The 2015 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship schedule consists of six weekends; for a total of twelve contests.

The season kicks off in May at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) during the Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend. In June, the series returns to CTMP as a support event for the VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix event. Then the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship makes its third of four stops at CTMP for the BARC Grand Prix of Ontario Races. In mid-July, competitors race at Shannonville Motorsport Park during DAC’s Bay of Quinte Grand Prix weekend. 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.

  • F1600A – This category is for newer chassis’ built between 1995 and 2014.
  • F1600B – 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 whether a vehicle is categorized as F1600A or F1600B.

The final two rounds of the 2015 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship were held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Races weekend. Drivers would compete in two heat races around the ten turn 2.459-mile road course.

The start of lap -2 for the final race of the 2015 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Leading the field of twenty-one entrants is the pole-sitter, Zacharie Robichon, in the No. 5 Brian Graham Racing Piper DL7. Immediately behind Robichon is the No. 59 Britain West Motorsports Mygale SJ13, driven by the other front-row qualifier, Michael Adams. Trailing Adams is Scott Andrews.
Australian Scott Andrews didn’t join the 2015 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship until rounds nine and ten at Calabogie Motorsport Park. In his first two starts, the No. 92 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum driver led from the pole to the checkered flag. In the penultimate race of the season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, it was another flag-to-flag victory. On Sunday, Andrew’s streak came to an end with a third-place finish.
Former class A and B champion Michael Adams only complete on a part-time basis this season. However, Adams was difficult to beat in the races he entered, backed-up by his 2015 record. Before the final weekend, Adams had four victories in as many starts. At the BEMC weekend, he qualified third for race one and finished second. On Sunday, Adams returned to his winning ways after starting third.
Another very fast driver when he appeared but only participated in four races was F1600B competitor Craig Willis. Willis, driving the Canadian-built AERO II, didn’t make his first start of the season in rounds seven and eight at Shannonville Motorsport Park. He would win both races and finish third overall. The trend continued during the final weekend, with Willis added two more victories to his total.
Zacharie Robichon was another competitor that only made a limited number of appearances. In his six races prior to the BEMC Indian Summer Trophy weekend, Robichon earned six podium results, of which three were victories. For race one, he qualified on the outside of the front row in the No. 5 Brian Graham Racing Piper DL7 and finished third. Robichon started on the pole in the finale but finished second.
Graham Lobban’s first race of the 2015 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship was round three during the Canadian Historic Grand Prix. The driver of the No. 12 Van Diemen RF94 would rack-up four F1600B class victories before the final weekend of the series. A second-place finish in round eleven gave Lobban nine straight podium results. Unfortunately, his season would end on lap-5 with a twelfth-place finish.
The second Lobban family entry was the No. 42 Van Diemen RF94 driven by brother Keith. To date, the highlight of Keith’s year was a third-place in F1600B at the BARC Grand Prix of Ontario. In the penultimate race of 2015, Lobban started and finished ninth overall, which was a fourth in class. The retirements of quicker cars allowed him to score a runner-up result in the championship’s final race.
Reid Arnold captured the 2015 Toyo Tires F1600 F1600A title in the No. 11 AVR Motorsports Piper DF5. His performance during the final weekend of competition was less than stellar. At the BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Races, he captured fifth and sixth-place finishes. However, on the way to the championship, Arnold entered every event, earned six-podium results and only finished outside of the top-ten once.
Successfully defending his 2014 F1600B crown was third-generation racer Connor Wagland. Wagland’s season ended in the same manner as the new F1600A champion Reid Arnold. During the final weekend of the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship, he finished fifth and tenth in class. It was Wagland’s results earlier in the year that garnered a repeat title. His record included nine podium results of which three were victories.

11A-1Scott AndrewsSpectrum 01412-
23A-2Michael AdamsVan Diemen RF9212-
32A-3Zacharie RobichonPiper DL712-
44B-1Craig WillisAERO II12-
56B-2Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF9412-
65A-4Reid ArnoldPiper DF512-
77B-3Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF9312-
88A-5Gord RossMygale SJ1212-
99B-4Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9412-
1011A-6Andre du Preez Jr.Spectrum 01412-
1112A-7Ben HurstPiper DL712-
1210B-5Connor WaglandVan Diemen RF9112-
1313A-8Stephen TempleVan Diemen RF0412-
1414B-6Gerald CaseleyVan Diemen RF9212-
1520B-7Amy CastellReynard 90SF12-
1618B-8Byron LeisReynard 92SF12-
1722B-9Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9112-
1817A-9Andrew CelovskyVan Diemen RF9712-
1923B-10Frank PettiVan Diemen RF9012-
2019B-11Greg RiceReynard 83SF12-
2115B-12Mike LeeLola T-540E9Did Not Finish
2216A-10Taegen PolesPiper DL78Did Not Finish
-21BBruce KitchenVan Diemen RF92-Did Not Start

12A-1Michael AdamsVan Diemen RF9213-
21A-2Zacharie RobichonPiper DL713-
33A-3Scott AndrewsSpectrum 01413-
45B-1Craig WillisAERO II13-
54A-4Reid ArnoldPiper DF513-
67A-5Gord RossMygale SJ1213-
711B-2Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9412-
816B-3Byron LeisReynard 92SF12-
913B-4Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF9312-
1014B-5Gerald CaseleyVan Diemen RF9212-
118A-6Andre du Preez Jr.Spectrum 01412-
1215A-7Taegen PolesPiper DL712-
1318B-6Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9112-
1420B-7Bruce KitchenVan Diemen RF9212-
1517B-8Mike LeeLola T-540E12-
1619A-8Andrew CelovskyVan Diemen RF9711-
1710A-9Ben HurstPiper DL711-
1821B-9Frank PettiVan Diemen RF9011-
199B-10Connor WaglandVan Diemen RF9110Did Not Finish
2012B-11Amy CastellReynard 90SF9Did Not Finish
216B-12Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF945Did Not Finish
--AStephen TempleVan Diemen RF04-Did Not Start
--BGreg RiceReynard 83SF-Did Not Start

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