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 ten of the 1999 Canada GT Challenge Cup was conducted at Mosport International Raceway during the CRDA / SCCA Nationals weekend, a joint venture between the Canadian Race Drivers Association and the Sports Car Club of America. Series competitors would race around the ten turn 2.459-mile road course for one-hour.

A field of twenty-four Canada GT Challenge Cup drivers round Moss Corner for lap one of the hour-long contest. The second-fastest qualifier, James Holtom, in the No. 93 Georgian Bay Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, jumped into an early lead and is already heading up the back straight. Next in line is the pole-sitter, Klaus Bytzek, driving the No. 00 BMS Race Team prepared Porsche 911 GT1 Evo.
At the CRDA / SCCA Nationals weekend, the defending GT1 class champion, Klaus Bytzek, scored his sixth victory of the year. As has become common practice, Bytzek put the No. 00 BMS Race Team prepared Porsche 911 GT1 Evo on the pole but was ‘out-gunned’ by the Chevrolet Camaro of James Holtom early in the event. However, Holtom encountered a couple of issues, which allowed Bytzek to capture the win.
The 1998 Canada GT Challenge Cup GT2 champion, Kirk Spencer, missed a couple of events as the result of an accident earlier in the season. In the two previous rounds, he collected two podium results but was yet to find the top step of the rostrum. Spencer was seventh fastest at round ten and started on the GT2 pole. During the race, he battled with the veteran Ludwig Heimrath before grabbing the victory.
James Holtom started the one-hour contest in second place. However, that seemed of little consequence as ‘true to form,’ he jumped out to an early lead. Holtom had the race under control until his first pit-stop. His Camaro stalled entering the pits and he decided to drive through. In his second attempt, the crew was unable to change one of the rear tires. The additional time dropped Holtom to a second-place finish.
His performance earlier in the season gave Ludwig Heimrath the GT2 points lead. However, he had not finished on the podium since round six. Heimrath got his program back on track at the CRDA / SCCA event. He qualified fifth in class but pitted early, which put him in contention later in the contest. Heimrath traded the lead with Kirk Spencer, but Spencer’s speed on the back straight relegated him to a second-place result.
Pete Klutt entered round ten with two victories in the GT2 category. He qualified ninth overall and third-class driving the No. 46 County Style sponsored Chevrolet Corvette. Klutt had to be cautious during the race as he had two class breakouts; eclipsing a time of 1.32:5 at Mosport would bump him up to GT1. The strategies used by Kirk Spencer and Ludwig Heimrath left Klutt with a third-place finish.
John Brenner failed to start the previous event after the team discovered a cracked cylinder head on the No. 81 Hoosier Tire Chevrolet Monte Carlo. With repairs made for the following round, he was fourth fastest in qualifying. During the race, Brenner bounced between third and fourth place. A pit-lane speed violation imposed against Charles Webster allowed Brenner to collect the final position on the GT1 podium.

11GT1Klaus BytzekPorsche 911 GT1 Evo / BMS Race Team43-
22GT1James HoltomChevrolet Camaro / Scadapack43-
34GT1John BrennerChevrolet Monte Carlo / Hoosier Tire42-
46GT1Keith CarterChevrolet Camaro / Strudwick Motorsports41-
53GT1Charlie WebsterChevrolet Camaro / C.J. Webster41-
67GT2Kirk SpencerChevrolet Camaro / Spencer Racing40-
712GT2Ludwig HeimrathPorsche 968 / Heimrath Porsche40-
89GT2Peter KluttChevrolet Corvette / Country Style40-
911GT2Blaise CsidaChevrolet Corvette / New York Fries40-
1016GT1R. Bartling / R. FranczakPorsche 911 / -40-
1115GT2Bentley HammerChevrolet Monte Carlo / Strudwick Motorsports39-
1217GT2Larry BarczaPontiac Grand-Prix / -39-
1318GT2G. Schmidt / P. CarpenkoVW Corrado VR6 SC / Greenbelt Motors39-
1431GT2Ray ArbesmanPorsche 968 / Heimrath Porsche38-
1510GT2Ahmad KhodkarDatsun 240Z / Quest-Tech38-
1613GT2Duane HooMazda RX-7 / Can-Jam Auto38-
1719GT2Mike PalladinoChevrolet Corvette / -36-
1814GT1Paul MassingberdChevrolet Corvette / -35-
1923GT2Greg CliftonChevrolet Corvette / Strudwick Motorsports27Did Not Finish
2020GT1J. Malloy / S. ConwayPontiac Firebird / -22Did Not Finish
2130GT1Jim ToddChevrolet Camaro / Aircraft Equipement19Did Not Finish
2222GT2Ted MartinPontiac Firebird / Georgian Bay Motorsports16Did Not Finish
238GT1B. Coons / J. BeatonOldsmobile Cutlass / Century Mechanical14Did Not Finish
2421GT2Jim HarrisonPorsche 911 / Longhill Energy11Did Not Finish
--GT1Brent GatesDodge Daytona / TMI Racing0Did Not Start
--GT2T. Meecham / M. GrayChevrolet Corvette / -0Did Not Start
--GT2Gray / HazelgroveChevrolet Camaro / -0Did Not Start
--GT2Dominic HoHonda Civic / -0Did Not Start

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