Hot Bits Canada Sports Suspensions

By: Hot Bits  09-12-2011
Keywords: Touring Car


Canadian Touring Car

Our first year in Canadian Touring Car our technical partnership with Amico Racing has been profitable.   Amico finished the final race weekend with 2 podiums and 2nd place in the championship.   Congratulations to the the team in their very competitive year.

Targa Newfoundland 2011 – Tenth Anniversary

Complete domination on “The Rock”.   Our customers just missed a clean sweep of all divisions.   Giannou/Felice in their 911 won Classic, Oldford/Oldford in their STI won Modern and Wong/Sie in their M3 took 2nd in Open, so close.   Good run from Collingwood/Hollett in the 911 GT3 3rd Modern, 2nd in class. 

Congratulation to all our customers that managed to take it to the end, pushing threw as the hurricane hit on Friday, determination!

Canadian Touring Car

During the penultimate weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for Canadian Touring Car,  Dean Fantin in Amico Racings BMW qualified 12th and managed to pickup point with a 5th place finish.

So this takes it down to the last event, 2 races at ICAR in Montreal on September 9th, 10th.   Dean is 32 points back in 2nd behind Etienne Borgeat while Richard Boake has fallen to 3rd a further 20 points back of Dean.     We are looking forward to a tight finish in HotBits first year in touring car.    Congratulation to the Amico team for their huge leap forward this year.

Targa: “It's about the drive”, no way, its about kicking butt!

HotBits customers will once again be attacking the Rock in force.   Last years 1st Modern and 1st Classic will be tough to beat. Our customers will give it their best.

Scott Giannou/ Ray Felice 911 and Oldford/Oldford STI will be trying to hold their crowns.    They will be challenged by:

Mark Kostick / Darian Kostick 350Z, Mike Davenport / Shawn Monette WRX, Steve Freibel / Susanne Freibel Subaru, Tim Sanderson / Stan Carmichael 911, Afshin Montezari / Roy Hopkins GTIR, Cody Morch / Chris Harris Legacy, Herb Wong / Desmond Sie BMW M3,  Jon Howard / Paul Dyer WRX, Tom Collingwood / Chris Collingwood 911 GT3 RS, Brian Jarvis / Daphne Sleigh Mini, Bruno Rogrigues 911 Turbo.

Join us on The Rock, September 10th.

This is Canadian Touring Car - Week 5 2011 - Dean Fantin

Pike's Peak

Roger Matthews gave it his all in his A2 VW Jetta attacking Pike Peak during the international hill climb.    He was having a good run until he encountered motor failure as he neared the top of the mountain.    Roger's reply, “I guess I have to do it again next year - as I'm not great with failure.  We did have a great time overall.”

Team Amico is on Fire..

Team Amico on fire.   Led by Doug, the crew of Justin, Mike, Neo (data), Wing Man (aero), team principle/chef Dino as well a various additional support crew they have it all together as a team.   Their support of driver Dean has reached a peak this year.   This weekend at Mosport was disappointing to their hungry goals with 2nd place finishes in both races.   They were the fastest.   Leading for 3/4 of race one he lost the lead to Richard Boake and jumped on a mistake by Richard at Moss Corner but the extra traction of the 4wd from the Subaru saved his lead.

Race 2 Sunday, starting in finish positions from race one, saw Dean push Richard all the way, Richard's tires must have been square from the lockups defending his position from the faster Amico BMW.   Dean in his BMW came in second but took fastest lap.    Boake leading the in Super Touring is followed closely by Fantin as they head to Honda Indy Toronto in 2 weeks.

The Amico team is ready to take that first win, Dean definitely is at the top of his game and if Richard make a single mistake it will be done.

HotBits is proud to be provide technical support and suspension for Amico's challenge for the title.

2011 Rocky Mountain Rally

The 2nd round in the Canadian Rally Championship is in the books.  Congratulation to our customers, Warren Haywood/Jennifer Daly in Tonik Motorsports Subaru taking 1st PGT and 5th overall, Eric Grochowski/Keith Morison in their Golf taking 1st Group2 and 10th overall.    Poor conditions with lots of mud and snow added the the challenges running in this years rally.

2011 Canadian Touring Car Championship

Round 1 of the Canadian Touring Car Championship at Mosport International Raceway is complete.   Amico racing BMW driven by Dean Fantin, running on HotBits suspension finished 3rd in the first race. With a good start took the lead at corner 1, at corner 4 the heavens opened up with heavy rain. Dean was overtaken by the Subaru of Richard Boake in these slick conditions and managed to keep in touch with the Subaru while maintaining a good gap to 3rd. Midway through the race, a severe crash brought out the safety car which bunched the field up and allowed Arek Wojciechowski's BMW to jump past at the restart. A great controlled drive to 3rd in these conditions, congratulation Dean.

Race 2 was a well done 4th place after a self confessed error cost Dean 2nd, charging back he closed the gap but ran out of time to make any more forward. 

We look forward to the next race weekend in Quebec at Mirabel ICAR circuit.

2011 Lanark Highlands Rally, Sponsored by HotBits and Tonik Motorsports.

HotBits customers took 2nd OA and 2nd open, Ryan Huber and John Vanos, 3rd OA Warren Haywood and Ray Felice, also winning PGT.   3rd PGT Jeremy Norris and David Coles, 1st PSport Bryce Baker and Derek Vincent.  Congratulations to all.

Canadian Touring Car Championship

HotBits has entered a technical partnership with Amico Racings BMW E46 driven by Dean Fantin in this years Championship.   We look forward to assisting them in moving up the lead board.

Our dealer RMP Motors is also running a BMW in the championship.   Watch for owner/driver Rocco pushing his BMW E90 up the standings.

Rocky Mountain Rally

Many of our customers are entering.  Warren Haywood is continuing his quest for a second PGT title after class wins at Perce Neige and Lanark Highlands regional.  If you need assistance with rally requirements in Calgary, contact our dealer Shawn Bishop, 


Odi Bakchis of Feal Suspension started his first full season in Formula Drift XDC with a second place.   Congrats Odi,  contact him if you want to know about his suspension, he drives for one of our dealers and full service centre.

Keywords: Touring Car