Sallenbach scores perfect, Team Octane and SCB Racing shine at Calabogie Motorsports Park

Toronto ON (June 20, 2017) – CTCC presented by Pirelli took their tour to Calabogie Motorsports Park on June 17-18 for rounds three and four on the 2017 calendar.

For Saturday’s opening 40-minute contest, CTCC competitors raced on Calabogie’s ‘short’ track, which allowed series veteran Gary Kwok to take full advantage of the handling characteristics of his new TCR model Honda. Qualifying his GT Sport Civic in fifth place, Kwok managed to avoid a second lap melee to slip through and into the race lead. The incident, brought on by a spin of Mario Guerin’s Ferrari, forced the trailing pack to take immediate evasive action, a feat that somehow resulted with no major damage to the other cars. For the remaining 27 laps, Kwok set the pace for the field, recording the fastest race lap on his way to the overall and GT Sport victory. The M&S Racing driver crossing the stripe 3.968 seconds in front of overall runner-up, and winner in the Super Touring class, Eric Hochgeschurz and his No. 11 8Legs Racing BMW.

Michel Sallenbach guided his No. 46 Mini Coupe to his third consecutive Touring class win of the season, although all eyes were more focused on the battle raging behind him for the second step on the Touring class podium. In what was later described as the “race of his career”, Octane Racing’s Paul Gravel defended his second-place position against repeated challenges from the No. 8 M&S Racing Honda of Jon Young. The race-long dice was resolved only at the checkered flag with Gravel’s No. 48 Mini Cooper crossing the timing line a mere 0.376 seconds in front of Young’s Civic Si.

Managing to dodge threatening weather for the Sunday afternoon finale, the CTCC drivers assumed their starting positions with Mario Guerin leading the field to the green flag. Utilizing the full, 5.05-kilometre Calabogie circuit for the weekend’s second event, Guerin’s No. 72 Ferrari 458 could really ‘breathe’, the Quebec City resident using all the power available to him to record the GT Sport class and overall victory, his second such accomplishment of the 2017 season.

Bob Attrell (No. 88 Hyundai) and Gary Kwok had qualified next in order on the GT Sport timing sheets and ended the 18-lap race in the same position, although it took a last lap drag race to the stripe to permit Attrell to reclaim the runner-up spot. The margin between the two cars at the line was just 0.170 seconds.

The SCB Racing effort are new to the CTCC ranks this year, but the team has shown immediate promise in the Super Touring class. In the season’s fourth round, SCB Racing Principal’s (Ilker Starck) confidence in his driver line up was rewarded as local racer Nathan Blok (No. 58 BMW M235iR) and teammate Jeff Kingsley (No. 16 BMW M235iR) ascended to the top steps of the Super Touring podium, with Blok notching his debut CTCC victory. Completing the podium finishers was Jean-Francois Hevey, the driver of the No. 12 Porsche Cayman S following in the tire tracks of Kingsley, but falling 1.137 seconds shy of a second place result.
Obviously determined to repeat his 2016 Touring Class championship, Michel Sallenbach was once again at the front of the Touring class pack, his No. 46 Mini taking the checkered flag as the final car finishing on the lead lap. Only slightly further adrift, and in a mirror image of the race one results, were Paul Gravel and Jonathan Young.

The next appearance for the CTCC will be a single day, doubleheader event on July 8, with Canada’s best touring car competitors challenging the re-configured ICAR Mirabel airport circuit.


Round 3:
GT Sport: 1. #66 Gary Kwok, 2. #84 Damon Sharpe, 3. #72 Mario Guerin.
Super Touring: 1. #11 Eric Hochgeschurz, 2. #58 Nathan Blok, 3. #16 Jeff Kingsley.
Touring: 1. #46 Michel Sallenbach, 2. #48 Paul Gravel, 3. #8 Jon Young.

Round 4:
GT Sport: 1. #72 Mario Guerin, 2. #88 Bob Attrell, 3. #66 Gary Kwok.
Super Touring: 1. #58 Nathan Blok, 2. #16 Jeff Kingsley, 3. #12 Jean-Francois Hevey.
Touring: 1. #46 Michel Sallenbach, 2. #48 Paul Gravel, 3. #8 Jon Young.

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