2001 was the fifth season for the highly successful Canada GT Challenge Cup series. Sanctioned by ASN Canada, the championship draws a wide array of high powered Grand Touring cars and the attention of fans.

Helping the series attract competitors is a healthy prize fund. The winner of each contest receives a cheque for $6,000, the runner-up earns $5,000 and third-place collects $4,000. The remainder of the payout is on a sliding scale, with the last-place finisher receiving $1,000. There is also an end of season championship fund. The driver collecting the most points is paid $30,000. Second place in the title chase earns $20,000 and third-place in the final standings is worth $10,000.

Vehicles eligible to compete in the series included FIA GT, Professional Sportscar GTS & GT, Sports Car Club of America Improved Touring, GT1, GT2 & Trans Am, plus ASA Stock Cars. Sports Racers, ground effect cars and Showroom Stock vehicles are not permitted to compete in the Canada GT Challenge Cup series.

The most significant change for the 2001 season was the elimination of the GT2 category. Any debate about fast cars ‘sand-bagging’ so that they could collect GT2 points and win the class title ended.

All races are one-hour in length and require a mandatory one-minute pit-stop. For teams that use two drivers, one-minute is sufficient time to make the change. Competitors driving solo can remain in the car during the stop. Re-fueling is not allowed.

The events are contested during CASC Ontario Region weeks or in conjunction with major events at Mosport International Raceway. The Canada GT Challenge Cup season kicks off on April 26 at Mosport International Raceway during the BARC Grand Prix of Ontario. This is followed by two more events at Mosport – the BEMC Spring Trophy Races and the Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend. Round four is the series’ first of three visits to Shannonville Motorsport Park. On June 24, the championship returns to Mosport for the CASCAR 250 Weekend. The next two events are held at Shannonville. The BARC Canadian Touring Trophy at Mosport event hosts round eight for the series. On August 18th, the championship competes at Mosport as a support series for the American Le Mans Series. The final three rounds will be conducted at Mosport, with the finale taking place on October 2.

After a stop at Shannonville Motorsport Park, the series returned to Mosport International Raceway for round five of the 2001 Canada GT Challenge Cup. Drivers would compete in a one-hour contest around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

Leading the field into Mosport International Raceway’s corner one for the start of round five for the Canada GT Challenge Cup is the pole-winning TMI Racing Stealth B6 of Brent Gates. Behind Gates is the second fast qualifier, James Holtom, driving the No. 32 Georgian Bay Motorsports prepared Chevrolet Corvette. Chasing Holtom is the second-row starters, Klaus Bytzek in the Porsche and the Camaro of Charles Webster.
Since the beginning of the season, TMI Racing has been forced to make changes to their new Stealth B6 to comply with Canada GT Challenge Cup regulations. The driver, Brent Gates and the team are now eligible to score championship points. He was the class of the field in qualifying but was challenged by the Scadapack Corvette of James Holtom during the race. A pass late in the contest gave Gates his first victory of the year.
James Holtom won the first two rounds of the 2001 Canada GT Challenge Cup, but he was having problems finishing events since then. Holtom was back on form in race five at Mosport International Raceway. He started on the outside of the front row and chased the pole-sitter, Brent Gates, for much of the contest. He was leading late in the event, but a pass by Gates and a full-course yellow resulted in a runner-up result.
Trans Am veteran, Charlie Webster, qualified fourth fastest in the No. 95 CJ Webster Chevrolet Corvette. Despite a power steering leak during the race, Webster moved past the Porsche of the reigning series champion, Klaus Bytzek, for third place. He was no match for the leaders but a late-race caution period bunched the field. On the restart, there was contact which included Webster; even with damage, he finished third.
Four-time Canada GT Cup Challenge champion, Klaus Bytzek, led the standings as the result of one victory and consistently finishing in the top-five. He was gridded in the third position for the start of round five at Mosport International Raceway. Bytzek and the No. 00 BMS Race Team prepared Porsche 911 GT1 EVO delivered another solid performance and crossed the finish line in the fourth position.
BMS Race Team entered a second Porsche 911 GT1 EVO in round five of the Canada GT Challenge Cup at Mosport International Raceway for Klaus Bytzek’s brother Harry. Harry competed in the No. 08 Porsche. He brought a wealth of experience, having driven in the Can-Am series, IMSA and SCCA World Challenge. Harry also competed in the first two seasons of the championship. In round five, he finished in sixth place.

11Brent GatesStealth B6 / TMI Racing30-
22James HoltomChevrolet Corvette / Georgian Bay Motorsports30-
34Charlie WebsterChevrolet Camaro / C.J. Webster30-
43Klaus BytzekPorsche 911 GT1 Evo / BMS Race Team30-
55Mark SwainNoble Ultima GTR / TMI Racing30-
69Harry BytzekPorsche 911 GT1 Evo / BMS Race Team29-
715Steve HummelChevrolet Corvette / Tomsoft Racing29-
810Larry BarczaChevrolet Camaro29-
913Ahmad KodkarDatsun 240Z / Quest-Tech29-
1023Gunter SchmidtVolkswagen Beetle/Greenbelt Motors27-
1120Mike PalladinoChevrolet Corvette / Four Way Auto27-
1221Jeff PaceyMazda RX-7 / Kitchenimics27-
1322Jacques VilleneuvePorsche 911 Turbo/APF Villeneuve.com27-
1424Vito ScavonePorsche 968 RS27-
1526Markus GlarnerBMW 2002 CSL27-
1617Peter BotsinisBMW M3 / PJC Autoworks Ltd24Did Not Finish
1714Jim HarrisonPorsche 911 Turbo / Longhill Energy23Did Not Finish
1816Brad FlowersPorsche 911 Super Cup / Info Vision22Did Not Finish
1932Bentley HammerChevrolet Camaro / Strudwick Motorsports22Did Not Finish
2025Gord VipondChevrolet Camaro21Did Not Finish
212B. Coons / J. BeatonChevrolet Corvette / Century Mechanical19Did Not Finish
2221Jay FiegerChevrolet Monte Carlo / Marathon Graphics11Did Not Finish
2319Fernand LeblancPorsche 911 Turbo / MCL8Did Not Finish
2426Matt Coveart / Martin GrayMazda RX-76Did Not Finish
254Mackenzie / Von EngelbrechtenNoble Ultima Mk3 / Roger@Home4Did Not Finish
2611Allan DeWolfeBMW 325i / Eurotec3Did Not Finish
2711John BrennerNoble Ultima Spyder / Hoosier Tire1Did Not Finish
-7Keith CarterChevrolet Camaro / Strudwick Motorsports-Did Not Start
-29Reiner GrieseChevrolet Corvette / Peek A Boo-Did Not Start

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