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Racing.ca Team at 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Grand Prix - Full Report


Second Pirelli World Challenge TC/TCA/TCB weekend of the 2015 season took place on the weekend of May 15-17 at the fearsome Canadian Tire Motorsport Park formerly known as the MoSport, the venue that was established well before "the lawyers got involved", the venue of extremes: extreme fun, extreme speed, extreme danger...

This weekend was one to remember for Racing.ca / LaptopScreen.com team: Glenn Nixon won his first race of 2015 making a pass for victory on the second to last lap of Race 1, this long awaited and well deserved victory definitely came at the right time to boost up the team's spirit. But the second race of the weekend brought the real challenge for the team: #57 Andrei Kisel rolled over his Mini Cooper and crushed it hard in to the tire wall while battling for the final podium position. The driver luckly escaped unhurt which was not the same for the car, but again team mechanics did what seemed impossible and the car was restored and took the start at the race 3. So yes, fun, speed, danger, it was all there for us that weekend. Video highlights below will take you through our entire weekend day by day.

Racing.ca at Round 2 of Pirelli World Challenge at CTMP. Day 1 - Load In

After 4 days of trucking from Vancouver to Toronto, having travelled over 2700 miles and burning about 400 gallons of diesel we have finally arrived at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The track was looking well renovated and the sun was shining; after setting up our paddock, we pulled out and cranked our quads and skateboards and headed for a track walk.
Drivers took a close survey and discussed a strategy for this track, while the rest of the kids were just having fun. 
The evening was marked by the now usual programme of grilled stake and orange juice.

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Racing.ca at Round 2 of Pirelli World Challenge at CTMP. Day 2 - Qualifying.

Day 2 at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park began with two test sessions that flowed into the official practice and qualifying. Having had the cars prepared and set up the team had lots of fun passing each other and practising corners. The weather was very hot and the sun stayed high and unobstructed during most of the day. Anxious for a trouble-free race the final checks on all three Minis went on late into the night. Each bolt was torqued at least 5 times.

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Racing.ca at Round 2 of Pirelli World Challenge at CTMP. Day 3 - Race 1.

Watch Racing.ca team put on some really close competition at the first day of racing at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. One of the most challenging tracks in Canada meets the home team of Racing.ca and the race is tight. Johan Swartz misses a gear and Glenn Nixon takes the first, followed by two Indian Summer MINIs they ride to the finish line. This round of Pirelli World Challenge saw a lot of bend fenders and bumpers. The Pirelli P-Zero tires performed well, and the track was a great match for them; straights to dips to tight hairpins and carousels - this is how racing should be!

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TCB 58 Glenn Nixon First Win of 2015, Pirelli World Challenge Round 4 at CTMP

The TCB final lap at the Pirelli World Challenge Round 4 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was a thriller as Schwartz's Sonic lost momentum as the driver downshifted into second coming out of 5B and onto the Mario Andretti straight allowing Nixon, Korince, and Washay in their MINIs to slide by. Schwartz ended in fourth followed by Kisel in fifth.

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#57 TCB Mini Cooper Roll-over. Racing.ca at CTMP. Pirelli World Challenge Round 5.

Intense competition at the second day of racing at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Round 5 of the Pirelli World Challenge. #57 TCB Mini of Andrei Kisel catches the curb on a high speed pass down into turn 5 and gets flipped on its roof. Thanks to the amazingly quick and professional work of the Nixon Prosports crew the car was restored to be on start for the next day.

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#58 TCB Glenn Nixon on-board highlights. 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Round 5 at CTMP

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#59 TCB Wei Lu on-board highlights. 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Round 5 at CTMP

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Racing.ca at CTMP. 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Round 6.

A beautiful sunny weather marked the last day of the Pirelli World Challenge at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. TCB race began early in the morning and the entire Racing.ca team was on the starting grid. #57 Mini driven by Andrei Kisel was present after the roll-over from the day before; Andrei managed to stay in the race in his restored Mini but by lap 3 the engine began losing power and the car spent the rest of the race int the hot pits. #58 Glenn Nixon battled fiercely with Johan Swartz arriving 2nd, hot on his tail. #59 Wei Lu got entangled in a competition just a few spots behind, arriving at a very respectable 6th position.

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#58 TCB Glenn Nixon on-board highlights. 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Round 6 at CTMP

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#59 TCB Wei Lu on-board highlights. 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Round 6 at CTMP

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