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May 20

Nicol scores perfect weekend

“t was a dream weekend.” – Nicol

CTCC logoThe Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire launched its season at the Victoria Day Speedfest this past weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

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Almost eight months had passed since the end of the 2012 season and the teams were ready to take on the new season. There is always a high level of anticipation at the beginning of a CTCC season, and this year was especially so.

Going into the first event of the season, Scott Nicol was hoping to just run well and score some points while he waited for his new car to be finished but things went much better that he hoped. Nicol dominated the weekend in Super Class with pole position in qualifying and then a victory in both races. He powered his Honda Civic Si to pole position by 0.014 seconds over Sergio Pasian in the BMW 330i which was also impressive for Sergio as it was his first CTCC event. Remy Audette was third but was driving his brother’s Acura RSX due to mechanical problems with his car. In Touring Class, Damon Sharpe and Michel Sallenbach continued their 2012 fight by trading fastest laps in qualifying with Sharpe eventually setting the quickest time by 0.451 seconds over Sallenbach. Tom Kwok was third in his new Honda Civic Si. Karl Wittmer led in B-Spec Class followed by Normand Boyer and Nigel Heron.

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Scott Nicol won twice this week-end

Round One of the 2013 CTCC season was very eventful with lots of action both on the track and in pit lane. Scott Nicol led the field at the green flag but was quickly overtaken by Sergio Pasian. Pasian lost his lead before the lap was over when he spun in corner nine. He managed to recover to ninth place but retired with a mechanical problem. Many drivers had problems on track and either slowed back to the pits or pulled off the track. Nicol took the victory in Super Class followed by Bob Attrell in his Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Benjamin Distaulo in his Honda Civic Si. Damon Sharpe led at the start in his Honda Civic Si in Touring Class but was quickly challenged by Michel Sallenbach in his Mini Cooper S JCW and Tom Kwok in his Honda Civic Si. Jocelyn Hebert started last in Class but managed to fight his way to fourth place after one lap. He joined the fight for the front but eventually finished third. Sallenbach won Round One with Kwok in second. Karl Wittmer led B-Spec Class from start to finish but was challenged by Nigel Heron and Normand Boyer throughout the race.

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The starting grid for Round Two of the 2013 CTCC season was determined by the fastest laps of Round One which was run on the day before. The race was slowed by two full-course yellows. The first was to retrieve Marc-Andre Bergeron in his Mazda RX8 and Sergio Pasian in his BMW 330i who encountered mechanical problems. Bob Attrell led at the restart but lost a wheel and crashed heavily at corner two which caused the second full-course yellow; fortunately he was okay. At the restart, both Roger Ledoux in his new Subaru WRX and Jerimy Daniel in his Honda Civic Si blew by Michel Dulong in his Honda Civic Si on the front straight. At the checkered, it was Scott Nicol with his second victory of the weekend followed by Benjamin Distaulo and Roger Ledoux. There was a tremendous battle in Touring Class between Damon Sharpe, Michel Sallenbach, Jocelyn Hebert and Tom Kwok. At the finish it was Michel Sallenbach followed by Damon Sharpe and Jocelyn Hebert. Karl Wittmer dominated B-Spec Class in front of Nigel Heron and Normand Boyer.

“After competing in CTCC for over six years, it was really satisfying to finally get my first victory,” stated Scott Nicol, driver of the #41 Honda Civic Si. “It was a dream weekend. We worked on a strategy to get the Pole and it worked. The second victory was a huge bonus! We had a good start this weekend, now we have to keep it rolling” he concluded.

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source: touringcar.ca



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