Chris Guerrieri Mosport race notes

August 16, 2003 (Bowmanville, ON) Chris Guerrieri (Pickering, ON) can be thankful that power outages across Ontario and the northeast US did not keep the show from going on at Mosport International Raceway this weekend. So can the thousands of...

August 16, 2003 (Bowmanville, ON) Chris Guerrieri (Pickering, ON) can be thankful that power outages across Ontario and the northeast US did not keep the show from going on at Mosport International Raceway this weekend. So can the thousands of race fans who turned out for another thrilling Formula Ford presented by Deringer race.

Due to the state of emergency situation in most of Ontario, slight delays at the race track on Friday morning shortened practice and qualifying activities. There was still enough time for rookie Dan Burchill from Mitchell, ON, to grab his first pole position of the season, 0.211 seconds ahead of points leader Chris Guerrieri.

Saturday s F1600 race was held under sunny skies and warm temperatures in Bowmanville, amid a big afternoon crowd for the ALMS weekend event. As the race goes green, rookie Dan Burchill barely hangs onto his lead into turn 1. Guerrieri gets by him and leads lap 2, with Olivier Lambert and Ashley Taws in her Be Anything With Barbie at Walmart Aero 2, in fourth place. On lap 4, Guerrieri and Burchill started to pull away, while Schraenen battled with Taws for third place just a couple of seconds behind them.

On lap 8, the running order is Burchill, Guerrieri, Schraenen, Clubine, Taws, and Eric Paradis, nose to tail. The top five cars were running within 1.4 seconds of each other. One lap later, Schraenen turns a very hot lap and finds himself in second place behind Burchill, followed by Guerrieri, David Clubine (Brantford, ON) and Ashley Taws (Newmarket, ON). On lap 11, Clubine s Van Diemen touched the corner of Taws Aero 2 while he attempted a pass in turn 10. Clubine spins and recovers, losing several positions, while Taws continues in fourth spot. Meanwhile, promising rookie Mathieu Audette, making his first visit to Mosport, in his Portes Dimensions CMV, is forced into the pits with gearbox problems.

The final three laps was a classic dog fight. Schraenen takes the lead on lap 13, briefly giving it up to Burchill on lap 14 as Chris Guerrieri joins the fray for a turn 1 party three cars wide. The three drivers take the last lap flag in a very tight formation with Didier in front. It was anybody s race at this point. With Guerrieri in third, Burchill and Schraenen - rookie vs. veteran - battle side by side through several turns on the last lap. They were not minding Guerrieri, who had built up some speed on the straight and was waiting for his opportunity to make a move. Guerrieri had his chance in corner 8 and squeezed by both front runners as they went three wide through the corner. By all accounts, it was a fantastic passing maneuver that surprised Schraenen who was busy trying to hold off Burchill. Guerrieri crossed the finish line 0.34 seconds ahead of Didier and 0.52 seconds ahead of rookie Burchill to pull off a stunning victory. Ashley Taws was next, just one second behind the lead pack, followed by Lambert, Michael Forest, Paradis, Clubine, and the usually strong at Mosport Steve Pickering, who was bothered by mechanical problems and off the pace all race long. Ann Arbor s Dan Denison in his Denison Consulting Van Diemen went off in the last lap in corner 4 to finish 10th.

I kept having a problem in corner 2, where my engine would briefly shut off, so I knew if I was going to catch them (Schraenen and Burchill) it would have to be at the end of the straightaway, Guerrieri explained. On the last lap I got a good draft through turn 5, and I watched Didier and Dan fighting&. I knew they weren t paying any attention to me. They were wheel to wheel through turn 8 and I thought yeah, I can fit a car through there so I squeezed through the inside, half on the rumble strip and half on the asphalt& we were three wide through most of the turn and I managed to come out ahead. It was very tight.

That was a great race! Veteran Schraenen said as he got out of his NAPA/RDS/Radio Energie CMV. What fun. I ve had my problems with Chris on the track before this weekend, but what can I say& that was just good clean racing. He made an unbelievable move on the inside of turn 8 while I was busy trying to get by the other kid (Burchill). I want to thank my amazing team for a great car this weekend. I m disappointed I couldn t bring it home for them.

With the win, www.sexualityandu sponsored Chris Guerrieri now leads the championship by 14 points.

The final pro Formula 1600 event of the season will take place at le circuit Mont-Tremblant in St-Jovite, QC on September 27-28, 2003 as part of the annual Fall Classic event. The Canadian Formula Ford Championship is proudly sponsored by Deringer Customs Brokers, Ford of Canada, Mobil 1, Esso, Hankook Tires, Cardinal Watches and Basi Autosport.

Championship standings -- Top 5 (provisional) after 7/8 races

1- Christopher Guerrieri, 101 points
2- David Clubine, 87 points
3- Didier Schraenen, 84 points
4- Dan Burchill ( R ), 82 points
5- Olivier Lambert, 69 points


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Drivers Christopher Guerrieri , Ashley Taws , Didier Schraenen , Dan Burchill , Dan Denison , Olivier Lambert , David Clubine , Mathieu Audette , Steve Pickering