There are many forms of racing and all have their merits and challenges, but where does someone start when they do not have the experience or a limited budget to compete? The Ontario Time Attack (OTA for short, and previously known as SOLO 1) is a grassroots discipline that has been established since 1980 as an affordable alternative and stepping stone to other forms of racing.
Here is a comparison of OTA and other racing disciplines:
|ONTARIO TIME ATTACK||OTHER NON-CASC FORMS OF RACING|
|Use your daily driver to compete in most cases.||Need to have a series specified and dedicated car, which is not “streetable” and requires tow vehicle and trailer.|
|Safety equipment minimum is an approved helmet and factory safety belts.||Usually a roll cage is required with safety 4- or 5-point harness and, consequently, a neck restraint required with approved helmet.|
|Race “solo” like you’re qualifying for pole position in every race.||You race with others sharing the track with the chance of making contact with other competitors with your car.|
|Choose up to 6 events and 2 schools.||Usually you must compete in a minimum number of races to maintain your involvement in the series.|
|Affordable drivers education dovetailed into the race events.||
Driver education is not usually run in conjunction with the race schedule, and costs usually are over $1,000 plus.
You decide which modifications you want to make. A performance index ensures you’re fairly matched with similar competitor groups.
|Modifications are usually standardized which can result in large expenditure to make your car competitive. Usually the teams who can maximize expenditure on the cars can lead the race.|
|All the events are close to the GTA and scheduled on weekends.||
Many of these races are either out of province and/or have Friday test and tech days.
|Our drivers are competitive but are more than ready to assist novice drivers in both mechanical and driving skills.||
Drivers are often overly competitive and rarely share experiences to help you become a better driver.
|We offer lots of track time to practice your skills and also compete.||
Track time can be very limited.
|We hire professional racetrack marshals and safety crews to keep our drivers safe.||
Professional racetrack marshals and safety crews keep drivers safe.
|You win awards and get satisfaction developing and honing your driving skills.||
Win awards and develop your driving skills in a highly-competitive environment.
|We are a volunteer-run organization and depend on fellow competitors to run a safe event while maintaining the cost of racing to a minimum.||
We are a volunteer-run organization and depend on fellow competitors to run a safe event while maintaining the cost of racing to a minimum.
2016 MOBIL 1 ONTARIO TIME ATTACK CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Presented by JRP, Toyo Tires & Yokohama Tire
|DDC||May 14||OMSC||1 hour East of GTA|
|TMP||June 4||TAC||1 hour South of Hamilton|
|CTMP||June 25||SPDA||1 hour East of GTA|
|CTMP||June 26||SPDA||1 hour East of GTA|
|DDC||July 9||OMSC||1 hour East of GTA|
|DDC||July 10||OMSC||1 hour East of GTA|
|SMP||August 20||SPDA||2 hours East of GTA|
|SMP||August 21||TAC||2 hours East of GTA|
|CTMP||Canadian Tire Motorsport Park|
|DDC||CTMP Driver Development Centre|
|SMP||Shannonville Motorsports Park|
|TMP||Toronto Motorsports Park|
|SPDA||SPDA Motorsport Club (spda-online.ca)|
|OMSC||Oshawa Motorsport Club (oshawamotorsportclub.com)|
|TAC||Toronto Autosport Club (torontoautosportclub.ca/tac-solosprint.html)|