The Canadian Touring Car Championship kicked off their 2019 season at the fast and flowing Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport), a 2.4 mile, 10-turn circuit in Bowmanville, Ontario.
11 TCR competitors took to the track, and it was the Matthew Taskinen show as he took his #23 M1GT Audi RS3 LMS to the class pole, just .895 seconds off the overall qualifying time from a GT4-classed Audi R8. Behind Taskine was the #26 TWOth Autosport Audi RS3 LMS of Travis Hill with Alain Lauzier and the #47 Alphasonic Audi RS3 LMS qualifying third. Find the full qualifying results here.
Like qualifying, Taskinen and his Audi dominated the field, taking the win by 19 seconds ahead of the second-placed M&S Racing Honda Civic Type R of Gary Kwak, who charged through the field from 6th. The final podium position went to Travis Hill’s #26 TWOth Audi RS3 LMS. Find the full race 1 results here.
After laying down a blazing 1:24.373 qualifying lap, Matthew Taskinen and the #23 M1GT Audi RS3 LMS were once again on pole. Travis Hill and the #26 TWOth Autosport Audi would line up second with the #21 M1GT Audi of Jean-Francois Hevey third. The closest non-Audi was Gary Kwok and his M&S Honda Civic in sixth. You can find the full qualifying results here.
The race would see the top 3 pull away and finish in their starting order, Taskinen – Hill – Hevey, with Gary Kwok and the #66 Honda moving up to finish fourth. Bob Attrell and the #88 Hyundai Racing Canada entry was also a big mover as he would start seventh and finish in fifth. You can find the full race results here.
The CTCC circus will next be in action for rounds 3 and 4 on June 1st – 2nd at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Calabogie, Ontario.