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Nick Wittmer and Anthony Rapone Crowned 2010 Champions

Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship 2010 Season a resounding success

Toronto, Ontario Canada – October 5, 2010

 With the seven event championship now in the record books, the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Toyo Tires celebrated a fantastic fourth year of competition. It all came down to the last event at the famed Circuit ICAR at Mirabel, just north of Montreal. 35 of Canada’s best race drivers were on hand racing in two extremely competitive car classes for the final time in 2010. As in past years, both Super and Touring Class championship titles were decided on the last weekend of the year.

For a second year in a row, Lombardi Honda driver Nick Wittmer took the top spot in Super Class in his Honda Civic with a total of 1522 points, just 111 points of his second place rival Dave Ciekiewicz in his Donington Motorsports Subaru WRX STi and 300 points ahead of Audette Racing’s Mathieu Audette in his Acura RSX. For 2010 there was a total of 33 drivers vying for the the top spot in Super Class.

A record number of two and three car teams were on hand this year as everyone stepped up their game. G1 Racing fielded two Hyundai Genesis Coupes with drivers Bob Attrell and Sasha Anis. Team Aldo/Northwest campaigned three BMWs driven by Greg Pootmans, David Bensadoun and Paul Dalla Lana.  There were an average of 37 cars competing each Championship weekend.

 GT Racing’s Etienne Borgeat and Jacques Gravel debuted their new Pontiac Solstice coupes but struggled early in the year to get them dialed in. Lombardi Racing brought out their three extremely potent Honda Civics with the driving duties being shared among regular driver Nick Wittmer, Benjamin Distaulo, Andre Rapone, Nigel Heron and last years rookie of the year Alex Healy.

 In Touring Class, Anthony Rapone had a significant points lead going into the final event but the fight for second and third place was among at five drivers going into event seven at Mirabel. Michel Sallenbach driving a MINI Cooper for Octane Motorsports, Karl Thomson, Rapone’s Durabond/Compass360 Racing team mate, M&S Racing’s Tom Kwok, Pfaff Tuning’s P.J. Groenke, Classic Canadian Cars Motorsports’ Patrick Seguin and Jacques Belanger battled all year long taking turns on the podium and keeping them all within the top spot in the championship. A total of 30 different Touring Class drivers competed this season and put on some of the best racing in Canada.

 For 2010 the Manufacturers Championship went back and forth between Honda, BMW, MINI, Subaru and Acura. In the end, BMW took home the Super Class Championship and Honda was able to hold off MINI for top honours in Touring Class. No less than twelve different manufacturers were represented this season.

 New for 2010 was the introduction of the Championship Webisodes. Produced by Phanta Media, Mark Drager and his team put together seven event Webisodes and corresponding video race reports that put fans in the car and in the paddock with the teams. The Webisodes were a huge hit with the fans and the media. Look for these to continue for 2011 as it seems the audience just can’t get enough. http://www.youtube.com/user/CanadianTouringCar.

 The 2011 Championship schedule and event planning is well underway. New cars are being added to the roster and the rules are being updated and refined. Discussions are ongoing with current and new sponsors with many wanting to increase their involvement for the future.

 The championship would like to acknowledge its partners for their support for another exciting season; Castrol (Wakefield Canada Inc.), Toyo Tires Canada, Holiday Canopies, NOS Energy Drink, Hawk Performance Brakes, Pit Uniforms.com, MK Technologies, Toronto Tirecraft, Pure Design Marketing, Garagescapes, Racing Radios International, Forge Motorsport, dba(Disc Brakes Australia), Anze Suspension and Traqmate Data Acquisition.

