Paul Holton Scores TC Pole, Takes Team C360R to Top Spot

PRINT PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE STAFF May 19, 2017Series News, TC Class, TCA Class, TCB Class

Dean Copeland, Canaan O’Connell Capture TCA, TCB Poles Respectively

BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Canada – Driver Paul Holton of Orlando, Fla., may have had a home track advantage when the young Touring Car racer rolled into Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend.

The 20-year-old professional driver races for the Toronto-based C360R racing operation and has numerous laps around the famed 2.459-mile, 10-turn permanent road racing facility. So, it was no surprise that Holton drove the No. 71 C360R/Pfaff Audi RS3 LMS Club sedan to the TC division pole Friday at CTMP. Dean Copeland of Grasonville, Md., and Canaan O’Connell of Chandler, Ariz., captured the TCA and TCB poles Friday at CTMP.

Holton clocked the pole-winning lap at one minute, 28.476 seconds for an average speed of 100.05 miles per hour, besting the old TC qualifying mark set by Ernie Francis Jr., of 1:28.784 (99.707 mph) in 2015 at CTMP.

“It was a really good lap,” said Holton. “We have a lot of cars out here and it’s a relatively short track, so traffic was certainly a big factor there. We had to pass a couple of cars in the fast lap. Compass Racing is based out of Toronto so this is like the second home track. We spend so much time testing here and I really love this place. (We didn’t have much time) testing in the RS3 because we couldn’t get the car into the country in time.”

Nick Wittmer of Montreal, Que., Canada, will start alongside Holton in Saturday’s 40-minute Round 3 TC feature at CTMP after he recorded a time of 1:29.106 (99.34 mph) for the second spot in the 26-car TC field in the No. 91 ST Racing BMW M235iR.

Anthony Geraci of Glen Head, N.Y., rounded out the top-three with a 1:29.124 (99.32 mph) with his No. 69 S.A.C. Racing Audi RS3 LMS followed by Karl Wittmer of Montreal in the No. 99 Honda Ste-Rose Racing Honda Accord at 1:29.185 (99.25 mph) and Cody Ellsworth of Jupiter, Fla., in the No. 11 RacerInk Motorsports Porsche Cayman at 1:29.294 (99.13 mph).

Young female racer Sarah Montgomery of Lafayette, La., was involved in a wild turn two flip in qualifications at CTMP Friday with her No. 65 Lemon of Love/Shea Racing Honda Civic Si. Montgomery’s car went off the track and flipped numerous times before coming to a stop on its wheels. Montgomery was taken to the CTMP medical center for observations. In addition, Spencer Patterson of Pittsburgh, Pa., was taken to Lakeridge Health in Bowmanville, Ont., Canada for observation after a turn ten accident in his No. 79 Patterson Racing Mazda MX-5.

In the TCA division, Copeland won the pole with his No. 07 Copeland Motorsports Mazda Global MX-5 with a time of 1.:34.830 (93.35 mph) followed by VIR double race winner Matthew Fassnacht of Madison, N.J., at 1:35.681 (92.51 mph) in his No. 74 S.A.C. Racing Mazda MX-5 and Tom O’Gorman of Mason, Ohio in the No. 94 Shea Racing Honda Civic Si at 1:35.796 (92.40 mph).

O’Connell, son of four-time PWC GT champion Johnny O’Connell, was quickest in his No. 24 Tech Sport Racing Chevrolet Sonic with a best lap of 1:44.665 (84.57 mph) for the TCB division with second going to Jake Pipal of Oakdale, Calif., in the No. 6 Pipal Racing Honda Fit at 1:45.423 (83.97 mph).

The Touring Car 40-minute main event on Saturday scheduled for 9:40 a.m. EDT at CTMP, while Sunday’s feature begins at 8:30 a.m. EDT.


Results from the Qualifying Round of the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park TC Classes on May 19-21, 2017. Listed below is Position, Position in Class, Class, Driver Name, Driver Hometown, Car, No. of Laps Completed, Status, Fastest Lap Time, Fastest Lap Average Speed. All results are provisional until posted Final.

