Championship battles heats up at Mosport

Montreal, August 22, 2000 - The seventh and penultimate round of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship will be held this coming weekend in Mosport International Raceway, 20 kilometres north of Bowmanville, Ontario. Only 27 points separates the...

Montreal, August 22, 2000 - The seventh and penultimate round of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship will be held this coming weekend in Mosport International Raceway, 20 kilometres north of Bowmanville, Ontario. Only 27 points separates the top six drivers in the point standings. With a total of 44 points up for grabs in the final two races of the season, the top eight drivers still have a mathematical chance of clinching the title. With a victory giving its owner 20 points, the Mosport race will be extremely important.

After three races, Jonathan Macri, 18, the driver of the Mopal Construction/Cobra Power Aero-2, appeared to be quietly sailing towards the title, having scored three consecutive victories. However, the momentum changed completely at the Grand Prix Player's of Trois-Rivieres at the end of August. In this double-header, Macri was twice involved in accidents with the reigning series' champion Didier Schraenen. Oakville, Ontario Matt White, in his youngdrivers.com Van Diemen, benefited form the chaos to score two deserved victories.

In Mosport three weeks ago, Macri started the race from the pole but slipped down to third on the opening lap. Bedard fought hard against White and Macri to score his first win of the year - the third of his career. Macri finished fourth, scoring enough points to maintain his lead in the provisional point standings with a total of 79 points. Jonathan Macri is fully aware that every point scored will be crucial at the end.

Second in points, only 13 points behind Macri, is Frederick Martel, the driver of the Maitre Saladier Vector. Martel has had a tough start to the season with Key Motorsport but decided to join the LM Scuderia team just before Trois-Rivieres. Martel finished twice in second place at Trois-Rivieres and again finished second at Mosport a week later. Wise move!

Matt White, the winner of two races this year, is third in the standings with 61 points. He=92s been a front runner all year long but mechanical woes have cost him many points. White, who=92s always very quick in Mosport, will be one to watch for. Gerry Kavanaugh, the driver of the IMAX Van Diemen, has been the biggest surprise this year, finishing third in the second race in Trois-Rivieres. Kavanaugh is a very quick learner and commits very few mistakes on the race track. He=92s fourth in=

the standings with 55 points.

Other drivers expected to drive hard to collect valuable championship points in Mosport include Didier Schraenen, Jean-Sebastien Bedard, Robert Boyer, Michael Gayowski (Monarch Automotive Van Diemen), Melanie Paterson (Sunoco Van Diemen), Francis Macri - Jonathan older brother (Mopal Construction Van Diemen), Ryan Horses - who lies first in the Rookie standings (Shell Van Diemen) and Brett Osler (SPOC Telecom Van Diemen).

<pre> Canadian Formula Ford point standings After 6 of 8 rounds

1. Jonathan Macri (3 wins), 79 points 2. Frederick Martel, 66 3. Matt White (2), 61 4. Gerry Kavanaugh, 55 5. Didier Schraenen, 52 6. Robert Boyer, 52 7. Jean-Sebastien Bedard (1), 38 8. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, 38 9. Martin Guimont, 34 10. Ryan Horses, 34

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Series General
Drivers Jonathan Macri , Louis-Philippe Dumoulin , Didier Schraenen , Robert Boyer