Montreal, June 20, 2000 - Jonathan Macri couldn’t have asked for a better scenario. In the first two rounds of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship, the 18-year old driver from Gormley, Ontario started twice from pole position and clinched two impressive victories. He could score his third win of the year this coming weekend in Shannonville, Ontario. Macri, last year’s series Rookie of the Year drives an Aero-2 sponsored by Mopal Construction for AIM Autosport. His teammate is none other than his older brother, Francis. Francis retired from the first race held in Mosport in June following a collision with Matt White. But in Montreal, he drove a strong race to finish second behind his brother. The Macri brothers took home $11,500 in prize money (between them) for their 1-2 finish, not to mention a big chunk of championship points. If Jonathan Macri wins in Shannonville, he would greatly extend his points lead (currently 13 points over 2nd place Didier Schraenen).
"I drove only once in Shannonville - that was last year in a regional race just before Montreal," Jonathan Macri said. "The racing will be extremely close. I won’t be able to pull away from the rest of the field like I did in Montreal. The most important corner is the hairpin just before the long back straight. You need to build up a lot of speed because there’s a lot of passing happening at the end of that straightaway."
Matt White of Oakville, Ontario - the winner of two races last season - suffered from two retirements so far this season and will look forward to scoring points in Shannonville. St-Constant, Quebec’s Jean-Sebastien Bedard is in the same position as White. Always a front runner, Bedard has failed to finish the opening two rounds and like White he must drive a strong race this weekend to keep his championship hopes alive...
Burnaby, British Columbia’s Marc De Vellis has been excluded from the results twice in two races. The young, rookie driver was excluded in Mosport when the officials found his car to be underweight and he received similar treatment in Montreal when in the post-race technical inspection, it was discovered that the flywheel from his car did not conform to spec. His team has since appealed the Montreal decision, with a ruling pending. The two exclusions cost De Vellis two third place finishes.
TV announcer Didier Schraenen, the reigning Canadian Formula Ford Champion, started the season on a strong note, finishing twice in third place. He will be looking forward to winning in Shannonville - the track where he scored his first Formula Ford victory two years ago.
The Shannonville race will be held Sunday, June 25 early in the afternoon. Photos, official results and updated point standings can be downloaded from the official web site of the Formula Ford Championship Series at: www.formulaford.com