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CASTROL PRESENTS VICTORIA DAY SPEEDFEST DAY ONE IN THE BOOKS

 The checkered flag flew late Friday afternoon to close out the first day of the Castrol presents Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The weekend features exciting racing from five different series from May 19-21.

Pirelli World Challenge (PWC), one of North America’s top sports car racing series, completed the qualifying session for its top tier SprintX class – the driver team of Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, CA) and Jörg Bergmeister (Langenfeld, Germany) will start on pole (1:15.221) in the Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, while Ryan Dalziel (Windermere, FL) and Toronto’s Daniel Morad in the CRP Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 (1:15.226) will be second on the grid for Saturday’s 1:45 pm waving of the green flag.

In other Friday action, Huntsville, Ontario’s Martin Barkey piloting the Mantella Autosports KTM Xbow scored the pole (1:23.595) for the PWC GTS class race starting at 10:35 am on Saturday.

Orlando, Florida’s Paul Holton, in the C360R Audi RS 3 LMS, claimed the TC pole with a 1:28.476 for Saturday’s PWC TC/TCA/TCB 9:40 am race. Montreal’s Nick Wittmer will start second in TC after posting a 1:29.106 in his ST Racing BMW M235iR. Dean Copeland, of Grasonville, MD, in the Copeland Motorsports Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car (1:34.830) and Canaan O’Connell, of Chandler, AZ, in the Tech Sport Racing Chevrolet Sonic (1:44.665) with start on the pole in TCA and TCB respectively.

In Nissan Micra Cup, Stefan Gauthier, of Sorel-Tracy, QC in the Sorel Tracy Nissan machine (1:44.050) will start on pole for Saturday’s 5:05 pm race.

Saturday's on track schedule begins at 8:30 am with a qualifying session for the Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Pirelli followed by the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama qualifying at 9 am. The NASCAR Pinty’s series takes to the track for their first practice session of the weekend at 12:20 pm followed by a 4 pm qualifying session. 

The NASCAR Pinty’s Can-Am 200 will run on Sunday starting at 1 pm. Hockey Hall of Fame goalie and former Toronto Maple Leaf star Johnny Bower is the Grand Marshall for the event and will do the Driver’s Start your Engine Command prior to the race.

Single day, weekend and camping ticket packages are still available for purchase starting at $20 at the gate. For more information visit online at www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com.

There’s plenty for fans to see and do off-track, with the family-friendly Canadian Tire Action Zone (including a play area, face painting, hockey shootout zone, Toronto Maple Leafs locker room trailer, casting pond, and live music), the CTMP Marketplace (featuring a variety of vendors – some interactive – including the Chevy Race Face and Hydro One’s Electricity Discovery Centre), the CTMP Merchandise Trailer (selling official merchandise), and Driver Autograph sessions.