While my first story from the Toronto Motorsports Park/Champion Racing Oil GT Super Series, was all about me, the reality is that the story has little to do with me. It has to do with growing the sport in our province.
The second event of its kind, the series is essentially a run what ya brung type of race. There are no classes, no weight limits, no tech. The only rule is an absolute: No contact. You punt someone, your day of racing is done. Ditto if you are the one who is punted. The result is incredibly safe racing, as nobody wants to ruin somebody else’s day.
The diversity of the field was simply incredible. There was everything from a Mazda 323 rally car with under 100 horsepower, right on up to a 700+ horsepower NASCAR Canadian Tire Series monster, driven by the always quick Russ Bond. You may know him from his Two Minute Test Drive on Motoring TV. In the true spirit of grass roots racing, a couple of competitors even drove to the track, removed their plates and went racing!
Even more important was that at eight or ten drivers were rookies, who had never raced wheel to wheel before. Mostly, these were guys who are regular time attack competitors who are ready to step up to racing, but haven’t done so yet. Not only were these guys enthusiastic, but they turned out to be both fast and clean competitors. It was great fun to watch these new competitors as they blew past me on the track!
Plans are already in the works for a series in 2015, with hopes to keep the racing clean, fun and inexpensive, while drawing new competitors out to events.
My boys, Duncan and Riley did a decent job when they took over camera duties while I was out playing.