By on April 4, 2014

jackbspec

Back in 2012, I took a shot at racing B-Spec in the Canadian Touring Car Championship for a weekend at Mont-Tremblant. I wound up taking a whipping from a very talented field on an unfamiliar track, but I was amazed at the quality of the show that CTCC puts on for the spectators. Given the teething issues that the Tudor series is having this year, those of you who really want to see some close competition without the extraneous political factors and post-race decisions that have characterized “united sports car racing” so far this year might want to cross the border.

Quoth the press release:

With the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire preparing for its eighth season of competition, title hopefuls will again this year face the challenges of racing in seven doubleheader weekends, played out on six of Canada’s most demanding and diverse circuits.

“The drivers and the teams will have to work hard this year,” confirms series founder John Bondar. “Each track brings its own distinct challenges, and everyone will need to have all the pieces in order if they hope to be successful.”

As has become the tradition, the CTCC schedule will begin at the daunting, high-speed Canadian Tire Motorsport venue. In the 2013 season opener, Scott Nicol’s back-to-back victories kicked off his charge to the Super Class championship.

“It always pays to have a good start to the season. With our schedule, it’s really hard to play catch-up if something goes wrong early,” explains Nicol. “The speed is the challenge at Mosport (CTMP). It’s all about momentum, maintaining a high speed, especially through the corners. That’s when having confidence in your car is important.”

Rounds Three and Four of the 2014 campaign will see the CTCC competitors traveling to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal. In one of the season’s highlight events, the touring car teams will test their skills in front of an appreciative audience gathered for the Canadian F1 Grand Prix circus.

From the glamorous urban setting in Montréal, two weeks later the series will trek to the wilderness surroundings of Calabogie Motorsports Park, northwest of Ottawa, before returning to Quebec to a (tentative) two-race event on the flat and featureless airport circuit of ICAR Mirabel. Entering the second half of the 2014 calendar, the CTCC’s next appearance will mark a return to the four-kilometer track of Shannonville Motorsport Park.

“We haven’t raced at Shannonville since May 2009. It will be something completely new for a lot of our drivers,” explains Bondar. “Shannonville is a very technical track, so it’s going to present some new and different challenges for the teams.”

After a very short break, the CTCC is again on the move, heading towards another season highlight, their twin bill date with the unforgiving, concrete-lined street course in the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres. What truly makes this an exceptional attraction is that the weekend’s opening race will take place Thursday night in the late evening hours.

“The nature of this track is what we call ‘Point and Squirt’; it’s very hard to get into a rhythm. The biggest demand on each driver is that they must manage their equipment, especially their brakes. And keep it off of the walls,” laughs two-time Touring Class champion, Damon Sharpe. “But the vibe of this place, and the history behind it, gives this race a very special kind of aura.”

With the various class championships inevitably still on the line, the 2014 Canadian Touring Car Championship will conclude the season by coming full circle, returning to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park where they will share the Labour Day weekend schedule with the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Canadian Tire stock car Series.

Concludes Bondar, “Working such a variety of tracks into our schedule forces the teams to up their games, and any championship here is well earned. The difficulties that our teams face and their resulting successes can only help to improve the brand of the CTCC.”

“These are all wonderful events. They’re well organized and well attended. And they offer the perfect opportunity for lots of exposure for the drivers, the teams, the sponsors and the series itself.”

2014 CTCC Schedule:

May 17-18 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Super (SC)/ Touring (TC)/ B-Spec (B-S)

June 6-8 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve SC/ TC/ B-S

June 21-22 Calabogie Motorsports Park SC/ TC

July 5-6* Circuit ICAR SC/ TC

July 26-27 Shannonville Motorsports Park SC/ TC

August 7-10 Grand Prix du Trois Rivieres SC/ TC/ B-S

August 30-31 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park SC/ TC/ B-S
* tentative

We invite you to download the CTCC App, follow us on Facebook (@ touringcar.ca) and Twitter (@CTCCracing).

It’s worth checking out. Who knows — you might even see me show back up at Mont-Tremblant, with a little more steam under the hood!

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19 Comments on “Go To Canada, Watch Some Racing...”


  • avatar
    3Deuce27

    The take-away from this post for aspiring tracksters … “The biggest demand on each driver is that they must manage their equipment, especially their brakes.’… and tires. Pretty hard to do with a FWD which makes it even more important when piloting one of those… $%&*$%&*@%)+ Be smooth………….. . . . . . . . . _ _ _ ________>

  • avatar
    olddavid

    I would think a drive on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve -in any car – would be high on most gearhead bucket lists. I have run Spec Mazda many years ago, and I can imagine these little hotties would be great fun to drive in anger. Not going back east this year. Too bad.

