BARC Canadian Touring Trophy Races August 1 & 2 by Al Norrie

IMG_0853Wow, what a weekend!

I want to thank everyone for making the BARC Canadian Touring Trophy Races Aug 1 & 2 so rewarding.   From my perspective the weekend was flawlessly organized and all of my interactions were excellent.   At the risk of unintentionally leaving someone out I am extending my heartfelt thank you to all the BARC organization, the CTMP marshals and all the volunteers for an amazing experience.

CTMP Aug 1 2015 002 turn 9 entry

As this was my first GT1 race I really want to highlight the incredible emotions I experienced.        Obviously I had butterflies combined with anxiety in the morning and while sitting on the mock grid.   The on-track sessions generated a strange combination of anticipation, fear, exhilaration and competitive aggression. Lastly the checkered flag brought relief and elation -I had not crashed but in fact earned a podium position.   However, I think one of the most unexpected feelings is the overwhelming support and  expressed camaraderie  by all of the racers, team personnel and my circle of friends.   I am truly honoured to be part of this amazing racing fraternity.

CTMP Aug 1 2015 080 paddockLastly, I am indebted to BC Race Cars for enabling this entire experience.   Blaise and his team made me feel like a rock start/pro driver.   BC Race Cars are beyond a first class operation. They ensured my safety and enjoyment by looking after every imaginable detail. My personal crew chief, John and the team, tirelessly attended to my coveted GREEN Camaro – tires, set-up, fuel, cleaning, and safely buckling me into the cockpit.   Penny’s hospitality graciously went beyond ensuring we all enjoyed outstanding lunches and plenty of refreshments throughout the weekend.

1The pinnacle was the personal coaching and knowledge that Blaise tirelessly shared with me – inspirational!

To all – THANK YOU!