Toronto race report

TORONTO, Ont., Can.- Quebec road racing aces Richard Spenard and co-driver Jean-Francois Domoulin sped to a slim 5.2-second victory margin on Toronto’s Exhibition Place circuit Saturday, driving the NewTech Brakes Porsche 911 Turbo in the ...

TORONTO, Ont., Can.- Quebec road racing aces Richard Spenard and co-driver Jean-Francois Domoulin sped to a slim 5.2-second victory margin on Toronto’s Exhibition Place circuit Saturday, driving the NewTech Brakes Porsche 911 Turbo in the Motorola Cup series presented by NewTech International.

Second overall and in the Super Grand Sport class were Mike Fitzgerald, Phoenix, and Michael Culver, Fairfield, Conn., driving the First Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5 which led laps 29-42 of the 59-lap race.

Spenard and Domoulin started 51st in the 52-car field. “I made a procedural mistake in qualifying and we had to go to the back of the field,” said Domoulin, “but I never felt we weren’t capable of winning the race.” “To win from that far back in the field, and to have to work so hard to get around the last two cars, made this a very special race,” added Spenard. “It wouldn’t have been fun if we hadn’t had to work so hard.”

Joe Kent, Atlanta, and co-driver Charles Espenlaub, Lutz, Fla., won the Grand Sport class in the Kent Racing Pontiac Firebird which has qualified on the pole three times this year, but always dropped back in the order with mechanical problems. “We had a six-dollar part break on us a couple of times,” said Kent, “but now those problems are behind us and with the help of our new, 22-year old crew chief, Rob Baker, we proved how solid this team can be.”

Howie Liebengood, Vienna, Va., and Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y., redeemed themselves for a third place last weekend at Elkhart Lake, Wis., with a win in the Sport-Touring class, driving Liebengood’s Competition Preparation BMW 328is. “We won here last year, and defending our win feels very good,” said Liebengood, the class points leader. “Toronto is my favorite street circuit,” added Lally, “and this was an awesome race. Howie did a great job taking care of the tires and brakes for my run at the end.”

The C2K class win went to the Motorola Cup’s winningest driver, Mark Craig, Wier, Que., driving the Hyundai Motorsports Hyundai Tiburon to his tenth career Motorola Cup win. Craig was teamed with Toronto driver Gord Cullen, who shared the win before a large contingent of Hyundai Auto Canada executives. “I’ve raced on this track seven or eight times over the years,” said Cullen, “and this was probably the easiest win I’ve ever had. The Hondas, which have been beating us, got to win before their home town crowd at Mid-Ohio in June, so now it’s our turn to win before our home town friends and sponsors here in Toronto.”

Associate sponsors of the Motorola Cup series are NewTech Brake, NewTech Mecatronic, the Grant-A-Wish Foundation, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco, Deringer, Sony, Castrol, Speed Stick and Satisfied.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Lally , Michael Culver , Charles Espenlaub , Richard Spénard , Howie Liebengood
Teams Hyundai Motorsport