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Old 07-22-2013, 09:03 PM
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The seventh season of CTCC launches this weekend at CTMP

MAY 14, 2013

The seventh season of the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire launches this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, which will be the 21st time that CTCC has been hosted by Canada’s home of motorsport.

In that time, CTCC has grown into the premiere road racing championship in Canada. Both fans and drivers have come to expect tremendous excitement every time CTCC is on the track, and this weekend promises nothing less. Fans can easily relate to CTCC because the race cars are based on their original stock street versions.

Field Overview

Benjamin Distaulo will be returning in the Lombardi Honda Racing Civic Si and he will be looking to better his second overall in Super Class. Bob Attrell in his Hyundai Genesis Coupe will be searching for more podium finishes and a solid run at the championship. A few new race cars will be seen on the track this weekend as Remy Audette has built a new Honda Civic Si for this season and past champion, Nick Wittmer has built a brand new 2013 Honda Accord Coupe and will be looking to challenge for the podium all season long. Roger Ledoux has built a brand new Subaru WRX STI while Luc Lesage is completing a Scion FRS to be run later in the season, both have high expectations.

2012 Touring Class Champion, Damon Sharpe will be back to defend his first CTCC championship in the Blanchet Motorsports Honda Civic Si. He will be joined by team owner Frank Blanchet in a second Honda Civic Si. Michel Sallenbach will be looking for the top spot after finishing second in the championship in the Team Octane MINI Cooper S JCW. He will be looking for support from teammates Paul Gravel and Alain Lauziere. Eric Lacouture will be joining Team Octane also after competing in Super Class last season. Jocelyn Hebert and his 89 Racing Team will bring two Honda Civic Si to challenge for victory.

The B-Spec Class championship will be wide open but expect Karl Wittmer to show the way in the Honda Ste-Rose Racing Fit. Last season, he was very competitive in both a Honda Fit and Mazda2. Nigel Heron will be debuting this season in the Lombardi Honda Racing Fit and Normand Boyer will run in a Mazda2. Stefan Yasin is stepping up from karting and will run another one of the Lombardi Honda Racing Fits.

The CTCC website has been updated for this season and includes links to Facebook and Twitter and a media section was also added. Fans can follow all of the action on their computers, tablets or phones wherever they are via the link to live-timing (www.livetiming.net/ctcc). Very soon, CTCC will launch its own App which promises to enhance the fan experience in a huge way (check us out on Facebook to know more).

For more details about CTCC, visit www.touringcar.ca or follow CTCC on Facebook and Twitter.


About CTCC

The Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire is the only truly Canadian professional road racing series and showcases race cars based on their stock street version in three different categories (Classes). The entry-level B-Spec Class is the category for sub-compact cars with stock engines and strictly controlled suspension modifications; Touring Class features cars with minimal engine modifications, while Super Class machines have powerful and heavily modified engines and advanced aerodynamics. All three classes compete at the same time on the track and challenge for supremacy in their class.

Experience the rush of touring car racing!

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Old 07-22-2013, 09:05 PM
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Nicol scores perfect weekend

MAY 19, 2013

Toronto, May 19, 2013 - The Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC)presented by Continental Tire launched its season at the Victoria Day Speedfest this past weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Almost eight months had passed since the end of the 2012 season and the teams were ready to take on the new season. There is always a high level of anticipation at the beginning of a CTCC season, and this year was especially so.

Going into the first event of the season, Scott Nicol was hoping to just run well and score some points while he waited for his new car to be finished but things went much better that he hoped. Nicol dominated the weekend in Super Class with pole position in qualifying and then a victory in both races. He powered his Honda Civic Si to pole position by 0.014 seconds over Sergio Pasian in the BMW 330i which was also impressive for Sergio as it was his first CTCC event. Remy Audette was third but was driving his brother’s Acura RSX due to mechanical problems with his car. In Touring Class, Damon Sharpe and Michel Sallenbach continued their 2012 fight by trading fastest laps in qualifying with Sharpe eventually setting the quickest time by 0.451 seconds over Sallenbach. Tom Kwok was third in his new Honda Civic Si. Karl Wittmer led in B-Spec Class followed by Normand Boyer and Nigel Heron.

Round One of the 2013 CTCC season was very eventful with lots of action both on the track and in pit lane. Scott Nicol led the field at the green flag but was quickly overtaken by Sergio Pasian. Pasian lost his lead before the lap was over when he spun in corner nine. He managed to recover to ninth place but retired with a mechanical problem. Many drivers had problems on track and either slowed back to the pits or pulled off the track. Nicol took the victory in Super Class followed by Bob Attrell in his Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Benjamin Distaulo in his Honda Civic Si. Damon Sharpe led at the start in his Honda Civic Si in Touring Class but was quickly challenged by Michel Sallenbach in his Mini Cooper S JCW and Tom Kwok in his Honda Civic Si. Jocelyn Hebert started last in Class but managed to fight his way to fourth place after one lap. He joined the fight for the front but eventually finished third. Sallenbach won Round One with Kwok in second. Karl Wittmer led B-Spec Class from start to finish but was challenged by Nigel Heron and Normand Boyer throughout the race.