Pos,PIC,Class,Name,Hometown,Car,Laps,Status,Fastest Lap Time,Fastest Lap Avg. Speed
1,1, TC,Paul HOLTON,Orlando, FL,Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport,5,Not Running,1:28.476,100.0
2,2, TC,Nick WITTMER,Montreal, Quebec,BMW M235iR,9,Not Running,1:29.106,99.3
3,3, TC,Anthony GERACI,Glen Cove, NY,Audi RS3 LMS Clubsport,8,Not Running,1:29.124,99.3
4,4, TC,Karl WITTMER,Montreal, Quebec,Honda Accord,9,Not Running,1:29.185,99.2
5,5, TC,Cody ELLSWORTH,Jupiter, FL,Porsche Cayman,9,Not Running,1:29.294,99.1
6,6, TC,Jason COUPAL,Rochester, NY,Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport,12,Not Running,1:29.418,99.0
7,7, TC,Anthony MAGAGNOLI,Dexter, MI,BMW M235iR,10,Not Running,1:29.454,98.9
8,8, TC,Toby GRAHOVEC,Celina, TX,BMW M235iR,11,Not Running,1:29.619,98.7
9,9, TC,Robert NIMKOFF,Newton, CT,BMW M235iR,8,Not Running,1:29.879,98.4
10,10, TC,Aristotle BALOGH,Palo Alto, CA,BMW M235iR,9,Not Running,1:29.886,98.4
11,11, TC,Mason FILIPPI,Alamo, CA,BMW M235iR,11,Not Running,1:29.919,98.4
12,12, TC,Rodrigo SALES,Sonoma, CA,BMW M235iR,8,Not Running,1:29.935,98.4
13,13, TC,Justin RAPHAEL,Franklin Lakes, NJ,BMW M235iR,11,Not Running,1:30.120,98.2
14,14, TC,Tony RIVERA,Oceanside, CA,Nissan 370Z,9,Not Running,1:30.341,97.9
15,15, TC,Jeff RICCA,Milford, CT,Genesis Coupe,10,Not Running,1:30.374,97.9
16,16, TC,Henry SCHMITT,San Francisco, CA,BMW M235iR,10,Not Running,1:30.615,97.6
17,17, TC,Cameron MAUGERI,Ormond Beach, FL,Lotus Exige,10,Not Running,1:30.787,97.5
18,18, TC,Dennis HANRATTY JR,Mechanicsburg, PA,Lotus Exige,10,Not Running,1:30.877,97.4
19,19, TC,John WEISBERG,Webster, NY,Mazda MX-5,8,Not Running,1:31.512,96.7
20,20, TC,Chris OHMACHT,Franklin Lakes, NJ,BMW M235iR,11,Not Running,1:31.658,96.5
21,21, TC,Shea HOLBROOK,Fulshear, TX,Honda Accord,8,Not Running,1:32.561,95.6
22,22, TC,Stefan SAJIC,Belgrade, Serbia,BMW M235iR,8,Not Running,1:32.737,95.4
23,23, TC,Chetan PURANIK,Belgaum, India,BMW M235iR,10,Not Running,1:33.341,94.8
24,24, TC,Samantha TAN,Gormley, ON,BMW M235iR,10,Not Running,1:33.637,94.5
25,1, A,Dean COPELAND,Grasonville, MD,Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car,7,Not Running,1:34.830,93.3
26,2, A,Matthew FASSNACHT,Madison, NJ,Mazda MX-5,6,NC,1:35.681,92.5
27,3, A,Tom O’GORMAN,Mason, OH,Honda Civic Si,7,NC,1:35.796,92.4
28,4, A,Elivan GOULART,Shelton, CT,Mazda Gobal MX-5 Cup Car,5,NC,1:36.099,92.1
29,5, A,Gary KWOK,Markham, ON,Honda Civic,7,NC,1:36.594,91.6
30,25, TC,John ALLEN,Denver, CO,Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport,10,Not Running,1:37.786,90.5
31,6, A,Eric POWELL,Orlando, FL,Mazda MX-5,5,NC,1:37.881,90.4
32,7, A,Daniel MOEN,Rindge, NH,Mazda MX-5,5,NC,1:41.395,87.3
33,8, A,Eric LAPORTE,Blainville, Quebec,Honda Civic Si,7,NC,1:44.007,85.1
34,1, B,Canaan O’CONNELL,Chandler, AZ,Chevrolet Sonic,6,NC,1:44.665,84.5
35,2, B,Jake PIPAL,Oakdale, CA,Honda Fit,6,NC,1:45.423,83.9
36,3, B,P.J. GROENKE,Richmond Hill, ON,Chevrolet Sonic,6,NC,1:45.599,83.8
37,4, B,Travis WASHAY,Milford, CT,MINI Cooper,6,NC,1:46.391,83.2
38,9, A,Kevin ANDERSON,Huntington Station, NY,Scion FR-S,6,NC,1:47.856,82.0
39,5, B,Taylor HANDWERK,Jim Thorpe, PA,MINI Cooper,6,NC,1:48.240,81.7
40,6, B,Jasper DRENGLER,Shawano, WI,Honda Fit,5,NC,1:51.029,79.7
41,7, B,Ted SAHLEY,Cleveland, OH,Mazda 2,6,NC,1:51.082,79.6
42,8, B,Blake THOMPSON,Oak Creek, WI,Mazda 2,6,NC,1:53.879,77.7
43,26, TC,Greg LIEFOOGHE,San Francisco, CA,BMW M235iR,5,Not Running,,
44,10, A,Sarah MONTGOMERY,Lafayette, LA,Honda Civic Si,2,Not Running,,
45,11, A,Spencer PATTERSON,Pittsburgh, PA,Mazda MX-5,0,Not Running,,
46,12, A,Jeff SEXTON,Austin, TX,Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car,0,NS,,