Camirand Victorious in Season-Opening Race at Mosport’s Victoria Day SpeedFest
(BOWMANVILLE, ON – May 22, 2010)
Polesitter Marc-Antoine Camirand won the first of two races in the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Toyo Tires at Victoria Day SpeedFest at Mosport International Raceway.
The Camirand Competition driver engaged in a spirited battle throughout the 30-minute heat race with 2009 Super Touring class champion Nick Wittmer who started next to Camirand on the front row. In the end, Camirand edged Wittmer’s Lombardi Racing Honda Civic by 0.750 seconds for the win.
“For the first few laps it was pretty close. After that I got a couple of good laps and was able to pull the gap a little bit more, but it was a tough race,” Camirand said.
“[Nick] was strong, he had a good car also. It was a tough race, so I’m happy to be on top of the podium,” he said.
Dave Ciekiewicz started and finished third in ST in his Subaru WRX STi.
In the Touring class, Anthony Rapone of Durabond/Compass360 Racing won from the pole in his Honda Civic, edging out teammate Karl Thomson and the Octane Motorsport Mini Cooper of P.J. Groenke.
“There was a lot of action going on behind me. I managed to get a really good start and got one of the back marker ST cars between me [and the Touring Car field], and just kept them behind me,” Rapone said.
The action at Mosport continues on Sunday, beginning with a final 30-minute warm-up session at 10:30 a.m. followed by a 30-minute feature race, scheduled to run from 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Follow all the action from Mosport, including session reports, live timing and scoring and the latest championship news at http://www.touringcar.ca/.
The Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship Presented By Toyo Tires is Canada’s Premiere Touring Car Series and features Canada’s Best Drivers Racing Today’s Hottest Touring Cars. The Championship is showcased at eight event weekends in Quebec and Ontario with marquee events at Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres and Honda Indy Toronto.