The 2019 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 travels to Calabogie Motorsport Park as part of the Kyle Nash Races. Then the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship 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 CTCC Summer Challenge. Then the championship makes its third of four stops at CTMP for the BARC Canadian Touring Trophy races. The series’ final weekend of competition occurs at CTMP during the NASCAR Truck weekend.

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.

  • Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres – Trois-Rivieres
  • CTMP NASCAR Weekend – Canadian Tire 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 2019.
  • F1600B – This group is for cars constructed before 1995. They are powered by the Ford engine or the Honda with a restrictor.

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.

Not only is the year end title on the line, but the F1600A champion will 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 opening rounds of the 2019 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship were held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the BEMC Spring Trophy Races. Drivers would compete in three heat races around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

Sweeping all three rounds at the season opener was Olivier Bedard. The reigning Nissan Micra Cup champion had some F1600 experience, but his primary focus in the last couple of years has been the Nissan series. Bedard qualified on the pole for Saturday’s contest and battled with Zachary Vanier before claiming the victory. He went flag-to-flag Sunday morning, but in the finale, Bedard had to deal with Vanier again.
Chasing Olivier Bedard all weekend was Zachary Vanier. Vanier competed in last season’s Toyo Tires F1600 Championship and finished fifth in the final standings. He qualified second for the weekend’s first race and exchanged the lead three times before finishing second. The next day, Vanier had his hands full with Matt Barry before Barry retired. In the last race, his battle resumed with Bedard and he earned another second-place.
The F1600B category had three different class winners during the weekend. The victory on Saturday went to series veteran Mike Lee driving the No. 25 Van Diemen RF92. Lee passed the class leader, Steve Bodrug, on the last lap for the win. In the first race Sunday, he started second in his category but was passed by Bodrug and finished third. Lee was gridded third in class for the final event and finished in the same position.
Brian Graham Racing entered three new drivers in the 2019 Toyo Tire F1600 Championship. Piloting the No. 4 Piper DL7 is Matt Barry. Barry qualified sixth fastest for the season’s first race. He moved to fourth-place but inherited third on the penultimate lap from his teammate Mac Clark. Barry was running third when he retired on lap-8. Barry ended the weekend, finishing fourth after starting in the third spot.
James Lindsay, who finished second in last year’s F1600B championship, was the class of the field at the season opener, but it wasn’t reflected in his results. Lindsay grabbed the category pole for round one by a margin of 1.553-seconds and started third overall, but his race only lasted ten laps. He rebounded the next day, finishing fifth overall and third in class. Lindsay earned a runner-up result in the B category Sunday afternoon.
Driving the No. 2 Brian Graham Racing prepared Piper DL7 was rookie Jonathan Woolridge. Woolridge was gridded tenth for the Saturday contest and made excellent progress to finish in the sixth position. His fastest lap in race one was only good enough for an eighth-place starting position in round two. However, Woolridge moved through the field and finished third. In the final event, he earned a sixth-place result.
The third driver to capture an F1600B victory this weekend was another series veteran Steve Bodrug. Bodrug recorded the eleventh fastest time during the qualifying, which was second in class. He lost the category lead on the final lap and finished second. In the first race on Sunday morning, Bodrug grabbed another runner-up result. He navigated the wet conditions in round three and was rewarded with a win.
The third member of the Brian Graham Racing squad was Mac Clark. The former F1200 racer drove the No. 3 Piper DL7. He began his first Toyo Tires F1600 Championship with a fourteenth-place finish after qualifying fourth. Clark was gridded seventh for the next contest and was in fourth at the checkered flag. He started fourth in the finale and passed his teammate Matt Barry to capture his first podium result.

11A-1Olivier BedardSpectrum 01415-
22A-2Zachary VanierMygale SJ1515-
36A-3Matt BarryPiper DL715-
48A-4Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF9415-
59A-5Dean BakerVan Diemen RF0115-
610A-6Jonathan WoolridgePiper DL715-
712A-7Danby CrowderSpectrum 01415-
813A-8Sam BakerSpectrum 01215-
915A-9Alex TrubeySpectrum 01415-
1014B-1Mike LeeVan Diemen RF9215-
1111B-2Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF9315-
125A-10David TaylorVan Diemen RF9915-
1318B-3Calvin CoeyEuroSwift SC9315-
144A-11Mac ClarkPiper DL715-
1519B-4Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9114-
1620A-12Tony MartellaVan Diemen RF0114-
173B-5James LindsayVan Diemen RF9110-
-7AMatt GidmanVan Diemen RF035Did Not Finish
-17BMike DoddVan Diemen RF94-Did Not Start
-16BBill TebbuttVan Diemen RF9014Excluded

11A-1Olivier BedardSpectrum 01411-
23A-2Zachary VanierMygale SJ1511-
38A-3Jonathan WoolridgePiper DL711-
47A-4Mac ClarkPiper DL711-
56B-1James LindsayVan Diemen RF9111-
65A-5Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF9411-
717A-6Matt GidmanVan Diemen RF0311-
812A-7Sam BakerSpectrum 01211-
910A-8Danby CrowderSpectrum 01411-
1013B-2Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF9311-
1114A-9Alex TrubeySpectrum 01411-
1211B-3Mike LeeVan Diemen RF9211-
13-B-4Mike DoddVan Diemen RF9411-
1418B-5Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9111-
152A-10Matt BarryPiper DL78-
164A-11David TaylorVan Diemen RF998-
179A-12Dean BakerVan Diemen RF018-
-16BCalvin CoeyEuroSwift SC933Did Not Finish
-19ATony MartellaVan Diemen RF01-Did Not Start
-15BBill TebbuttVan Diemen RF90-Did Not Start

11A-1Olivier BedardSpectrum 01413-
22A-2Zachary VanierMygale SJ1513-
34A-3Mac ClarkPiper DL713-
43A-4Matt BarryPiper DL713-
515B-1Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF9313-
65A-5Jonathan WoolridgePiper DL713-
78B-2James LindsayVan Diemen RF9113-
87A-6Matt GidmanVan Diemen RF0313-
916B-3Mike LeeVan Diemen RF9213-
10-B-4Bill TebbuttVan Diemen RF9013-
1111A-7Sam BakerSpectrum 01213-
1218B-5Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF919-
139A-8Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF947-
-10AAlex TrubeySpectrum 0140Did Not Finish
-14ADanby CrowderSpectrum 014-Did Not Start
-17BMike DoddVan Diemen RF94-Did Not Start
-6ADavid TaylorVan Diemen RF99-Did Not Start
-12ADean BakerVan Diemen RF01-Did Not Start
-13BCalvin CoeyEuroSwift SC93-Did Not Start
--ATony MartellaVan Diemen RF01-Did Not Start

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