The 2018 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship schedule consists of six race weekends. 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 the Peter Jackson Trophy Races. 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
  • CTCC Summer Challenge – Shannonville Motorsport Park
  • Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres – Trois-Rivieres

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 2018.
  • 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.

Major news for series competitors was this year’s champion would be awarded a ticket to the $200,000 Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 Scholarship Shootout in December. Winning the Mazda Road to Indy Shootout is the first step to a funded ride in the USF2000 series.

As has become a tradition, the 2018 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship’s opening rounds were held during the BEMC Spring Trophy Races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Drivers would compete in three races around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

The opening race of the 2018 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship. Leading the field of twenty-five starters through Moss Corner is the pole-sitter, Marco Kacic, in the No. 95 Exclusive Autosport prepared Spectrum 014. Behind Kacic is his Exclusive Autosport teammate Matthew Taskinen driving the No. 91 Spectrum 014. The leaders are being followed by Jake Craig in the Piper DL7 and the Spectrum of Kellen Ritter.
Marco Kacic had good reason to be optimistic at the conclusion of the qualifying session for Saturday’s race. Kacic put the No. 95 Spectrum 014 on the pole by a margin of 0.726-seconds. He jumped into the lead at the start of round one; however, contact in turn-nine on lap-3 with Jake Craig took him out of contention. On lap-8, it went from bad to worse for Kacic as his car caught fire – ending his weekend.
Starting the opening round in the fourth position was Matthew Taskinen in the No. 90 Spectrum 014. Taskinen moved up the race order and by lap-2, he was scored in the second position. Contact between the leaders allowed him to inherit the lead and win. In race two, Taskinen battled with Jake Craig before earning the victory. The final contest ended with the same scenario, only this time, the challenger was Kellen Ritter.
Joining Brian Graham Racing for this year’s series was Jake Craig, who would drive the No. 4 Piper DL7. Craig was third fastest in the qualifying session for the weekend’s first contest. By the third lap of the race, he caught the leader, Marco Kacic, but contact between the two resulted in a ninth-place finish. In round two, he started on the pole and battled to a runner-up result. In the finale, Craig earned another second-place.
While F1600A competitor Matthew Taskinen swept the weekend, Kevin Kapelke did the same in the B category. Kapelke, driving the No. 02 Kapelke Tuned Van Diemen RF93, qualified seventh fastest for Saturday’s contest. He finished race one in fourth place and went unchallenged for the class victory. Kapelke finished down the overall order in the next two rounds but captured a pair of category wins.
The No. 90 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum 014 was piloted by Kellen Ritter. Ritter qualified on the outside of the front row for Saturday’s contest and avoided the drama in the race to finish in the runner-up spot. The next day, he was gridded second but lost a position to Matthew Taskinen and finished third. During the finale, Ritter was in the hunt and led the penultimate lap, but a mistake resulted in another third place.
After five years of competing in the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship, Graham Lobban earned his first F1600B title in 2017. Lobban returned for another season in the familiar No. 12 Van Diemen RF94. He qualified thirteen fastest for round one and finished a distant second in class B to Kevin Kapelke. During Sunday’s events, he was no match for Kapelke and would capture another pair of runner-up results in F1600B.
One of the many competitors making the 2018 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship debut was Missouri’s Spike Kohlbecker. Kohlbecker was gridded in the eighth position for round one. In the race, he wasted little time moving to the front and inherited a third-place finish due to the Marco Kacic and Jake Craig incident. On Sunday, the driver of the No. 55 Margay Racing Spectrum 014 earned a pair of fourth-place finishes.

14A-1Matthew TaskinenSpectrum 0148-
22A-2Kellen RitterSpectrum 0148-
38A-3Spike KohlbeckerSpectrum 0148-
47B-1Kevin KapelkeVan Diemen RF938-
55A-4David TaylorVan Diemen RF998-
69A-5Duncan MurdochVan Diemen RF998-
713B-2Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF948-
815A-6Logan CussonPiper DL78-
93A-7Jake CraigPiper DL78-
1014A-8Danby CrowderSpectrum 0148-
116B-3James LindsayVan Diemen RF918-
1212B-4Mike LeeVan Diemen RF928-
131A-9Marco KacicSpectrum 0148-
1419A-10Serge LacroixVan Diemen RF018-
1518A-11Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF948-
1616A-12Jason SharpeMygale SJ148-
1720A-13Matt GidmanVan Diemen RF038-
1817A-14Tony CoveVan Diemen RF988-
1922B-5Calvin CoeyEuroSwift SC938-
2021A-15Steve WaglandPiper DL78-
2123B-6Mike DoddVan Diemen RF948-
2224B-7Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF918-
2325A-16Michael StewartPiper DF58-
2411A-17Zachary VanierMygale SJ146-
2510B-8Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF932Did Not Finish

13A-1Matthew TaskinenSpectrum 01412-
21A-2Jake CraigPiper DL712-
32A-3Kellen RitterSpectrum 01412-
47A-4Spike KohlbeckerSpectrum 01412-
54A-5Duncan MurdochVan Diemen RF9912-
66B-1Kevin KapelkeVan Diemen RF9312-
711A-6Zachary VanierMygale SJ1412-
85A-7David TaylorVan Diemen RF9912-
914B-2Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF9412-
108B-3James LindsayVan Diemen RF9112-
1110A-8Serge LacroixVan Diemen RF0112-
1220A-9Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9412-
1318A-10Jason SharpeMygale SJ1412-
1413B-4Mike LeeVan Diemen RF9212-
1517A-11Tony CoveVan Diemen RF9812-
1616A-12Matt GidmanVan Diemen RF0312-
1721A-13Steve WaglandPiper DL712-
1815A-14Danby CrowderSpectrum 01412-
1923B-5Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9112-
2024A-16Michael StewartPiper DF512-
2112A-17Logan CussonPiper DL712-
2219B-6Calvin CoeyEuroSwift SC9310Did Not Finish
2322B-7Mike DoddVan Diemen RF944Did Not Finish
-9AMarco KacicSpectrum 014-Did Not Start
-25BSteve BodrugVan Diemen RF93-Did Not Start

14A-1Matthew TaskinenSpectrum 01415-
22A-2Jake CraigPiper DL715-
31A-3Kellen RitterSpectrum 01415-
48A-4Spike KohlbeckerSpectrum 01415-
53A-5Duncan MurdochVan Diemen RF9915-
67A-6Zachary VanierMygale SJ1415-
75B-1Kevin KapelkeVan Diemen RF9315-
86A-7Danby CrowderSpectrum 01415-
911B-2Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF9415-
109A-8David TaylorVan Diemen RF9915-
1110A-9Logan CussonPiper DL715-
1216B-3James LindsayVan Diemen RF9115-
1314B-4Mike LeeVan Diemen RF9215-
1413A-10Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9415-
1517A-11Tony CoveVan Diemen RF9815-
1618A-12Matt GidmanVan Diemen RF0315-
1715A-13Jason SharpeMygale SJ1415-
1820A-14Steve WaglandPiper DL715-
1921B-5Mike DoddVan Diemen RF9415-
2023A-15Michael StewartPiper DF515-
2122B-6Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9115-
2212A-16Serge LacroixVan Diemen RF016Did Not Finish
-19BCalvin CoeyEuroSwift SC93-Did Not Start
--AMarco KacicSpectrum 014-Did Not Start
--BSteve BodrugVan Diemen RF93-Did Not Start

Copyright Notice:
All content (photographs and text) appearing on this website are the exclusive property of © and are protected under International copyright laws. The subject matter on this website may not be reproduced, copied, stored or manipulated.

© Copyright 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019

Return to home page.