The Old Stone’s Ballroom in Kingston’s Four Points by Sheraton Hotel was the site of the 2015 Gala of Champions; the November 14 celebration recognizing and rewarding the accomplishments of competitors in the Canadian Touring Car Championship...
Assisted by Martin Cousineau from Continental Tire Canada, the top three finishing drivers in each class were presented with their awards. But the crowd reserved its loudest applause for class champions Ian Crerar (Grand Touring), Roger Ledoux (Super Touring) and Alain Lauzière (Touring).
Each champion spoke in turn, before receiving their crystal trophies and graciously accepting their custom-made championship rings.
“After all the effort of racing with these people every weekend, and doing everything you can to beat them, it’s nice to finally sit down and reflect on the season with them. The CTCC is like one big family, it’s nice to have all the drivers and teams together in a relaxed setting,” reflected two-time Super Touring class champion Roger Ledoux.
He continued: “For me, the season ended when we loaded our cars on the trailer after the last race. But this banquet triggered thoughts for next year, it got everyone thinking about what we need to do to get ready for 2016. For most of us, the new season has just begun.”
With the serious business of the evening now completed, all eyes turned to a massive collection of door prizes provided by sponsors and supporters of the CTCC.
Special thanks for these offerings were made to Continental Tire Canada, MINI Canada, Mazda Canada, AutoGlym, Great Lakes Brewery, FastWheels and SportsCar Boutique (Simcraft Full Motion Simulator).
Team Octane’s Paul Gravel, of St-Guillaume, Quebec, won a VIP trip for two to the 2016 Rolex 24 of Daytona, offered by Continental Tire Canada and presented by Martin Cousineau.
As the excitement of the Gala of Champions slowly began to abate, CTCC founder and President John Bondar concluded the evening by stating, “We need to thank everyone for another fabulous season. We’re excited about all the interest we’ve received about the upcoming year, and we can’t wait to see what the tenth anniversary year of the Canadian Touring Car Championship has in store!”
Adapted from press release