Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship: President's Trophy Races report (Aug. 30-31, '08)

The Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship Presented by Toyo Tires was featured at the President’s Trophy Races at Mosport International Raceway on August 30-31, 2008.  The strong field put on incredible races on the hot and sunny weekend.


Saturday’s qualifying was run on a clear track and sunny skies.  Nigel Krikorian drove the lap of his life and put his Subaru on pole in Super Touring Class by over two seconds in front of Scott Nicol in his Honda and Gregory Pootmans in his BMW.  Nigel Heron was strong in Touring Class and put his Acura on pole followed by John Lockhart in his Saab and Christian Raymond in his Mazda.


Saturday’s race was run under sunny skies.  Nigel Krikorian drove a strong race and won Super Touring Class followed by his brother Nicholas Krikorian and Scott Nicol.  The Touring Class race was very close with John Lockhart winning at the line by two tenths of a second over Christian Raymond and Nigel Heron.


A large crowd had gathered for Sunday’s feature race and the cars took to the track under sunny skies.   The field sped away at the green flag and a number of battles ensued.  Arek Wojciechowski crashed heavily at the bottom of corner 2 which brought out a full course caution and bunched up the field.  After the restart, Nigel Krikorian powered his way to victory in Super Touring Class by only one tenth of a second over his brother Nicholas Krikorian.  David Bensadoun rounded out third place with his first podium of the year.  John Lockhart brought his Saab to victory in Touring Class over Alain Lauziere and Christian Raymond.


Rob McAuley started at the back in the feature race and drove to ninth in Super Touring Class.  His drive has won him the Hard Charger Award sponsored by CSC Racing Products Inc.


The Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship features Canada’s Best Drivers Racing Today’s Hottest Touring Cars.


The Championship’s Season Finale is at Mosport International Raceway on September 13-14, 2008.  Free tickets are available through the Championship website.


From: John Bondar / CCTCC

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