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 final weekend of the 2019 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship ended where it began at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The series would be a support event on the NASCAR Silverado 250 weekend. Drivers competed in three races around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

The first lap through Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s corner three for race one of the weekend. In the lead is the pole-sitter and title contender, Olivier Bedard, in the No. 90 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum 015. Behind Bedard is the championship points leader and the second-fastest qualifier, Zachary Vanier, driving the No. 65 Britain West Motorsports Mygale SJ15. Trailing the leaders are Matt Barry and David Taylor.
Olivier Bedard led the championship until the BARC Touring Trophy Races weekend. Bedard skipped the event to compete in the Quebec F1600 series at Mont Tremblant. He entered the NASCAR weekend, trailing Zachary Vanier by thirteen points. Bedard, driving the No. 90 Spectrum 015, would win the final three rounds. After his worst two finishes were removed from his total, Bedard won the championship by thirty-six markers.
By the time the series entered the final weekend of competition, the F1600B class leader, James Lindsay, had the situation under control. Like the new F1600A champion, Olivier Bedard, Lindsay swept the final weekend, adding three more victories to his total. On the way to the title, he amassed an impressive record - in eighteen starts, Lindsay finished on the podium sixteen times, of which twelve were wins.
The pace lap for the final race of the 2019 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship. Leading the field through corner ten is the pole-winning No. 4 Brian Graham Racing Piper DL7 piloted by Matt Barry. Sharing the front row with Barry is No. 65 Britain West Motorsports Mygale SJ15 driven by championship hopeful Zachary Vanier. Immediately behind the leaders are F1600B competitor James Lindsay and Olivier Bedard.
Zachary Vanier spent the season chasing Olivier Bedard. However, on two occasions, he beat Bedard. Vanier led the point standings entering the final weekend as the result of Bedard skipping the BARC event. In the final three rounds of 2019, he followed Bedard to the checkered flag. Vanier finished second in the championship after each driver’s worst two-point scoring contests were dropped from their total.
Veteran F1600B competitor Steve Bodrug had an excellent weekend but was no match for the new class champion, James Lindsay. Like Vanier spent most of 2019 chasing Lindsay and found himself in the same situation during the season’s final three races. During the NASCAR event, Bodrug was never close enough to challenge Lindsay and his three runner-up results were never threatened.
Rookie Matt Barry was often at the front of the field, but inconsistent results meant he would not contend for the F1600A championship. The driver of the No. 4 Brian Graham Racing prepared Piper DL7 qualified fourth for Saturday’s first contest but was the first retiree. In the afternoon, he started and finished third. Barry was gridded on the pole in the finale but could not defend against Olivier Bedard and Zachary Vanier.

11A-1Olivier BedardSpectrum 01512-
22A-2Zachary VanierMygale SJ1512-
33A-3David TaylorVan Diemen RF9912-
48A-4Mac ClarkPiper DL712-
56A-5Guillaume ArchambaulCMV 0512-
65B-1James LindsayVan Diemen RF9112-
712A-6Sam BakerSpectrum 01212-
810A-7Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF9412-
99A-8Matt GidmanVan Diemen RF0312-
1013A-9Varun ChokseySpectrum 01512-
1114B-2Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF9312-
1216A-10Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9812-
1317A-11Michael StewartPiper DF512-
1421A-12Jason SharpeVan Diemen RF0112-
1518B-3Bill TebbuttVan Diemen RF9012-
1620B-4Mike DoddVan Diemen RF9412-
1715A-13Brent McPhailVan Diemen 0312-
18-A-14Serge LacroixVan Diemen RF0112-
19-A-15Byron LeisVan Diemen RF9812-
2023B-5James BritnellHawke DL2A12-
2122A-16Martin BrousseauVan Diemen RF9712-
2219B-6Mike LeeVan Diemen RF9212-
2324B-7Sean JohnstonVan Diemen RF9112-
244A-17Matt BarryPiper DL710-
-7AJonathan WoolridgePiper DL76Did Not Finish
-11AConnor WaglandPiper DL7-Did Not Start

12A-1Olivier BedardSpectrum 01513-
21A-2Zachary VanierMygale SJ1513-
33A-3Matt BarryPiper DL713-
45B-1James LindsayVan Diemen RF9113-
5-A-4Connor WaglandPiper DL713-
66A-5Sam BakerSpectrum 01213-
710A-6Varun ChokseySpectrum 01513-
89A-7Matt GidmanVan Diemen RF0313-
913A-8Keith LobbanVan Diemen RF9813-
1011B-2Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF9313-
1118A-9Brent McPhailVan Diemen 0313-
1217B-3Mike LeeVan Diemen RF9213-
1315A-10Michael StewartPiper DF513-
1420B-4Mike DoddVan Diemen RF9413-
1521B-5Bill TebbuttVan Diemen RF9013-
1622B-6James BritnellHawke DL2A13-
1716A-11Serge LacroixVan Diemen RF0113-
1824A-12Martin BrousseauVan Diemen RF9713-
1925B-7Sean JohnstonVan Diemen RF9113-
2014A-13Jonathan WoolridgePiper DL711-
218A-14Guillaume ArchambaulCMV 0510-
2219A-15Jason SharpeVan Diemen RF019-
-4ADavid TaylorVan Diemen RF996Did Not Finish
-7AMac ClarkPiper DL76Did Not Finish
-23AByron LeisVan Diemen RF98-Did Not Start
-12AGraham LobbanVan Diemen RF94-Excluded

14A-1Olivier BedardSpectrum 01513-
22A-2Zachary VanierMygale SJ1513-
31A-3Matt BarryPiper DL713-
43B-1James LindsayVan Diemen RF9113-
56A-4Guillaume ArchambaulCMV 0513-
65A-5Connor WaglandPiper DL713-
711A-6Sam BakerSpectrum 01213-
810A-7Jonathan WoolridgePiper DL713-
915A-8Varun ChokseySpectrum 01513-
107A-9Graham LobbanVan Diemen RF9413-
1117A-10Brent McPhailVan Diemen 0313-
1213B-2Steve BodrugVan Diemen RF9313-
1319A-11Jason SharpeVan Diemen RF0113-
1423A-12Serge LacroixVan Diemen RF0113-
1522B-3Bill TebbuttVan Diemen RF9013-
1625B-4James BritnellHawke DL2A13-
1725B-5Sean JohnstonVan Diemen RF9113-
1824A-13Martin BrousseauVan Diemen RF9713-
199A-14David TaylorVan Diemen RF9911-
-16AMatt GidmanVan Diemen RF036Did Not Finish
-12AKeith LobbanVan Diemen RF986Did Not Finish
-18BMike LeeVan Diemen RF924Did Not Finish
-21AMichael StewartPiper DF54Did Not Finish
-20BMike DoddVan Diemen RF942Did Not Finish
-8AMac ClarkPiper DL7-Did Not Start
--AByron LeisVan Diemen RF98-Did Not Start

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