The starting grid for Round Two of the 2013 CTCC season was determined by the fastest laps of Round One which was run on the day before. The race was slowed by two full-course yellows. The first was to retrieve Marc-Andre Bergeron in his Mazda RX8 and Sergio Pasian in his BMW 330i who encountered mechanical problems. Bob Attrell led at the restart but lost a wheel and crashed heavily at corner two which caused the second full-course yellow; fortunately he was okay. At the restart, both Roger Ledoux in his new Subaru WRX and Jerimy Daniel in his Honda Civic Si blew by Michel Dulong in his Honda Civic Si on the front straight. At the checkered, it was Scott Nicol with his second victory of the weekend followed by Benjamin Distaulo and Roger Ledoux. There was a tremendous battle in Touring Class between Damon Sharpe, Michel Sallenbach, Jocelyn Hebert and Tom Kwok. At the finish it was Michel Sallenbach followed by Damon Sharpe and Jocelyn Hebert. Karl Wittmer dominated B-Spec Class in front of Nigel Heron and Normand Boyer.

“After competing in CTCC for over six years, it was really satisfying to finally get my first victory,” stated Scott Nicol, driver of the #41 Honda Civic Si. “It was a dream weekend. We worked on a strategy to get the Pole and it worked. The second victory was a huge bonus! We had a good start this weekend, now we have to keep it rolling” he concluded.
For more details about CTCC, visit www.touringcar.ca or follow CTCC on Facebook and Twitter.


About CTCC

The Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire is the only truly Canadian professional road racing series and showcases race cars based on their stock street version in three different categories (Classes). The entry-level B-Spec Class is the category for sub-compact cars with stock engines and strictly controlled suspension modifications; Touring Class features cars with minimal engine modifications, while Super Class machines have powerful and heavily modified engines and advanced aerodynamics. All three classes compete at the same time on the track and challenge for supremacy in their class.

Experience the rush of touring car racing!

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Dominique@touringcar.ca
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:09 PM
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CTCC Salutes Bob Armstrong At Montreal

CTCC Salutes Bob Armstrong in Montreal
JUNE 3, 2013

Toronto, ON, June 3, 2013 - Racing at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve always creates special memories but this weekend will be unique for CTCC participants as they commemorate the life of Bob Armstrong who recently passed away. He will always be remembered as a tremendous competitor on the track and a passionate worker behind the scenes. To honour him in Montreal, each car will display a decal with the number 33 which was Bob’s usual competition number.

Bob Armstrong first became involved with motorsports in the late 60s, first as a track marshal and then over time became the chief steward for a number of high profile Canadian racing series. He has graciously supported the amateur ranks of motorsports as the Chief Instructor for racing schools in Quebec and Ontario for many years. He has been a trusted advisor and director of track safety at the Canadian Grand Prix since 1990.

As a competitor, Bob has raced both sedans and formula cars and was always challenging for the lead. He is a multiple winner and champion in the Touring GT Championship which formed the basis for CTCC today. His career was capped off last fall with a podium as he won in GT Sprints for the final time.

“It is not often that you meet a person as fine as Bob,” stated John Bondar, President of CTCC. “His influence on motorsport will be present for a very long time and in his honour, we wanted to dedicate this weekend to him. Farewell my friend, we’ll miss you!”

CTCC has made a donation to Pancreatic Cancer Canada in honour of Bob’s memory.

The CTCC website has been updated for this season and includes links to Facebook and Twitter. Fans can follow all of the action on their computers, tablets or phones wherever they are via the link to live-timing (www.livetiming.net/ctcc). Watch for the new CTCC App which will be available in a few weeks and be with us everywhere!

For more details about CTCC, visit www.touringcar.ca or follow CTCC on Facebook and Twitter.


About CTCC

The Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire is the only truly Canadian professional road racing series and showcases race cars based on their stock street version in three different categories (Classes). The entry-level B-Spec Class is the category for sub-compact cars with stock engines and strictly controlled suspension modifications; Touring Class features cars with minimal engine modifications, while Super Class machines have powerful and heavily modified engines and advanced aerodynamics. All three classes compete at the same time on the track and challenge for supremacy in their class.

Experience the rush of touring car racing!

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Old 07-22-2013, 09:12 PM
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Amazing Race Weekend for Lombardi Honda Racing at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

Montreal, June 10, 2013 - Drivers of the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire have been anticipating their second appearance at the Grand Prix du Canada. The practise session took place under cold and slippery conditions. Drivers struggled adapting to the track condition, as it changed from corner to corner.

Qualifiyng also took place under rainy conditions. After a perfect weekend at CTMP, three weeks ago, Scott Nicol grabbed the pole, 0.211 faster than Rémy Audette who scored second place followed by Nick Wittmer and his new Honda Accord Coupe in Super Class. Returning Touring champion, Damon Sharpe driving his Honda Civic Si qualified on pole and Michel Sallenbach just behind leaving Jocelyn Hebert the third place. Karl Wittmer managed adapting to the track and got his hands on the pole in B-Spec Class.

