Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, otherwise known as Mosport, lives up to its reputation of being the most intimidating track in North America every lap turned. It indeed is intimidating, with fast sweeping turns and concrete walls lurking only feet away, it is a track that will bite you if you make the smallest error.
I had the great opportunity to drive this track for the second time in my career this past weekend. The only difference is this time I was in a 300hp front wheel drive Nissan Altima with wings. Yes, wings… a new addition to the Touring Cars of the Pirelli World Challenge series this year. Last year I drove the track in an Mx5 racing in the TCA class, so I was very familiar with the track and came up to speed the first practice session out.
This photo can serve as my summary for race 1… A spinning B-Spec came into my line in Turn 3 and served as a roadblock for my Altima. The impact was not too heavy but was enough to cause my Altima to retire from the race. Fortunately, I finished enough laps to qualify for some championship points. The crew worked hard and got my Altima all patched up for races 2 and 3 the following mornings.
Similar to COTA, race 2 and 3 can be summed up as the Porsche and Mazda race. The Porsche’s and Mazda’s had such speed the whole weekend that the other cars in the field couldn’t match. They checked out on the field while the rest of us followed. I was able to move from p9 in race 2 to p5 and from p8 to p5 in race 3. Consistent points are all I was hoping for since the series hadn’t made any BOP (Balance of Performance) changes. I currently sit 4th in championship points headed to Road America June 26-28th.
Road America is one of my favorite tracks. Hopefully we start seeing some BOP changes so I can put on a show for the fans and live up to my nickname of “Mr. Excitement”…stay tuned