Action Heating Up Despite Cold Winter

Written by Dave Hull. Photos by Harold Merklinge on .

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What a great season of competition we’ve had in Atlantic Canada! All of the various disciplines that fall under the ARMS blanket have been going all-out since the first green flag waved back in May, and we have seen an increasing number of competitors in road racing, lapping, autoslalom and rally sprint.

It’s been exciting competition-wise with most of our championships going right down to the wire. The overall Regional Autoslalom Championship, for example, was decided by just 0.19 points in Devon T.’s favour over Matthew S. Full ARMS Regional Autoslalom results can be found at online.

The Road-Racers of Atlantic Canada (TRAC) series, the Toyo Tire Spec Miata Championship, although down in numbers this year, saw some great racing with Cal Vandaalen being crowned champion for the second time. In sedan racing, it was the team of John Boddie and Steve Phillips in their GT3 BMW that had the best overall showing, collecting the most points in all four races of the series. Paul Gray and Brian Gay, also campaigning a GT3 BMW, was the next closest team. The full ARMS Regional Road Race Championship results can be found online.

The ASN Canada FIA Canadian Time Attack Championship presented by Toyo Tires was held at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Labour Day weekend. Competition was fierce over the two days and, out of a possible 400 points, the top three overall were separated by only 1.63 points. Luc Sipkema of Moncton was crowned the CTAC Overall Champion with 399.083 points. The full CTAC results are also available online.

The Atlantic Sports Car Club hosted the ARMS AGM and awards banquet in Halifax in November to officially close out the season in style. For many, the start of winter signals a busy time for repairs, renewals and upgrades to race cars and karts. For others who are not afraid of a little cold, well maybe a lot of cold, some mud, some gravel and let’s not forget the snow and ice, it’s rallycross time again!

The Bluenose Autosport Club will again be holding events at Scotia Speed World and Atlantic Motorsport Park this winter starting November 15th at Scotia Speed World. For more info, check out the BAC web site at www.bluenoseautosport.ca. The Moncton Motorsport club will host a couple of rallycross events on January 25 and February 8 at Magic Mountain. For more info, visit the MMSC website.

Last and certainly not least, the Fredericton Motorsport Club will be holding AutoCross (similar to rallycross) a couple times in January and February with the dates and location still to be confirmed. Stay tuned to the FMC website for more info.

Motorsports is a year round activity in Atlantic Canada, and the fun never stops! There’s always much to do over the winter, you just need to dress a little warmer. So come and join the ARMS family at one of these rallycross events, and have some fun playing in the snow again like when you were a kid!

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