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Super Class Points                 
Name City/Town Prov # Make Model Total Team
Nick Wittmer Montreal QC 1 Honda Civic Si 1522 Lombardi Honda Racing
Dave Ciekiewicz Toronto ON 36 Subaru Sti 1411 Donington Motorsports
Mathieu Audette Ste-Anne-Des-Lacs QC 12 Acura RSX 1222 Audette Racing
Greg Pootmans Toronto ON 16 BMW 328 1197 Team YTR/Aldo/Northwest
Etienne Borgeat Montreal QC 2 Pontiac Solstice 1186 GT Racing
David Bensadoun Montreal QC 14 BMW 328 1082 Team YTR/Aldo/Northwest
Eric Hochgeschurz Carleton Place ON 11 BMW 328 1037 8Legs Racing
Benjamin Distaulo Lorraine QC 6 Honda Civic Si 943 Lombardi Honda Racing
Sasha Anis Brampton ON 87 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 911 G1 Racing
Gary Kwok Markham ON 66 Acura CSX 669 M&S Racing
Lee Chaplin Hudson QC 75 Hyundai Tiburon 622 Fastco Motorsports
Bob Attrell Brampton ON 88 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 538 G1 Racing
Glenn Chaplin St. Lazare QC 74 Hyundai Tiburon 533 Fastco Motorsports
Marc-Antoine Camirand Trois-Rivieres QC 96 BMW M-Coupe 507 Camirand Competition
Luc Pelletier Trois-Rivieres QC 7 Audi A4 467 Ingolstadt Competition
Yves Bedard Montreal QC 21 VW Gti 452 Bedard Racing
JC Cote Montreal QC 3 Hyundai Tiburon 427 Cote Racing/GT Racing
Jacques Gravel Hudson QC 43 Pontiac Solstice 398 GT Racing
Nigel Heron Verdun QC 90 Honda Civic Si 367 Lombardi Honda Racing
Paul Dalla Lana Toronto ON 15 BMW 328 331 Team YTR/Aldo/Northwest
Alex Healy Ottawa ON 5 Honda Civic Si 279 Lombardi Honda Racing
Dean Fantin Amherstburg ON 13 BMW 330i 268 Amico Racing
Rocco Marciello Brampton ON 30 BMW 330i 190 RMP Competizione
Andrew Danyliw Toronto ON 37 Chevrolet Cobalt 186 GS Motorsports
Gunter Schmidt Midland ON 38 Chevrolet Cobalt 186 GS Motorsports
Michael DelleDonne Bolton ON 81 BMW 330i 171 RMP Competizione
Bryan Rashleigh Caledon   ON 37 Chevrolet Cobalt 148 GS Motorsports
Jonathan Rashleigh Caledon ON 38 Chevrolet Cobalt 148 GS Motorsports
Paul Dargis Trois-Rivieres QC 53 BMW 328 147 Dargis Motorsport
Pascal Carre Trois-Rivieres QC 24 BMW 328 133 PCS Motorsport
Bruno Desfosses Montreal QC 95 Acura RSX 127 Technocraft Racing Division
John Lockhart Caledon Village ON 86 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 122 G1 Racing
Andre Rapone Thornhill ON 70 Honda Civic Si 0 Lombardi Honda Racing




Touring Class Points              
Name City/Town Prov # Make Model Total Team
Anthony Rapone Thornhill ON 72 Honda Civic Si 1618 Durabond/Compass360 Racing
Michel Sallenbach Roxton Pond QC 46 Mini Cooper 1377 Octane Motorsport
Karl Thomson Toronto ON 71 Honda Civic Si 1357 Durabond/Compass360 Racing
Tom Kwok Markham ON 55 Honda Civic 1322 M&S Racing
P.J. Groenke Toronto ON 8 VW/Mini Gti/Cooper 1314 P.J. Groenke Racing
Patrick Seguin Rockland ON 80 Honda Civic Si-R 1198 Classic Canadian Cars Motorsports
Jacques Belanger Stoneham QC 29 Honda Civic Si 967 BMS Racing
Ryan Blanchet Mississauga ON 84 Acura Type R 928 Blanchet Motorsports
Kurt Langeveldt Bowmanville ON 17 Mazda Protégé 791 Can-Saf Motorsports
Paul Dargis Trois-Rivieres QC 35 Honda Civic 756 Dargis Motorsport
Andrew Danyliw Toronto ON 73 Honda Civic Si 535 Durabond/Compass360 Racing
Roger Bowes Kingston ON 20 Acura Type R 525 RB Racing
Jocelyn Fecteau Mont St-Gregoire QC 77 Toyota Corolla XRS 429 Media Racing Team
Greg Liefooghe San Francisco CA 73 Honda Civic Si 390 Durabond/Compass360 Racing
Alain Lauziere Vaudreuil-Dorian QC 47 Mini Cooper 373 Octane Motorsport
Jacques Deshaies Trois-Rivieres QC 27 Mazda 3 GT 336 DM Competition
Nigel Heron Verdun QC 90 Acura Type R 319 Heron Motorsports
Luc Richard Trois-Rivieres QC 39 VW Gti 249 Ingolstadt Competition
Thomas McGregor Saskatoon SK 73 Honda Civic Si 238 Durabond/Compass360 Racing
Denis Rousseau Trois-Rivieres QC 92 Mazda Protégé 238 Tradition Motorsports
Tom Bork Fairport NY 26 Mazda Protégé 218 Doc B Racng
Daniel Blanchette Trois-Rivieres QC 89 Honda Civic Si 213 89 Racing Team
Simon Dion-Viens St-Joseph de Kamouraska QC 97 Honda Civic 188 Lombardi Honda Racing
Jocelyn Hebert Trois-Rivieres QC 89 Honda Civic Si 184 89 Racing Team
Frank Blanchet Mississauga ON 48 Acura Type R 126 Blanchet Motorsports
Dylan Gibson Burlington ON 33 Nissan Sentra 119 Wenzel Motorsports
Sylvain Laporte Lorraine QC 47 Mini Cooper 97 Octane Motorsport
Marc-Andre Seguin Clarence Creek ON 83 Honda Civic Si-R 95 Classic Canadian Cars Motorsports
Damon Sharpe Tottenham ON 48 Acura Type R 89 Blanchet Motorsports
Claude Houde Trois-Rivieres QC 47 Mini Cooper 83 Octane Motorsport