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 competed in one of two categories. Last season’s Touring SGT class was eliminated for 2004. The colour of the windshield banner identifies the groups.

  • Touring GT – Blue – This class is home to vehicles with V8 or six-cylinder engines and cars with forced induction systems.
  • Touring T – Yellow - Vehicles commonly found in this category include the Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra, Volkswagen Rabbit, Acura Integra, etc. Engine displacement is limited to 2.8-liters.

Both classes compete on Toyo Proxes RA-1 tires.

The Touring GT Championship events are conducted on nine 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 in three professional weekends at Mosport International Raceway – Victoria Day, CASCAR Super Series and American Le Mans Series. At these events, drivers compete in a one-hour endurance race with a mandatory pit-stop.

All one-hour races 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:

  • Rookie of the Year
  • Most Improved Driver
  • Most Professional Team
  • Crew Chief of the Year
  • Masters Champion
  • Hard Charger

The penultimate round of the Ontario Touring GT Championship was held at Mosport International Raceway during the British Empire Motor Club Indian Summer Trophy weekend.

The starting grid for Sunday’s Ontario Touring GT Championship race at the BEMC Indian Summer Trophy weekend. On the pole is the race one winner, Michael Boekdrukker, in the No. 167 BMW M3. Next to Boekdrukker is the No. 54 Toyota Supra driven by Allan Jones. The second row is occupied by Bob Armstrong in a Nissan NX2000 and the BMW E30 of Ray Arlaukas. There was a total of twenty-five starters.
Series regular Allan Jones had a spectacular weekend. Jones qualified fifth fastest for race one in the No. 54 Toyota Supra. After a tight battle with the Nissan NX2000 Turbo of Bob Armstrong, he finished in the runner-up position. On Sunday, he benefitted from the issues encountered by the BMWs of Michael Boekdrukker and Allan DeWolfe to claim the victory over Armstrong.
Touring T competitor Michael Thornley had another dominant weekend. The points leader qualified and finished sixth overall in the weekend’s first contest, which was good for a class win. On Sunday, Thornley was challenged by the Honda Prelude of Nigel Krikorian. However, the driver of the No. 133 Aura Integra Type R was able to secure a narrow margin of victory in the Touring T category.
The 2004 Touring GT Championship started slowly for Nigel Krikorian. However, at the CASCAR Super Series event, the driver of the No. 152 Honda Prelude captured the Touring T victory. Krikorian was back on form at the BEMC Indian Summer Trophy weekend. He qualified third in class for Saturday’s contest and finished a distant second. In the finale, he kept the winner, Michael Thornley, honest and finished on his bumper.
Last year’s Touring GT Championship Touring GT title holder, Bob Armstrong, made his first appearance of the season at BEMC’s Indian Summer Trophy event. Despite missing the previous ten rounds, Armstrong demonstrated the skills that won him his championship. In the first contest of the weekend, he qualified and finished third in his familiar No. 33 Nissan NX2000 Turbo. On Sunday, Armstrong finished second.
Honda employee Scott Nicol and his team built the beautiful No. 41 Acura EL, which is fitted with a K20 engine. The car wasn’t ready until the American Le Mans Series weekend, where it showed great promise. In race one, during the penultimate weekend of the season, Nicol qualified second in Touring T but finished seventh. In the finale, he fared much better and was in third-place at the checkered flag.
There is no doubt that the No. 167 BMW M3 and its driver Michael Boekdrukker are quick, but there appears to be a reliability issue. This was the case during the BEMC Indian Summer Trophy event. In the weekend’s first contest, Boekdrukker started second and secured the victory after Allan DeWolfe retired. On Sunday, Boekdrukker jumped into an early lead, but he would park the car before the end of the race.

12Touring GTMike BoekdrukkerBMW M313
25Touring GTAlan JonesToyota Supra13
33Touring GTBob ArmstrongNissan NX2000 Turbo13
44Touring GTRay ArlauskasBMW E3013
57Touring GTAllan LewisBMW E3013
66Touring TMichael ThornleyAcura Integra Type R13
79Touring TNigel KrikorianHonda Prelude13
811Touring TNick MajorsNissan Sentra13
913Touring TGunter SchmidtVolkswagen Jetta13
1014Touring TEric NummelinMazda RX-713
1115Touring TAndrew ElliottVolkswagen Corrado13
128Touring TScott NicolAcura EL13
1317Touring TJohn BondarAcura Integra13
1416Touring TNicholas KrikorianHonda Prelude13
1518Touring TTerry DiFrancescoToyota MR212
1620Touring TIan HoustonVolkswagen Rabbit GTi12
1722Touring TPerry IannuzziNissan Sentra12
1823Touring TTerry MuellerNissan Sentra12
1926Touring TJohn PowellMazda RX-712
2024Touring TGregory ChangAcura Integra Type R12
2125Touring TCindy ArmstrongNissan NX200012
Did Not Finish1Touring GTAllan DeWolfeBMW 3255
Did Not Finish19Touring TJeff LorrimanHyundai Tiburon4
Did Not Finish21Touring TCliff Daley / Ian MaddenVolkswagen Golf2
Did Not Finish10Touring TIan LawHonda Civic1
Did Not Start12Touring THoward ChinVolkswagen Rabbit-
Did Not Start28Touring TTom Caluzic/ Alex RizhanovskiHonda Del Sol-

12Touring GTAlan JonesToyota Supra25
23Touring GTBob ArmstrongNissan NX2000 Turbo25
35Touring GTAllan LewisBMW E3025
44Touring GTRay ArlauskasBMW E3025
56Touring TMichael ThornleyAcura Integra Type R25
67Touring TNigel KrikorianHonda Prelude25
722Touring GTAllan DeWolfeBMW 32525
812Touring TScott NicolAcura EL25
914Touring TNicholas KrikorianHonda Prelude25
109Touring TGunter SchmidtVolkswagen Jetta25
1125Touring TIan LawHonda Civic24
1210Touring TEric NummelinMazda RX-724
1324Touring TCliff Daley / Ian MaddenVolkswagen Golf24
1413Touring TJohn BondarAcura Integra24
1523Touring TJeff LorrimanHyundai Tiburon24
1616Touring TIan HoustonVolkswagen Rabbit GTi24
1715Touring TTerry DiFrancescoToyota MR223
1817Touring TPerry IannuzziNissan Sentra23
1920Touring TGregory ChangAcura Integra Type R23
2018Touring TTerry MuellerNissan Sentra23
2121Touring TCindy ArmstrongNissan NX200023
Did Not Finish1Touring GTMike BoekdrukkerBMW M314
Did Not Finish8Touring TNick MajorsNissan Sentra3
Did Not Finish27Touring THoward ChinVolkswagen Rabbit3
Did Not Finish11Touring TAndrew ElliottVolkswagen Corrado2
Did Not Start19Touring TJohn PowellMazda RX-7-
Did Not Start28Touring TTom Caluzic/ Alex RizhanovskiHonda Del Sol-

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