Taws on podium in Trois Rivieres August 2, 2003 (Trois Rivieres, Canada): Ashley Taws drove a feisty race at the wheel of the "Be Anything With Barbie" car at the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres today, finishing third. Competing in just her second...
Taws on podium in Trois Rivieres
August 2, 2003 (Trois Rivieres, Canada): Ashley Taws drove a feisty race at the wheel of the "Be Anything With Barbie" car at the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres today, finishing third. Competing in just her second race since recovering from an off-season road crash, the nineteen-year-old from Newmarket, Ontario, was thrilled to stand on the podium.
Taws qualified fifth for today's race, but made a blinding start and leapt to third as the pack reached the first turn. She spent the early laps dicing for third place with Francois Bellemare while Olivier Lambert and Didier Schraenen fought for the lead. Bellemare won the battle and edged away, eventually taking second from Schraenen.
As the 25-lap race reached the half-way point, Taws moved into third with a fine pass on Schraenen. As they approached corner one, she was perfectly placed to take the place, but Schraenen moved to cover the inside line. Taws played it perfectly, coming in wide and carrying lots of speed through the turn to make the pass as they approached turn two.
As the race neared its conclusion, Lambert held a convincing lead while Taws closed in on second-placed Bellemare. She looked threatening for several laps, but the exhausted young driver was not able to attempt a pass.
"I was done at the end," said Taws who is still working hard to rebuild her endurance. "I couldn't even pick up my water bottle after the race.
"The AIM Autosport crew had the Barbie car hooked up really well today. I had a good start and a good race. I'm looking forward to another good run tomorrow, but it will be a lot of work to make it to the podium because I'm starting further back."
The second race of the weekend is scheduled for 10:05am Sunday. Taws will start tenth.