CALABOGIE MOTORSPORTS PARK – OTTAWA, ONTARIO
The Canadian Touring Car Championship season continued this weekend at Calabogie Motorsports Park with two races headlining the Kyle Nash Memorial Race Weekend. Driving the #1 Audi R8 LMS GT4 of New Roads Automotive Group and Speedstar Motorsport, Parker Thompson extended his winning streak with overall race wins on both Saturday and Sunday. He has now taken the overall victory in four-out-of-four races this 2019 Canadian Touring Car Championship season.
The weekend’s races took full advantage of the Ottawa area race track, utilizing two unique track configurations for races on Saturday and Sunday. Action began on the circuits shorter 2.8 km Stadium Track, where Thompson and the New Roads Automotive Group / Speedstar Motorsport Audi topped the field in qualifying and took the checkered flag with a 35 second margin. Driving the full 5.0 km track for Sunday’s race, Thompson again showed commanding pace – taking pole position, the fastest race lap, and the overall victory.
The weekend further demonstrates that the experience and skills that Thompson developed competing with open-wheel cars over the past four years translates well into Sports GT racing. Now involved in multiple sports car championships on both sides of the border, Thompson has been on the podium or better each time that he has raced a car with doors and a roof.
“I’m so proud to be working with a great group of people at Speedstar Motorsport and New Roads Automotive Group. It was our goal to make a big splash in the Canadian Touring Car Championship. I think we are doing exactly that and I’m excited to see where our team goes from here.” – Parker Thompson
Photos credit: Speedstar Motorsport & Andre Freitas