Saturday afternoon, drivers attacked the track in hopes of earning a step on the podium. All along, drivers had a hard time adapting to the ever changing weather conditions which led to multiple losses of control, but fortunately, no major accidents. Benjamin Distaulo took the lead after three laps, but was soon overtaken by Scott Nicol, both driving Honda Civic Si’s. They exchanged positions a number of times before Distaulo finally stole the lead only two laps before the checkered flag. They finished the race followed by Roger Ledoux in his Subaru WRX in Super Class. In Touring Class, Michel Sallenbach landed first position followed by Jocelyn Hebert and Damon Sharpe. Lombardi’s second podium of the day was nailed by Benoît Gagnon who got first place in B-Spec, Karl Wittmer trailed behind.

Early Sunday morning, competitors got on the track for the second race. The starting grid was determined by Round 3’s lap times. Distaulo had the lead all along, but was followed by Scott Nicol who blew his engine before the end of the race. Distaulo had some trouble with a tire which had a flat spot, “I felt my rear right wheel vibrating and I feared the tire could blowout. But I wanted the victory so much, I wouldn’t have stopped even with a flat tire”, he stated laughing. A young Nathan Blok, 19, climbed on the second step of the podium and Jérimy Daniel on the third. Jocelyn Hébert got the first position in Touring Class and so did Karl Wittmer in B-Spec.

All in all, Lombardi Honda Racing had an amazing weekend by scoring four podiums and a first victory in 35 years at Montreal.

After the F1 race on Sunday afternoon, a very sad incident lead to the death of a worker on the track, we offer our deepest sympathies to family and friends.

Round 5 and 6 will be disputed at ICAR on July 6 and 7.

About CTCC
The Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire is the only truly Canadian professional road racing series and showcases race cars based on their stock street version in three different categories (Classes). The entry-level B-Spec Class is the category for sub-compact cars with stock engines and strictly controlled suspension modifications; Touring Class features cars with minimal engine modifications, while Super Class machines have powerful and heavily modified engines and advanced aerodynamics. All three classes compete at the same time on the track and challenge for supremacy in their class.

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Rounds 5 & 6 to be fought at the Jiffy Lube 100 at Circuit ICAR

July 2, 2013

The Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire is proud to participate at the Jiffy Lube 100 that will be held at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel (QC) on July 6th and 7th. During the event, Rounds 5 & 6 will be fought and competitors will have to show their strengths as this race track is known to be very fast and technical.

Competitors will get on the track Saturday morning for a practice session and again for qualifying in the early afternoon, Round 5 will be contested later that day at 5:10 pm. On Sunday morning the schedule is very tight as the drivers will be on track around 9:30 am for a warm-up session in order to get ready for Round 6, scheduled for 11:30 am.

With the two first events behind them, drivers will be highly competitive but mindful of not losing their position in the Point Standings. In Super Class, ahead by 87 points, Montreal driver Benjamin Distaulo (Lombardi Honda Racing) has a very comfortable lead ahead of Barrie driver Scott Nicol (Velocity Motorsports Club) and Amhurstberg driver Josh Fantin (Amico Racing).

In Touring Class, the fight for the championship started at the first round’s green flag and has resulted in a tie going into this event between Tottenham driver Damon Sharpe (Blanchet Motorsports) and Bécancour driver Jocelyn Hébert (89 Racing Team). Roxton Pond driver Michel Sallenbach (Team Octane) is in third and will be looking to take advantage of a mistake from either one of these opponents if he wants to take the lead in the standings. Behind him, Markam driver Tom Kwok (M&S Racing) and Lorraine driver Eric Lacouture (Team Octane) are not too far away and could get even closer after this event.

For Rounds 5 and 6, no B-Spec Class competition is scheduled for this event.

CTCC’s last race event was challenging due to the changing weather conditions, this weekend, drivers hope for sun and are ready to attack the track and fight for first place.

Tickets to attend the event are available at www.circuiticar.com.

Fans can follow all of the action on their computers, tablets or phones wherever they are via the link to live-timing (www.livetiming.net/ctcc).

For more details about CTCC, visit www.touringcar.ca or follow CTCC on Facebook touringcar.ca and Twitter @touringcar_ca.

About CTCC
The Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire is the only truly Canadian professional road racing series and showcases race cars based on their stock street version in three different categories (Classes). The entry-level B-Spec Class is the category for sub-compact cars with stock engines and strictly controlled suspension modifications; Touring Class features cars with minimal engine modifications, while Super Class machines have powerful and heavily modified engines and advanced aerodynamics. All three classes compete at the same time on the track and challenge for supremacy in their class.
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Intense Battles and Close Racing for CTCC drivers at Circuit ICAR

Mirabel, July 8, 2013 - Drivers of the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire have been looking forward to testing their cars and abilities on the very technical track of Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Québec. Competitiveness was intense.

