Bowmanville, May 23 2011 – It was a crowd of 15,000 fans at the Victoria Day Speedfest at Mosport International Raceway that greeted the launch of the CTCC 2011 season. Competitors were anxious to get on the track after a long winter and they were ready for some action.
Some were sadly disappointed as mechanical problems prevented them from competing on the first weekend. The Fastco Motorsports drivers Glenn and Lee Chaplin experienced transmission problems and had to return home before the weekend even started. The Pfaff Automotive Partners’ Audi A5 suffered from a terminal engine problem but the team promised to regroup for the next event. Ryan Blanchet was convinced that he was not going to be able to race due to a problem with the chassis but his team worked hard and managed to get him back on track for Round One.
Qualifying occurred on Saturday morning on a green track under clear conditions. Etienne Borgeat showed the way in Super Class in his Pontiac Solstice. His extensive preseason testing helped to establish him as a front contender. Arek Wojciechowski was second fastest in his BMW 328i and Dean Fantin was third in his BMW 330i. All three were separated by less than one half second. Gary Kwok was fastest in Touring Class in his Honda Civic followed by P.J. Groenke in his VW GTI and Michel Sallenbach in his Mini Cooper S.
A light rain began to fall as the grid formed for the first race of the season. At the green flag, Richard Boake led into corner one while the field searched for grip with their slick tires. Conditions got worse and Arek Wojciechowski pressured Boake into sliding of the track for a moment despite his all-wheel drive Subaru. Both Luc Lesage in his Scion tC, Bob Attrell in his Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Alex Healy in his Acura RSX got caught out in the conditions and slid into the tires. A full course caution was required to retrieve them. The sun came out as the checkered flag was waved and Gary Kwok in his Honda Civic won in Touring Class over his brother Tom in his Honda Civic and Michel Sallenbach in his Mini Cooper S. Richard Boake won in Super Class with his Subaru Sti followed by Arek Wojciechowski in his BMW 328i and Dean Fantin in his BMW 330i.
The Pfaff VW Jetta pacecar led the field to the green flag under sunny and clear conditions. Richard Boake was first into corner one followed by Arek Wojciechowski and Dean Fantin. The pace was about 15 seconds faster than Saturday due to the dry track. Gary Kwok maintained his dominance over the balance of the Touring Class competitors. Alex Healy and Bob Attrell moved up from the back of the field to finish in fifth and sixth respectively in Super Class. Luc Lesage came from behind also to finish sixth in Touring Class. At the checkered flag it was Richard Boake in his Subaru Sti winning in Super Class with Arek Wojciechowski in his BMW 328i second and Etienne Borgeat third in his Pontiac Solstice. Gary Kwok won Touring Class in his Honda Civic followed by his brother Tom and P.J. Groenke in his VW GTI. The final results are pending due to a technical review.
The Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire is Canada’s only professional road racing series. Now in its fifth year, CTCC showcases race cars based on their stock street version. CTCC will be featured at Circuit ICAR, Mosport International Raceway, Honda Indy Toronto, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. Experience the rush of touring car racing!
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