On August 13, at Mosport International Raceway, sixteen-year-old Ryan Floer of Victoria, BC, convincingly secured the CASC-OR (Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs - Ontario Region) Formula 1600 Championship. The former karter won both races in the ...
On August 13, at Mosport International Raceway, sixteen-year-old Ryan Floer of Victoria, BC, convincingly secured the CASC-OR (Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs - Ontario Region) Formula 1600 Championship. The former karter won both races in the double-header weekend, staking claim to both the series Championship and Rookie-of-the-Year honours.
Ryan arrived at the final weekend of competition with the championship points lead following a string of first and second-place finishes. The two victories gained on the weekend bring his record to an incredibly impressive four wins, four seconds and one ninth-place finish. Nice work, especially for a rookie straight out of karts.
The CASC-OR Formula 1600 series comprises a competitive mix of experienced racers and fiery, hard-charging sub-twenty-year-old drivers. Both in car racing experience and age, Ryan was the kid in the field, yet all season he showed his natural ability and hard-working attitude made him more than a match for anyone else out there. He became stronger as he got more races under his belt and by the end of the season, he was clearly the benchmark for drivers in the series.
"This is really incredible," said Ryan of his landmark season. "I owe a great thanks to my dad for being so supportive. He's my biggest fan and comes out to all my races. He might even be happier than I am! I also have to thank Britain West Racing for giving me a good car for every race. I always had a car that felt good and it never broke once. The team was just great!"
The work for next season began on the back burner some months ago, but now it becomes the center of attention. Ryan hopes to do some off-season test sessions and will be looking at his options for moving up a level next year.
"Hopefully, I'll be in the national championship (Canadian Formula Ford Championship) next year," said Ryan. "I learned a lot this year and I think the national series should be my next step as far as developing myself. I'm determined to race Formula One some day and that means I've got a lot of work and a lot of learning ahead... I'm going to love every second of it!"