Toronto, May 20th, 2012 – The Canadian
Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire couldn’t
ask for a better weekend to open the Championship. A second exciting and
competitive race was battled for Round 2.
The Super Class driver Mathieu Audette, and his team, may have a long
drive back to Ste-Anne-des-Lacs (QC) this evening, but they will not get
there empty handed. Two of the biggest trophies will make the ride with
them. Audette started again today in pole position in his Acura RSX-S,
after Round 1 victory, he repeated the same strategy assuring his place
on the first step of the podium. Like yesterday, almost six seconds
behind him, Brampton (ON) driver Sasha Anis earned the second place in
his Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Third place went to the very determined
Barrie (ON) driver, Scott Nicol who climbed back from the 15th position.
An unexpected result, since Bob Attrell, who arrived third at the
checkered was penalized two positions for a rule violation.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend,” said Audette. “It’s just
too bad that we’re not going for the Championship this season, it would
have set the pace.”
“It was very tough to come through the field, but after passing Fayer, I
kept my position to recover points from yesterday’s session,” confirmed
In Touring Class, Round 2 was also a very tight race for Roxton Pond
(QC) driver Michel Sallenbach in his MINI Cooper S JCW. Passing his
teammate Karl Thomson was not easy to do but he finally claimed the
first place. Thomson had to settle for the second place. Arrived in
third place, Markham (ON) driver Jonathan Young had a great race again
today and earned his first podium in his Honda Civic Si.
“Now I’m happy”, said Sallenbach. “I’ve been chasing him since yesterday
and I finally had an opportunity to pass him and I had to take it.”
Even if they are small and less powerful, it doesn’t mean the B-Spec
Class cars are less interesting to watch. To the contrary, spectators
enjoyed watching the experimented race car drivers competing against
each others. As a matter of fact, until the end, it was hard to tell who
would win this race. Montreal (QC) driver Nick Wittmer and his
opponent, Toronto (ON) driver Greg Pootmans were passing each other in
every corner. At the end, Wittmer earned the first place, leaving
Pootmans in second and St-Joseph-de-Kamouraska (QC) driver Simon
Dion-Viens in third.
CTCC’s 2nd and 3rd Rounds will take place June 8 to 10 2012 at the
Montreal Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve during the Formula One event.
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.
The Canadian Touring Car Championship
(CTCC) presented by Continental Tire is the only truly Canadian
professional road racing series and it showcases race cars based on
their original stock street version. The entry-level B-Spec Class
introduces a sub-compact car category with a stock engine and strictly
controlled modifications; the Touring Class features cars with minimal
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!
Information: Dominique Longval
Director Marketing & Communications