In 2021, FEL (Franczak Enterprises Ltd.), an automotive learning and promotion company, expanded its presence in Canadian motorsports.

FEL saw an opportunity to revitalize and reinvest in Canadian car racing. As a featured sponsor, FEL's foray into the 2017 Toyo Tires F1600 Series resulted in fields growing from twelve to fifteen entries to over thirty cars in just three years.

The company is now making its mark in the Touring and Sports Racer categories. The FEL Motorsports Sports Car Championship Canada is for vehicles prepared to GT4, TCR and TCA specifications. Various models of the purpose-built Radical SR3 sports racers compete in the FEL Cup Canada.

Three classes participate in the FEL Motorsports 2023 Sports Car Championship Canada presented by Michelin GT4, TCR and TCA.

  • GT4 These cars are prepared to the SRO (Stephane Ratel Organisation) GT4 technical specifications. The quicker of the two groups, this class includes cars such as the Ford Mustang GT4, BMW M4 GT4, Mercedes-AMG, Audi R8 and Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Vehicles competing in this division produce between 400 - 450 horsepower and are capable of speeds over 175-mph.
  • TCR - This class is based on the global touring car category TCR. Vehicles racing in this group include the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, Honda Civic TCR, Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR and Audi RS3 LMS TCR. They use a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which will produce between 300 350-horsepower.
  • TCA Cars competing in this group have a minimum amount of modifications. Most changes are to improve the safety of the vehicles. Using turbocharged or normally aspirated power plants, these cars produce between 160 and 185-horsepower.

There are six events and each race weekend consists of two forty-minute contests.

  • May 19-21 - Canadian Tire Motorsport
  • July 15-17 - Honda Indy Toronto
  • August 4-5 - Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres
  • September 1-3 - Canadian Tire Motorsport

Rounds four, five and six of the 2023 FEL Sports Car Championship Canada, presented by Michelin, were conducted at Toronto's Exhibition Place during the Honda Indy Toronto weekend. Drivers would compete in three races around the eleven-turn 1.755-mile temporary street circuit.

The event in Toronto saw the participation of a couple of drivers from the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. One of the visitors was GT4 competitor Nick Galante. Galante was entered in the No. 77 VPX Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT4. He won the first race of the weekend. An aggressive pass by Jack Polito in the next contest left Galante with a runner-up result. In the finale, he collected his second victory of the event.
Touring car veteran Richard Boake had mixed fortunes in the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park season opener. His finishes ranged from eleven place to a runner-up result. The No. 84 Betz Pools Audi RS3 LMS driver is no stranger to Toronto. Last season, he won the first race at the street circuit. This year, Boake outdid himself. He swept the TCR category and finished in the top five overall each round.
Another driver sweeping the Honda Indy Toronto weekend was James Vance. Vance is another competitor who brings experience from the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and, in addition, has participated in the Mazda MX-5 Cup. At Toronto, he drove the No. 44 FEL Motorsports Hyundai Veloster N in the TCA category. On the way to his class victories, Vance finished fourteenth overall three times.
Preventing Nick Galante from collecting a hat trick in Toronto was local GT4 competitor Jack Polito. Polito swept the opening rounds at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the No. 22 Polito Ford Lincoln Ford Mustang. In the first race of the weekend, he finished 0.292-seconds behind Galante. Contact with Galante gave Polito the victory in round five. He ended the weekend with another runner-up result and the GT4 points lead.
On the first weekend of the season, TCR competitor Dean Baker collected a third-place finish and two wins, one of which was an overall victory. The combined results gave the class points lead to the driver of the No. 52 A2Z Automobiles Audi RS3 LMS. At Toronto, Baker found himself chasing the No. 84 Audi of Richard Boake to three runner-up finishes. However, he still leads the championship by forty markers.
Demi Chalkias opened her 2023 GT4 campaign at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with three runner results. Chalkias, who drives the No. 34 JMF Motorsports prepared Mercedes AMG, was the fastest qualifier for round four at Toronto's Exhibition Place. Unfortunately, her race didn't go as well and she finished thirteenth overall. In the next two contests, Chalkias finished third and is second in the title chase.
Marco Cirone was one of the many veterans in the field. His racing resume includes the 2019 Masters Championship of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada. He was sixth in the TCR standings after the first three rounds of this year's Sports Car Championship Canada. However, Cirone earned two podium results in Toronto and a fourth-place finish, which moved him to fourth in the points.
After helping his brother, Travis, win the TCR title in 2021, Trevor Hill is taking his turn behind the wheel. Hill pilots the No. 2 Crater Labs Honda Civic Si in the TCA category. He won the season's first three rounds at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. At Toronto, a new challenge came in the form of James Vance. However, Vance isn't a registered driver, which allowed Hill to collect points for two wins and a runner-up result.

