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.

  • Mosport International Raceway – BARC Spring Sprints
  • Mosport International Raceway – BEMC Spring Trophy Races
  • Mosport International Raceway – Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend
  • Shannonville Motorsport Park – CRDA Shootout
  • Shannonville Motorsport Park - DAC Trillium Trophy Races
  • Shannonville Motorsport Park – TLMC-MCO Canaska Cup
  • Le Circuit Mont Tremblant – Mountain Thunder Weekend
  • Mosport International Raceway – BARC Grand Prix of Ontario
  • Mosport International Raceway – C.A.G. 250 Weekend
  • Mosport International Raceway – CRDA-SCCA Nationals
  • Mosport International Raceway – BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Races
  • Mosport International Raceway – Panoz Motorsports Celebration

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

  • GT1 – Faster than 1:31.999
  • GT2 – Slower than 1:32.000

Shannonville Motorsport Park

  • GT1 – Faster than 1:10.999
  • GT2 – Slower than 1:11.000

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.

11GT1James HoltomChevrolet Camaro / Scadapack38-
23GT1Brent GatesDodge Daytona / TMI Racing38-
36GT1John BrennerChevrolet Monte Carlo / Hoosier Tire37-
44GT1Aaron PettipasChevrolet Camaro / Pettipas Race Team37-
58GT1B. Coons / J. BeatonOldsmobile Cutlass / Century Mechanical37-
67GT2Ahmad KhodkarDatsun 240Z / Quest-Tech36-
720GT2Ludwig HeimrathPorsche 968 / Heimrath Porsche36-
89GT2Duane HooMazda RX-7 / Can-Jam Auto36-
912GT2Bentley HammerChevrolet Monte Carlo / Strudwick Motorsports36-
1010GT2Peter KluttChevrolet Corvette / Country Style36-
1115GT2Kirk SpencerChevrolet Camaro / Spencer Racing36-
1213GT2G. Schmidt / P. CarpenkoVW Corrado VR6 SC / Greenbelt Motors35-
1314GT2Bob MunroPorsche 944 Turbo/Canaska35-
1417GT2Blair KilloranPorsche 911 / -35-
155GT1Jack BoxtromChevrolet Camaro / -25Accident
1611GT2Keith CarterChevrolet Corvette / Strudwick Motorsports22Did Not Finish
1719GT2Jim HarrisonPorsche 911 / Longhill Energy17Did Not Finish
1818GT2Greg CliftonChevrolet Corvette / Strudwick Motorsports9Did Not Finish
1916GT2Frank ColivarisBMW M3 / -7Did Not Finish
202GT1Charlie WebsterChevrolet Camaro / C.J. Webster2Did Not Finish
-21GT2Dino ColivarisPorsche 924 / -0Did Not Start

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