Quebec’s Super Production Challenge series for production vehicles debuted in 2011. The very popular championship has attracted large fields as the result of affordable racing, which has, in turn, generated close competition and captured the imagination of fans.

The Super Production Challenge offers amateur drivers a semi-professional environment which is sanctioned the Auto Sport Quebec. Most races range from thirty to forty-five minutes in length. The season starts on the first weekend of June with rounds one and two at Calabogie Motorsport Park. The subsequent three events take place at Shannonville Motorsport Park. The series makes its first two visits to Circuit ICAR during the Racewars weekend. In mid-September, the Super Production Challenge returns to Ontario for a doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The season ends on Thanksgiving weekend with rounds ten and eleven at ICAR.

The series controls costs by limiting performance and balancing the power of different vehicles using various methods – weight, rev limiters, intake manifold restrictions and adjustments to other components. Series rules allow modifications to the engine, brakes and suspensions. All cars in the series are required to compete on Falken tires.

Drivers score points in one of two classes – Super Production or Compact. The larger displacement vehicles with no more than 220-horsepower compete in the Super Production group. Cars commonly found in this division include the Scion FRS, Honda Civic, Acura RSX and BMW 328i. The Compact class, introduced in 2012, is for vehicles with less the 100-horsepower. Included in the category are the Mini Cooper, Toyota Echo, Nissan Micra and Mazda 2.

The fourth weekend of the 2018 Super Production Challenge was held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as part of the BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Races. Competitors would score points in two races around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

The start of the weekend’s final race – round nine – for the 2018 Super Production Challenge at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Leading the field of seven entrants into corner one is Eric Laporte in the No. 40 LAPSE Motorsport Honda Civic Si. Sharing the front row with Laporte is the No. 50 Mini Cooper driven by Sylvain Laporte. Behind the leaders are the Volkswagen of Patrick Michaud and Kurt Wittmer in a Honda.
Last season’s Super Production champion, Jacques Gravel, returned for another year of the Super Production Challenge. Gravel began 2018 with some strong results in the No. 1 GT Racing BMW 330ci, but by the time the series arrived at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, he was third in the standings. Gravel captured a pair of victories in rounds eight and nine, which moved him into second in the title chase.
The Super Product category points leaders heading into rounds eight and nine were the brothers Kurt and Karl Wittmer. The pair was sharing the driving duties on the No. 4 Honda Accord V6. At the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park weekend, Kurt piloted the Honda in both contests. He chased the winner, Jacques Gravel, to two runner-up results. More important, the Wittmer’s maintained their championship lead.
Another driver in the thick of the Super Production points chase was Patrick Michaud. Michaud originally campaigned Honda Civic returned to the series after a three-year absence driving the No. 13 B.P. Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi. Two third-place finishes at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Jordan Redlin’s failure to start rounds eight and nine allowed him to move from fourth to third in the standings.
Toka Murphy was the only driver competing in the Compact category this weekend. He drove the No. 27 Honda Fit. Murphy’s first outing of the season was at Shannonville Motorsport Park, where he completed only two laps in race one and was unable to start the next two rounds. With the car repaired for ICAR, Murphy earned two third-place finishes. As the only entrant at this event, he moved into the class points lead.
Jordan Redlin entered the fourth weekend of the Super Production Challenge second in the points chase for the Super Production category. To date, the driver of the No. 2 Ste-Rose Honda Racing Honda Civic Si had six podium results, of which two were victories. Unfortunately, his title aspirations took a big hit when an accident early in the weekend prevented him from participating at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

1SP-1Jacques GravelBMW 330i18-
2SP-2Kurt WittmerHonda Accord V618-
3SP-3Patrick MichaudVW Golf GTi18-
4SP-4Eric LaporteHonda Civic Si18-
5SP-5Crystel CharestMini Cooper17-
6C-1Toka MurphyHonda Fit16-
7SP-6Sylvain LaporteMini Cooper10Vibration
-SPPaul MorinPontiac Solstice GXP-Engine
-SPJordan RedlinHonda Civic Si/-Accident
-SPPatrick PilonAcura Integra Type R-Engine

1SP-1Jacques GravelBMW 330i36-
2SP-2Kurt WittmerHonda Accord V636-
3SP-3Patrick MichaudVW Golf GTi36-
4SP-4Eric LaporteHonda Civic Si35-
5SP-5Crystel CharestMini Cooper34-
6C-1Toka MurphyHonda Fit32-
7SP-6Sylvain LaporteMini Cooper10Vibration
-SPPaul MorinPontiac Solstice GXP-Engine
-SPJordan RedlinHonda Civic Si/-Accident
-SPPatrick PilonAcura Integra Type R-Engine

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