The summer race season came to a close at CTMP with the Celebration of Motorsports Weekend. This was the last race of the season for points in the CASC series with an awards dinner held on the Saturday evening giving out the trophies earned for the season. All the races held on the Sunday were for points toward the 2018 season.
Saturday Sept 30
Saturday started off at 8:30am with the 3 hr GT Challenge Endurance Race. Some of the notable drivers coming up for this event were, Scott Goodyear and son Michael who drove the #719 PFAFF BMW M235i-R. The Goodyear team came first in the GT2 division. They finished 3rd overall after having to serve a stop and go penalty on pit-lane.
Sam Fellows and Jordan Robinson drove the #147 1996 Chevrolet Camaro and finished in 2nd place overall. Sam Fellows and Jordan Robinson also won the GT4 Championship for the year. Ted Michalos, Craig Deshane and Gord Ballantine drove the #21 T.M Motorsports Porsche 993 C2. Paul Taylor and Joe Chan drove the #101 Chevrolet Cobalt to a win and finish first overall. Sam Bak and Mark McDonald drove the #23 Radical SR3 but unfortunately after only 9 laps, Sam drove the car off of the track and that ended their day early. Ludwig Heimrath was on hand joining Ron Fellows in the #147 pit.
In the Classic Series, Perry Mason driving the #60 PFAFF 1981 Audi 80 Coupe GT won in the CL G division in both races and ended the 2017 season in second place overall. Geoffrey McCord in the #94 Porsche 911 won in the CL F Division. Josip Dukovac #49 in the 1988 BMW E30 M3 won the CL E Division. Robert Racki #18 in the 1983 Baird & Travette Camaro won the CL H Division.
In the Formula Libre/F4/F1200/Radical Series races, #39 of Daniel Earle in the 2017 Radical SR3 won the Radical race, #67 Bruce McIntyre in a 2016 Radical SR8 won the Formula Libre race and was the fastest car overall. In the F4 Series #11 James Morton won in his 2015 Gamma Tercero and also picked up the F4 Championship at the same time. Phil Wang won the F1200 Race in the #73 1996 Caracal G and also won the overall 2017 F1200 Championship. Phil Wang also won the DeHass Trophy for Race Ontario Open Wheel Champion.
In the Vintage Historic Races, Russ Bond #755 won the VH1 race in a 1972 Mazda RX3. The VH2 race was won by #9 Bob Eagleson in the 1967 MG B-GT car. #155 Dan Reynolds won the VH3 series in a 1963 Volvo P1800. Philip Soden won the VH4 race in the #16 1963 MG MGB. #17 Paul Austerberry rounded out the field winning the VH5 division in a 1970 Porsche 914.
In the GT Sprints series, #10 Bryce Lee won the GT1 race in the 1986 Merkur XR4Ti. The GT2 class race was won by #52 Carl Gauthier in the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado. The GT3 race was won by #32 Daniel Bois in the 2016 Ariel Atom SRA. The GT4 race was won by #133 Dylan Gibson in the 2003 Honda Civic SiR, followed by Mark McDonald #50 in his 2002 Audi TT in a close second. Mark McDonald won the GT4 Championship for the year as well as the Noone’s trophy as Race Ontario Closed Wheel Champion for 2017. The GT5 race was won by #183 Jeff Daley in the 1992 Nissan NX2000.
Sunday Oct 1
The 2018 season was kicked off on Sunday October 1 with 2 races being run for each class that day.
First up was the Classic Series. In the morning, Terry Watson was overall winner and won in the CL H division driving the #70-1980 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Terry had a flag to flag victory leading in all laps. In the afternoon, Robert Racki Racki #18 in the 1983 Baird & Travette Camaro won the CL H Division and was overall winner. Winners of the other classes were: Ian Crerar for CL E in the morning and Dave Margolese in the afternoon, Steve Kent for CL F in the morning and Michael Murillo in the afternoon, and Perry Mason for CL G both in the morning and afternoon.
In the Formula Libre/F4/F1200/Radical Series races the same drivers were victorious in both morning and afternoon sessions. Bruce McIntyre in #67 a 2016 Radical SR8 won the Formula Libre race and was the fastest car overall and had a flag to flag victory. Daniel Earle in #39 a 2017 Radical SR3 won the Radical Series. In the F4 Series #11 James Morton won in his 2015 Gamma Tercero and Phil Wang won the F1200 Race in the #73 1996 Caracal G.
In the Vintage Historic race the same drivers won in both the morning and afternoon with the exception of the VH3 series. Russ Bond #755 won the VH1 race in a 1972 Mazda RX3. The VH2 race was won by #53 Richard Poxon in the 1963 Ginetta G4 car. #37 Dave Good won the VH3 series in a 1959 MG A in the morning and #155 Dan Reynolds won the VH3 series in a 1963 Volvo P1800 in the afternoon. #418 Chris Rupnik won the VH4 race in the 1972 Fiat 124 Spider. #17 Paul Austerberry won the VH5 division in a 1970 Porsche 914. #5 Ed Luce in a 1968 Lotus Type 51 won the FC-K series and #68Peter Viccary in the 1966 Kelly won the FC-I series.
In the GT Sprints series, #125 Blaise Csida won the GT1 race and the overall race in the 2017 Chevrolet Camara in the morning. Blaise also was the hardest charger starting in position 45 and ending up winning while also recording the fastest lap. In the afternoon #2 Louey Jabouri driving in the GT2 race won the overall in his 1999 Ford Taurus. The GT1 class race was won by Bryce Lee in #10-1986 Merkur XR4Ti in the afternoon. The GT2 class race was won by #153 Rocco Marciello in the 1976 Triumph TR7 in the morning. The GT3 race was won by #32 Daniel Bois in the 2016 Ariel Atom SRA in the morning and by #199 Daria Khachi in the 2004 BMW M3 in the afternoon. The GT4 race was won by #133 Dylan Gibson in the 2003 Honda Civic SiR both in the morning and afternoon. The GT5 race was won by #181 Craig Daley in the 1990 Mazda Miata in the morning and by #183 Jeff Daley in the 1992 Nissan NX2000.
To close the calendar year off, a Grand Finale was held open to all drivers from all series. The cars were grid on a first come first serve basis. This race saw 11 drivers participating in cars ranging from Honda Civics to Pro Trucks. The overall winner was # 78 Edward A Caranci in his 2002 Chevrolet Townsend Pro Truck. Edward also had the fastest lap and was the Hard Charger. He chose to start from the last spot going on to take the lead and win over the course of 10 laps.
As the drivers of the Grand Finale completed their race and re-entered pit lane, all volunteers, course workers and staff stood up and gave a round of applause not just to the drivers who have provided the entertainment for the year, but also to each other for another successful year of working together and for a great year of racing.
Thank you to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) for another successful year.
It was a great summer on the track. Congratulations to all the drivers and teams!!!
Brian Goldschmied, Neena Channan
Photo credit: Brian Goldschmied and Neena Channan