The 2007 Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Toyo Tires offered amateur Touring car racers an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents at some of Ontario’s most popular tracks. The series provided competitors with professionally organized events that would attract sponsors and fans.

This 2007 schedule consists of eight race weekends. With the exception of the Toronto event, all races take place during Ontario region amateur sports car club weekends. The format at each venue includes two races – either, thirty-minutes in length or a twenty-minute contest on Saturday and a forty-minute event the following day. The season kicks off mid-May at Mosport International Raceway. This is followed by the series premiere event at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Drivers will compete in support races during the Champ Car World Series weekend. In late-July, the championship travels to Calabogie Motorsport Park. In August, teams return to Mosport, where the remainder of the season’s races will be conducted.

In 2007, there are three classes. To help fans distinguish between the groups, the cars are fitted with different coloured windshield banners.

  • Touring – (Red Window Banner) - This is intended to be an entry-level category. Vehicles competing in this class are allowed a minimal amount of performance enhancements. The engines in this group may not exceed 2.0-liters. Manufacturers represented in this group include the Mini Cooper S, Honda Civic, Mazda Protege, Nissan Sentra and Acura Integra.
  • Super Touring – (Yellow Window Banner)- Super Touring includes many of the same makes and models found in Touring. However, this category allows motor modifications and aerodynamic enhancements. Vehicles in this group are limited to an engine displacement of 2.8-liters. Additional manufacturers competing in the group include BMW, Subaru and Audi.
  • Grand Touring – (Blue Window Banner) – This is the series quickest category. This group is for six and eight-cylinder vehicles with an engine displacement in excess of 2.8-liters. Popular cars in this class include the Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, BMW M3 and Porsche 996.

The third weekend of racing for the 2007 Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Toyo Tires was held a Calabogie Motorsport Park. This was another Ontario Regional event and was hosted by the Motorsport Club of Ottawa. A lack of qualified Marshals forced the organizers to use the shorter 2.20-kilometer Supercar layout.

The first lap of round five for the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship at Calabogie Motorsport Park. Leading the field of forty-two starters through corner fourteen – the Hook - is the pole-sitter, Sasha Anis. Behind Anis is the fastest qualifier in the Super Touring category, Scott Nicol, in the Velocity Motorsport prepared Honda Civic. Trailing Nicol are the BMWs or Charles-Andre Bilodeau and Sorenson/Paczynski.
Consistent performances in the first four rounds gave the driver of the No. 14 sponsored Nissan 240SX, Sasha Anis, the Grand Touring points lead. Anis started the first race at Calabogie Motorsport Park on the pole and led flag-to-flag. On Sunday, he traded first place with the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 of Marco Cirone twice before finishing in the runner-up position.
In the first four races of the 2007 Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship, Scott Nicol’s record included one victory but two disqualifications. His weekend at Calabogie Motorsport Park went much better. Nicol qualified second overall and first in Super Touring for Saturday’s contest. In the race, he led his class from start to finish. The following day, Nicol started fourth overall and finished in the runner-up position.
Andre Rapone didn’t make his series debut until round three at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. In the finale at Toronto, he finished second. At Calabogie Motorsport Park, Rapone went one better and captured the class victory in Saturday’s round five. In the last race of the weekend, the driver of the No. 239 Durabond Racing Honda Civic Si finished in the runner-up position but was later disqualified.
Another competitor delivering consistent results was Alain Lauziere. Lauziere’s record included three victories in four rounds, which put him at the top of the Touring standings. He drove the No. 47 Octane Promotions Mini Cooper S and continued his run of podium finishes with a runner-up result in the weekend’s first contest and a third-place in round six.
Quebec’s Charles-Andre Bilodeau was another driver finishing at the top of his category and was rewarded with the Super Touring championship lead. Bilodeau competed in the No. 26 GT Racing prepared BMW 325i. His season to date included four victories in four starts. At Calabogie Motorsport Park, Bilodeau was challenged by Scott Nicol and finished second in race one but returned to his winning ways in the finale.
James Foote was one of many drivers that had competed in the first four rounds. The highlight of his season so far, was capturing the final spot on the Touring class podium in race four at Toronto. Driving the No. 191 Honda Civic, Foote repeated that performance in the first race of the weekend at Calabogie Motorsport Park. On Sunday, he finished eighteenth overall and won the Touring category.
Marco Cirone and Roberto Sabato were splitting the driving duties between the No. 115 Chevrolet Corvette and the No. 55 Chevrolet Corvette. In the season opener at Mosport International Raceway, Cirone scored a victory in the No. 115 Corvette. Sabato drove the car in Toronto and won both days. At Calabogie Motorsport Park, Cirone finished second on Saturday, but the pair were declared the winners in round six.
The Durabond Racing team was made up of three drivers, Robert Calisi and the Rapone brothers, Andre and Anthony. Anthony drove the No. 139 Honda Civic and like his brother, he made his series debut in Toronto. However, his results were not a good as Andre’s. At Calabogie Motorsport Park, he redeemed himself with a fourth-place finish in race one and a runner-up result in the weekend’s final contest.

