Francis Jr., Goulart, and Nixon Win in TC, TCA, and TCB at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
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On Lap 10, the TC leaders came up on the TCB field which allowed Ellsworth, now in third, to close the gap on Poland. In TCA, the top three remained Goulart, Wolfe, and Holton followed by Patrick Seguin, of Ottawa, ON., in his No. 49, Branden Peterson/Team Ost Racing, Honda Civic Si. Of note, Goulart had pulled a gap on second place Wolfe pushing laps fast enough to close in on the back of the TC field. In TCB, leader Schwartz began to gap Nixon, Kisel, and Wei Lu, of Richmond, B.C. in his No. 59 Prosports, MINI Cooper. While, Mac Korince, of Ridgeway, ON., in the No. 51 INDIAN SUMMER RACING, MINI Cooper had moved to fifth from 12th followed by his teammate Travis W. Washay, of Milford, Conn., also in an INDIAN SUMMER RACING, MINI Cooper.

Lap 11 saw the second full-course caution fly this time for the No. 2 TCB entry of Van Svenson, of Hyde Park, N.Y., who had spun to a stop in turn 3 while battling for 5th. The yellow worked to Poland's advantage having just set the fast time of the race to close the gap to the TC leader Francis.

As the race resumed on lap 14, Francis Jr. led Poland, Fergus, Ellsworth, and Stacy in TC. In TCA it was Goulart over Wolfe, Holton, Seguin, and Wright. In TCB Schwartz led Nixon, Kisel, Lu, and Korince.

By lap 18 Francis had built a 3.5 second lead over Poland followed by Ellsworth, Stacy and Fergus, who had dropped to fifth. Two laps later Fergus was able to get by Stacy to move into fourth. When the checker flew it was Francis taking the win followed by Poland, Ellsworth, Fergus, and Stacy in TC. In TCA the finishing order was Goulart, Holton, and Wolfe.

The TCB final lap was a thriller as Schwartz's Sonic lost momentum as the driver downshifted into second coming out of turn 5B and onto the Mario Andretti Straight allowing Nixon, Korince, and Washay in their MINIs to slide by. Schwartz ended in fourth followed by Kisel in fifth.

"I had quite a lead until the second full-course yellow," said Schwartz. "After the second restart, the MINIs were working together to draft and were able to keep the gap close. So, in turn 5B I decided to downshift into second instead of my normal third. When I went to go back into third it did not find the gear like I wanted it to and I lost of all my momentum down the straightaway."

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