Things have really changed over the last 18 months for ABR! We have teamed up with Toronto Motorsports Park, the CTCC (Canadian Touring Car Championship) KartStart.ca, NGK Spark Plugs Canada and Scion Canada to start our own race series!
We really have to thank Uli Bieri and his TMP staff because if it wasn't for them this series would not have ever been possible! Uli had the faith to take the risk on us and as they say the rest is history! The TMP/ABR GT Superseries is a grass-roots type of racing that welcomes all! Beginners, old pro's everyone is welcome.
The events are all done in one day with hours and hours of track time including 3-20 minute wheel to wheel sprint races, lots of open lapping and Time Attack! There is no timing or scoring, these days are designed to come out have fun and show how fast you can go wheel to wheel for bragging rights! We have had everything from a NASCAR Canadian Tire Series car (Kerry Micks), a Radial to a retired Ice Race Mazda 323 run with us, everyone is welcome!
A big advantage we offer sponsors and competitors is the ability to race in front of a large crowd of spectators (5000+) at the TMP events as we are the support race (on the road course) to their biggest Pro events of the year! We can show the drag race fan a new level of racing most of them have never experienced before and open their eyes to sponsors they may never see!
We do have one rule for the wheel to wheel racing, YOU HAVE ANY CONTACT WITH ANOTHER VEHICLE BOTH DRIVERS ARE DISQUALIFIED FOR THE DAY! Car prep rules are simple if you wish to compete in the wheel to wheel racing. You need to have a cage with drivers side intrusion bars, a proper safety belt harness, a helmet, drivers suit, gloves and boots. The level of equipment is up to you and you will have to sign a waiver that your car is fit for track use etc. It is HIGHLY recommended that your safety equipment be the latest and greatest however it is your responsibility to take care of yourself! The Time Attack rules are....show up and run what ya brung! The dates for TMP are Saturday July 11, 2015 in conjunction with the Canadian Nitro Nationals and Saturday Sept 5, 2015 during the Labor Day Spectacular for more information email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org If your on Facebook, ask to join our page Road Racing/Time Attack at TMP! We are also running an event at Shannonville as a support race for the CTCC in late May, this promises to open even more doors to further these amazing fun events!
Entry is by pre registration only, we do not accept entries at the track. We also offer early entry discounts, the early entry fee for Road Race or Time Attack is $190.00 or $290.00 to run both. Early entry for Shannonville is now open and after March 31, 2015 rises to $225.00 and $325.00 for both. We also are limited to number of competitors and have sold out all of our previous events!. Also very important is any sponsorship we get goes directly back to the competitor! Ask me for details!
Camaro pictures by Gumball Photography!
The team principal and driver is Alan Balinsky. Alan is also the General Manager of Woodbine Toyota/Scion in Toronto Ontario.
Alan has been involved in motorsports since the age of 17. He has competed in everything from autocross and circuit racing to drag racing in the last 35 years. ABR currently races in our own newly formed series and may run a few selected Vintage races for 2015
Alan has signed on with DriveTeq.ca in 2014 as one of their advanced driving coaches which also will continue for 2015! DriveTeq.ca is one of Canada's premier driver coaching programs and ABR is proud to be a member of their team!
Our biggest victory was the 2009 BEMC Spring Trophy races where we started last (40th) in the field of the first race of the day. We moved up 20 positions in the 20 minute race and started the afternoon race 20th overall and 3rd in class, finishing 12th overall and 1st in class. The organizers had decided that the Spring Trophy would go to the largest class which was our class GT4. The "Spring or Dunlop" Trophy has been around since 1950 and has some of the great Canadian racers such as Bill Brack, Eppie Wietzes and Richard Spinard as winners of this most prestigious trophy! Truly this was our proudest moment as a team to date.
Having started a new job with Woodbine Toyota in December 2009 left us little time to compete in 2010, 2011 and 2012 at which point we sold the RX7. After a year and a half of preparing the Camaro we are ready to attack the track again!
ABR also raises money for The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto and the Make A Wish Foundation, through various on track events and ride alongs each year.
The team is directed by crew chief Chris (Coneman) James. His knowledge, patience and countless hours have made ABR the success it is today! Chris has overseen all modifications done since the purchase of the original RX-7.
Now moving onto the Camaro the team of Chris James, Curtis James and Kris Dickson perform all the fabrication and race day preparations and race setup, and have been an integral part of the team since its inception. Kris Dickson has done an amazing job of repairing the chassis, building a new exhaust system and seat mounts, and installing the Carbon Fiber dash for the Camaro!
New for 2015 is RSR Global i Vehicle Registration Program
Going on our 5th year together ABR wishes to welcome back sponsors NGK Spark Plugs, Mazmark Auto, Rytech X-ray and Millenium Graphics provides all the artwork and graphics. Fourway Auto Body is back and they keep the #01 Camaro looking good!
The Camaro is actually quite a rare find, it is one of 135 factory built 1LE Camaro's for 1994. Total 1LE production for the 4th generation Camaro (1993-2002) was only 464! The 1LE package for 1994 consisted of Koni Shocks, stiffer suspension bushings, stiffer springs, larger sway bars, heavy duty oil cooler, fog light delete option, the LT1 5.7 litre engine with heavy duty cooling and the T56 6-speed trans. Air conditioning was not available on 1LE cars until later years. Also rare on 1LE cars was the ability to have the roof painted body color instead of black like other Camaro's of its year.
The car was orginally built by Trac Motorsports and competed in the Michelin Endurance series, and was later run by Steve Kent in various regional race series including the Touring GT series.