Ashley Taws St-Eustache summary

Taws sixth at St-Eustache. Toronto, Ontario, (June 30, 2002): Ashley Taws finished sixth today in a Canadian Formula Ford Championship race at St-Eustache, Quebec. The eighteen-year-old resident of Newmarket, Ontario, who drives the "Be Anything...

Taws sixth at St-Eustache.

Toronto, Ontario, (June 30, 2002): Ashley Taws finished sixth today in a Canadian Formula Ford Championship race at St-Eustache, Quebec. The eighteen-year-old resident of Newmarket, Ontario, who drives the "Be Anything With Barbie at Wal-Mart" car qualified eighth for today's race and admitted she had trouble coming to terms with the tight and bumpy 1.930-km (1.199-mile) track.

Taws started her weekend with two abbreviated sessions yesterday. First, suspension damage, then engine damage caused by a missed gear shift, saw her run far less laps than she desired. In qualifying sessions, held yesterday afternoon and this morning, her best lap time of 56.863 seconds placed her "Be Anything With Barbie at Wal-Mart" car eighth on the grid for the start of today's race.

When the green flag fell to start the 32-lap contest, Taws did not get the start she was hoping for and when the field came around to complete the first lap, she was tenth. She kept her focus and got to work, passing two cars on the second lap. On lap three, however, she made a mistake when finishing a pass and spun back to tenth.

"I got the inside line for the corner and late braked to take seventh," said Taws. "I had made the pass, but as I wound out of the corner, I got sideways when I hit the rumble strips. I lost a few places and ended up back where I was at the end of the first lap."

On lap six, Taws inherited two places when a crash eliminated two cars ahead of her. On the following lap, the remainder of the field queued up and circulated slowly under caution while the damaged machines were removed from the track. The race resumed on lap thirteen and Taws had reached sixth when the checkered flag waved.

"I think I probably finished about where I should have been," Taws said. "I had some difficulty with this track. It's slow and rough, and you have to be violent with the car to get through the corners. I found it difficult to push any faster.

"I had to muscle the car around and take a beating from the bumps, plus it was really hot this weekend. I'll have to start working out with bigger weights," she said with a smile.

Taws is now gearing up for a very busy week in Toronto as the Canadian Formula Ford Championship heads to the Molson Indy Toronto for race four, July 5-7.

Be sure to visit Ashley's website, www.ashleytaws.com.

-mj-

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