Things have really changed over the last 18 months for ABR! We have started our own road race series and teamed up with the CTCC and The Car Control School to make amateur road racing available to almost anyone at an affordable price! The entry fee is $190.00 and that gets you a minimum of 2 hours of track time including 3/20 minutes wheel to wheel races! The event is all done in one day so you don't have the expense of overnight stays or driving back and forth to a track!
Beginners, old pro's everyone is welcome.
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!
We do have a basic rules package which is listed below:
1. Your car must have either a proper roll cage (defined by any road race sanctioning body) or a minimum of a 4-point roll bar and maintain all of the factory crash protection. The car must have the factory side intrusion protection all doors, and factory front and rear crash protection. A gutted car with no cage will not be permitted.
2. A minimum 5 point SFI/FIA rated safety harness is mandatory. Window nets are highly recommended
3. All race drivers must have SFI/FIA legal fire-suit, gloves, shoes and
We will have 2 classes defined by the following:
GT: All full caged vehicles running any race tire or DOT Competition tire.
GTS: Street class with 4 point roll bar and treaded street driveable tires. Should a GTS car race on a slick or DOT Competition tire you will be bumped into the GT Class.
It has become apparent even with the best intentions racing is racing and sometimes contact will happen. Cars will break or oil down the track and contact from that is mostly unavoidable.
AVOIDABLE OR INTENTIONAL CONTACT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND THE OFFENDING DRIVER/S WILL BE REMOVED FROM OUR RACE SERIES. THE DECISION WILL COME FROM THE CLERK OF THE COURSE THAT AND IS NON NEGOTIABLE.
All cars will race together on the same grid with the GTS cars starting behind the GT cars in each race. We will continue to grid as before, based on a 1st come 1st serve basis although the organizer/Clerk of the course has the option to move a faster car to the back of class grid at his discretion smile emoticon. Each race will be 20 minutes in length and we will have 3 races each day with lots of time between them.
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.