By 2000, the Canada GT Challenge Cup was in its fourth season.
Sanctioned by ASN Canada FIA, it was an eleven-round series of one-hour races.
Drivers competed at Mosport International Raceway (8-events) and Shannonville Motorsports Park (3-events).
A twelfth race scheduled for Mont-Tremblant was canceled.
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.
There was a total event prize fund of over $50,000 and a year-end point’s bonus fund of $45,000 – split between the two classes to attract competitors.
The 2000 Canada GT Challenge Cup’s penultimate round was held in conjunction with the British Empire Motor Club’s Indian Summer Trophy Races. Teams would compete on Mosport International Raceway’s ten-turn 2.459-mile road course for one hour.
|James Holtom was the fastest qualifier for round ten and set a new lap record of 1:18.501. Holtom was leading the race when he anticipated a full course yellow and made his mandatory stop. His main rival, Klaus Bytzek, pitted one lap later and grabbed the top spot. Bytzek crossed the finish line first but was penalized ninety-seconds for pitting during the caution period. Holtom inherited his second victory of the season.|
|With two races remaining on the 2000 Canada GT Challenge Cup calendar, Blaise Csida had captured the GT2 title. Csida relinquished the seat in the No. 7 Chevrolet Corvette for his teammate, Ben Swain. Swain was the fastest GT2 competitor during the qualifying session. He led early but lost his advantage during the mandatory stop. Late in the contest, Swain caught and passed the class leader for the victory.|
|Klaus Bytzek qualified behind the No. 93 Chevrolet Corvette of James Holtom. The GT1 points leader chased Holtom until the first caution period. Bytzek pitted the No. 00 BMS Race Team Porsche 911 GT1 EVO when the pits were closed for a full-course caution. The stop allowed him to move into first-place. Unfortunately, the mistake resulted in a ninety-second penalty and he was classified with a runner-up finish.|
|The No. 05 Noble Ultima MkIV made its first series appearance at Shannonville. Unfortunately, the car was the race’s first retirement. The TMI team continued to make improvements and at race eight, they earned a second-place result. At the BEMC weekend, Brent Gates qualified fourth fastest. A miscue by the Coons / Beaton Corvette during the race allowed Gates to capture the team’s second podium of the season.|
|Peter Vanderwyst competed in the 2000 Canada GT Challenge Cup when he didn’t have a conflict with his primary focus, the CASCAR series. Vanderwyst used the events to test the No. 17 Loctite sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo and gained valuable road course experience. He proved to be a quick study. In round ten, Vanderwyst qualified sixth fastest in the GT2 category and finished fifth in a field of eighteen starters.|
|Early in the season, John Brenner was the second quickest GT1 competitor. He capitalized on a mechanical issue with the BMS Race Team Porsche to score a victory in round three. However, the competition was finding more speed and Brenner grabbed his last podium in race six. But, he was still collecting valuable points and was second in the standings. At Mosport, Brenner started fifth and finished fourth.|
|FINISH||START||CLASS||DRIVER||CAR / ENTRANT||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||1||GT1||James Holtom||Chevrolet Corvette / Georgian Bay Mtrsprt||37||-|
|2||2||GT1||Klaus Bytzek||Porsche 911 GT1 Evo / BMS Race Team||37||-|
|3||4||GT1||Brent Gates||Noble Ultima MkIV / TMI Racing||36||-|
|4||5||GT1||John Brenner||Chevrolet Monte Carlo / Hoosier Tire||36||-|
|5||7||GT2||Blaise Csida||Chevrolet Corvette / New York Fries||35||-|
|6||9||GT2||Greg Clifton||Chevrolet Corvette / Strudwick Motorsports||35||-|
|7||10||GT2||Fernand Leblanc||Porsche 911 RSR / MCL||35||-|
|8||11||GT2||Robert Julien||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup / Porschehaus||35||-|
|9||12||GT2||Peter Vanderwyst||Chevrolet Monte Carlo / Loctite||35||-|
|10||17||GT2||Ahmad Khodkar||Datsun 240Z / Quest-Tech||35||-|
|11||16||GT2||Jim Harrison||Porsche 911 / Longhill Energy||35||-|
|12||3||GT1||Coons / Beaton||Chevrolet Corvette / Century Mechanical||35||-|
|13||19||GT2||Vito Scavone||Porsche 968RS||35||-|
|14||8||GT2||Duane Hoo||Mazda RX-7 / Cam-Jan Auto||34||-|
|15||21||GT2||Sandy McNie||BMW 325i Turbo||34||-|
|16||33||GT2||D & S Colivaris||Porsche 924 Turbo||34||-|
|17||23||GT2||Mike Palladino||Chevrolet Corvette / Four Way Auto||33||-|
|18||22||GT2||Tourikian & Glarner||BMW M1||33||-|
|19||15||GT2||Denis Tancrede||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup / Porschehaus||31||-|
|20||13||GT2||Steve Hummel||Chevrolet Corvette / Tomsoft Racing||31||-|
|21||25||GT2||Leroy Micallef||Chevrolet Camaro||20||Did Not Finish|
|22||27||GT1||Jordan McGoey||Chevrolet Camaro / Speed Monitor||13||Did Not Finish|
|23||6||GT1||Peter Klutt||Jaguar XKR / Country Style||12||Did Not Finish|
|24||31||GT2||Bartling & Franczak||Porsche 911||8||Did Not Finish|
|25||18||GT2||Gord Vipond||Chevrolet Camaro||5||Did Not Finish|
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