Toronto, Monday August 19, 2002 - Pickering, Ontario's race car driver Christopher Guerrieri drove a solid race in Round 7 of the 2002 Canadian Formula Ford Championship held at Grand Prix of Mosport this past weekend, fighting hard for second ...
Toronto, Monday August 19, 2002 - Pickering, Ontario's race car driver Christopher Guerrieri drove a solid race in Round 7 of the 2002 Canadian Formula Ford Championship held at Grand Prix of Mosport this past weekend, fighting hard for second position before colliding with another competitor to eventually cross the finish line in ninth place.
Guerrieri, the driver of the #11 NGCL Cherry Beach Sound Vector entered by team LM La Scuderia, qualified in eighth position for the 15-lap feature held on Mosport International Raceway's gruelling road course, also the stage of the famous American Le Mans event that same weekend.
Guerrieri started brilliantly at the green, gaining several position before the field negotiated the infamous and fast Corner 1. At the end of the first lap, the 18-year old rookie was already running in fifth place. He continued to press hard and on lap 5, he was up in third position - just a few feet behind Didier Schraenen's CMV car.
For four laps, Guerrieri put enormous pressure on Schraenen. On lap 10, the two cars sadly touched wheels and Schraenen's car went flying up in the air and landed upside down in the dirt. Luckily, the veteran driver was not injured in the crash. "I went on inside of Schraenen when we braked for Corner 5A," Guerrieri explained after the race. "We ran side by side between 5A and 5B. Then, he just drove straight into me when he turned in for 5B. Our wheels touched and his car flew up in the air." The contact caused some serious damage to the left front suspension of Guerrieri's Vector.
Despite the fact that one wheel pointed in the wrong direction, Guerrieri continued the race. However, the damage caused him to spin on lap 12 but quickly rejoined the fray to eventually finish in ninth place.
"It's been an eventful race but I proved I could be very quick here," said Guerrieri. "I caught the two leading cars very easily and I was running a lot faster than Schraenen. I had to pass him quickly and I had a good chance to make my move there. However, we touched and that was it."
The final race of the 2002 season will be held at Mont-Tremblant, Quebec at the end of September. "I look forward to racing at Mont-Tremblant. It's such a prestigious track - it welcomed the Canadian Grand Prix in 1968 and 1970 and it is quite difficult with many elevation changes."