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