NA-F2000: RACE: Wilkins shines at Sebring Florida Region event

WOODBRIDGE, ONT., CAN. (January 22, 2002) --As part of its pre-season testing program for the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship season, the AIM Autosport F2000 team entered Toronto native Mark Wilkins in two SCCA "Winter National" club...

WOODBRIDGE, ONT., CAN. (January 22, 2002) --As part of its pre-season testing program for the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship season, the AIM Autosport F2000 team entered Toronto native Mark Wilkins in two SCCA "Winter National" club race events in Florida earlier this month.

At Sebring, the 18 year-old rookie qualified eighth on the grid and then fought his way up to a spot on the podium with a third place finish. One week later at Moroso Motorsport Park, Wilkins found himself competing against a 48-car field packed with veteran racers. Wilkins dominated the weekend by capturing the pole, the race win and recording the fastest lap of the race.

"It was an awesome experience and was a great way to prepare for my debut in professional-level F2000 competition" said Wilkins. "The set-up on the team' s No. 34 Van Diemen Ford made me really confident, so I was able to just go for it and have some fun."

2002 will be Wilkins' second season of racing with the Canadian based AIM Autosport team. In 2001 he made his debut with AIM's F1600 team, campaigning the Canadian Formula Ford Championship. Under the direction of team manager Keith Willis, Wilkins finished as the highest-ranked Canadian driver in the series and runner-up for the overall Championship.

"Based on what we saw in Mark last year we knew he was ready to move up the ladder" said AIM F2000 team manager Ian Willis. "Keith worked closely with Mark last year and was really impressed with his maturity and no nonsense approach to developing his race craft. Andrew [Bordin] and I took Mark to a test in Georgia just before Christmas and we both came away convinced that he will be a serious contender for the Rookie-of-the-Year title."

AIM Autosport will again field a two-cars in the SCCA sanctioned Zetec Championship, which will race at major venues in both the United States and Canada. Willis is expected to announce who will pilot the team's second car within the next few weeks.

Established in 1995, AIM Autosport is widely recognized for its ability to identify, train and manage emerging motorsport talent. Based in the Toronto suburb of Woodbridge, the AIM driver development program has helped to launch the careers of many of today's top-ranked young Canadian drivers including Andrew Bordin, Billy Asaro and Jonathan Macri.

For additional information about the team or it's driver visit the team's website at www.aimautosport.com

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Series Other open wheel , SCCA
Drivers Jonathan Macri , Andrew Bordin , Mark Wilkins , Billy Asaro