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BGR/ Team Grote Wins Another at CTMP

Barrie, ON- CTMP hosted Rounds 7 & 8 of the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship the final weekend of July. The weekend got off to a great start for the BGR duo of championship leader Zacharie Robichon and returning driver Jesse Lazare with the pair heading the time charts all day during the Friday test day.

Thursday, 08 August 2013 18:18 Published in Press Releases


BGR/ Team Grote Resumes Quest for Toyo Tires F1600 Championship

July 25, 2013- After a month's break from racing, BGR Team Grote heads to CTMP with one goal in mind, win. With two successful tests during the break and some updates to the cars the team is confident it will build on their championship lead.

Thursday, 25 July 2013 12:45 Published in Press Releases


'What Ifs Of Racing' Leaves BGR/ Team Grote Frustrated in Montreal

June 13, 2013- BGR Team Grote had high hopes heading into the F1 weekend competing in the Formula Tour 1600 series were they looked to repeat the overall win the team captured in 2011.

Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:31 Published in Press Releases


BGR/ Team Grote Doubles Up at Shannonville

June 3, 2013- Zacharie Robichon swept the weekend at Shannonville Motorsport Park earning two pole positions and two wins and now leads the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship. Jason Bedasse also had a productive weekend with a pair of third place finishes in this, his rookie season.

Monday, 03 June 2013 12:37 Published in Press Releases


BGR Team Grote Signs Canadian Karting Star Zacharie Robichon for 2013 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship.

BGR Team Grote is pleased to announce the first signing of the new season with Zacharie Robichon making the full time jump to F1600 competition with the winning team. After getting a taste at the 2012 season finale where he impressed the team and his peers, Robichon will now focus on a full campaign for 2013.  An accomplished karter who recently represented Canada at the World Karting Championships in Portugal, Robichon will be a contender for not only the Rookie of the Year, but the overall title.

Friday, 08 February 2013 11:21 Published in Press Releases


F1600: BGR Team Grote drivers score 'one-two' finish at CTMP

BOWMANVILLE, ON - Rounds 7 and 8 are now in the history books and it marked an important chapter in the BGR Team Grote camp as yet another young rookie has visited victory lane for the reigning series champions.

Monday, 13 August 2012 11:36 Published in Press Releases


BGR Team Grote Heads to Mid Ohio

Former winners in the F2000 Championship Series, BGR Team Grote will make the trip to the famed Mid Ohio road course for rounds 7 and 8 of the F1600 Championship Series. Team principal Brian Graham was on board last season for the opening rounds of the newly created series and came away impressed with the quality of the series and drivers.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 16:06 Published in Press Releases


BGR Team Grote to run Piper DF5 in 2012

BGR Team Grote becomes Canadian dealer for Piper Race Cars. The leading F1600 Team has taken delivery of its first car and expects the second car in just a few weeks. The reigning OFFC Champions and Rookie of the Year winner in both the OFFC and Quebec based Formula Tour 1600 will field at least two Piper DF5's this season as well as support any customer owned cars in Canada.

Thursday, 08 March 2012 11:31 Published in Breaking News


F1600: BGR Team Grote wins in Montreal

BGR Team Grote enjoyed the ultimate success this past weekend with a well deserved victory in the Formula Tour 1600 F1 GP support event. The team returned to the GP with the last visit being in 2007 with Kyle Marcelli and Conor Daly.  With 41 cars to contend with and 3 of the 5 team drivers having never seen the track before it was a steep learning curve. Both Kieran Murphy and JC Cote had been there last season so they had some but limited knowledge of the Circuit Gilles Villenueve.  A very short qualifying session did not help much as a total of 6 laps to learn the track and get a handle on set up put the team under pressure to figure things out in a hurry.  The approach to Saturday's race was to keep learning and use it to get ourselves further up the grid for the Sunday feature.
 
Qualifying 8th was Trent Hindman making his debut in FF, Chris Vlok lined up 15th, JC Cote in 21, Ayrton Triolo 25th and Kieran Murphy suffering through a misfire the whole session was 36th. The race went green the whole distance and the group enjoyed a 16 lap event with all of the drivers getting more acclimated to the track.

Each driver improved and learned what they set out to do and other than a spin with JC who had light contact and was forced to retire, they moved up with Trent coming home in 6th, Chris improving 6 spots to 9th, Ayrton jumping up to 19th despite a spin to avoid another competitor and Kieran improving to 28th with the misfire still not completely cured.
 
The Sunday race was what we had been working towards and when the team  arrived to a rain soaked track  it was obvious it would be a wild affair with very tricky conditions for everyone. From the start it was Trent making his way methodically through the fast group of leading drivers, one by one he moved forward and he was up to second by the 5th lap, then it was a duel between the reigning Quebec FF Champion Olivier Bonnet and Trent. After several attempts he made the pass on the long straight run down to the final corner and took the lead, he then was able to stretch his lead and secure the win for the BGR Team Grote group. Chris Vlok had another solid run with a 9th place finish despite being pushed off the road for the second straight weekend and losing a couple of spots on the final lap.  Ayrton had made his way forward from his grid spot but a late spin dropped him back to 18th at the flag. He had climbed to 14th at one point but none the less enjoyed his first trip to the GP. JC had moved up but the tricky conditions caught him out as he had a spin and made contact with the wall in his first ever FF rain race.  Kieran with the misfire now cured finished 28th after a spin took back the 6 spots he made up during the first 7 laps.
 
"It was a great weekend for  BGR Team Grote despite the troubles we had with Kieran's elusive misfire and the bad luck that JC encountered. Trent did an outstanding job and we are very excited about the rest of the season as he will contend for wins from here on out.  Chris did a great job as well, he has the speed and as he becomes more familiar with the circuits and the competition he will definitely be on the podium soon. Ayrton did a good job and would have had better results if not for a some evasive moves he had to make to miss cars and spin himself in doing so. It was our first weekend with JC and he is a pleasure to work with. He was thrown into the deep end with the weather as he had never driven a FF in the rain. Some more seat time would pay dividends and we hope to see him again soon. I have to thank all our crew for their hard work, Mark, Gibby, David, Christine, Kyle, and our engineer Eric Langbein provided great cars. The Formula Tour 1600 officials did a great job and worked through some difficult situations with the courtesy we have now become accustomed to with them. We were also very grateful for attendance of our guests from Grote who were treated to a win by their own car! " commented team principal Brian Graham.
 
BGR Team Grote is now busy preparing for the 2011 edition of the Can Am Cup to be held at Mosport International Raceway June 24-26. Trent, Ayrton, and Kieran will be joined by team alumni driver Mikhail Goikberg as they try to bring home the Cup! To learn more about the team visit www.briangrahamracing.com.

 

Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:06 Published in Press Releases