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      And Mosport, the original home of the Canadian Grand Prix, should be on your bucket list, too. It’s all about speed and daring, and the fantastic Moss Corner (5a/5b) was not just named after Stirling Moss, it was designed by him!

    • 0 avatar
      Redshift

      Villeneuve is easy with a bit of imagination. It is a public park and you can walk, bike, or drive the circuit when there is no racing.
      I did about a half dozen laps there 10 years ago. Of courss, I was in a rental Ford Taurus wagon and limited to a speed of 20km/h or so. Didn’t st me from attacking the curbs, and getting some really strange looks from folks on bikes as this beige Taurus slowly drove from curb to curb.

  • avatar

    Damn! I didn’t know our Northern Neighbors raced. I thought their politeness precluded it.

    • 0 avatar
      thirty-three

      If you’ve ever driven in a major Canadian city then you know that we shed our politeness when driving. I’m talking about you Vancouver.

      • 0 avatar
        calgarytek

        @thirty-three

        You should also be talking about Brampton, Toronto, Mississauga, Montreal…

        We welcome our American neighbours. Given the recent fiascos, please remember to leave your firearms at home before venturing up North.

        Also, little known fact, Lethbridge Alberta is the right hand drive Japanese exotic car capital of Canada. At least, it was when I was living there. I can’t count the amount of 4 door Nissan Skylines, Toyota Aristos, Nissan BlueBirds/Sylvia’s I’ve seen.

        • 0 avatar
          PenguinBoy

          “Also, little known fact, Lethbridge Alberta is the right hand drive Japanese exotic car capital of Canada. At least, it was when I was living there. I can’t count the amount of 4 door Nissan Skylines, Toyota Aristos, Nissan BlueBirds/Sylvia’s I’ve seen.”

          Back in the ’70s and early ’80s, it seemed like the muscle car capital of Canada. Plus ça change…

        • 0 avatar
          olddavid

          Cardston – forty miles from Lethbridge – only has about 4000 population, and last winter I counted four RHD JDM cars being daily driven by locals. What’s in the water of the Oldman River?

      • 0 avatar

        I drove through London and Paris on the same day, back in 1974. NOte to non-Canadians: both cities are in Ontario. I drove from Boston to Ann ARbor that day, first leg of trip to SF Bay area. Paris, Ontario is definitely easier to drive in than Paris, France.

        The only other time I’ve piloted any sort of vehicle in Canada was the following year, and that was my Peugeot bicycle, from Sault St. Marie to Montreal, and then down to NY state, on my way from Seattle to Boston. I do remember some lady made a right turn off of the Trans-Canadian right in front of me, onto gravel, forcing me onto the gravel, giving me a very frightening 20 seconds or so. I did manage to stay upright.

    • 0 avatar
      wmba

      ” Damn! I didn’t know our Northern Neighbors raced. I thought their politeness precluded it.”

      Rob Ford let the cat out of the bag on the politeness gig. Now pass the crack pipe and be quick about it.

  • avatar
    npaladin2000

    I have to remember to set up “Touring Car Championship” in my TiVO.

  • avatar
    1998redwagon

    i dont think i knew what half of that post was about. kind of piques my interest……………..

  • avatar
    Tosh

    Go to Laguna Seca, watch some USCC racing. Sunday May 4

  • avatar
    Johnny Canada

    They bought the naming rights to sell more junk, but it’ll always be MOSPORT to me.

  • avatar
    mikey

    I’ve lived within 25 miles of Mosport, for most of my life. When I was a kid we would race our 6cyl cars around the track {when no one was around}

    I’ve seen more races there than I can count. I saw Grand Funk Railroad perform at “Strawberry Field’s summer of 1970.

    I havn’t been out there in years.

    Me too, it will always be Mosport to me

  • avatar
    dvp cars

    …jb…..with or without that steam underhood, good luck at the wonderful Mont-Tremblant, but unless you’re planning an expensive personal trackday weekend all by yourself, you should get them to include an event there on the schedule…it seems to be missing…… and that’s unfortunate, as it would be, by far, the best town in Canada to spend 2 days soaking up the whole scene, including your races…

  • avatar
    dougjp

    The first round at Mosport on May 16-18 also includes a lot more racing;

    ” The Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend will get Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s 2014 season underway, May 16-18, with the thundering stock cars of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series highlighting the unofficial kick-off to the summer. Also in action is the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series, the return of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship after a one year absence (Touring and B-Spec), Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, Canadian Touring Car Championship, Canadian Supercar Championship and the Formula 1600 Super Series. “

  • avatar
    RobertRyan

    We have similar travelling “Touring Car” championships in Australia and I am not talking of the V8Supercar championship. I regularly communicate with a Canadian Flag Marshall.

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