pirelli World Challenge (Sprint-X GT and GTS) and the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama. After lunch the final three races of the weekend will take place. The NASCAR Pinty’s Series race will take the green flag at 1:00 pm followed by the Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA/GT Cup race and the Canadian Touring Car Championship to wrap up the Castrol presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend.

The Castrol Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend Is Underway

The Castrol presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend, the first major event of the season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, got underway on Friday, May 20.

Pirelli World Challenge’s top GT class held their qualifying session with California native Patrick Long setting the pole in the Porsche 911 GT3 with a time of 1:15.481. In second was Andrew Palmer in a Bentley Continental GT3 and Ryan Eversley was third in an Acura TLX-GT. In the GT Cup class, Montreal’s Chris Green was fastest with a lap of 1:20.100.

The first race was of the weekend saw Montreal native Nick Wittmer take the win in Pirelli World Challenge TC class. Toby Grahovec was second and Dennis Hanratty was third. Elivan Goulart was the winner in TCA class and taking the top step of the podium in TCB was Henry Morse.

In Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama qualifying, Scott Hargrove set the pace in his OpenRoad Racing Porsche 991 with a time of 1:19.719. Shaun McKaigue was first in the Gold class.

Saturday’s action begins at 8:30 am with qualifying sessions in the morning plus races for Pirelli World Challenge (TC/TCA/TCB and GTS); NASCAR Pinty’s Series will also hold their first practice sessions. The GT class will get the afternoon started and will be followed by NASCAR qualifying and races for the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama and the Canadian Touring Car Championship.

The Clarington 200 will run on Sunday, May 22 at 1:30 pm.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Counts Down To The Castrol Presents The Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend

In less than a month, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will kick-off its 2016 major event schedule, and the unofficial start to the summer season, with the Castrol presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend, May 20-22.

The famous 3.957 km (2.459 km) Grand Prix circuit will host the Clarington 200 on Sunday, May 22, the season opening race for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Joining the stock cars over the three days, will be the high performance sports cars of Pirelli World Challenge (all classes), the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama and the Canadian Touring Car Championship.

The Clarington 200 will see a mix of veterans such as defending and four-time series champion Scott Steckly, previous CTMP winners D.J. Kennington, L.P. Domoulin and Andrew Ranger and young guns Kevin Lacroix, Cayden Lapcevich and Gary Klutt, who will be looking to make their mark on championship standings.

The always entertaining Pirelli World Challenge will have eight classes (GT/GTA/GT Cup/GTS/Spring-X GT/TC/TCA/TCB) competing in eight races. The Series will showcase many of the top marques such as Acura, Audi, Bentley, Cadillac, Honda, Ferrari, Porsche, Nissan, Viper, and many more competing for bragging rights and the top step of the podium. Canadians running in the GT classes include Barrie native Kyle Marcelli, Anthony Mantella of Toronto and Huntsville’s Martin Barkey.

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama is entering its sixth season of producing intense, exciting competition for semi-professional and fast-rising professional drivers in the world’s most produced race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned championship is one of 20 global Porsche single-make Cup Racing series and is a platform for drivers to ascend to the highest levels of GT competition, such as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The country’s top sedan road-racing series, the Canadian Touring Car Championship, will make its first of two stops at CTMP in 2016, boasting a field of more than 30 cars, competing in four distinct classes, Super Touring, Touring, Grand Touring and B-Spec. This will be a doubleheader weekend for the Championship.

A three-day SuperTicket is just $50 until May 18 ($60 at the Gate). Each ticket includes parking, access to the race team paddock, the CTMP Marketplace and the Canadian Tire Action Zone. CTMP will celebrate the Victoria Day holiday in style with its traditional fireworks display on the Saturday night (May 21). New this season, children 16 and under are now admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult admission. Single day tickets are also available.

Family and general camping areas are available. An advanced general camping pass is just $40 for the weekend when purchased before May 18 (tents or pop-up trailers). Advance RV passes are $60. There are full-service washrooms and shower facilities located on the grounds.