Qualifiyng took place under sunny hot and humid conditions, the drivers’ hope for sun came true. In Super Class, Rémy Audette, driving his new Honda Civic Si, grabbed the pole, followed by Sergio Pasian who stole second place from Mathieu Audette by being only 0.127 faster than him. Returning Touring champion, Damon Sharpe and his rival Michel Sallenbach kept trading fastest laps, but Sallenbach finally stole took the pole. Carlos Tesler-Mabe and his Mini Cooper S JCW managed to get third as starting position for Round 5.

Saturday, around 6 PM, drivers got on the race track determined to get on the podium. During this first race of the weekend, Rémy Audette had a strong lead on his brother Mathieu who was running his Acura RSX for the first time this season, leaving him in second most of the race. Unfortunately, Rémy ran out of fuel which allowed his brother to get first position. In second place, Scott Nicol was followed by a very happy Alex Healy, completing the podium trio for Round 5. Both Benjamin Distaulo and Jérimy Daniel had mechanical issues keeping them from finishing the race. In Touring Class, Michel Sallenbach landed first position followed by Damon Sharpe. Sharpe and Eric Lacouture gave a great show by battling for second place all along, finally leaving Lacouture third place.

Sunday morning, competitors were ready to get on the race track for the second race. Rémy Audette and his team redid their fuel calculations and managed to get a strong lead and crossed the finish line first. Remy was followed by Mathieu, making a double podium for Audette Racing in Super Class. The third step of the podium was obtained by Sergio Pasian on board of his BMW 330i. In Touring Class, Damon Sharpe was closely following Michel Sallenbach who spun and allowed Sharpe to overtake him and get the first position. However, Michel managed to stay in second position and was followed by Carlos Tesler-Mabe.

It was another great event for CTCC, drivers gave an exciting show and fans were very satisfied.

Rounds 7 and 8 will be disputed at Mont-Tremblant on July 26 and 27.

About CTCC
The Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire is the only truly Canadian professional road racing series and showcases race cars based on their stock street version in three different categories (Classes). The entry-level B-Spec Class is the category for sub-compact cars with stock engines and strictly controlled suspension modifications; Touring Class features cars with minimal engine modifications, while Super Class machines have powerful and heavily modified engines and advanced aerodynamics. All three classes compete at the same time on the track and challenge for supremacy in their class.

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On-track action and excitement at Le circuit Mont-Tremblant

Mont-Tremblant, July 28, 2013 - Drivers of the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire were very happy to be back on Mont-Tremblant’s beautiful track. The practice session took place under a very bright sun on Friday afternoon, but unfortunately, Nick Wittmer encountered engine problems with his Honda Accord which ended the weekend for him.

Qualifying took place under sunny and hot conditions early Saturday morning. In Super Class, Rémy Audette, driving his new Honda Civic Si, grabbed the pole followed by his brother Mathieu who qualified just before Scott Nicol. In Touring Class, Jocelyn Hébert had a comfortable lead on his rivals being 1.28 seconds faster than Éric Lacouture who got second place. While qualifying, Lombardi Honda Racing’s #26 Nigel Heron hit a wall so he had to abandon his weekend and Nigel's teammate, #16 Michel Dulong blew his engine. Fortunately, the #26 Honda Civic Si had signed its organ donor card, which allowed the team to transplant its engine into Dulong's car. Michel Sallenbach had mechanical issues which kept him from taking part in the qualifying; he had to start from the last position for round 7.

Around 2 p.m., drivers got on the race track for Round 7. During this first race of the weekend, Mathieu and his brother exchanged positions every lap, leaving Mathieu on the first step of the podium and Rémy on the second. Scott Nicol finished in third place. A few drivers had mechanical issues, Benjamin Distaulo and Alex Healy blew their engines and Roger Ledoux had problems related to the car’s turbo. These issues kept them all from finishing the race. In Touring Class, Jocelyn Hébert landed first position followed by Damon Sharpe. Daniel Blanchette in his Honda Civic Si was in third position for most of the race and was closely followed by Michel Sallenbach. Unfortunately, Blanchette and Sallenbach’s cars touched, leaving Blanchette last and Sallenbach not able to take the checkered flag. Éric Lacouture was able to benefit from it all and got the third step.

Sunday morning, competitors were ready to get on the race track for the second race. Marc-André Bergeron had the third fastest lap from round 7 which allowed him to have the third position on the starting grid for round 8. Mathieu Audette blew his engine earlier that day but his team was able to swap it in time for the race. However, only minutes after the race had started he had other mechanical issues keeping him from finishing the race. His brother Remy took the lead, winning first position, followed by Scott Nicol, and in third position Roger Ledoux. In Touring Class, Jocelyn Hébert did not make any mistakes and kept his first place throughout the race. Michel Sallenbach made his way up to second place, followed by Daniel Blanchette to complete the podium trio.

It was another eventful race weekend for CTCC, with a total of five engines blown. Crews worked very hard and drivers delivered great racing once again.

