Despite declining entries for the Canada GT Challenge Cup and the series demise in 2002, there was still a demand
for this format of racing among closed wheel competitors in the Canadian Automobile Sport Club Ontario Region (CASC-OR).
The Touring GT Championship filled this vacancy.
Teams compete in one of three categories. The colour of the windshield banner identifies the groups.
The Touring GT Championship events are conducted on CASC-OR race weekends. On Saturdays, teams compete in a twenty-minute sprint event and the following day a longer forty-minute race is contested. The Championship has also been invited to participate at two professional weekends at Mosport International Raceway – Trans Am Weekend and the CASCAR – Mosport Exide Batteries 250. At these events, drivers compete in a one-hour endurance race with a mandatory pit-stop. In total, there are eleven weekends of competition.
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.
In addition to the Drivers’ Championship, there are awards given for:
The second of two one-hour races for the 2003 Touring GT Championship was held as a support event for the CASCAR Super Series on June 15th at Mosport International Raceway. Teams would compete around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.
|During the CASCAR Super Series weekend, Malcolm Strachan added to his Touring GT Championship Touring SGT points lead. At the previous Mosport International Raceway one-hour event in May, Strachan started from the rear of the field. This time he put the No. 22 Williams Performance Friction sponsored Chevrolet Corvette on the pole. From the start, Strachan dominated the contest.|
|Early in the 2003 Touring GT Championship, the Touring GT category was dominated by the No. 33 Nissan NX2000 Turbo of Bob Armstrong. As of late, the driver to beat was Robert Pacione in the No. 63 Heimrath Racing Porsche 944 Turbo. Armstrong was not entered this weekend and Pacione had little difficulty capturing the class pole and finishing one lap ahead of the runner-up, Doug Vanderhaar.|
|At the CASCAR weekend, Michael Thornley repeated the performance he delivered in May’s sixty-minute event. Thornley started the contest at the rear of the field in the No. 35 Active Traction Service sponsored Acura Integra Type R. During the one hour contest, he would move up the lap chart. Thornley scored the Touring T class victory and finished fifth overall.|
|One of the former Canada GT Challenge Cup drivers competing in this year’s Touring GT Championship was American Joel Reiser. Reiser had two Porsches to choose from and raced the No. 03 Reiser Motorsports 911 GT3 Cup at the CASCAR event. He qualified third overall and in the Touring SGT category. On this weekend, Reiser was no match for Malcolm Strachan and finished in the runner-up position.|
|The most popular class in the 2003 Touring GT Championship was Touring T; there were fourteen entries at the CASCAR event. One of the quickest drivers in the category were CASC-OR veteran Ian Madden. Madden drove the No. 126 Volkswagen Golf. During the qualifying session, he recorded the fastest time in the class and was gridded eleventh overall. In the race, Madden finished behind the category winner, Michael Thornley.|
|And yet another former Canada GT Challenge Cup driver participating in this weekend’s Touring GT Championship was Ian Phillips. Phillips was driving the No. 14 Auto Genics Racing Mazda RX-7. He was the second fast driver in the qualifying session, but Phillips was still 2.587-seconds slower than the pole-sitter, Malcolm Strachan. In the race, the Mazda only lasted six laps before it was retired.|
|1||1||Touring SGT||Malcom Strachan||Chevrolet Corvette||37|
|2||3||Touring SGT||Joel Reiser||Porsche GT3 Cup||37|
|3||6||Touring GT||Robert Pacione||Porsche 968||36|
|4||5||Touring SGT||Leo Romano||Ford F-150||36|
|5||DNQ||Touring T||Michael Thornley||Acura Integra Type R||35|
|6||11||Touring T||Ian Madden||Volkswagen Golf||35|
|7||12||Touring GT||Doug Vanderhaar||Chevrolet Camaro||35|
|8||15||Touring T||Nelson Chan||Honda||34|
|9||14||Touring T||Andrew Elliott||Volkswagen Corrado||34|
|10||10||Touring GT||John Cosgrove||Nissan 300ZX||34|
|11||16||Touring T||Nicholas Krikorian||Honda Prelude||34|
|12||4||Touring SGT||Allan DeWolfe||BMW 325||33|
|13||9||Touring GT||Alan Jones||Toyota Supra||33|
|14||13||Touring T||Nigel Krikorian||Honda Prelude||33|
|15||20||Touring GT||Ron Guidolin||Volkswagen Corrado||33|
|16||24||Touring T||Cliff Daley||Volkswagen Jetta||33|
|17||25||Touring T||Perry Iannuzzi||Nissan Sentra||33|
|18||22||Touring GT||Shaun de Jager||Eagle Talon||32|
|19||21||Touring T||Joe Indovina||Suzuki Swift||32|
|20||27||Touring T||John Cook||Ford Mustang||30|
|21||23||Touring T||Ian Law||Honda Civic||29|
|22||19||Touring T||Matthew Cornford||Acura Integra||22|
|23||18||Touring T||John Dipchand Jr.||Ford Contour SVT||21|
|24||7||Touring SGT||Anton Geshelin||Chevrolet Corvette||14|
|25||8||Touring SGT||Gunter Schmidt||Volkswagen Beetle||8|
|26||2||Touring SGT||Ian Phillips||Mazda RX-7||6|
|-||17||Touring SGT||Tor Krueger||Chevrolet Monte Carlo||-|
|-||26||Touring T||Nicholas Krikorian||Honda Prelude||-|
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