KART­ING, RALLYING AND AU­TOSLALOM MOST POP­U­LAR SO FAR IN 2016 AT ARMS

Ignition - - Atlantic Region Motor Sports - BY DAVE HULL | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY HAROLD MERKLINGER AND DAVE HULL

KART­ING

AMKA is in the mid­dle of their club cham­pi­onship. It has been a good sea­son so far for AMKA with lots of great weather on race days. AMKA races on Satur­days at Sco­tia Speed World check out their web site www.amka.ca for fur­ther info. AMKA is also host­ing the three races in the ARMS Re­gional Kart­ing Cham­pi­onship in 2016.

Rallysport – Has been busy as well with BAC hold­ing a Rallysprint test and tune day in June fol­lowed by the Bluenose Re­gional Nav­i­ga­tional Rally. The Led­widge Lookoff Per­for­mance Rally was held at night July 23 and 24 in cen­tral Nova Sco­tia. There are also two Rally Sprints com­ing up the Laf­fin Lake Rally Sprint on Au­gust 27 and the Trout Lake Rally Sprint on Oc­to­ber 16.

SOLOSPORT

ASCC, FMC, MMSC, NBSCC and VMI are all well into their club au­toslalom cham­pi­onship sea­sons with lots of great com­pe­ti­tion and still lots of events left be­fore the sea­son ends.

With three events of the eight event Re­gional Au­toslalom Cham­pi­onships com­pleted, the class and over­all cham­pi­onships are all de­vel­op­ing into tight bat­tles.

A large con­tin­gent of com­peti­tors from ARMS made the trek to Mon­treal this sum­mer to at­tend the Toyo Tires ASN Canada FIA Cana­dian Au­toslalom Cham­pi­onship in Blainville on the Au­gust long week­end.

A two day Re­gional Time At­tack Cham­pi­onship will be held on Oc­to­ber 1 and 2 at At­lantic Mo­tor­sport Park.

Lap­ping days are pop­u­lar and there have been 12 so far this sea­son, some in­clud­ing schools to get those in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing li­censed to be on the track. There will prob­a­bly be another eight to 10 lap­ping days be­fore the end of the sea­son.

ROAD RAC­ING

Three races into the five race Re­gional Cham­pi­onship and un­for­tu­nately we are see­ing a slump in com­peti­tors. The Spec Mi­ata Cham­pi­onship has dis­ap­peared and open wheel rac­ing is strug­gling. We are how­ever see­ing an in­creased num­ber of driv­ers and cars in the GT Se­ries races. Each race day con­sists of two GT Sprint races and an Un­lim­ited Class race for the GT cars, the one hour At­lantic Chal­lenge race for all the GT classes, and three open wheel races with mainly for­mer F-BMW cars. Plus prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing for all the classes both Satur­day evening and Sun­day morn­ings. So far the rac­ing has been great with only a mat­ter of a few points sep­a­rat­ing driv­ers in each of the class cham­pi­onships. There are two races left to go Au­gust 21 and Septem­ber 18 and then the grand fi­nale for the year: the Jack Can­field Me­mo­rial 3-hour En­duro on Oc­to­ber 9, all tak­ing place at AMP.

ith an in­creased num­ber of com­peti­tors and vol­un­teers in sev­eral dis­ci­plines and a loss of some com­peti­tors in oth­ers, the sum­mer of 2016 is still turn­ing out to be a great one so far. There are still lots of Club and Re­gional events yet to come be­fore the Re­gional AGM and awards ban­quet in Novem­ber.

”I had been look­ing at Mi­atas since Mazda in­tro­duced them - through the 90s it was the only rea­son­ably priced two seat con­vert­ible avail­able. So it was my premier choice in the fall of 2002 when I bought my first Mazda. It was the only car avail­able with dou­ble wish­bone sus­pen­sion and the re­sult­ing qual­ity of han­dling that was rea­son­ably cheap - the S2000 and the Boxster, the Mercedes SLK and the BMW M3 were much pricier.”

In the cur­rent se­ries, Rob com­petes with his green 1999 Mazda Mi­ata.

Gary Wood, who is the se­ries Reg­is­trar, and also the or­ga­nizer of Cana­dian Track Day Ad­ven­tures, is another Mazda owner. “My red 2004 RX-8 is the first Mazda that I ever owned and from its in­tro­duc­tion I was drawn to the in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies it em­bod­ied. Start­ing in Au­toslalom in 2005, I grad­u­ally made mi­nor changes, start­ing with wheels and tires then sway bars. Ul­ti­mately the car has been con­verted to a full track ve­hi­cle and I have used it to win my Time At­tack class for the last two years. As a driver of av­er­age skill I can com­pete on equal foot­ing with a wide va­ri­ety of other brands.”

Perry Rau­ta­nen is the Se­ries head timer, and re­cently con­verted his ride from a Mus­tang GT to a 2009 Mazda Mi­ata. You could sum­ma­rize why Perry chose his black 2006 Mi­ata by just glanc­ing at the t-shirt that he wears to many com­pe­ti­tions, which trum­pets that “Mi­ata is al­ways the an­swer!”

On­tario Time At­tack is a vol­un­teer based se­ries us­ing the best tracks in On­tario. The sea­son ends in the mid­dle of Au­gust with a two-day com­pe­ti­tion at Shan­nonville Mo­tor­sport Park near Belleville, On­tario.

ou don't need a Mazda to com­pete in the Mo­bil 1 On­tario Time At­tack pre­sented by Toyo Tires, but it cer­tainly seems to be what some of the lead vol­un­teers of the se­ries choose to drive.

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