The Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire will be the featured race on Friday evening at the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres The Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire will be the featured race on Friday evening at the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres photo: courtesy CTCC

Lights On for CTCC in Trois Rivieres

Written by  on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 17:06

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 third 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 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 can also 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 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.
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