The 2019 Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) kicks off this weekend with rounds 1 and 2 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, formerly Mosport. The series welcomes the TCR formula for this season with eleven of seventeen competitors fielding cars from the ever-growing category.
For those unfamiliar with CTCC, the series features multi-classes races at some of the most challenging circuits across Canada. The entry-level class is TC where very few modifications can be made to the cars. The GT Sport class is reserved for sportscars with advanced aero and suspension systems and the GT Cup class is for ultra performance sportscars. New for 2019 will be TCR, which everyone visiting TCRtalk.com should already be well aware of.
The 2019 CTCC TCR grid sees a slew of Audi RS3 LMS machines with eight of the eleven classed cars coming from the German manufacturer. Rice Racing will field a single car for Lindsay Rice. The Racing Company will also field a single entry for Jean-Francois Hevey. M1GT, longtime SRO America competitor in multiple categories, will enter the #23 RS2 LMS for Matthew Taskinen. TWOth Autosport will run three cars for Travis Hill, Edward Killeen, and Ron Tomlinson. The final Audis come from Alphasonic Motorsport for Nelson Chan, who is entering his fifth consecutive season in CTCC, and Alain Lauzier.
M&S Racing will bring two Honda Civic Type Rs for CTCC veterans Tom and Gary Kwok.
The final TCR entrant comes from Hyundai Racing Canada with a single i30N for Bob Attrell, the 2017 GT Sport-class champion.
The Canadian Touring Car Championship features 12 rounds at five different circuits as the series visits Canadian Tire Motorsports Park this weekend, Calabogie Motorsports Park June 1st-2nd, Shannonville Motorsports Park June 29th-30th, Circuit ICAR July 13th, Trois-Riveries August 9th-11th, and closing out the season where it kicked off at CTMP.
The series will live stream 8 rounds in 2019 (including this weekend) at the series website: http://touringcar.ca/live-streaming/
Race 1 will start on Saturday May 18th at 8:00am ET.
(image credit: CTCC)