Rounds 9 and 10 will be fought at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières on August 9, 10 and 11.
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CTCC launches its new APP

Toronto (ON), July 24, 2013 - The Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire is proud to launch its new and unique smartphone application. Available immediately on the most popular platforms (Android, IoS, Blackberry Q10 & Z10), this new App will allow fans to follow all CTCC on-track activities from wherever they are in the world.

CTCC has partnered with QuickSeries Mobile to develop an application that is fan oriented. “Since we wanted to create a way to engage with our fans even more than existing social media, our technology partner put tremendous effort into making this a unique application”, shared John Bondar, President of CTCC. “When we started to talk about this project with the engineers at QuickSeries, we were driven by what our fans would like to see in such an App. We just put ourselves in their shoes and many months later we were field-testing the first version. Today we are very proud to launch the CTCC App, just in time for our next event this weekend at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant,” concludes Bondar.

Unique features
The CTCC App will allow fans to follow their favorite drivers or teams more closely than ever. Fans will be able to stay current with News, review the season Schedule and explore a map of each race tracks where CTCC will be competing. Detailed information about each Driver will be easy to access, including points Standings and current statistics. But what makes this App unique are the two additional features that are also available. Each time CTCC will be on the race track, fans can follow the race with the Live Racing feature. This unique feature presents real time on track activity and displays each car in its actual position – speed, gap between cars, leader or follower are amongst the information displayed on the screen. In addition, shortly after the race is over, Replays are available to the fans to watch the race over and over again.
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CTCC in Trois-Rivières Featured in a Spectacular Night Race

Trois-Rivières, August 6th, 2013 – Motorsports fans in Trois-Rivières are getting ready to attend the biggest event of the year this weekend, the 44th edition of Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. The Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire is proud to announce that it will be featured again this year in the Friday night race with full headlights on.

It has become a tradition now for CTCC to be featured on this unique evening. Of course, in order to be able to race at night, one main component is mandatory: headlights! And CTCC’s competitors have what it takes to race at night. With headlights on, Round Nine will be even more spectacular to watch and definitely a challenge for the competitors. With FREE admission on Friday after 5:00 p.m. and several local competitors participating, this is the race you don’t want to miss!

During Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, watch for Scott Nicol (Barrie, Ontario) in his Honda Civic Si from Velocity Motorsports Club. Nicol is leading the Super Class standings with 805 points in front of Josh Fantin (Amhurstberg, Ontario) in his BMW 330i from Amico Racing. In third position with 628 points is Jonathan Rashleigh (Caledon, Ontario) in the Hyundai Genesis Coupe from G1 Racing. New to the championship, Yves Legris (Laval, Québec) will be driving the Scion tC No. 23.

In Touring Class, still unbeatable is Class Champion Damon Sharpe (Tottenham, Ontario) with 866 points in his Honda Civic Si from Blanchet Motorsports. Sharpe is followed by his rival Michel Sallenbach (Roxton Pond, Québec) with 860 points, driving his MINI Cooper JCW from Team Octane and his teammate Eric Lacouture (Lorraine, Québec) in third position with 802 points.
As several drivers experienced engine failures and crashes at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant during Rounds Seven and Eight, Rounds Nine and Ten will be exciting to follow. Going into the second half of the season, points matter even more and one finishing position can make a huge difference. Two new drivers will experience their first races with CTCC at this amazing venue. From Greenfield Park, Québec, Guy McKenzie will be behind the wheel of the Toyota Corolla No.28 from Media Racing Team. Michael Di Meo from Richmond Hill, Ontario will be driving the Honda Civic Si No. 83 for Blanchet Motorsports.

In B-Spec Class, GP3R will be the 3rd event of the championship. The leader with 465 points is Karl Wittmer (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Québec) driving a Honda Fit for Ste-Rose Honda Racing, followed by veteran Normand Boyer (Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Québec) in his Mazda 2 and Lombardi Honda Racing driver Nigel Heron (Montréal, Québec) in third, also in a Honda Fit. It will be interesting to see how CTCC newcomer Rui Texeira will manage the races on board his Honda Fit No.17.

Supporting the community - 5$ for Alzheimer Resource Centre

CTCC is proud to support causes that are important and have an impact in the communities we visit. And this event, CTCC driver and columnist Jacques Deshaies will be competing to support Maison Carpe Diem, a local Alzheimer resource centre.

For the nominal fee of 5$, everyone is invited to sign the hood of Jacques Deshaies’ Mazda RX-8. The car will be available to fans on the 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th of August:

• August 7th: between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Canadian Tire parking on Boulevard des Forges, Trois-Rivières;
• August 9th, 10th, and 11th, racing fans will be invited to sign onsite at GP3R


Weekend Schedule
At Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières on August 9th, CTCC competitors will have a practice session at 10:00 on Friday morning, followed by a qualifying session at 2:50 pm the same day. Drivers will be competing Round Nine on Friday Night at 8:15. Saturday, drivers will be back on the track for a qualifying session at 9:20 a.m.

