The Toyo Tires F1600 Championship Series was scheduled to start its 2021 season in early June at Shannonville Motorsport Park. However, the pandemic prevented race events from starting until provincial restrictions were lifted. The revised calendar kicked off in June at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as part of the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix. A month later, the series returns to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in conjunction with the BARC Canadian Touring Trophy Races. This event was followed by the championship’s only visit to Calabogie Motorsport Park. Teams are in action again on the Labour Day Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The penultimate event occurs during mid-September at the BEMC Late Summer Trophy Races. The Celebration of Motorsports at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is the replacement for the weekend cancelled early in the season and acts as the series finale. A total of eighteen contests will be conducted during 2021 to determine category champions.

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 2021. Or, any car with a Honda Fit engine
  • F1600B – This group is for cars constructed before 1995. They are powered by the Ford motor.

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.

The fourth weekend of the 2021 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship was conducted at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Drivers would collect points in three races on the ten turn 2.459-mile road circuit.

Twenty-two Toyo Tires F1600 competitors line up in corner nine for the first race of the weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. On the pole is Sam Baker in the No. 51 Kerr Industries/Baker Racing Spectrum 012b. Qualifying second and just 0.005-seconds slower than Baker was Nick Gilkes driving the No. 64 Britain West Motorsport Mygale SJ14. Jonathan Woolridge and Connor Wagland occupy row two.
The F1600A points leader, Nick Gilkes, was second fastest in the qualifying session but led the first race of the weekend flag-to-flag, winning by a margin of 9.809-seconds. The driver of the No. 64 Britain West Motorsport prepared Mygale SJ14 started Saturday afternoon’s contest in third but took a turn out front before finishing third. In the finale, Gilkes was in first place on the penultimate lap but lost the spot to Jake Cowden.
Sam Baker put the No. 51 Spectrum 012b on the pole for Saturday morning’s race with a time of 1:29.095. Baker crossed the finish line for race one in fourth place but was awarded third when Jonathan Woolridge was penalized. In the afternoon, he was gridded fifth but advanced to a runner-up finish. On Sunday morning, Baker was involved in a start line incident that eliminated him and four other cars.
The start of race two on Saturday afternoon for the 2021 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship. Leading the field of twenty-two drivers into Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s corner one is the No. 2 Brian Graham Racing Piper DL7 of the pole-sitter, Jonathan Woolridge. Behind Woolridge is the third-place starter and winner of the morning race Nick Gilkes. Beside Gilkes is Woolridge’s teammate and the other front-row starter, Jack Polito.
Jonathan Woolridge, driving the No. 2 Piper DL7, was third-fastest in the qualifying session for race one. Woolridge ran as high as second in the first race of the weekend, but a spin sent him back to sixth place. He recovered to cross the finish line in second but was penalized two positions as the result of a starting line incident. Woolridge redeemed himself with a victory in the afternoon but didn’t complete a single lap in the finale.
Dean Baker recorded the seventh-fastest qualifying time for the opening event of the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Labour Day Sprints. An error by Jack Polito allowed him to finish in the sixth position. In race two, the driver of the No. 52 Kerr Industries/Baker Racing Spectrum 015 was gridded eighth and finished fourth. On Sunday morning, Baker capitalized on the start line accident to earn the final podium position.
The pace lap through corner ten for the weekend's final event during the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Labour Day Sprints. On the pole is the No. 66 Britain West Motorsport Mygale SJ13 of Jake Cowden. Beside Cowden is Jack Polito driving the No. 4 Brian Graham Racing Piper DL7. Starting behind the leaders is race one winner Nick Gilkes and Jonathan Woolridge, who scored the victory in race two.
Jake Cowden was the sixth-fastest qualifier for race one on Saturday morning. He was also the final driver to record a time under 1:30.000. In the first contest, Cowden would cross the finish line in third but be moved to the runner-up spot when Jonathan Woolridge was penalized. Contact with Jack Polito eliminated Cowden from race two. In the finale, he battled with his teammate, Nick Gilkes, before claiming the win.
F1600B class points leader, Connor Clubine, kept his string of category victories at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park alive. Clubine qualified first in class for race one piloting the No. 6 Britain West Motorsport Van Diemen RF91 and finished eighth overall. On Saturday afternoon, he finished 0.086-seconds ahead of fellow F1600B competitor Steve Bodrug. Clubine ended the weekend with a sixth-place result.

