Intensity Builds, Standings Shuffle After Labour Day Weekend Tripleheader

Bowmanville (ON), September 4, 2017 – With the championship chase reaching a crucial point of the season, the intensity level was at a peak as the CTCC presented by Pirelli returned to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for a tripleheader appearance over the Labour Day weekend.

Strategy regarding teamwork was foremost in the minds of several of the title contenders, with multiple teams adding extra cars and drivers to their efforts, each looking to create and pursue any on-track advantage. Unfortunately, an unusually high level of attrition took strategy out of the success equation, leaving survival as the objective for several of the championship hopefuls.

For two drivers however, Bob Attrell and Scott Nicol, there was no such drama as both were able to sweep to class victories in each of the three 40-minute contests. Said Attrell of his success, “The car sets up perfectly, just perfectly, for this track. The car has the longest wheelbase in the series, so through these big, long sweeping turns, we make up time. The car sticks. The team put together probably the best car I’ve had all season. Good horsepower, balance, everything was perfect.” The No. 88 Quaker State Hyundai Genesis was the dominant car of the GT Sport roster, leading every race lap and easily outdistancing Alex Tagliani aboard the No. 75 Fast Wheels Mustang in the opening round, and Gary Kwok’s No. 66 M&S Racing Honda in the final two races.

For Scott Nicol, the culmination of long hours developing and fine-tuning a brand new Honda Civic Si for Touring class competition was rewarded over the Labour Day weekend, as the Beeton (ON) based driver set a new qualifying lap record and then cruised to back-to-back-to-back race wins. The only issue for the Velocity Motorsports team came during the Saturday race when the car suffered a cut tire, fortunately during a full course caution period. “We knew there was something going wrong with the car, and I asked ‘do we risk pitting?’ But the yellow was timed perfectly,” explained Nicol. “We changed the tire and was able to catch back up to the pack. My crew gave me the ‘green’ call on the restart, I got the jump and ran with it.”

Super Touring class point leader Eric Hochgeschurz also appeared to be heading towards a weekend sweep, securing victories in the first two races of the weekend while his primary championship challenger, Jeff Kingsley was held to a pair of third place results.  Surprisingly, neither driver was able to see the checkered flag in Sunday’s finale, both drivers forced to retire their cars due to mechanical issues. Hochgeschurz’s No. 11 8Legs Racing BMW coasting down pit lane on lap nine trailing a huge plume of oil smoke.

Benefiting from their misfortune however, was Jean-Francois Hevey, the driver of the No. 12 TRC Porsche Cayman adding to his pair of runner-up results on Friday and Saturday with a trip to the top step of the Super Touring class podium in the feature race.

The point standings have undoubtedly been shuffled due to the non-finishes by such notables as Hochgeschurz, Kingsley and Chris Sahakian. The championship-deciding event will by held on September 30 at Circuit ICAR, with all challengers bringing their best efforts to the two-race final on the Montreal-area airport venue.

Complete Standings can be found at: http://touringcar.ca/standings/

RACE RESULTS:

Round 10:
GT-Sport: 1. #88 Bob Attrell, 2. #75 Alex Tagliani, 3. #38 Andrew Danyliw.
Super: 1. #11 Eric Hochgeschurz, 2. #12 Jean-Francois Hevey, 3. #16 Jeff Kingsley.
Touring: 1. #41 Scott Nicol, 2. #46 Michel Sallenbach, 3. #48 Paul Gravel.

Round 11:
GT-Sport: 1. #88 Bob Attrell, 2. #66 Gary Kwok, 3. #38 Andrew Danyliw.
Super: 1. #11 Eric Hochgeschurz, 2. #12 Jean-Francois Hevey, 3. #16 Jeff Kingsley.
Touring: 1. #41 Scott Nicol, 2. #46 Michel Sallenbach, 3. #45 Nelson Chan.

Round 12:
GT-Sport: 1. #88 Bob Attrell, 2. #66 Gary Kwok, 3. #38 Andrew Danyliw.
Super: 1. #12 Jean-Francois Hevey, 2. #20 Nathalie Henault, 3. #84 Scott Giannou.
Touring: 1. #41 Scott Nicol, 2. #46 Michel Sallenbach, 3. #45 Nelson Chan.

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Photos: Paolo Pedicelli (Vroomfoto.com)

 

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