For the second year in a row, CanadianKartingNews.com, in a association with Blanchet Motorsports, will select a Canadian kart racer to take part in a one day test of a CTCC Canadian Touring Car.
Throughout the CKN Summer Tour, the CKN panel will be keeping an eye on all kart racers across the country to help determine the winner, starting with this weekends Eastern Canadian Karting Championship event at Goodwood Kartways. The Blanchet Motorsports CTCC Honda Civic SI will be making an appearance at the event as well, with team staff on hand to answer any questions about the car and the series for those interested.
The winning driver will be selected by a panel from CKN and Blanchet Motorsports. Drivers will be required to apply through CanadianKartingNews.com to become eligible for the selection.
The winning driver will be announced at the ECKC/Coupe du Quebec season finale event in Mont-Tremblant in September, with the test taking part in the weeks following.
The test day will take place at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park as part of a 6th Gear lapping day with the date to be confirmed following the announcement of the award winner. 6th Gear hosts high speed lapping days for drivers looking to push the limits of their personal performance cars along with race cars in a fun and safe environment and have generously invited the award winner to take part in the days action.
Last season, Rotax DD2 Masters ECKC and Canadian Champion Stuart Clark was selected for the test. He impressed the Blanchet Motorsports team at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and eventually signed on to race in 2014, where he has earned two podium results in two race weekends thus far.
For drivers interested in applying to take part in the test, CKN will have a form online soon to submit an application. More information can be found at any of the stops on the CKN Summer Tour. The test is open to all racers over the age of sixteen.
Cody Schindel, Owner of CanadianKartingNews.com
“I’m very happy to announce this program for the second year in a row. We had a great time last year with Blanchet Motorsports and are thrilled to put another kart racer into a CTCC race car. I have to thank Frank Blanchet for the opportunity and hopefully we can convert another kart racer into car racer like we did with Stuart Clark. I also want to thank Max DeAngelis from 6th Gear for offering the test day to be part of one of their track days. I welcome all kart racers to speak to me if they have any questions about the program at any CKN Summer Tour event this season.”
Frank Blanchet, Owner of Blanchet Motorsports
“This is great program to be partnered with Cody Schindel from CKN. We had our first test day last year with winner Stuart Clark. The day couldn’t have been any better. Stuart handled the car and the day with ease and was able to run a full 30 minutes at race trim towards the end of the day. We look forward to giving someone else a chance to try their hand at driving one of the Honda Civic Si cars. Good Luck this season to all participants!”
About the Canadian Tour Car Championship:
The Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire is Canada’s only professional road racing series where the words Passion and Performance find their true meaning.
It showcases race cars based on their original stock street version in three different categories (Classes). The entry-level B-Spec Class is the category for compact cars with stock engines and strictly controlled suspension modifications; Touring Class features cars with minimal engine modifications, while Super Class machines have powerful and heavily modified engines and advanced aerodynamics. All three classes compete at the same time on the track and challenge for supremacy in their class.
CTCC is featured in Eastern Canada’s main provinces, Ontario and Québec. Race events generally take place in the Greater Toronto Area, Greater Ottawa Area, Mont Tremblant, Montréal and Trois-Rivières. The competitor base expands reach all over Canada and the north-east United States.
Participating automotive brands include Acura, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Honda, Hyundai, Fiat, Ford, Mazda, MINI, Nissan, Scion, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.