Sunday, drivers will be competing for Round Ten at 10:10. This race will be preceded by an official race protocol.
Fans can keep track of live CTCC competition with their smartphone or computer by connecting to www.livetiming.net/ctcc or by using the new CTCC App. Live timing is available whenever and wherever the race cars are on the track
For more details about CTCC visit www.touringcar.ca.You can also follow CTCC on Facebook and Twitter.
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A total of three podiums for the Wittmer family

Trois-Rivières, August 11, 2013 –The Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire raced this weekend at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in front of a huge crowd. CTCC was featured on Friday for the exciting night race tradition and on

Sunday morning. Drivers anticipated the weekend, GP3R is always great racing.
Drivers had a practice session on Friday morning. CTCC pilots were ready to entertain the crowd with an impressive grid, 31 cars took the green flag all trying to be faster than the others. They took their time to adapt to each corner of the track.

Back on the track on Friday afternoon for the qualifying session, Scott Nicol encountered engine issues. In order to be able to participate in that same day’s race, he borrowed a competitor’s car in hope of still getting some points to stay in the game for the championship. In Super Class, Mathieu Audette took pole position in his No. 12 Acura RSX Type S, with his brother Rémy Audette in second in his No. 21 Honda Civic Si. Scott Nicol qualified in third position behind the wheel of his No. 41 Honda Civic but since he would start the race with another car, he was placed last on the starting grid of Round 9. In Touring Class, Michel Sallenbach was first on the grid in the No. 46 MINI Cooper S JCW followed by Jocelyn Hébert in the No. 89 Honda Civic Si. Veteran driver Normand Boyer No. 7 took pole position in B-Spec Class followed by Karl Wittmer No. 82 and in third place Alain Lauzière No. 44.

The GP3R Friday night race once again featured CTCC. The thrilling night race with the headlights and the glowing brakes is a huge hit with the race fans. Carl Nadeau driving No. 25 Mazda 2 had a mechanical issue which caused him to hit the wall, ending his race. It was a very clean race, drivers had a lot of fun and so did the fans. In Super class Mathieu Audette climbed the first step of the podium followed by Bob Attrell in second place and Alex Healy in third. In Touring Class, Jocelyn Hébert worked his way up to first place just in front of Michel Sallenbach and Damon Sharpe in third place. In B-Spec Class, Karl Wittmer finished first, Normand Boyer second and Alain Lauzière third.

A second qualifying session took place on Saturday morning. Drivers had a chance to upgrade their starting position for Round 10. Pole positions were grabbed by Rémy Audette in Super Class, Damon Sharpe in Touring Class and Karl Wittmer In B-Spec Class.

The start of Round 10 was very exciting and fast. A few drivers had very good starts, such as Nick Wittmer had already moved up three positions when going into the second turn. Mathieu Audette had engine problems and had to abandon the race, Alex Healy was hit by another car and went into the wall but was still able to get back on the track and finish the race in 9th place. Paul Gravel and Jocelyn Fecteau were both involved in an accident, putting them both hard into the wall, drivers got out fine but their cars didn’t. Exchanging places with his brother, from the previous day, Rémy finished first in Super Class. Second place was taken by Nick Wittmer and third place by a very happy Roger Ledoux. In Touring Class Michel Sallenbach managed to keep Jocelyn Hébert behind him and got first place. ‘’ I was already very happy to be part of such a great event at such a great track, to beat Jocelyn Hébert on his own racetrack, it is more than I could have ever dreamed of’’ he stated. Jocelyn Hébert completed his 18th podium in Trois-Rivières by finishing second behind him. Carlos Tesler-Mabe was 3rd. In B-Spec Class, first position was once again won by Karl Wittmer, he was followed by Normand Boyer and Alain Lauzière.

Rounds 11 and 12 will take place on Labor Day weekend August 30-31 and 1st September at CTMP.
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The first of the last back to back events, strong fights and close racing are expected at the CS250

August 27, 2013 - Going into the last stretch of the season, CTCC competitors are looking forward to going back to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Historic, difficult, challenging and fast, Canada’s home of motorsport is hosting Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire once again.

Truly Canadian, CTCC has grown into the most respected and enviable road racing championship in the country. One of the main reason fans love CTCC is because the race cars are based on their original stock street versions. Both fans and drivers have come to expect tremendous thrills every time CTCC cars are on the track, and this weekend promises nothing less.

With only one event to go after the Chevrolet Silverado 250, Velocity Motorsport Club/Honda Civic Si driver Scott Nicol (Barrie, ON) leads the way with a strong gap in Super Class with 982 points. Almost nose to nose in second place are G1 Racing/Hyundai Genesis Coupe teammates Bob Attrell (Brampton, ON) with 798 points and Jonathan Rashleigh (Caledon, ON) with 795 points. A tad behind, but close enough to be challenging, QuickSeries/Lachute Performance/ Subaru WRX Roger Ledoux (Rigaud, QC) is ready to jump up to the next position if one of the drivers in front of him makes the slightest mistake.

