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.

The 2018 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship came to a close at the BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Races weekend. The final three races of the series would be held on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

The final weekend of competition would determine whether Kellen Ritter or Jake Craig was crowned the 2018 Toyo Tires F1600A category champion. In the first two races, Ritter, driving the No. 90 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum 014, avoided the drama behind him and captured a pair of victories. In the finale, he finished third, which gave him the title and an invitation to the Mazda Road to Indy Shootout.
The BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Races weekend was the second outing of the season for Craig Willis. Willis won the F1600B category in 2013, driving the No. 99 AERO II. In the weekend’s first race, he started on the class pole and went unchallenged for the victory. The same scenario played out Sunday morning. Willis has to pass and hold off the class pole-sitter, James Lindsay, to earn his final win of the event.
Jake Craig had a chance of winning this year’s F1600A title. Craig started the weekend by inheriting a third-place finish after contact between two of the race leaders took them out of contention. In the first contest the next day, he earned another third. In the final race of the year, Craig was second. Unfortunately, he finished behind Kellen Ritter in two of the three events and finished second in the final standings.
Spike Kohlbecker ended his season with a victory. In Saturday’s race, Kohlbecker was battling with Zachary Vanier and Mikhail Goikhberg when contact resulted in a sixteenth place finish. He started the penultimate contest of 2018 in third and inherited second when Goikhberg was penalized for a driving infraction. In the finale, Kohlbecker traded the lead with Goikhberg and Kellen Ritter before earning his second win of the year.
F1600B competitor James Lindsay ended his season with some notable results. Lindsay qualified eleventh overall for the weekend’s first contest and finished second in his category. On Sunday morning, he earned another runner-up result. But more impressive, Lindsay recorded the second-fastest race lap and started the finale on the outside of the front row. He would capture another second in F1600B.
Earning his second consecutive Toyo Tires F1600B title was Graham Lobban. Lobban entered the final weekend with a comfortable points lead. He was unable to finish Saturday’s contest and was classified sixth in class. In the final two rounds, Lobban grabbed a pair of third-place results. He ended 2018 with sixteen class podiums, of which nine were victories. Lobban won the championship by a margin of forty-five points.
The final weekend of the series was Mikhail Goikhberg’s second event of the season. Despite limited appearances, Goikhberg is often in the thick of the action. This weekend, he drove the No. 06 Mygale SJ13 and qualified fifth for the weekend’s first race. Contact during the contest allowed him to finish second. Unfortunately, Goikhberg was penalized for an infraction in race two. He ended the year with a fourth place.

11A-1Kellen RitterSpectrum 01412-
25A-2Mikhail GoikhbergPiper DL712-
33A-3Jake CraigPiper DL712-
42A-4Zachary VanierMygale SJ1412-
56A-5Matthew TaskinenSpectrum 01412-
69B-1Craig WillisAERO II12-
77A-6Matt GidmanVan Diemen RF0312-
811B-2James LindsayVan Diemen RF9112-
912A-7Sam BakerMygale SJ1412-
1014A-8Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9412-
1116A-9Lee RacicotVector MG-9612-
128A-10Logan CussonPiper DL712-
1318B-3Bruce KitchenVan Diemen RF9212-
1420B-4Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9112-
1521A-11Ross SmithVan Diemen RF0112-
164A-12Spike KohlbeckerSpectrum 01412-
1722B-5Michael McGregorLola T-44011-
1819A-13Michael StewartPiper DF511-
1910B-6Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF947-
2013A-14David TaylorVan Diemen RF996-
2115B-7Mike DoddVan Diemen RF946-
2217B-8Mike LeeVan Diemen RF921Did Not Finish
--BBill TebbuttVan Diemen RF91-Did Not Start

11A-1Kellen RitterSpectrum 01413-
23A-2Spike KohlbeckerSpectrum 01413-
34A-3Jake CraigPiper DL713-
410B-1Craig WillisAERO II13-
58A-4Matthew TaskinenSpectrum 01413-
69B-2James LindsayVan Diemen RF9113-
76A-5Logan CussonPiper DL713-
812B-3Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF9413-
97A-6Matt GidmanVan Diemen RF0313-
1011A-7David TaylorVan Diemen RF9913-
1114A-8Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9413-
1221B-4Mike DoddVan Diemen RF9413-
1313A-9Sam BakerMygale SJ1413-
14-B-5Bill TebbuttVan Diemen RF9113-
1522B-6Mike LeeVan Diemen RF9213-
1617A-10Michael StewartPiper DF513-
1719B-7Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9113-
1818A-11Ross SmithVan Diemen RF0113-
192A-12Mikhail GoikhbergPiper DL713Penalty
2020B-8Michael McGregorLola T-4407-
215AZachary VanierMygale SJ146Did Not Finish
2216BBruce KitchenVan Diemen RF925Did Not Finish
2315ALee RacicotVector MG-961Did Not Finish

15A-1Spike KohlbeckerSpectrum 01412-
27A-2Jake CraigPiper DL712-
31A-3Kellen RitterSpectrum 01412-
44A-4Mikhail GoikhbergPiper DL712-
53A-5Zachary VanierMygale SJ1412-
69B-1Craig WillisAERO II12-
72B-2James LindsayVan Diemen RF9112-
86A-6Matthew TaskinenSpectrum 01412-
98A-7Logan CussonPiper DL712-
1012A-8David TaylorVan Diemen RF9912-
1111B-3Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF9412-
1210A-9Matt GidmanVan Diemen RF0312-
1314A-10Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9412-
1423A-11Lee RacicotVector MG-9612-
1515B-4Bill TebbuttVan Diemen RF9112-
1618A-12Michael StewartPiper DF512-
1717B-5Mike LeeVan Diemen RF9212-
1821B-6Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9112-
1920A-13Ross SmithVan Diemen RF0112-
2022B-7Michael McGregorLola T-4407-
2119B-8Bruce KitchenVan Diemen RF926-
2213BMike DoddVan Diemen RF940Did Not Finish
-16ASam BakerMygale SJ14-Did Not Start

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