People watch racing for the excitement. Showroom stock type racing is often a fan favorite, because the racing is competitive and door to door. Of course door to door means lots of crashes and fans love to see those. The Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship this past weekend at the Honda Indy Toronto provided more than its share of on track excitement.
I’ve had pretty good luck on Fridays at the Indy, catching the big Audi incident last year and then the tight squeeze above during the Friday afternoon session. As Anthony Rapone in the Honda Civic worked his way through the street course’s 90 sharp right hand turn 8, it looked as though he had overcooked it and the car began to understeer into the tires. As the car bounces back out into the track, the real fun begins.
First, Paul Dalla Lana navigates his BMW behind Rapone and continues unscathed. Next up, Nick Wittmer comes around the blind turn aimed square at Rapone’s driver’s door. Some quick action on Wittmer’s part pointed his Acura towards the small space between Anthony and the dislodged tire wall. Once Rapone gets moving again, other cars begin flowing through the now narrower track until Patrick Seguin arrives on the scene. Seguin committed the cardinal FWD sin of lifting off the throttle mid corner when he saw the debris on the track. As the photo sequence shows, he gathered it up but very nearly stuffed into the wall backwards.
Be sure to click on view slideshow to get the full sequence.