In 1999, the successful Canada GT Challenge Cup entered its third season.
Sanctioned by ASN Canada FIA, it was a twelve-round series of races one-hour in length.
Drivers competed at Mosport International Raceway, Shannonville Motorsport Park and Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant.
A wide range of vehicles was eligible for the series – FIA GT, Professional Sportscar GTS & GT, SCCA Improved Touring, GT1, GT2 & Trans Am and ASA Stock Car. The list of ineligible cars was much shorter – Sports Racers, Ground Effects Cars and Showroom Stock.
There were two classes (GT1 and GT2) based on qualifying and race lap times:
Mosport International Raceway
Shannonville Motorsport Park
If a GT2 driver broke out of the time bracket, they would be moved to GT1.
One or more drivers could compete in a car. However, the second driver had to complete either twenty minutes or one-third of the total race laps to earn points. The races also included a mandatory one-minute pit stop during green flag conditions.
Round two of the 1999 Canada GT Challenge Cup was held mid-May at Mosport International Raceway in conjunction with an Ontario Regional event hosted by the British Empire Motorsport Club. Teams would compete in a sixty-minute contest around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.
Missing from the event was last year’s GT1 champion, Klaus Bytzek, and the runner-up, Harry Bytzek. In the first race, their cars were seriously damaged, with Klaus also on the mend after breaking his leg.
|The field of twenty Canada GT Challenge Cup competitors prepares to receive the Starter’s flag for round two at Mosport International Raceway. On the pole is the No. 93 Georgian Bay Motorsports prepared Chevrolet Camaro of James Holtom. Sharing the front row with Holtom is the second fastest-qualifier and the winner of the season’s first race, Charlie Webster, driving the No. 95 C.J. Webster Chevrolet Camaro.|
|Title contender, James Holtom, started race one on the pole but retired after just five laps with an engine problem. Holtom and the Georgian Bay Motorsports team returned for round two with a new motor in the No. 93 Scadapack sponsored Chevrolet Camaro. From the start of the contest, he pulled away from the field and despite an issue with a backmarker late in the event, Holtom won by a margin of 11.189-seconds.|
|Ahmad Khodkar and Ludwig Heimrath resumed their rivalry in race two of the 1999 Canada GT Challenge Cup. Khodkar missed round one, but that didn’t prevent him from putting the No. 1 Datsun 280Z on the GT2 pole. Heimrath, driving the No. 07 Porsche 968, failed to record a qualifying time and started at the rear. Early in the contest, Heimrath caught Khodkar and the two ran ‘nose to tail’ finishing in that order.|
|Brent Gates was one of several drivers involved in the round one start line incident. The No. 04 TMI Racing Dodge Daytona suffered damage, but the crew was able to make repairs for the season’s second contest. Gates qualified third overall and inherited the runner-up spot when the second-fastest qualifier, Charles Webster, retired on lap-1. He would chase the leader, James Holtom and finish second.|
|Duane Hoo made his series debut in round one, driving the No. 03 Can-Jam Racing prepared Mazda RX-7. He started mid-pack in the season opener but failed to finish. Hoo qualified ninth overall and second in the GT2 category in the next visit to Mosport International Raceway. Unable to hold-off series veteran Ludwig Heimrath, he finished eighth overall and second in class.|
|Last season’s GT2 runner-up, John Brenner, returned to 1999 with a new car. Brenner qualified seventh overall but broke out of the category time bracket. For race two, he and his No. 81 Hoosier Tire sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo were moved to GT1. Brenner was gridded sixth for the start of the one-hour event and earned the final position on the class podium.|
|FINISH||START||CLASS||DRIVER||CAR / ENTRANT||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||1||GT1||James Holtom||Chevrolet Camaro / Scadapack||38||-|
|2||3||GT1||Brent Gates||Dodge Daytona / TMI Racing||38||-|
|3||6||GT1||John Brenner||Chevrolet Monte Carlo / Hoosier Tire||37||-|
|4||4||GT1||Aaron Pettipas||Chevrolet Camaro / Pettipas Race Team||37||-|
|5||8||GT1||B. Coons / J. Beaton||Oldsmobile Cutlass / Century Mechanical||37||-|
|6||7||GT2||Ahmad Khodkar||Datsun 240Z / Quest-Tech||36||-|
|7||20||GT2||Ludwig Heimrath||Porsche 968 / Heimrath Porsche||36||-|
|8||9||GT2||Duane Hoo||Mazda RX-7 / Can-Jam Auto||36||-|
|9||12||GT2||Bentley Hammer||Chevrolet Monte Carlo / Strudwick Motorsports||36||-|
|10||10||GT2||Peter Klutt||Chevrolet Corvette / Country Style||36||-|
|11||15||GT2||Kirk Spencer||Chevrolet Camaro / Spencer Racing||36||-|
|12||13||GT2||G. Schmidt / P. Carpenko||VW Corrado VR6 SC / Greenbelt Motors||35||-|
|13||14||GT2||Bob Munro||Porsche 944 Turbo/Canaska||35||-|
|14||17||GT2||Blair Killoran||Porsche 911 / -||35||-|
|15||5||GT1||Jack Boxtrom||Chevrolet Camaro / -||25||Accident|
|16||11||GT2||Keith Carter||Chevrolet Corvette / Strudwick Motorsports||22||Did Not Finish|
|17||19||GT2||Jim Harrison||Porsche 911 / Longhill Energy||17||Did Not Finish|
|18||18||GT2||Greg Clifton||Chevrolet Corvette / Strudwick Motorsports||9||Did Not Finish|
|19||16||GT2||Frank Colivaris||BMW M3 / -||7||Did Not Finish|
|20||2||GT1||Charlie Webster||Chevrolet Camaro / C.J. Webster||2||Did Not Finish|
|-||21||GT2||Dino Colivaris||Porsche 924 / -||0||Did Not Start|
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