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CTCC - Strong field to compete in season opener at CTMP

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CTCC - Strong field to compete in season opener at CTMP
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May 15, 2018, 1:38 PM

The 2018 season of the Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Pirelli will start May 18-20 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with the first doubleheader of the summer.

Chris Sahakian
Bob Attrell
Alex Tagliani
Damon Sharpe
Paul Gravel
Mario Guerin
Crystel Charest
Eric Hochgeschurz
Chris Sahakian, Ford Mustang
Rocco Marciello, BMW 325i

A Canadian professional touring car road racing series created in 2007, CTCC features now races in Ontario and Québec.

The first event of the new season on CTMP’s gruelling road course will see of mix of veteran racers and newcomers, as well as some exciting new cars.

This year the field will be broken in four different classes: GT Cup, GT Sport, Super Touring and Touring classes will race at the same time on the track.

The new GT Cup class will feature ultra performance race cars such as Ferrari 458, BMW M4 and Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Drivers like Mario Guérin, Rob Metka, Amir Farahmand and the returning GT Sport 2017 Champion Bob Attrell will be amongst the drivers of this new category.

The GT Sport Class will without a doubt be the biggest class this season, featuring drivers like former IndyCar racer Alex Tagliani, team owner Glenn Chaplin and his son Lee Chaplin - all three Fastco teammates will be racing a Ford Mustang Boss 302.

The United Auto Racing team is returning with Ashley and Chris Sahakian, both driving a Ford Mustang Boss 302 S. Tom and Gary Kwok will both be driving a Honda Civic TCR with the M&S Racing team.

Also returning, two-time Champion Damon Sharpe will be behind the wheel of his Toyota GT86 with Blanchet Motorsports. Doctor Jocelyn Hébert is back with his Acura TLX with 89Racing Team and Lyndsay Rice will drive a brand-new Audi RS3 LMS TCR Rice Racing/Bestline Auto Tech and many more.

Amongst the new competitors this season in GT Sport class there is Buffalo driver Ed Killeen anticipates solid competition aboard his brand-new Audi RS3 LMS TCR with TWOth Autosport and Marc Raymond will be competing with SCB Racing in a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

The Super Touring category will feature drivers such as Mark Gawronski, returning with a solid Honda Civic Si with JukeBox Racing, as well as the BMW M235iR RMP Competizione duo Michael DelleDonne and Rocco Marciello.

Ilker Stark, team owner of SCB Racing will also compete behind the wheel of his BMW M235iR. Series’ organizers say that more drivers will be added to the field throughout the season.

The hotly contested Touring class will be comprised of the 2017 Champion Michel Sallenbach who will be back with CTCC for a few events along with his teammates Paul Gravel and Nelson Chan who proudly complete Team Octane’s MINI Cooper S JCW line-up.

Daniel Blanchette will return this year in his Honda Civic Si with 89Racing Team, and Shawn Little will be racing the Velocity Motorsport Club Honda Civic Si for the first time.

Newcomers include in this class Paul Joakim and his Mazda RX-8 / Can-Saf Motorsport and Ali Nasirpour and his MINI JCW/RMP Competizione.

2018 CTCC presented by Pirelli race schedule

DateRoundsCircuitLocation
May 18-20 1-2 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ontario
June 2-3 3-4 Calabogie Motorsports Park Calabogie, Ontario
July 7-8 5-6 Shannonville Motorsport Park Shannonville, Ontario
August 10-12 7-8 Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières Trois-Rivières, Québec
August 24-26 9-10 Canadian Tire Motorport Park Bowmanville, Ontario
September 29 11-12 Circuit ICAR Mirabel, Québec

 

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