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.

The 2000 Canada GT Challenge Cup’s penultimate round was held in conjunction with the British Empire Motor Club’s Indian Summer Trophy Races. Teams would compete on Mosport International Raceway’s ten-turn 2.459-mile road course for one hour.

James Holtom was the fastest qualifier for round ten and set a new lap record of 1:18.501. Holtom was leading the race when he anticipated a full course yellow and made his mandatory stop. His main rival, Klaus Bytzek, pitted one lap later and grabbed the top spot. Bytzek crossed the finish line first but was penalized ninety-seconds for pitting during the caution period. Holtom inherited his second victory of the season.
With two races remaining on the 2000 Canada GT Challenge Cup calendar, Blaise Csida had captured the GT2 title. Csida relinquished the seat in the No. 7 Chevrolet Corvette for his teammate, Ben Swain. Swain was the fastest GT2 competitor during the qualifying session. He led early but lost his advantage during the mandatory stop. Late in the contest, Swain caught and passed the class leader for the victory.
Klaus Bytzek qualified behind the No. 93 Chevrolet Corvette of James Holtom. The GT1 points leader chased Holtom until the first caution period. Bytzek pitted the No. 00 BMS Race Team Porsche 911 GT1 EVO when the pits were closed for a full-course caution. The stop allowed him to move into first-place. Unfortunately, the mistake resulted in a ninety-second penalty and he was classified with a runner-up finish.
The No. 05 Noble Ultima MkIV made its first series appearance at Shannonville. Unfortunately, the car was the race’s first retirement. The TMI team continued to make improvements and at race eight, they earned a second-place result. At the BEMC weekend, Brent Gates qualified fourth fastest. A miscue by the Coons / Beaton Corvette during the race allowed Gates to capture the team’s second podium of the season.
Peter Vanderwyst competed in the 2000 Canada GT Challenge Cup when he didn’t have a conflict with his primary focus, the CASCAR series. Vanderwyst used the events to test the No. 17 Loctite sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo and gained valuable road course experience. He proved to be a quick study. In round ten, Vanderwyst qualified sixth fastest in the GT2 category and finished fifth in a field of eighteen starters.
Early in the season, John Brenner was the second quickest GT1 competitor. He capitalized on a mechanical issue with the BMS Race Team Porsche to score a victory in round three. However, the competition was finding more speed and Brenner grabbed his last podium in race six. But, he was still collecting valuable points and was second in the standings. At Mosport, Brenner started fifth and finished fourth.

11GT1James HoltomChevrolet Corvette / Georgian Bay Mtrsprt37-
22GT1Klaus BytzekPorsche 911 GT1 Evo / BMS Race Team37-
34GT1Brent GatesNoble Ultima MkIV / TMI Racing36-
45GT1John BrennerChevrolet Monte Carlo / Hoosier Tire36-
57GT2Blaise CsidaChevrolet Corvette / New York Fries35-
69GT2Greg CliftonChevrolet Corvette / Strudwick Motorsports35-
710GT2Fernand LeblancPorsche 911 RSR / MCL35-
811GT2Robert JulienPorsche 911 GT3 Cup / Porschehaus35-
912GT2Peter VanderwystChevrolet Monte Carlo / Loctite35-
1017GT2Ahmad KhodkarDatsun 240Z / Quest-Tech35-
1116GT2Jim HarrisonPorsche 911 / Longhill Energy35-
123GT1Coons / BeatonChevrolet Corvette / Century Mechanical35-
1319GT2Vito ScavonePorsche 968RS35-
148GT2Duane HooMazda RX-7 / Cam-Jan Auto34-
1521GT2Sandy McNieBMW 325i Turbo34-
1633GT2D & S ColivarisPorsche 924 Turbo34-
1723GT2Mike PalladinoChevrolet Corvette / Four Way Auto33-
1822GT2Tourikian & GlarnerBMW M133-
1915GT2Denis TancredePorsche 911 GT3 Cup / Porschehaus31-
2013GT2Steve HummelChevrolet Corvette / Tomsoft Racing31-
2125GT2Leroy MicallefChevrolet Camaro20Did Not Finish
2227GT1Jordan McGoeyChevrolet Camaro / Speed Monitor13Did Not Finish
236GT1Peter KluttJaguar XKR / Country Style12Did Not Finish
2431GT2Bartling & FranczakPorsche 9118Did Not Finish
2518GT2Gord VipondChevrolet Camaro5Did Not Finish

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