LANGLEY, BC, CANADA -- October 22, 2001: Canadian racer Josh Beaulieu has signed with Fortec Motorsport to compete in the 2001 UK Formula Renault Winter Series. Beaulieu, who impressed in this yearr ’s Canadian Formula Ford series, travels to England on Friday to prepare for the 4-race championship.
The Formula Renault Winter Series will be held from November 8 to 18, with 2 races each at the Rockingham and Donington Park circuits. Formula One ace Kimi Raikkonen gained notoriety by dominating the Winter Series two years ago, before being signed up by F1 team owner Peter Sauber last year.
"I am very pleased to be signing with Fortec,” said Beaulieu. “ They had really good momentum the second half of this season with Heikki [Kovalainen], and hopefully that will continue into the winter series! This will be my first time racing in a slicks and wings car, after doing some testing with Formula Palmer Audi last year. I know the competition will be very tough, but we should be in contention for race wins and I'm going to learn as much as I can."
The Dowco Technology Group, owned by the Langley-based Dobbie family, is continuing their backing of Beaulieu’s rising career. “ This sponsorship coincides with Dowco's decision to expand both their revolutionary steel building systems as well as their local Internet services to the lower mainland,” says Ewen Dobbie, Dowco’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “ While Dowco has always been an active supporter of local amateur athletes, this sponsorship represents a significant involvement in the Canadian and European motorsport scenes.
The Formula Renault racecar “ In Josh we see great potential. Just as Greg Moore was a great ambassador for Maple Ridge, so too will Josh Beaulieu be for Langley.”
Beaulieu’s official racing website, www.joshbeaulieu.com, will be updated frequently with his reports wired over from England for the duration of his trip.
Josh Beaulieu, in only his third year of auto racing, has established himself as part of the next generation of Canada's racing stars. You can find out more about Josh’s career by visiting his website or sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.