Toronto, August 20th 2011 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ It was an exciting day for Castrol Canadian
Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire (CTCC) competitors as
they were competing in Round 13 at the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by
Dodge. On the starting grid of the famed Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Pole
position was held by St. Leonard dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Aston driver Marc-Antoine Camirand in
his BMW Z3 with a best lap time of 1:51.796. Camirand was followed by
Brampton drivers Sasha Anis in his Hyundai Genesis Coupe and his teammate
Bob Attrell in third in a Hyundai Genesis Coupe. The fourth and fifth grid
positions were held by Montreal drivers Etienne Borgeat in a Pontiac
Solstice and Nick Wittmer in his Honda Civic Si. Also in the field,
Marc-AndrÃƒÂ© Bergeron from Trois-RiviÃƒÂ¨res was driving his Mazda RX8 starting
at the 28th position and Simon Dion-Viens from St. Joseph de Kamouraska was
driving a BMW 328 from 8Legs Racing, starting at the 11th.
As the race started, Dion-Viens had to pull off on the first lap and had to
retire from the race due to mechanical problems. A few laps later, the
leader in Super Class points, King City driver Richard Boake pulled off in
the last corner with a blown engine. Sure enough, this misfortune has cost
him his first place in the Championship, for the time being with only two
Rounds left this season. St. Anne des Lacs driver, Mathieu Audette also blew
his engine unexpectedly early in the race.
Camirand was leading the field for quite a while, followed very closely by
Anis. Both drivers were battling for the win, but close to the end, Camirand
experienced mechanical problems which melted some wires and caused him to
stop. Anis also experienced mechanical problems. At the same time, Ottawa
driver Alex Healy blew the motor in his Acura RSX.
That left Nick Wittmer in the lead in his Honda Civic Si followed by Bob
Attrell. After a few laps Wittmer`s engine blew handing the lead and win to
Attrell. Scott Nicol from Barrie, Ontario managed to climb from the tenth
position to end in second place in a Honda Civic Si. Nicol was returning to
CTCC racing for the first time after several years of absence. Borgeat got
the third position, now placing him in first place of the Championship.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Montreal is my hometown and whenever I have the chance, I come on this
track to ride my bike, it paid backÃ¢â‚¬Â, pleasantly said Borgeat. Ã¢â‚¬Å“All
season long, I kept the pace, finishing the races and cumulating points, now
I pushed Boake from the first place and I did that here at home and I am
very happy about that!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Post race analysis showed that the race was run past its 30 minute time
limit and that Nick Wittmer had finished in first. Unfortunately he was
later disqualified for a technical procedure infraction.
Best lap time was made by Marc-Antoine Camirand with 1:52.99.
While the Super Class cars were having a tough race and multiple mechanical
surprises, the Touring Class vehicles were handling the circuit
Gilles-Villeneuve pretty nicely. Fortunately, no incidents were encountered
by any of the cars. As a matter of fact most of the drivers were lapping
within two seconds of each other.
At the checkered flag, Trois-RiviÃƒÂ¨res driver Jocelyn HÃƒÂ©bert took the
victory in front of teammates Tom Kwok and Gary Kwok who respectively
finished in second and third positions in their Honda Civic Si. Those three
drivers battled a very nice and clean race.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“After Jocelyn passed me, I tried to come back and passed him again and I
could not reach himÃ¢â‚¬Â declared Tom Kwok. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Even though I tried during all
race, I just couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get to him because he was too fast.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Unfortunately two drivers did not participate in the race because of engine
problems: MINI driver Alain LauziÃƒÂ¨re from Vaudreuil-Dorion and
Trois-RiviÃƒÂ¨res driver Jacques Deshaies in his Mazda 3 Sport.
Best lap time was made by Jocelyn HÃƒÂ©bert with 1:58.245.
To get the complete result of Round Thirteen, visit www.touringcar.ca. You
can also follow CTCC on Facebook and Twitter.
The ChampionshipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s final Rounds 14th and 15th will take place on September
9 to 11 at Circuit ICAR during the Continental Sundown Enduro.
Photo: Paolo Pedicelli