2012 Touring Class Champion, Blanchet Motorsports/Honda Civic Si Damon Sharpe (Tottenham, ON) is ferociously defending his first CTCC championship this year, but he has to constantly fight with his rival Team Octane/MINI Cooper S JCW Michel Sallenbach (Roxton Pond, QC). Sallenbach leads Touring Class with 1107 points, but isvigilant since Sharpe is very close behind with 1078 points. So far, both drivers have presented great battles and strong competition. Team Octane drivers also hold third and fourth positions in the Championship. Teammates Eric Lacouture (Lorraine, QC) and Carlos Tesler-Mabe (Vancouver, BC) respectively have 1003 and 963 points.

In B-Spec Class, the Chevrolet Silverado 250 will be the 4th and last event of the season. The leader with 708 points is Ste-Rose Honda Racing/Honda Fit Karl Wittmer (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC), followed by veteran Lucky7/Mazda2 Normand Boyer (Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, QC) with 660. In third place is Team Octane/MINI Cooper S JCW Alain Lauzière (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC).

Weekend Schedule
Saturday, August 31th, CTCC competitors will have a qualifying session at 8:45 a.m., followed by Round Eleven at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, drivers will be back on the track for a qualifying session at 9:45 a.m. and will be competing for Round Twelve at 4:45.

CTCC drivers will be available for fans during an autograph session on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
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Karl Wittmer declared B-Spec 2013 champion - for Sallenbach and Nicol, two races to go

Bowmanville (ON), September 1st, 2013 – Teams were prepared for intense racing this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, as the season reaches the end with one more event to go. This weekend was the opportunity for them to either win positions in the points standing or strengthen their lead.

Early Saturday morning, drivers got on the track for the first qualifying session. Two new drivers joined the pack, Michael DelleDonne and Rocco Marciello, both driving a BMW 330i. The clouds were menacing, making everyone fear rain but the teams were prepared for all scenarios and it was all about strategic preparation. Bob Attrell grabbed the pole in Super Class right in front of his teammate Jonathan Rashleigh who was 0.04 seconds faster than Scott Nicol who finished third. In Touring, first position went to Damon Sharpe, followed by his teammate Michael DiMeo, both driving a Honda Civic Si. In his Mini Cooper S JCW, Michel Sallenbach managed to get third position on the starting grid of Round 11. As for B-Spec Class, Karl Wittmer was faster than his rival Normand Boyer which allowed him to get his hands on pole position.

The place was packed with fans, thrilled to watch Round 11. Around 3pm, the green flag was waved allowing the drivers to step on the gas and race! It was a tough race but the drivers had fun, especially Jonathan Rashleigh who won in Super Class for the first time followed by Bob Attrell and Scott Nicol in third position. Damon Sharpe won the race in Touring Class. ‘’ This is an emotional win for me as exactly 20 years ago I had a very bad crash here in Mosport,’’ Sharpe said at the podium ceremony. His partner DiMeo, once again followed right behind and Michel Sallenbach completed the podium trio and commented, ’’ I’m going as fast as the car can go. My lap times are good but the car handling is not as good as it was at previous events.’’ In B-Spec Class, two very happy drivers were on the podium. It probably was the most intense battling of all season. Karl Wittmer said he had so much fun exchanging positions all race long with Boyer. Karl won first position and Boyer second position.

On Sunday morning, all cars got on the track for the second qualifying session. In Super Class, the pole position was won by Scott Nicol, in Touring Class by Damon Sharpe and in B-Spec by Karl Wittmer.

On Sunday afternoon, Round 12 was very entertaining as several battles were happening at once. Scott Nicol had the pole position and finished first in Super Class. In second place was Alex Healy and in third Sergio Pasian. In Touring Class, Damon Sharpe lost his pole position due to mechanical issues and finished third, allowing his teammate DiMeo to win with Michel Sallenbach in second place. Damon Sharpe hoped to finish in front of Sallenbach in order to reduce the point difference between them, but finishing third caused Sallenbach to increase his lead from 9 points to 14. However, nothing is decided yet as the next event can still change everything. In B-Spec Class, once again Wittmer and Boyer had a lot of fun, towards the end Boyer was leading but on the last lap Wittmer took back the lead and finished first and won the B-Spec Class Championship.

Rounds 13 and 14 will be held at Calabogie on September 6, 7 and 8 where the Super and Touring Class Championships will be decided.

Fans can keep track of live CTCC competition with their smartphone or computer by connecting to www.livetiming.net/ctcc. CTCC live timing is available whenever and wherever the race cars are on the track.

For more details about CTCC, visit www.touringcar.ca or follow CTCC on Facebook and Twitter.
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Nicol CTCC Super Class Champion: Sharpe Touring Class Champion

September 8,2013 - Going into the last event of the season, it was under a very intense and competitive atmosphere that drivers and their crews arrived at Calabogie Motorsports Park. This last event at CTMP had Damon Sharpe 14 points behind the Touring Class leader, Michel Sallenbach and Bob Attrell 210 points behind the Super Class leader, Scott Nicol.

The weekend started on Friday afternoon where drivers had a practice session and it continued Saturday for qualifications. In Super Class, Scott Nicol grabbed pole position and was followed by Benjamin Distaulo and in third place Roger Ledoux. In Touring Class, Damon Sharpe won pole position trailed by Michel Sallenbach and Éric Lacouture.