1Grand TouringSasha AnisNissan 240SX16-
2Grand TouringMarco CironeChevrolet Corvette Z0616-
3Grand TouringKurt LangeveldtMazda RX-716-
4Super TouringScott NicolHonda Civic16-
5Super TouringCharles-Andre BilodeauBMW 325i16-
6Grand TouringBob MunroBMW M316-
7Grand TouringDavid DiedrickMazda RX-716-
8Super TouringPaczynski / SorensonBMW 328is16-
9Super TouringEtienne BorgeatBMW 32516-
10Super TouringEric LeblancSubaru WRX STI16-
11Super TouringRemy AudetteAcura RSX Type-S16-
12Super TouringChristian RaymondMazda Protege16-
13Grand TouringPaul VieiraMazda RX-716-
14Super TouringIan MaddenVolkswagen Golf 1.8T15-
15Grand TouringRoberto SabatoChevrolet Corvette15-
16Super TouringMathieu AudetteHonda Civic Si-R15-
17Super TouringChris SwinwoodBMW 32515-
18TouringAndre RaponeAcura Integra Type R15-
19Super TouringJohn Lockhart / Jason SharpeSaab 93 2.0T15-
20TouringAlain LauziereMini Cooper S15-
21TouringJames FooteHonda Civic15-
22Super TouringArek WojciechowskiBMW15-
23Grand TouringRay ArlauskasBMW 325is15-
24Super TouringRichard BoakeNissan Sentra15-
25TouringAnthony RaponeHonda Civic15-
26Super TouringDavid BensadounBMW 32515-
27Grand TouringGabriel UrsacheSubaru Impreza STi15-
28TouringPerry IannuzziNissan Sentra15-
29TouringChris CapowskiVolkswagen Jetta15-
30Super TouringSteve AndersonDodge Neon SRT-415-
31TouringFrank BlanchetNissan Sentra15-
32TouringSteve GreinerHonda Civic11-
33TouringVic SimoneNissan 200SX15-
34Grand TouringTed Rance / Michael DolanMazda RX-714-
35TouringRoger BowesNissan Sentra14-
36TouringJonathan RashleighToyota Corolla14-
37TouringRobert CalisiHonda Civic13-
38TouringChris Bradburn / Jesse BradburnHonda CRX11-
39TouringBrad YoungHonda Civic4Did Not Finish
40TouringHoward ChinVolkswagen Scirocco3Did Not Finish
41TouringAndrew DanyliwHonda Civic3Did Not Finish
42Grand TouringAntonio BusoEagle Talon2Did Not Finish
-Grand TouringNick Majors / Tony McGrathDodge Viper0Did Not Start

1Grand TouringMarco Cirone / Roberto SabatoChevrolet Corvette Z0631-
2Grand TouringSasha AnisNissan 240SX31-
3Super TouringCharles-Andre BilodeauBMW 325i31-
4Super TouringScott NicolHonda Civic31-
5Grand TouringNick Majors / Tony McGrathDodge Viper31-
6Grand TouringKurt LangeveldtMazda RX-731-
7Grand TouringBob MunroBMW M331-
8Super TouringPaczynski / SorensonBMW 328is31-
9Super TouringEric LeblancSubaru WRX STI30-
10Super TouringMathieu AudetteHonda Civic Si-R30-
11Super TouringRemy AudetteAcura RSX Type-S30-
12Super TouringArek WojciechowskiBMW30-
13Grand TouringRay ArlauskasBMW 325is30-
14Super TouringChristian RaymondMazda Protege30-
15Super TouringIan MaddenVolkswagen Golf 1.8T30-
16Super TouringSteve AndersonDodge Neon SRT-430-
17Grand TouringRoberto Sabato / Marco CironeChevrolet Corvette30-
18TouringJames FooteHonda Civic30-
19Super TouringChris SwinwoodBMW 32529-
20TouringAnthony RaponeHonda Civic29-
21TouringAlain LauziereMini Cooper S29-
22Super TouringDavid BensadounBMW 32529-
23TouringRobert CalisiHonda Civic29-
24TouringAndrew DanyliwHonda Civic29-
25Grand TouringGabriel UrsacheSubaru Impreza STi29-
26TouringChris CapowskiVolkswagen Jetta28-
27TouringFrank BlanchetNissan Sentra28-
28TouringBrad YoungHonda Civic28-
29TouringAndrew BearssMercedes C230 Kompresseur28-
30TouringVic SimoneNissan 200SX28-
31Grand TouringTed Rance / Michael DolanMazda RX-727-
32TouringRoger BowesNissan Sentra27-
33TouringJonathan RashleighToyota Corolla27-
34TouringSteve GreinerHonda Civic26-
35Grand TouringAntonio BusoEagle Talon21Did Not Finish
36Grand TouringPaul VieiraMazda RX-719Did Not Finish
37Grand TouringDavid DiedrickMazda RX-79Did Not Finish
38Super TouringRichard BoakeNissan Sentra2Did Not Finish
39Super TouringEtienne BorgeatBMW 3250Did Not Finish
-Super TouringJohn Lockhart / Jason SharpeSaab 93 2.0T0Did Not Start
-TouringPerry IannuzziNissan Sentra0Did Not Start
-TouringChris Bradburn / Jesse BradburnHonda CRX0Did Not Start
-TouringHoward ChinVolkswagen Scirocco0Did Not Start
-TouringAndre RaponeAcura Integra Type R29Disqualified

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