Montreal, PQ -- June 17/2000 -- Key Motorsport Formula 1600 drivers James Yott and Frederick Martel provided early excitement in the Air Canada Grand Prix Canadian Formula Ford support race today at the Le Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve....
Montreal, PQ -- June 17/2000 -- Key Motorsport Formula 1600 drivers James Yott and Frederick Martel provided early excitement in the Air Canada Grand Prix Canadian Formula Ford support race today at the Le Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve. Jonathan Macri of Gormley, Ontario won the race, his brother Francis was second and Marc DeVIllis was third.
Frederick Martel who is sponsored by Maître Saladier, A Table, and Charcuterie de Bretagne, Historia, made a sensational start in the opening laps of the race. The native of Lorraine, Quebec charged his way into 2nd place at one point from his eighth place starting position. His excellent progress moving through the field made for heartbreak as his Tagliani/Quicksilver engine overheated from the constant drafting that is ever so crucial for success at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit.
Martel put forth a professional response while being interviewed on television after his disappointment, explaining that his car was the "best he has ever driven in his Formula Ford car".
"I am so disappointed for the team. These guys worked so hard to give me the best car I have ever driven in my Formula Ford career. Small things are hurting us at the moment, and we therefore are not able to show the true potential of the Key Motorsport Van Diemen," explained Martel. "I would like to thank my sponsors Maître Saladier, A Table, Charcuterie de Bretagne, Historia for their continued support. I am sorry we could not make our potential into the result we had hoped for."
James Yott of Montreal, Quebec driving his Ritvik Toys Key Motorsport Van Diemen drove a superb race in which he battled with the front-runners throughout most of the race. Race officials' black-flagged Yott as he was deemed to have jumped the start of the race. Yott was unavailable for comment after the race.
Team owner Steve Djelebian was pleased with the potential the team showed throughout the weekend, but was adamant that the team will sort out their reliability woes. "We have the performance from the car, engine and drivers," explained Djelebian. "We simply have to correct the small areas that are hurting our reliability. That will come."
The Key Motorsport Formula 1600 racing will be in action next weekend for round three of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship at Shannonville, Motorsport Park near Belleville, Ontario.