The 2016 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship schedule consists of six weekends. Unlike previous years each event would be a tripleheader.

The season kicks off in May at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) during the BEMC Spring Trophy Races. In June, the series returns to CTMP as a support event for the VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix event. In mid-July, competitors race at Shannonville Motorsport Park during CTCC Summer Challenge weekend. Then the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship makes its third of four stops at CTMP for the BARC Canadian Touring Trophy races. In late August, teams travel to Calabogie Motorsports Park for rounds thirteen, fourteen and fifteen. The BEMC Indian Summer Races is the series’ final weekend of competition and determines class champions.

Series entrants are also eligible to participate in the Formula 1600 Super Series, which includes drivers from Quebec. Points toward the Super Series championship are awarded at four events.

  • Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
  • VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  • Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres – Trois-Rivieres
  • Ted Powell Races – Calabogie Motorsport Park

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 with the Ford engine.

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 first weekend of the 2016 Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Championship was held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the BEMC Spring Trophy Races. At the event, drivers would be competing in three heat races around the ten turn 2.459-mile road course.

It was an interest beginning to the 2016 Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Championship for Keith Lobban. Lobban was the third fast qualifier for round one in the No. 12 Van Diemen RF94. Entering the first corner on lap-1, he spun in front of the field. Despite some close calls, all the drivers behind Lobban were able to avoid him. He was able to point the car in the right direction and continue, but he was in last place.
The 2011 F1600B and 2012 F1600B series champion, Michael Adams, opened the 2016 season with a dominant performance. Adams, driving the No. 59 Britain West Motorsports Mygale SJ13, qualified on the pole for round one. He would lead the race flag-to-flag. Round two was a bit more challenging, but he won by a margin of 18.314-seconds. In the finale, Adams led start to finish for his third victory of the weekend.
Byron Leis’ Formula 1600 experience dates back to the top-rated Bulova Formula Ford series in the 1970s. Leis has been competing in the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship since 2013. He would deliver his best performance in this year’s opening round. Starting seventh in the No. 54 Reynard 92SF, Leis would capture his first F1600B victory. In the next two races, he would finish fourth and fifth in class.
Rookie Roman De Angelis had impressive series debut in the No. 4 Brian Graham Racing Piper DL7. The driver from British Columbia started each contest on the outside of the front row. In the weekend’s first contest, he followed the winner, Michael Adams, to the checkered flag. De Angelis battled with Steve Bodrug before claiming another runner-up result in round two. After lap-2, round three was a repeat of race one.
Before the end of the weekend, F1600B competitor Steve Bodrug was challenging the class A entrants. Bodrug piloted the No. 41 Van Diemen RF93 and failed to record a time in the opening qualifying session. Despite starting from the rear of the field, he finished sixth overall and third in class. Bodrug was gridded third for both of Sunday’s contests and earned a pair of category victories.
Ben Hurst joined Brian Graham Racing for a second season in the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship, driving the No. 3 Piper DL7. In round one, Hurst finished third, which matched his best result of last year. In Sunday’s first contest, he was fourth overall but captured the final spot on the F1600A podium. Hurst claimed another third-place in the final race of the weekend after starting in the fourth position.
After a one-year absence, David Graham returned to the series. Graham was campaigning the familiar No. 8 Van Diemen RF92 and was as quick as ever. Graham qualified fourth overall for Saturday’s contest and finished second in F1600B. On Sunday, he recorded another runner-up result in his group. Graham started and finished sixth overall but captured the final spot on the class podium in the final race of the weekend.
Keith Lobban had good reason to be optimistic before the start of this season’s opening round. Lobban was third fastest in the qualifying session and started on the F1600B pole. Unfortunately, any hopes for a good finish ended when he spun in corner one. He regrouped and was gridded sixth overall for round three and finished third in class. In the finale, Lobban went one better and earned a runner-up result in his division.

11A-1Michael AdamsMygale SJ1312-
22A-2Roman De AngelisPiper DL712-
36A-3Ben HurstPiper DL712-
47B-1Byron LeisReynard 92SF12-
54B-2David GrahamVan Diemen RF9212-
6-B-3Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF9312-
73B-4Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9412-
85A-4Mike LeeLola T-540E12-
98B-5Steve WaglandVan Diemen RF9112-
109B-6Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9111-
1113A-5Andrew CelovskyVan Diemen RF9711-
1210A-6Alex ZellerVan Diemen RF0011-
1312B-7Bruce KitchenVan Diemen RF9211-
1411A-7Danby CrowderVan Diemen RF0511-
15-B-8Bill TebbuttVan Diemen RF8211-
16-ATony CoveVan Diemen RF98-Did Not Start

11A-1Michael AdamsMygale SJ1314-
22A-2Roman De AngelisPiper DL714-
33B-1Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF9314-
45A-3Ben HurstPiper DL714-
56B-2David GrahamVan Diemen RF9214-
67B-3Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9414-
710B-4Steve WaglandVan Diemen RF9114-
88A-4Mike LeeLola T-540E14-
94B-5Byron LeisReynard 92SF14-
1013B-6Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9113-
11-A-5Tony CoveVan Diemen RF9813-
1212B-7Bruce KitchenVan Diemen RF9213-
1311A-6Alex ZellerVan Diemen RF0013-
1414A-7Danby CrowderVan Diemen RF0513-
159A-8Andrew CelovskyVan Diemen RF9711-
-15BBill TebbuttVan Diemen RF82-Did Not Start

11A-1Michael AdamsMygale SJ1315-
22A-2Roman De AngelisPiper DL715-
33B-1Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF9315-
45B-2Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9415-
54A-3Ben HurstPiper DL715-
66B-3David GrahamVan Diemen RF9215-
78B-4Steve WaglandVan Diemen RF9115-
87A-4Mike LeeLola T-540E15-
912A-5Tony CoveVan Diemen RF9814-
1010B-5Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9114-
1115A-6Danby CrowderVan Diemen RF0514-
129B-6Byron LeisReynard 92SF14-
1311A-7Alex ZellerVan Diemen RF0014-
1413B-7Bruce KitchenVan Diemen RF925Did Not Finish
-14AAndrew CelovskyVan Diemen RF97-Did Not Start
-15BBill TebbuttVan Diemen RF82-Did Not Start

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