Later that same day, Round 13 was fought. It was a very intense and competitive race, but still very clean race with no incidents. Bob Attrell went off track on the grass which destroy his front splitter made his rear bumper hang off the car, he had to pull into the pits in order to remove it. The fastest lap was nailed by Scott Nicol, making it around the very long track in only 2:13.971 minutes. While all of the cars were on the second half of track, a couple of deer crossed the track twice but luckily it didn’t cause any problems. In Super Class, the man used to being in first place won the race, Scott Nicol; in second place was Alex Healy and in third Jonathan Rashleigh. In Touring Class, first step of the podium was conquered by Damon Sharpe, gaining 5 points by finishing right in front of Michel Sallenbach, which weakening his point lead from 9 to 4 points. Éric Lacouture finished third, completing the podium trio.

On Sunday morning, the drivers took their machines to the track for the last time of the season. It was Round 13’s fastest laps that determined the starting grid for Round 14. Pole position was held by Scott Nicol in Super Class for this last battle and although he managed to keep his first position until the checkered flag, he struggled all race long as Jonathan Rashleigh was menacingly close behind, ready to take advantage of any mistake and overtake him. Behind them, drivers were racing hard as Roger Ledoux and Bob Attrell were both fighting for third position in the championship. Unfortunately, Attrell experienced mechanical issues and had to retire from the race after only 7 laps. Alex Healy took advantage of Attrell’s misfortune and finished the race in third position which was his fifth podium of the season.

With the season ending, Scott Nicol was crowned as 2013 Super Class Champion with 1455 points, followed by Jonathan Rashleigh with 1137 points and Roger Ledoux with 1129 points. Alex Healy and Bob Attrell respectively finished 4th and 5th overall in the championship with 1108 points for Healy and 1099 points for Attrell.

‘’I am very happy and thankful for my great teammates’’ stated Scott Nicol. ‘’We started the season with two wins and ended it with 2 wins. Also, we couldn’t have finished it in a better way. Can’t wait for next season!’’ he concluded.

In Touring Class, Damon Sharpe started in front as he had the fastest lap of Round 13. He maintained first place for the entire race, keeping Michel Sallenbach just far enough behind to ensure the victory. The Sharpe/Sallenbach battle would also determine the season championship. On the podium, Sharpe was on the highest step, Sallenbach was on the second and Carlos Tesler-Mabe on the third. For the second year in a row, Damon Sharpe was crowned Touring Class Champion: ‘’I am relieved but surprised, I didn’t think I could do it because of the point difference between Sallenbach and I. He and his team have all worked very hard and I only won by 1 point. Towards the end of the race the tires were very slippery and he was catching up. I have mixed feelings right now as I am very happy to have won but sad at the same time for Sallenbach.’’

With the season ending, Damon Sharpe was crowned 2013 Touring Class Champion with 1564 points, followed by Michel Sallenbach with 1563 points and Éric Lacouture with 1422 points. Carlos Tesler-Mabe and Jocelyn Hébert respectively finished 4th and 5th in Class with 1364 points for Tesler-Mabe and 916 points for Hébert.

CTCC thanks all of their partners and competitors for another great racing season. We especially thank Continental Tire for their support, B&G Performance Fuels, Quick Series Mobile and AiM Sports LLC.

Fans can keep track of live CTCC competition with their smartphone or computer by connecting to www.livetiming.net/ctcc. CTCC live timing is available whenever and wherever the race cars are on the track.

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Forever a Champion

On Saturday, November 9th, 2013 the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire held the second edition of its Gala of Champions. This event, attended by teams, partners and media, was a tribute to the dedication and determination of its participants and Champions.

In each of the three categories, a champion was crowned. The Champion in Super Class was Scott Nicol from Velocity Motorsports Club. Jonathan Rashleigh from G1 Racing and Roger Ledoux from Quick Series were respectively second and third place. In Touring Class, Damon Sharpe celebrated his second consecutive Championship title with Blanchet Motorsport. Michel Sallenbach and his Team Octane teammate Eric Lacouture were second and third. Coming from a family of racers, there was no doubt that Karl Wittmer was to be crowned champion in B-Spec Class. Normand Boyer, veteran racer and Lucky 7 team owner finished in second place while third place went to Team Octane owner Alain Lauzière. Every award winner received a personalized and unique handmade blown-glass art piece.

A new tradition
All of the Class Champions were also presented with a CTCC Championship Ring. The rings were custom-designed and represent an extension of the strength and dedication that it takes to win a CTCC Championship. The rings combine some of the technical components required to succeed in CTCC in an elegant high-polish finish. The ring also incorporates the CTCC logo, maple leaf swoosh and Championship year, and is engraved with the message: Forever a Champion. Future Champions will be presented with one at future Galas.

Congratulations to the 2013 CTCC Champions for their achievements.
Special thanks to our evening partners: Continental Tire Canada, Inc., B&G Performance Race Fuels, Inside Track Magazine and Captür Communications.
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