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 third weekend of the 2019 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship was held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during VARAC’s Canadian Historic Grand Prix event. Drivers would compete in three heat races around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

The start of Sunday morning’s race for the 2019 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship. Setting the pace through corner ten, for the thirty-one entrants, is the pole-sitter, Olivier Bedard, in the No. 92 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum 015. Sharing the front row with Bedard by virtue of his fastest lap in Saturday’s contest is F1600B competitor Craig Willis driving the No. 99 AERO II. Behind the leaders are Matt Barry and Mac Clark.
By the end of the VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix weekend, the points leader, Olivier Bedard, had nine victories in as many starts. Unlike the series’ first 2019 visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the driver of the No. 92 Spectrum 015 led each contest flag-to-flag, while the competition behind him was fierce. Bedard’s nine wins also included an equal number of pole positions. He led the title chase with 270-points.
Zachary Vanier spent another weekend chasing Olivier Bedard. Unlike the first event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Vanier was never close enough to exchange the lead with Bedard. He battled with Matt Barry and Mac Clark in race one before claiming the runner-up spot. The second contest of the weekend was a repeat of race one. In the finale, Vanier went unchallenged for his third consecutive second-place.
F1600B competitor Craig Willis also earned three class victories. The VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix event also marked Willis’ first series start of the 2019 Toyo Tires F1600 season. In the first two contests of the weekend, he went unchallenged. During the last race on Sunday, Willis had to contend with the class points leader, James Lindsay. They exchanged the lead three times before Lindsay retired.
After Olivier Bedard and Zachary Vanier, the best of the rest this weekend was Matt Barry, the driver of the No. 4 Brian Graham Racing prepared Piper DL7. Barry opened the event by qualifying second fastest and finishing seventh. On Sunday morning, he drove unopposed to a third-place finish. The finale was a different story. Barry exchanged positions with Connor Wagland before making a pass for third on the last lap.
A couple of former Toyo Tires F1600 series champions make their first appearance of 2019, one of them was Shane Jantzi. In the first qualifying session, Jantzi recorded the sixth-fastest time in the No. 71 Van Diemen RF02. He passed Matt Barry and Mac Clark during race one to finish third. The next contest was more challenging as Jantzi finished ninth. A lap-1 accident in the finale ended his weekend.
Michael Adams, who holds titles in the F1600A and F1600B categories, made his season debut at the VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix event. Adams was competing in the F1600B class driving a 1980 Lola T-540. In Saturday’s contest, he qualified and finished in the fourth spot. The next day began with a third-place finish. Adams closed the weekend with a runner-up result when James Lindsay retired.

11A-1Olivier BedardSpectrum 01415-
24A-2Zachary VanierMygale SJ1515-
36A-3Shane JantziVan Diemen RF0215-
48A-4David TaylorVan Diemen RF9915-
55A-5Mac ClarkPiper DL715-
63B-1Craig WillisAERO II15-
72A-6Matt BarryPiper DL715-
810A-7Connor WaglandPiper DL715-
911B-2James LindsayVan Diemen RF9115-
109A-8Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF9415-
1112B-3Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF9315-
1221A-9Dean BakerSpectrum 01515-
1320A-10Sam BakerSpectrum 01215-
1426B-4Michael AdamsLola T-54015-
1524A-11Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9815-
1618A-12Jason SharpeVan Diemen RF0115-
1716B-5Mike LeeVan Diemen RF9215-
18-A-13Michael StewartPiper DF515-
1923B-6Bill TebbuttVan Diemen RF9015-
2017A-14Alex TrubeySpectrum 01415-
21-A-15Byron LeisVan Diemen RF9814-
2222B-7Brent McPhailHawke DL2A14-
2319B-8James BritnellHawke DL2A14-
2425B-9Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9114-
2528X-1Robert HutchisonVan Diemen RF0014-
2629X-2Jim EdmondsVan Diemen RF9414-
2713X-3Michael RacyVan Diemen RF0613-
287A-16Jonathan WoolridgePiper DL710-
-15BMike DoddVan Diemen RF946Did Not Finish
-27BBruce KitchenVan Diemen RF944Did Not Finish
-14AMatt GidmanVan Diemen RF032Did Not Finish

11A-1Olivier BedardSpectrum 01412-
25A-2Zachary VanierMygale SJ1512-
33A-3Matt BarryPiper DL712-
42B-1Craig WillisAERO II12-
57A-4Jonathan WoolridgePiper DL712-
64A-5Mac ClarkPiper DL712-
710A-6Connor WaglandPiper DL712-
89B-2James LindsayVan Diemen RF9112-
98A-7Shane JantziVan Diemen RF0212-
1011A-8Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF9412-
1131A-9Matt GidmanVan Diemen RF0312-
1212B-3Michael AdamsLola T-54012-
1315A-10Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9812-
1413A-11Dean BakerSpectrum 01512-
1519A-12Jason SharpeVan Diemen RF0112-
1616A-13Sam BakerSpectrum 01212-
1720A-14Michael StewartPiper DF512-
1818X-1Michael RacyVan Diemen RF0612-
1917B-4Mike LeeVan Diemen RF9212-
2021B-5Mike DoddVan Diemen RF9412-
2122B-6Bill TebbuttVan Diemen RF9012-
226A-15David TaylorVan Diemen RF9912-
2324A-16Byron LeisVan Diemen RF9812-
2427B-7Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9112-
2526B-8James BritnellHawke DL2A12-
2625B-9Brent McPhailHawke DL2A12-
2729B-10Bruce KitchenVan Diemen RF9412-
2828X-2Robert HutchisonVan Diemen RF0012-
2930X-3Jim EdmondsVan Diemen RF9412-
-14BSteve BodrugVan Diemen RF930Did Not Finish
-23AAlex TrubeySpectrum 0140Did Not Finish

11A-1Olivier BedardSpectrum 01415-
22A-2Zachary VanierMygale SJ1515-
35B-1Craig WillisAERO II15-
43A-3Matt BarryPiper DL715-
58A-4Connor WaglandPiper DL715-
611A-5Matt GidmanVan Diemen RF0315-
79A-6Mac ClarkPiper DL715-
86A-7David TaylorVan Diemen RF9915-
910A-8Dean BakerSpectrum 01515-
1012A-9Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF9415-
1115A-10Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9815-
1213B-2Michael AdamsLola T-54015-
1320B-3Mike LeeVan Diemen RF9215-
1419B-4Mike DoddVan Diemen RF9415-
1518A-11Michael StewartPiper DF515-
1617A-12Jason SharpeVan Diemen RF0115-
1722B-5Bill TebbuttVan Diemen RF9014-
1825B-6Kieran MurphyVan Diemen RF9114-
1926B-7James BritnellHawke DL2A14-
2024B-8Brent McPhailHawke DL2A14-
2127X-1Robert HutchisonVan Diemen RF0012-
224B-9James LindsayVan Diemen RF9112-
237A-13Jonathan WoolridgePiper DL712-
2421X-2Michael RacyVan Diemen RF0612-
-23AByron LeisVan Diemen RF986Did Not Finish
-28BBruce KitchenVan Diemen RF943Did Not Finish
-29XJim EdmondsVan Diemen RF940Did Not Finish
-6AShane JantziVan Diemen RF02-Did Not Start
-14ASam BakerSpectrum 012-Did Not Start
--BSteve BodrugVan Diemen RF93-Did Not Start
--AAlex TrubeySpectrum 014-Did Not Start

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