The 2014 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship schedule consists of six weekends; for a total of twelve contests. The status of the championship was raised when the series participates as a support event for some of Ontario’s high-profile professional race weekends.

There was also an opportunity for teams to compete in the new F1600 Super Series. Ontario’s Jason Sharpe and Quebec’s Marcel Lafontaine developed a series that would see drivers race at the Castrol Victoria Day Speedfest, Honda Toronto Indy, Canadian Grand Prix and Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

The season kicks off in May at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) during the BEMC Spring Trophy Races. The following two rounds are part of the Castrol Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend at CTMP. Then the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship makes its third of four stops to CTMP for the BARC Grand Prix of Ontario Races. In mid-July, competitors race on the temporary street circuit at Toronto’s Exhibition Place as a support event for Honda Toronto Indy. Then teams travel to Calabogie Motorsports Park for rounds nine and ten. The BEMC Indian Summer Races is the series’ final weekend of competition and determines class champions.

The single-seater, open-wheel race cars in the championship are powered by one of two engine options - a four-cylinder, 1600-cc Ford engine or the 1.5-liter HPD Honda L15A7. Both motors produce approximately 120-horsepower. A mixture of European and North American chassis is used by competitors. Minimum vehicle weight is determined by the suspension design and ranges from 1050 to 1125-lbs. Teams are required to use a spec tire – the Toyo Proxes R888.

Drivers collect championship points in one of two groups.

  • FFA – This category is for newer chassis’ built between 1995 and 2014.
  • FFB – This group is for cars constructed between 1994 and older.

The manufacture date for the individual car and not the model is used to determine the year split and if a vehicle is categorized as FFA or FFB. Based on their past performances and historical records, the Swift DB-1 and AERO II are excluded from the FFB class.

Rounds seven and eight of the 2014 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship were held at Toronto’s Exhibition Place as a support event for the Honda Toronto Indy. The weekend would also be races five and six of the F1600 Super Series. Drivers would compete in two eighteen-laps contests around the eleven-turn 1.786-mile temporary street circuit.

The first lap of round seven for the 2014 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship through Exhibition Place’s corner eight. Leading the field of twenty-nine starters is the pole-sitter, Tristan DeGrand, in the No. 93 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum 014. Behind DeGrand is the other front-row qualifier, Brandon Newey, driving the No. 29 Chastain Motorsports Mygale SJ12. Trailing the leaders are Chase Pelletier and Jack Mitchell, Jr.
Tristan DeGrand entered the weekend at the Honda Toronto Indy with a perfect record in the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship and the F1600 Super Series – eight wins in eight starts. The driver of the No. 93 Spectrum 014 qualified on the pole for race one. He battled with Brandon Newey during the contest and won the event after contact between the two drivers. An error in the finale caused him to finish in eleventh-place.
Pro Mazda Championship competitor Brandon Newey made his Toyo Tires F1600 Championship series debut at Toronto. Newey was driving the No. 29 Mygale SJ12 and qualified second for race one. He exchanged the lead with Tristan DeGrand until contact late in the event resulted in a twenty-third-place finish. On Sunday, the battle continued until DeGrand made an error which allowed Newey to grab the victory.
Another driver with impressive results was the FFB points leader Connor Wagland, who had six podium results, of which three were class victories. Wagland qualified twentieth overall and third in class for the weekend’s first contest. During the race, he passed David Graham and Amy Castell for the victory. On lap-5 of race two, Wagland had an accident with the No. 10 Van Diemen in corner eleven and was unable to finish.
Amy Castell couldn’t have picked a better event to claim her first victory. Last year, Castell started the season in a Zink Z10 but acquired a newer Reynard SF90 and her results improved dramatically. She entered the Toronto weekend with three FFB podium results. Castell qualified second in class for race one but finished fourth. In the finale, a pass on David Graham and the retirement of Connor Wagland gave her the win.
The reigning Toyo Tires F1600 champion, Jack Mitchell, Jr., returned to the series for the Honda Toronto Indy weekend. Mitchell joined his old team, Exclusive Autosport, driving the No. 1 Spectrum 014. He was fifth fastest in the qualifying session for the weekend’s first race. Mitchell claimed a runner-up finish as the result of mistakes made by Brandon Newey and Chase Pelletier. On Sunday, he earned another second-place.
Chase Pelletier topped the timesheets in the opening practice session. The local driver started the season in a Van Diemen RF01 and began racing the No. 14 Mygale SJ14 in round five. During the qualifying session, Pelletier fell to fourth fastest. In race one, he managed to avoid any contact and finished third. The next day, Pelletier traded places with Zacharie Robichon and Jack Mitchell before finishing in the fourth position.
Another driver to switch brands was Zacharie Robichon. Robichon regularly campaigned a Piper DF5, but at the Honda Toronto Indy weekend, he was in the No. 3 Brian Graham Racing Van Diemen RF01. Robichon was gridded in the sixth position for the start of Saturday’s race, but contact on lap-1 forced him to retire. In the final contest of the weekend, he redeemed himself by capturing the last position on the rostrum.

