The opening road racing weekend on the 2017 Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs Ontario Region calendar was
hosted by the British Empire Motor Club (BEMC) at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The event titled the BEMC Spring Trophy Races was held on the weekend of May 13-14.
Founded in 1928 and incorporated in 1933, BEMC has one of the richest histories in Canadian motorsport.
The club currently hosts two rounds on the Ontario Region schedule.
In Ontario, amateur competitors race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Calabogie Motorsport Park and Shannonville Motorsport Park
to earn points towards the regional titles.
- May 13-14 - BEMC Spring Trophy Races - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
- June 16-18 - VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
- June 24-25 - CASC Motorsports Showcase - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
- July 8-9 - Peter Jackson Trophy Races - Shannonville Motorsport Park
- July 29-30 - BARC Canadian Touring Trophy Races - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
- August 19-20 - MCO Ted Powell Memorial Races - Calabogie Motorsports Park
- September 16-17 - BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Races - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
- September 30 - October 1 - CASC Celebration of Motorsport - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Championships are contested in the following categories:
- Grand Touring Category The Grand Touring division is for race-prepared production vehicles.
The cars competing in this category are prepared to similar rules.
Some of these vehicles may be constructed with a tube-frame chassis.
They are grouped according to their performance (based on the bracket that a car/driver combination performs).
The quickest class features cars such as the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Corvette, while at the other end of
the spectrum are vehicles such as the Honda Civic and Volkswagen Rabbit.
The Ontario Region offered Grand Touring competitors two different formats of racing:
- GT Challenge The GT Challenge series is a one-hour contest on Saturday that requires a pit-stop.
This style of racing allows two drivers to share a car in a single event.
- GT Sprints Vehicles in the GT Sprints are categorized from GT1 to GT6 depending on their performance.
A weekend of competition includes three races twenty-minutes in length.
- Formula Category These are purpose-built race cars.
This is the largest category and there are a variety of regulations that govern these open-wheel cars.
- Formula 1200 - Uses Volkswagen components and is powered by a 1200-cc air-cooled engine.
- Formula Ford (F1600A and F1600B) - Utilize the four-cylinder 1600-cc Ford motor or the newly introduced Honda 1.5-liter engine
with older chassis competing in the B category.
Drivers score points towards the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship.
- Formula 4 Is another winged class with the most liberal rules.
- Formula Libre is a race group that includes many classes; some of the more popular are:
- Formula First - Utilizes Volkswagen parts but is powered by a 1600-cc air-cooled motor.
- Formula 2000 - These winged vehicles use a 2.0-liter Ford four-cylinder power-plant.
- Radical Cup Canada These are purpose-built closed wheel sports racing cars.
- Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada Also competes at CASC-OR weekends and have several classes depending on the age and type of vehicle.
Categories include open and closed wheel Historic and Vintage as well as Group 70 for cars produced from the 1970s to 1986.
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