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 – generally, thirty-minutes in length. 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 most anticipated event on the 2007 Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship’s calendar was the Grand Prix of Toronto. Rounds three and four attracted fifty-entrants. They would compete at Exhibition place on the eleven-turn 1.786-mile temporary street circuit.

Sweeping the weekend’s races at Exhibition Place was Roberto Sabato. Sabato, driving the No. 115 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, would move into the Grand Touring points lead after already claiming a first-place finish in the opening round at Mosport. The Grand Touring competitor started on the pole in race three and led flag-to-flag. On Sunday, Sabato repeated his performance, taking the overall and class victory.
Toronto would be an opportunity for Super Touring competitor Scott Nicol to redeem himself. Nicol was disqualified for a driving infraction in the second race of the season at Mosport International Raceway. In the weekend’s first event at Toronto, not only did he win his class, but he finished an incredible second overall. The next day, Nicol was first across the finish line, but he was disqualified by Series Officials.
Although the season was still young, the only driver to challenge Roberto Sabato’s dominance was Sasha Anis. Anis finished third in the first race of the season and when Sabato was penalized for passing under the yellow in round two, he captured the victory. Anis qualified second fastest at Toronto in the No. 14 Nissan 240SX. Unfortunately, he was no match for Sabato and scored second and sixth-place finishes.
Quebec’s Eric Leblanc’s season got off to a poor start. The driver of the No. 140 Twofast Racing Subaru WRX STI was unable to finish both opening rounds at Mosport International Raceway. His visit to Toronto’s Exhibition Place would be a much better experience. On Saturday, Leblanc qualified eighth overall and earned a third place in Super Touring. In round four, he captured another third in class.
The Super Touring points leader was Charles-Andre Bilodeau after two rounds of the 2007 Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship. The Montreal driver swept both races at Mosport International Raceway. Piloting the No. 26 GT Racing prepared BMW 325i, he managed a second in class in the weekend’s first contest. Bilodeau inherited a victory on Sunday following Scott Nicol’s disqualification.
Robert Calisi, driving the No. 39 Durabond sponsored Honda Civic, opened 2007 with fourth and fifth-place finishes at Mosport International Raceway. At the Grand Prix of Toronto, he fared much better. Calisi captured a runner-up finish at the weekend’s first event and won the following day. The results elevated him to second in the Touring category title chase.
Antonio Buso was competing in the Grand Touring category driving the No. 27 Eagle Talon Tsi. Buso entered the first two rounds at Mosport International Raceway, but the best he could manage was a tenth in class. His luck changed at Exhibition Place. In Saturday’s contest, he qualified sixteenth overall and finished fifth in class. The next day, Buso was fifth overall but second in Grand Touring group.
Joining the Super Touring points leader, Charles-Andre Bilodeau, at GT Racing in a second BMW 325i was Etienne Borgeat. Borgeat finished behind his teammate in the first race a Mosport, but in the second contest, he finished a distant tenth. Toronto did not start out well, Borgeat failed to complete round three. On Sunday, he came from the back of the grid and moved to third in class when Scott Nicol was disqualified.
After the first two rounds, Alain Lauziere led the Touring points standing. Lauziere won both ends of the opening weekend at Mosport. In Toronto, his momentum continued with a victory in Saturday’s race driving the crowd favourite, No. 47 Octane Promotion Mini Cooper S. Unfortunately, the following day, Lauziere finished a distant fifth, but he remained atop the championship battle.