11A-1Tristan DeGrandSpectrum 01418-
25A-2Jack Mitchell Jr.Spectrum 01418-
34A-3Chase PelletierMygale SJ1418-
417A-4Sam ChastainMygale SJ1318-
59A-5Olivier BedardVan Diemen RF0118-
613A-6Craig WillisAERO II18-
73A-7Michel BonnetVector VF95218-
811A-8Maxwell HanrattySpectrum 01418-
97A-9Jayson ClunieSpectrum 01418-
1018A-10Reid ArnoldPiper Piper DF518-
1120B-1Connor WaglandVan Diemen RF9118-
1212A-11Bruno ChapinottiPiper DF518-
1316A-12Caitlin JohnstonVan Diemen RF9718-
1415B-2David GrahamVan Diemen RF9218-
1521B-3Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF9318-
1619B-4Amy CastellReynard 90SF18-
1724A-13Andre du Preez Jr.Piper DF518-
1825B-5Mike LeeLola T-540E18-
1923A-14Yves BeaudoinVan Diemen RF9917-
2026B-6Bruce KitchenVan Diemen RF9217-
2127B-7Ted MichalosCrossle 40F17-
22-B-8Andrew CelovskyReynard 82SF17-
232A-15Brandon NeweyMygale SJ1216-
2410A-16Jeffery KingsleySpectrum 01413-
2510A-17Brian FowlerVan Diemen RF0112-
266A-18Zacharie RobichonVan Diemen RF011Did Not Finish
278A-19Steve BamfordMygale SJ110Did Not Finish
2814A-20Marcel LafontaineVan Diemen RF980Did Not Finish

14A-1Brandon NeweyMygale SJ1218-
21A-2Jack Mitchell Jr.Spectrum 01418-
326A-3Zacharie RobichonVan Diemen RF0118-
42A-4Chase PelletierMygale SJ1418-
55A-5Olivier BedardVan Diemen RF0118-
66A-6Sam ChastainMygale SJ1318-
77A-7Michel BonnetVector VF95218-
88A-8Craig WillisAERO II18-
927A-9Steve BamfordMygale SJ1118-
1010A-10Jayson ClunieSpectrum 01418-
111A-11Tristan DeGrandSpectrum 01418-
1216A-12Caitlin JohnstonVan Diemen RF9718-
1313A-13Jeffery KingsleySpectrum 01418-
1415B-1Amy CastellReynard 90SF18-
1520A-14Andre du Preez Jr.Piper DF518-
1618B-2Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF9318-
1722B-3Mike LeeLola T-540E18-
1821A-15Brian FowlerVan Diemen RF0118-
1912A-16Bruno ChapinottiPiper DF518-
2023B-4Bruce KitchenVan Diemen RF9218-
2125B-5Ted MichalosCrossle 40F18-
229A-17Maxwell HanrattySpectrum 01417-
2319A-18Yves BeaudoinVan Diemen RF9917-
2417B-6David GrahamVan Diemen RF9217-
2528A-19Marcel LafontaineVan Diemen RF9817-
2624B-7Andrew CelovskyReynard 82SF17-
2714B-8Connor WaglandVan Diemen RF915Did Not Finish
2811A-20Reid ArnoldPiper Piper DF54Did Not Finish

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