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Canadian Touring Car Championship Season Begins at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

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The 2018 Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) season kicked off at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) near Bowmanville, Ontario. Rounds 1 and 2 took place over three days during the Victoria Day long weekend under very challenging weather conditions. The CTCC races were part of the CTMP Victoria Day SpeedFest weekend which featured racing from several series including NASCAR Pinty’s Series, Pirelli World Challenge Series, IMSA Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and the Nissan Micra Cup Series.

The Friday practice session was run under ideal sunny conditions but fog rolled in on Saturday which was so thick at times the corner marshals did not have enough visibility of the track and many of the days on-track sessions had to be postponed or cancelled. The CTCC did mage to run their first race of the season on Saturday morning and Etienne Borgeat from Montreal, Quebec was the overall winner in his No. 2 Porsche GT3 Cup car. Borgeat managed to break free of the Honda Civic TCR’s of Gary Kwok and Tom Kwok on lap 14 of the 21 lap race.

“I made a few mistakes, going off in the grass,” admitted Borgeat. “I passed him (Gary Kwok) and then I’d lose the position. I get him back and lose it again. I almost crashed a couple of times looking for the proper rain line.”

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Former Super Touring champion Tom Kwok passed his brother Gary Kwok in the final corner to take his No. 55 Honda Civic TCR across the finish line 1.2 seconds ahead of his brother’s No 66 Honda Civic TCR to claim the GT Sport Class victory.

Borgeat was just as successful in Sunday’s race with a second consecutive overall win taking the checkered flag 13 seconds ahead of GT Cup runner-up Rob Metka in his No. 54 Ferrari 458 Italia Challenge car.

Sunday’srace also proved to be very successful for a driver who had never raced cars before and had only raced go-karts. Ethan Simioni took his No. 58 BMW M4 GT4 to the top step of the podium in GT Sport class.

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“This is my very first weekend racing cars, I’ve done nothing but karts before this,” stated the driver of the No. 58 Policaro Motorsports BMW M4. “I was in traffic all of the time, but they are all quality drivers, I was impressed with how cleanly they raced with me.”

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Two Ontario Regional racing rivals moved up to the CTCC ranks for 2018 and each achieved success with Super Touring class victories in the weekend doubleheader. Sam Fellows, son of Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame race car driver Ron Fellows, won in his No. 43 BMW M235iR on Saturday and was runner-up on Sunday’s second race behind 2017 CASC-OR GT-2 champion Marc Raymond in his No. 27 Porsche Cayman GT4 CS.

“It was wet, foggy, with standing water everywhere, typical CTMP weather,” laughed Fellows following Saturday’s victory. “We don’t have a lot of power compared to some of the other guys in the class, so I was really hoping for rain. It’s just surreal to win in my very first race in CTCC.”


Podium Race Results

Round 1

GT CUP: 
1. No. 2 Etienne Borgeat, Porsche GT3 Cup
2. No. 88 Bob Attrell, Hyundai Genesis Coupe
3. No. 54 Rob Metka. Ferrari 458 Italia Challenge

GT SPORT:
1. No. 55 Tom Kwok, Honda Civic TCR
2. No. 66 Gary Kwok, Honda Civic TCR
3. No. 84 Damon Sharpe, Toyota 86

SUPER TOURING:
1. No. 43 Sam Fellows, BMW M235iR
2. No. 27 Marc Raymond, Porsche Cayman GT4 CS
3. No. 53 Rocco Marciello, BMW 235iR

TOURING:
1. No. 57 Shawn Little, Honda Civic Si
2. No. 12 Paul Joakim, Mazda RX-8
3. No. 17 Marlin Langeveldt, Mazda Global MX-5 Cup

Round 2

GT CUP: 
1. No. 2 Etienne Borgeat, Porsche GT3 Cup
2. No. 54 Rob Metka, Ferrari 458 Italia Challenge
3. No. 88 Bob Attrell, Hyundai Genesis Coupe

GT SPORT:
1. No. 58 Ethan Simioni, BMW M4 GT4
2. No. 55 Tom Kwok, Honda Civic TCR
3. No. 66 Gary Kwok, Honda Civic TCR

SUPER TOURING:
1. No. 27 Marc Raymond, Porsche Cayman GT4 CS
2. No. 43 Sam Fellows, BMW M235iR
3. No. 53 Rocco Marciello, BMW 235iR

TOURING:
1. No. 12 Paul Joakim, Mazda RX-8
2. No. 57 Shawn Little, Honda Civic Si
4. No. 17 Marlin Langeveldt, Mazda Global MX-5 Cup

Full results can be found at the Canadian Touring Car Championship website. The next race in the CTCC series takes place June 2-3 at Calabogie Motorsports Park near Ottawa, Ontario.

Photographs Copyright Phillip Sutherland

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