1Grand TouringRoberto SabatoChevrolet Corvette16-
2Grand TouringSasha AnisNissan 240SX16-
3Super TouringScott NicolHonda Civic16-
4Grand TouringKurt LangeveldtMazda RX-716-
5Grand TouringVan Peter HansonBMW M316-
6Super TouringCharles-Andre BilodeauBMW 325i16-
7Super TouringEric LeblancSubaru WRX STI16-
8Super TouringIan MaddenVolkswagen Golf 1.8T16-
9Super TouringGunter SchmidtChevrolet Cobalt SS16-
10Grand TouringAntonio BusoEagle Talon16-
11Grand TouringBob MunroBMW M316-
12Grand TouringGabriel UrsacheSubaru Impreza STi16-
13TouringAlain LauziereMini Cooper S16-
14Super TouringJohn LockhartSaab 93 2.0T16-
15Super TouringSteve AndersonDodge Neon SRT-416-
16TouringRobert CalisiHonda Civic16-
17Grand TouringRobert McAuleyBMW M316-
18Super TouringScott HallBMW 32516-
19TouringAndrew DanyliwHonda Civic16-
20Grand TouringRay ArlauskasBMW 325is16-
21TouringJames FooteHonda Civic16-
22Super TouringJordan MarrisonBMW M316-
23TouringJesse BradburnHonda CRX16-
24TouringBrian SibbittMazda Protege 516-
25TouringBrad YoungHonda Civic16-
26TouringVictor SimoneNissan 200SX16-
27TouringAndrew BearssMercedes C230 Kompresseur16-
28TouringFrank BlanchetNissan Sentra16-
29TouringKen McCartenHonda CRX16-
30TouringSteve GreinerHonda Civic15-
31TouringRoger BowesNissan Sentra15-
32TouringJonathan RashleighToyota Corolla15-
33TouringPerry IannuzziNissan Sentra15-
34TouringAnthony RaponeHonda Civic Si13-
35TouringAndre RaponeAcura Integra Type R13-
36Super TouringSam KeeHonda S200012-
-Super TouringEtienne BorgeatBMW 32511Did Not Finish
-TouringHoward ChinVolkswagen Scirocco6Did Not Finish
-Grand TouringMarco CironeChevrolet Corvette5Did Not Finish
-TouringNabeel MalikAcura RSX Type S5Did Not Finish
-Super TouringNicholas KrikorianAcura RSX Type S3Did Not Finish
-Super TouringAllan DeWolfeBMW 3282Did Not Finish
-Super TouringChristian RaymondMazda Protege0Did Not Finish

1Grand TouringRoberto SabatoChevrolet Corvette16-
2Super TouringCharles-Andre BilodeauBMW 325i16-
3Super TouringEric LeblancSubaru WRX STI16-
4Grand TouringAntonio BusoEagle Talon16-
5Super TouringEtienne BorgeatBMW 32516-
6Grand TouringRobert McAuleyBMW M316-
7Grand TouringKurt LangeveldtMazda RX-716-
8Grand TouringBob MunroBMW M316-
9Grand TouringSasha AnisNissan 240SX16-
10Super TouringIan MaddenVolkswagen Golf 1.8T16-
11TouringRobert CalisiHonda Civic16-
12Grand TouringMarco CironeChevrolet Corvette16-
13Super TouringAshley TawsBMW M316-
14Super TouringJason SharpeSaab 93 2.0T16-
15Super TouringChristian RaymondMazda Protege16-
16Grand TouringGabriel UrsacheSubaru Impreza STi16-
17TouringAndre RaponeAcura Integra Type R16-
18TouringJames FooteHonda Civic16-
19Super TouringSteve AndersonDodge Neon SRT-416-
20TouringAndrew DanyliwHonda Civic16-
21TouringAlain LauziereMini Cooper S15-
22TouringJesse BradburnHonda CRX15-
23TouringBrian SibbittMazda Protege 515-
24TouringPerry IannuzziNissan Sentra15-
25TouringAnthony RaponeHonda Civic Si15-
26TouringBrad YoungHonda Civic15-
27TouringVictor SimoneNissan 200SX15-
28TouringRichard BoakeNissan Sentra Spec-V15-
29Super TouringNabeel MalikAcura RSX Type S15-
30Grand TouringRay ArlauskasBMW 325is15-
31TouringAndrew BearssMercedes C230 Kompresseur15-
32TouringFrank BlanchetNissan Sentra15-
33TouringSteve GreinerHonda Civic15-
34TouringRoger BowesNissan Sentra15-
35TouringJonathan RashleighToyota Corolla15-
36Super TouringAndrew ElliottVolkswagen Jetta 2.0T12-
-Super TouringScott HallBMW 3259Did Not Finish
-TouringHoward ChinVolkswagen Scirocco3Did Not Finish
-Grand TouringVan Peter HansonBMW M30Did Not Finish
-Super TouringSteve KentChevrolet Cobalt SS0Did Not Finish
-Super TouringAllan DeWolfeBMW 3280Did Not Finish
-Super TouringScott NicolHonda Civic16Disqualified

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