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 six of the 1999 Canada GT Challenge Cup season was held on the Twin Lakes Motor Club’s Canaska Cup weekend. Competitors would race for one hour on Shannonville Motorsport Park’s long circuit, which incorporates the Nelson and Fabi layouts.

Seventeen Canada GT Challenge Cup competitors head into Shannonville’s corner one for the start of round six. Leading the charge is the second-fastest qualifier, Jame Holtom, in the No. 93 Georgian Bay Motorsports prepared Chevrolet Camaro. The GT1 points leader, Klaus Bytzek, qualified on the pole in the No. 00 BMS Race Team Porsche 911 GT1, but he got away slowly, as has been the case for most of this year.
James Holtom won the second race of the season at Mosport. Since that event, his best result has been a ninth-place finish. Holtom’s record includes two DNFs and he failed to start the previous race at Shannonville due to a mechanical problem. Holtom put the No. 93 Georgian Bay Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro on the outside of the front row and moved into an early lead. He would collect his second victory of 1999.
After becoming the first GT2 competitor to collect two class victories, Ludwig Heimrath did it again. It appeared that the layout of Shannonville Motorsport Park favoured the No. 07 Porsche 968. He was gridded twelfth overall and sixth in his category. However, that did not prevent Heimrath from maneuvering his way through the field and winning the GT2 category by a margin of one lap.
The Twin Lakes Motor Club’s Canaska Cup event marked the end of Klaus Bytzek’s three-race winning streak. Since returning from his injury, suffered in race one, Bytzek was unbeatable. The driver of the No. 00 Porsche 911 GT1 qualified on the pole. However, James Holtom appeared to have his Chevrolet Camaro sorted out and led going into the first corner. Bytzek would finish second by a margin of 49.33-seconds.
Rookie Duane Hoo was having a season with mixed results. His record to date included two podium results but three DNFs – it was either ‘feast or famine’ for Hoo. He was the fastest GT2 qualifier for round six of the Canada GT Challenge Cup at Shannonville Motorsport Park and started on the class pole. However, on this day, Hoo was no match for the veteran Ludwig Heimrath and finished second.
Brent Gates was involved in the round one starting line cash. However he collected podium results in the subsequent two events but encountered an engine failure in the season's first race at Shannonville. Gates nursed the No. 04 Dodge Daytona home to a distant fifth-place finish in his last outing. With repairs made, he completed round six on the same lap as the leaders and collected a third place.
Rudy Bartling and Rick Franczak began their 1999 Canada GT Challenge Cup campaign in the previous round at Shannonville Motorsport Park. They finished one lap behind the class leaders, but that was good enough to capture the final position on the GT2 podium. At this event, the No. 39 Porsche 911 qualified and finished third in class. Once again, they were a lap down to the category leaders.

12GT1James HoltomChevrolet Camaro / Scadapack43-
21GT1Klaus BytzekPorsche 911 GT1 / BMS Race Team43-
35GT1Brent GatesDodge Daytona / TMI Racing43-
44GT1B. Coons / J. BeatonOldsmobile Cutlass / Century Mechanical42-
512GT2Ludwig HeimrathPorsche 968 / Heimrath Porsche42-
66GT2Duane HooMazda RX-7 / Can-Jam Auto41-
77GT2R. Bartling / R. FranczakPorsche 911 / -41-
89GT2Ahmad KhodkarDatsun 240Z / Quest-Tech41-
913GT2D. Colivaris / S. ColivarisPorsche 924 / -40-
1016GT2G. Schmidt / P. CarpenkoVW Corrado VR6 SC / Greenbelt Motors39-
1117GT2B. Killoran / G. ClarkPorsche 911 / -39-
1211GT2Peter KluttChevrolet Corvette / Country Style39-
1315GT2Lennox ClueNissan 240SX / -39-
1414GT2Jim HarrisonPorsche 911 / Longhill Energy39-
153GT1Charlie WebsterChevrolet Camaro / C.J. Webster38-
168GT2Bentley HammerChevrolet Monte Carlo / Strudwick Motorsports0Did Not Finish
1710GT2T. Martin / N. GleasonPontiac Grand-Prix/Georgian Bay Motorsports0Did Not Finish
018GT2Greg CliftonChevrolet Corvette / Strudwick Motorsports0Did Not Start

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