TORONTO, ON (August 19, 2013) – The Toyo Tires F1600 Championship Series is headed to the beautiful Calabogie Motorsport Park this weekend for the Ted Powell Memorial Race, Rounds 9 and 10 of the Championship.
This is the home event for Ottawa, ON resident and series point leader Zach Robichon who has a good lead in the Championship, but is now feeling the pressure from Exclusive Autosport’s Jack Mitchell Jr. and BGR Team Grote teammate Jesse Lazare.
The trio, joined by rookie Max Hanratty, put on two incredible races at the last event, passing for the lead several times a lap. We can expect much the same at Calabogie this weekend.
Second in A Class points is actually former Champion Shane Jantzi but he will be skipping this event, but will be back for the next.
Craig Willis still sits atop the “B” Class Championship points standings but has seen his lead eroded with the form Mike Gayowski has shown, dominating the last event. Gayowski will not be in attendance this weekend so series rookie Connor Wagland who has been a great addition to the series and has shown some good pace as of late will test Willis.
Amy Castell will be debuting a new ride as she has purchased the impeccably prepared Reynard of Paul Bollenbach, which should help her move further up the grid.
Returning to the series this weekend will be Kieran Murphy and Jean Guy Fournier so the grid should be in excess of 15 cars.
“We are very excited to be heading to Calabogie this weekend,” said Jason Sharpe, promoter for the series. “We have seen some absolutely incredible wheel to wheel racing all throughout the field the last two weekends. The points battles are getting tighter and this is our only trip here this season so it should make for some good battles,” he added.
Cars will hit the track on Friday for a full day of testing and the racing will begin with Round 1 on Saturday and Round 2 on Sunday afternoon.
RACE: MCO Ted Powell Memorial Race
TRACK: Calabogie Motorsport Park
DATE: Saturday, August 24 & Sunday, August 25, 2013
SERIES HASHTAG: #ToyoTiresF1600
SERIES CONTACT: Jason Sharpe, (416) 557-5451 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @jasonsharpe
The Race: This is Rounds 9 and 10 in the Championship.
The Format: Both A and B Class cars race together, with an equalization package for the Honda and Ford motors. There is one practice and one qualifying session for each of the weekend’s races.
Gaining Momentum: With a renewed enthusiasm and new marketing partners the Series is enjoying a large increase in grid size and exposure. There are several competitors returning to the series and over the next few rounds several new competitors will make their series’ debut.
The Toyo Tires F1600 Championship Series is the premiere open wheel series in Ontario, sanctioned by CASC Ontario Region and proudly supported by Toyo Tires, MG Homes, Cove Dentistry, MK Technologies and Rod Ends Mechanical. The series is comprised of a seven event, double-header format and competes at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Shannonville Motorsport Park and Calabogie Motorsport Park.
From: Jason Sharpe/ Move Motorsports