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.”
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.
“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.”
“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
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