Castrol Presents The Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend Is Underway
The Castrol presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend, the first major event of the season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park got underway on Friday, May 15.
Pirelli World Challenge’s top GT class held their qualifying session with Georgia native Johnny O’Connell setting the pole in the Cadillac ATS-VR GT3 with a time of 1:15.296 – a new GT track record. In second was Olivier Beretta in a Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia and Butch Leitzinger was third in a Bentley Continental GT3. In the GTS class, Vancouver’s Max Riddle was fastest with a lap of 1:23.717.
The first race was of the weekend saw Ernie Davis take the win in Pirelli World Challenge TC class. Adam Poland was second and Cody Ellsworth was third. Elivan Goulart was the winner in TCA class and taking the top step of the podium in TCB was Glenn Nixon.
In Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin qualifying Chris Green set the pace in his Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 991 was a time of 1:20.204. Jerimy Daniel was first in the Gold class.
Saturday's action begins at 8:00 am with qualifying sessions in the morning plus races for Pirelli World Challenge (TC/TCA/TCB and GTS) plus the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will hold their first practice session. The GT class will get the afternoon started and will be followed by NASCAR qualifying and races for the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, Toyo Tires F1600 Series, Canadian Touring Car Championship and Canadian Supercar.
The Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 will run on Sunday, May 17 at 12:30 pm.
(Note to Editors: Agate will be filed for races Saturday and Sunday)
Ryan Chalmers, Canadian Tire Motorsport Parkryan@ctmpark.com
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Photo Credit – John Walker
Photo – Johnny O’Connell driving the #3 Cadillac ATS-VR GT3 set the fastest time in qualifying in the GT class.