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

  • GT1 – Faster than 1:29.999
  • GT2 – Slower than 1:30.000

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.

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.

Round two of the 2000 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.

The start of round 2 for the 2000 Canada GT Challenge Cup at Mosport International Raceway. Leading the field of twenty-three entrants into corner one is the second-fastest qualifier, John Brenner, in the No. 81 Hoosier Tire / Precision Metal Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Immediately behind Brenner is the pole-winning Porsche 911 GT1 EVO of Klaus Bytzek. About to challenge Brenner on the inside is the Beaton / Coons Corvette.
Klaus Bytzek went two for two in round two at Mosport International Raceway. For the second consecutive event, Bytzek put the No. 00 BMS Race Team Porsche 911 GT1 EVO on the pole. Unlike the first race, he did not lead flag-to-flag. John Brenner led until lap-4 when he spun his Chevrolet Monte Carlo. From that point on, it was ‘clear sailing’ for Bytzek, who won by a one-lap margin.
Like Klaus Bytzek, Blaise Csida won the GT2 category for the second consecutive event of the 2000 Canada GT Challenge Cup. Csida put the No. 7 New York Fries / Martini Chevrolet Corvette thirteenth on the grid, which was seventh in class for the one-hour contest. Despite the lowly starting position, he moved through the field. Csida battled with Bentley Hammer throughout the event but captured the victory.
Charlie Webster entered round two of the series in preparation for the BF Goodrich Tires Tran Am opener at Mosport International Raceway. Webster drove the No. 95 C.J. Webster / Pro Fuels sponsored Chevrolet Camaro. He started at the rear of the grid but maneuvered his way through the field. With the retirement of John Brenner, Webster inherited a runner-up finish in the GT1 category.
The No. 98 Phil Strudwick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo was piloted by Bentley Hammer. In round one, Hammer started second in GT2 but finished ninth. With an opportunity to redeem himself, he qualified on the class pole. During the race, Hammer lost the top spot to Blaise Csida and finished second. However, on the final circuit, he exceeded the specified lap time and was reclassified with a third-place in GT1.
In round one of the 2000 Canadian GT Challenge Cup, Barry Coons and James Beaton captured the final position on the overall and GT1 class podium. The competitive duo was third fastest in the qualifying session for race two at Mosport International Raceway. Unfortunately, the No. 26 Century Mechanical sponsored Chevrolet Corvette retired on the first lap with a mechanical issue – they were classified with last place.

11GT1Klaus BytzekPorsche 911 GT1 Evo / BMS Race Team42-
221GT1Charlie WebsterChevrolet Camaro / C.J. Webster/Pro Fuels41-
313GT2Blaise CsidaChevrolet Corvette / New York Fries40-
45GT1Bentley HammerChevrolet Monte Carlo / Strudwick Motorsports40-
515GT2Larry BarczaPontiac Grand-Prix / Barcza Racing39-
64GT1Lew MackenzieChevrolet Camaro / Roger AT&T39-
712GT2Rudy BartlingPorsche 911 / TBA39-
810GT2Greg CliftonChevrolet Corvette / Strudwick Motorsports33-
99GT2Torsten KruegerPontiac Firebird / Kruerger Racing39-
102GT1John BrennerChevrolet Monte Carlo / Hoosier Tire38Engine
1120GT2Robert PacioneFord Mustang Cobra/Pacione Motorsport37-
1222GT2Alan JonesToyota Supra Turbo / Jones Racing37-
1323GT2Reiner BrezinkaPorsche 91136-
1425GT2Jacques GuenettePorsche 91134-
1516GT2Steve HummelChevrolet Corvette / Tomsoft Racing33-
1618GT2Fernand LeblancPorsche 911 RSR / MCL38-
1711GT2Duane HooMazda RX-7 / Can-Jam Auto22Did Not Finish
187GT2Ludwig HeimrathPorsche 968 / Heimrath Porsche19Did Not Finish
1918GT2Jim HarrisonPorsche 911 / Longhill Energy18Did Not Finish
2014GT1Keith CarterChevrolet Camaro / Strudwick Motorsports16Did Not Finish
218GT1James HoltomChevrolet Corvette / Georgian Bay Motorsports9Did Not Finish
2219GT2Mark SwainMazda RX-7 / Clarion5Did Not Finish
233GT1B. Coons / J. BeatonChevrolet Corvette / Century Mechanical0Did Not Finish

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