Mirabel (QC), October 1st, 2017 – Realizing that class championships were on the line as the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Pirelli headed into the single day, double header season finale on the technical ICAR (Mirabel) circuit, the title challengers ramped up the intensity in hopes of overtaking the respective class point leaders.

Individual strategies differed as the class leaders mentally juggled the mathematics, while their rivals knew that only with race victories might the outcome be altered.

Unfortunately, for contenders Chris Sahakian (GT Sport) and Scott Nicol (Touring), non-finishes due to mechanical and contact issues in the September 30 opening race greatly hampered their opportunities to mount a championship challenge.

Ultimately, when the checkered flag dropped over the CTCC field in the 13th round of the 2017 calendar, it was GT Sport pole sitter Gary Kwok cutting into Bob Attrell’s points lead with the overall and class victory. Just 2.250 seconds in arrears of Kwok’s No. 66 M&S Racing TCR Spec Honda Civic was the Attrell No. 88 Hyundai Racing Canada Genesis, quietly and confidently accepting the runner-up position. To complete the trio, Ashely Sahakian was able to get her first pro series 3rd place podium with her No. 7 United Auto Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302 S.

Jean-Francois Hevey, abord The Racing Company’s No. 12 Porsche Cayman S, mirrored the result over Super Touring class point leader Eric Hochgeschurz by claiming the class win, with Nathalie Hénault in third place (No. 20 Subaru WRX STI Quick Series/Lachute Performance). In Touring class, Michel Sallenbach solidified his position atop the class standings with the victory over Team Octane MINI teammates Alain Lauziere and Paul Gravel.

With less than three hours to repair and regroup, the season finale was flagged away with Gary Kwok again asserting his dominance and after 25 laps around the 3.600-kilometre ICAR circuit the driver of the M&S Racing Honda accepted the checkered flag for his fifth win on the season. Cruising to the stripe 20.595 seconds behind the GT Sport race winner Attrell recorded another second-place finish, his ninth podium result of the 2017 campaign. Riding a record that saw Attrell notch three race victories and ten Top 10 finishes in 14 race starts, the Brampton, Ontario driver was awarded the GT Sport class crown.

Due to contact-induced damage in the opening race, Eric Hochgeschurz was forced into a back up car for Saturday afternoon’s final, and as a result came to the green flag from the back of the pack. Carving his way towards the front, the driver of the No. 11 8Legs Racing BMW 330i gratefully acknowledged the checkered flag in second spot, albeit well in arrears of Super Touring class race winner Hevey.

Entering into the final date on the schedule with a tenuous 50-point advantage over both Hevey and the No. 20 Subaru of Nathalie Hénault, Hochgeschurz was fully aware of what he needed to accomplish in order to maintain his lead in the Super Touring class ranking and he accomplished his goal, securing his second consecutive Super Touring title by the narrowest of margins.

For multi-time Touring class champion Michel Sallenbach, his years of experience in CTCC paid dividends as the Roxton Pond, Québec resident paced himself over the final two races, content to finish in the points while letting his class rivals battle for the win. Building up a record of eight class victories and four runner-up results prior to the ICAR outing, Sallenbach enjoyed a virtually unbeatable points lead and was able to conserve his No. 46 Mini Coupe JCW in the finale. With the 2017 Touring Class title assured, Sallenbach was able to sit back and watch past champions Alain Lauziere (No. 45 Mini Cooper) and primary point challenger Scott Nicol and his No. 41 Velocity Motorsports Honda battle for the top step of the Touring class podium, a dice that was settled at the checkered flag with Lauziere taking the win in his only his second CTCC appearance of the year.

Full and detailed final points standings can be found on the CTCC website, www.touringcar.ca.

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


Round 13:
GT-S: 1. #66 Gary Kwok, 2. #88 Bob Attrell, 3. #7 Ashley Sahakian.
ST: 1. #12 Jean-Francois Hevey, 2. #11 Eric Hochgeschurz, 3. #20 Nathalie Hénault.
TC: 1. #46 Michel Sallenbach, 2. #45 Alain Lauziere, 3. #48 Paul Gravel.

Round 14:
GT-S: 1. #66 Gary Kwok, 2. #88 Bob Attrell, 3. #99 Chris Sahakian.
ST: 1. #12 Jean-Francois Hevey, 2. #11 Eric Hochgeschurz, 3. #20 Nathalie Hénault.
TC: 1. #45 Alain Lauziere, 2. #41 Scott Nicol, 3. #46 Michel Sallenbach.

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About CTCC
CTCC presented by Pirelli is a truly Canadian Sports Car Racing Championship and a leader in Canadian motorsports. It provides Canadian race fans with close and exciting competition between some of Canada’s fastest race car drivers. CTCC takes pride in the fact that it is Canadian owned and operated, and that it is one of the longest-running professional sports car series in Canada. Notably, amongst the two hundred drivers that have competed in the championship, CTCC has helped to further the career of over thirty drivers.

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Bob Attrell – Champion GT Sport Class 2017



Eric Hochgeschurz – Champion Super Touring Class 2017




Michel Sallenbach – Champion Touring Class 2017