FINISHCLASSDRIVERENTRANT / CARLAPSRETIREMENTS
1GT4Nick GalanteZachin Auto Group / Mercedes AMG GT414-
2GT4Jack PolitoPolito Ford Lincoln / Ford Mustang GT414-
3GT4Stefano LucenteBestline AutoTech / Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS CS14-
4TCRRichard BoakeBetz Pools / Audi RS3 LMS14-
5TCRDean BakerA2Z Automobiles / Audi RS3 LMS14-
6TCRMarco CironeNIN Transportation / Audi RS3 LMS14-
7TCRMark WilkinsBryan Herta Autosport / Hyundai Elantra N TCR14-
8TCRJustin Di BenedettoInsuJet / Audi RS3 LMS14-
9TCRGary KwokM&S Quality Produce / Honda Civic FL5 TCR14-
10TCRRon TomlinsonTomlinson Motorsports / Audi RS3 LMS TCR14-
11TCRConnor AttrellHyundai Racing Canada / Hyundai Elantra N TCR14-
12TCRTom KwokM&S Quality Produce / Honda Civic FK7 TCR14-
13GT4Demi ChalkiasJMF Motorsports / Mercedes AMG GT414-
14TCAJames VanceFEL Motorsports / Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA13-
15TCATrevor HillCrater Labs / Honda Civic Si FE113-
16TCABob AttrellHyundai Racing Canada / Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA13-
17TCAEric KunzSickKids / Honda Civic Si TCA13-
18TCAMegan TomlinsonTomlinson Motorsports / Honda Civic Si FE113-
19TCAJonathan YoungM&S Quality Produce / Honda Civic Si TCA13-
20TCREd KilleenBestline AutoTech / Audi RS3 LMS TCR4Did Not Finish
21TCRQuinn AttrellHyundai Racing Canada / Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCR4Did Not Finish
22TCROlivier MontourKamloop / V.W. Golf GTI TCR SEQ3Did Not Finish
23TCRLouis-Philippe MontourKamloop / V.W. Golf GTI TCR SEQ2Did Not Finish
15GT4Marc LafleurRiding Strikers / Mercedes AMG GT41Did Not Finish

FINISHCLASSDRIVERENTRANT / CARLAPSRETIREMENTS
1GT4Jack PolitoPolito Ford Lincoln / Ford Mustang GT423-
2GT4Nick GalanteZachin Auto Group / Mercedes AMG GT423-
3GT4Demi ChalkiasJMF Motorsports / Mercedes AMG GT423-
4TCRRichard BoakeBetz Pools / Audi RS3 LMS23-
5TCRDean BakerA2Z Automobiles / Audi RS3 LMS23-
6TCRLouis-Philippe MontourKamloop / V.W. Golf GTI TCR SEQ23-
7TCRMarco CironeNIN Transportation / Audi RS3 LMS23-
8TCRMark WilkinsBryan Herta Autosport / Hyundai Elantra N TCR23-
9TCRGary KwokM&S Quality Produce / Honda Civic FL5 TCR23-
10TCRJustin Di BenedettoInsuJet / Audi RS3 LMS23-
11TCRRon TomlinsonTomlinson Motorsports / Audi RS3 LMS TCR23-
12TCRTom KwokM&S Quality Produce / Honda Civic FK7 TCR23-
13TCROlivier MontourKamloop / V.W. Golf GTI TCR SEQ22-
14TCAJames VanceFEL Motorsports / Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA22-
15TCATrevor HillCrater Labs / Honda Civic Si FE122-
16TCAEric KunzSickKids / Honda Civic Si TCA22-
17TCAJonathan YoungM&S Quality Produce / Honda Civic Si TCA22-
18TCAMegan TomlinsonTomlinson Motorsports / Honda Civic Si FE121-
19TCRQuinn AttrellHyundai Racing Canada / Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCR21Did Not Finish
20TCRConnor AttrellHyundai Racing Canada / Hyundai Elantra N TCR16Did Not Finish
21TCABob AttrellHyundai Racing Canada / Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA9Did Not Finish
22GT4Stefano LucenteBestline AutoTech / Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS CS5Did Not Finish
-GT4Marc LafleurRiding Strikers / Mercedes AMG GT40Did Not Finish
-TCREd KilleenBestline AutoTech / Audi RS3 LMS TCR0Did Not Finish

FINISHCLASSDRIVERENTRANT / CARLAPSRETIREMENTS
1GT4Nick GalanteZachin Auto Group / Mercedes AMG GT423-
2GT4Jack PolitoPolito Ford Lincoln / Ford Mustang GT423-
3TCRRichard BoakeBetz Pools / Audi RS3 LMS23-
4TCRDean BakerA2Z Automobiles / Audi RS3 LMS23-
5TCRMarco CironeNIN Transportation / Audi RS3 LMS23-
6TCRMark WilkinsBryan Herta Autosport / Hyundai Elantra N TCR23-
7GT4Demi ChalkiasJMF Motorsports / Mercedes AMG GT423-
8TCRLouis-Philippe MontourKamloop / V.W. Golf GTI TCR SEQ23-
9TCRJustin Di BenedettoInsuJet / Audi RS3 LMS23-
10TCRRon TomlinsonTomlinson Motorsports / Audi RS3 LMS TCR23-
11TCRQuinn AttrellHyundai Racing Canada / Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCR23-
12TCRTom KwokM&S Quality Produce / Honda Civic FK7 TCR23-
13TCREd KilleenBestline AutoTech / Audi RS3 LMS TCR23-
14TCAJames VanceFEL Motorsports / Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA22-
15TCAEric KunzSickKids / Honda Civic Si TCA22-
16TCATrevor HillCrater Labs / Honda Civic Si FE122-
17TCAJonathan YoungM&S Quality Produce / Honda Civic Si TCA22-
18TCAMegan TomlinsonTomlinson Motorsports / Honda Civic Si FE121-
19TCABob AttrellHyundai Racing Canada / Hyundai Veloster Turbo TCA21-
20TCRGary KwokM&S Quality Produce / Honda Civic FL5 TCR3Did Not Finish
21TCROlivier MontourKamloop / V.W. Golf GTI TCR SEQ1Did Not Finish
-GT4Stefano LucenteBestline AutoTech / Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS CS0Did Not Start
-GT4Marc LafleurRiding Strikers / Mercedes AMG GT40Did Not Start
-TCRConnor AttrellHyundai Racing Canada / Hyundai Elantra N TCR0Did Not Start

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