June 16, 2003 (Toronto, Ontario): Substituting for Ashley Taws, former Formula Atlantic star Andrew Bordin took the "Be Anything with Barbie at Wal-Mart" race car to victory in Montreal, Saturday afternoon. In a race held during the Canadian Grand...
June 16, 2003 (Toronto, Ontario): Substituting for Ashley Taws, former Formula Atlantic star Andrew Bordin took the "Be Anything with Barbie at Wal-Mart" race car to victory in Montreal, Saturday afternoon. In a race held during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, Bordin dominated and ran away to a comfortable victory. The race, the third round of the 2003 Canadian Formula Ford Championship was held at the famous Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where Bordin has raced several times in both Formula Ford and Formula Atlantic machines.
In a pair of rain-soaked qualifying sessions on Friday, Bordin was clearly comfortable with the car and posted the second-best time of the day. Race day, was again wet, but heavy cloud held back in the afternoon and allowed the Formula Ford race to run in dry but dull conditions. Rain restarted as the fifteen-lap race reached its conclusion.
Bordin got an excellent start and led every lap of the race. Opening a small gap in the early going, he then began to surge away before slipping into cruise mode for the final laps. He took the checkered flag more than fourteen seconds ahead of his closest pursuers, veterans Didier Schraenen and David Clubine.
Despite being unable to participate in the race, Taws remains popular with race fans, many of whom endured a long, wet walk from the stands to visit her in the paddock. Taws has made a remarkable recovery from serious injuries incurred in a traffic accident in December, but still has some way to go. Recently, she disappointedly gave up plans to race at the Toronto Indy in July and now hopes to restart her racing career in August.
The nineteen-year-old from Newmarket, Ontario, was excited to have an experienced driver like Bordin drive her car in Montreal.
"It was pretty cool to have Andrew (Bordin) race the Barbie car," said Taws. "He raced at this level in the past and went on to bigger things so he's got a lot of experience. It was interesting to be up close and watch him work.
"I'm really happy for him, because he's been close to winning a few races in Montreal, but never won until now."
In three races this year, the "Be Anything with Barbie at Wal-Mart" race car, prepared by AIM Autosport, has finished sixth and second with Louis-Philippe Dumoulin at the wheel and now has a win, thanks to Bordin. Next on the schedule is the Toronto Indy, July 11-13. A driver announcement is expected in a few weeks.