1F1600ANick GilkesMygale SJ14 / Honda15-
2F1600AJake CowdenMygale SJ13 / Honda15-
3F1600ASam BakerSpectrum 012b / Honda15-
4F1600AJonathan WoolridgePiper DL7 / Honda15-
5F1600AConnor WaglandPiper DL7 / Honda15-
6F1600ADean BakerSpectrum 015 / Honda15-
7F1600AJames LindsayVan Diemen RF01 / Honda15-
8F1600BConnor ClubineVan Diemen RF91 / Ford15-
9F1600BDylan McPhersonVan Diemen RF93 / Ford15-
10F1600BAndrew MasonVan Diemen RF90 / Ford15-
11F1600BSteve BodrugVan Diemen RF93 / Ford15-
12F1600BMike LeeVan Diemen RF92 / Ford15-
13F1600AByron LeisVan Diemen RF98 / Ford15-
14F1600BMike DoddVan Diemen RF94 / Ford15-
15F1600AJonathan BrooksVan Diemen RF00 / Ford14-
16F1600BKari SaloVan Diemen RF90 / Ford14-
17F1600BKieran MurphyVan Diemen RF91 / Ford14-
18F1600BHenry KnoxVan Diemen RF94 / Ford14-
19F1600BSean JohnstonVan Diemen RF92 / Ford13-
20F1600AJack PolitoPiper DL7 / Honda12-
21F1600ABrent McPhailVan Diemen RF03 / Ford12-
22F1600AAvery BakerSpectrum 015 / Honda11-

1F1600AJonathan WoolridgePiper DL7 / Honda12-
2F1600ASam BakerSpectrum 012b / Honda12-
3F1600ANick GilkesMygale SJ14 / Honda12-
4F1600ADean BakerSpectrum 015 / Honda12-
5F1600AConnor WaglandPiper DL7 / Honda12-
6F1600AJames LindsayVan Diemen RF01 / Honda12-
7F1600ABrent McPhailVan Diemen RF03 / Ford12-
8F1600BConnor ClubineVan Diemen RF91 / Ford12-
9F1600BSteve BodrugVan Diemen RF93 / Ford12-
10F1600BMike LeeVan Diemen RF92 / Ford12-
11F1600BDylan McPhersonVan Diemen RF93 / Ford12-
12F1600AByron LeisVan Diemen RF98 / Ford12-
13F1600BMike DoddVan Diemen RF94 / Ford12-
14F1600AJonathan BrooksVan Diemen RF00 / Ford12-
15F1600BHenry KnoxVan Diemen RF94 / Ford12-
16F1600BAndrew MasonVan Diemen RF90 / Ford12-
17F1600BSean JohnstonVan Diemen RF92 / Ford12-
18F1600BKari SaloVan Diemen RF90 / Ford12-
19F1600BKieran MurphyVan Diemen RF91 / Ford12-
20F1600AAvery BakerSpectrum 015 / Honda12-
21F1600AJack PolitoPiper DL7 / Honda9-
22F1600AJake CowdenMygale SJ13 / Honda9-

1F1600AJake CowdenMygale SJ13 / Honda6-
2F1600ANick GilkesMygale SJ14 / Honda6-
3F1600ADean BakerSpectrum 015 / Honda6-
4F1600AConnor WaglandPiper DL7 / Honda6-
5F1600AJames LindsayVan Diemen RF01 / Honda6-
6F1600BConnor ClubineVan Diemen RF91 / Ford6-
7F1600AJack PolitoPiper DL7 / Honda6-
8F1600ABrent McPhailVan Diemen RF03 / Ford6-
9F1600BDylan McPhersonVan Diemen RF93 / Ford6-
10F1600BSteve BodrugVan Diemen RF93 / Ford6-
11F1600BMike DoddVan Diemen RF94 / Ford6-
12F1600AJonathan BrooksVan Diemen RF00 / Ford6-
13F1600BKari SaloVan Diemen RF90 / Ford6-
14F1600AAvery BakerSpectrum 015 / Honda6-
15F1600BSean JohnstonVan Diemen RF92 / Ford6-
16F1600BKieran MurphyVan Diemen RF91 / Ford6-
17F1600AByron LeisVan Diemen RF98 / Ford3-
1F1600AJonathan WoolridgePiper DL7 / Honda-Did Not Start
2F1600ASam BakerSpectrum 012b / Honda-Did Not Start
10F1600BMike LeeVan Diemen RF92 / Ford-Did Not Start
15F1600BHenry KnoxVan Diemen RF94 / Ford-Did Not Start
16F1600BAndrew MasonVan Diemen RF90 / Ford-Did Not Start

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