Event Coverage: CSCS 2014 Round 1 – Pt. 1

Photography By: Drake Nolte

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It’s said that if there is one thing that is constant in this world it’s change and that truism couldn’t apply more aptly to the evolution of the Canadian Sport Compact Series over the past two years.

Always one of the ‘must attend’ events in the area the CSCS staff has been making significant strides the past few years in an effort to grow the event as a large scale, well respected, race series in Canada.

The success of the 2014 season opener was a direct result of their hard work and a sure sign of what is to come in the future.

Switching season kick off venue’s from Toronto Motorsports Park Cayuga, to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was a bold move but loyal CSCS fans and competitors went with it, and though I don’t have any official numbers to quote I would say this was one of, if not the, the highest attended events in recent memory.

In addition to redeveloped grounds the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park boasted a new drivers development training track that many were eager to break in. That track in question is exactly where round one coverage by Drake Nolte will begin.

Time Attack

As always the time attack field at CSCS looked really competitive with veterans striving to better their results from last year and newcomers trying to find their lane.

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The line-up of eager time attack participants waiting to rip up the new track

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Can Jam Motorsports is always well represented at CSCS
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Mike Gardner put a lot of work into his 350z over the off season making it an even more competitive car than it was last year
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Looks like someone will be competing in time attack this year on Air Lift Suspension, awesome

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LS NB Miata’s are multiplying…

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Looks like the unlimited class is getting a little more exotic

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Innovative Tuning put a lot of work into their unlimited Subaru known as ‘Voltron’ prior to round one and the car is even more of a beast than it was last year

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Drifting

The new DDT track at the Canadian Tire Motorsports park meant a new layout for the drift competitors and round saw one of the most technical drifting layouts at a CSCS event to date.

Entry speeds were high and turns transitioned from banked to flat as drivers did their best to hold it together.

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One of the first things I heard when I showed up was that Jover and the wall had a bit of contact, he’s ok but it will be a bit until the car is back out
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The second thing I heard when I got to the opener was this car leg go. Apparently he was killing it all day too

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I believe this is the crazy LS powered e46 from Innovative tuning that showed up late last season
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Drifter’s Anonymous’ own Miguel Pereira sporting a PD influence livery, someone get him a light bar

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Dylan had the whistle tips going at the first round of CSCS
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Marin basically rebuilt this entire car in the off season, jungle gyms front and rear now
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From show car to drift car, one of the craziest transitions ever. (If you forget what this car looked like before click here)

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Steve managed to get second in his first every drift competition which is incredible
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Cody Loughhead drove really consistently at the season opener….

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…well enough to walk away with the top spot and a great start to the series, congrats Cody!

Check back tomorrow for more coverage from the CSCS season opener including some of the cars lurking in the pits and the show and shine!

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