For the spectators that like to get closer to the action, the Grand Prix Club offers a VIP hospitality package which includes a fully catered BBQ lunch, beverages and bar service (beer and wine) on Sunday. The GP Club Chalet tent is located trackside overlooking the start/finish straight and Corner One. Passes are just $150 and are also good for admission to the event on Friday and Saturday.

Can-Am 200 Adds To Prestige Of 2016 NASCAR Labour Day Weekend At CTMP

BRP (TSX: DOO) announced today as part of the second annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo in Toronto that it will serve as the title sponsor for the 2016 Labour Day Weekend NASCAR Pinty’s Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The race, scheduled for Sunday, September 4, 2016 will be named the Can-Am 200.

“We at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park are thrilled to welcome BRP as the title sponsor for our second NASCAR Pinty’s Series race of the season, this Labour Day Weekend,” said Ron Fellows, co-owner of CTMP. “The NASCAR Pinty’s Series always put on a great race and with the season championship fight at its most critical point, the on track battles will intensify in the Can-Am 200.”

BRP also took advantage of its presence at the Motorama Show to reaffirm its commitment to NASCAR racing by its primary sponsorship – through its Can-Am brand – of the #32 Go FAS Racing Canada team for all the NASCAR Pinty’s Series races in Canada in 2016. BRP is also a proud partner of the #32 Go FAS Racing team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the United States.

BRP, through its association with Kappa Clothing and Cyclops Gear Cameras, is the official sponsor of the Go FAS Racing Canada team featuring 2014 ACT champion driver Alex Labbé, one of the rising stars of the Canadian NASCAR circuit. Labbé’s number 32 car will be proudly sporting Can-Am’s yellow and black colours. “I’m honoured to have the support of such an important industry player as BRP as a sponsor. BRP’s involvement goes well beyond branding: they’re truly committed to the development of young talent. This is a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me,” said Alex Labbé.

“BRP and its Can-Am products are synonymous with innovation and performance in the powersports industry, values that are shared by NASCAR fans,” said Louis Lévesque, vice-president, Global Marketing and Consumer Experience at BRP. “The NASCAR Pinty’s series is a great platform for us to connect with our consumers and demonstrate through our Can-Am on road and off road line up how we aimed moving people with passion and innovation, which is BRP’s true DNA.”

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The Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented By BFGoodrich Will Return To CTMP This July

Mazda has announced the 2016 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires schedule, following the series’ tradition of racing at iconic race tracks on major race weekends. Each of the six weekends will be a doubleheader, making for a 12-race championship.

The MX-5 Cup is the signature spec series for the Mazda Road to 24 (#MRT24), the sports car counterpart to the Mazda Road to Indy (#MRTI). On both paths, Mazda-powered champions earn a Mazda scholarship to advance their career. The MX-5 Cup champion earns a $200,000 scholarship.

The 2016 season will feature the all-new fourth generation Mazda MX-5 Miata. For the first time, Mazda has commissioned complete turnkey race cars ensuring all cars are as close to identical as possible, all to ensure the best drivers rise to the top.

The 2016 season will kick off at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship weekend at the end of April.

New for 2016 is a visit to historic Watkins Glen International Raceway, where the MX-5 Cup teams will be sharing the May 13-15 weekend with Trans-Am. Next, the teams will travel to Road America to headline the SCCA June Sprints weekend.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will host the annual north-of-the-border trip in July for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, joining the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and much more.

The season will conclude at Road Atlanta during the Petit Le Mans weekend. Road Atlanta has hosted the MX-5 Cup finale each year since 2011.

2016 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires:

Rounds Date Venue Racing with

1-2 April 28 – May 1 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca IMSA
3-4 May 13-15 Watkins Glen International Raceway Trans Am
5-6 June 17-19 Road America SCCA
7-8 July 8-10 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park IMSA
9-10 August 26-28 VIRginia International Raceway IMSA
11-12 Sept 28-30 Road Atlanta IMSA

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