Disappointment for Guerrieri in Trois-Rivieres. Toronto, August 5, 2002 - Eighteen-year old race car driver Christopher Guerrieri of Pickering, Ontario endured a tough disappointment and then scored valuable championship points in Rounds 5 and 6...
Disappointment for Guerrieri in Trois-Rivieres.
Toronto, August 5, 2002 - Eighteen-year old race car driver Christopher Guerrieri of Pickering, Ontario endured a tough disappointment and then scored valuable championship points in Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2002 Canadian Formula Ford Championship held at the famed Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec this past weekend.
Guerrieri, who drives the #11 NGCL Cherry Beach Sound Vector, planted his car in ninth spot on the grid for Round 5 held Saturday, August 3. Despite the very hot temperature in the 30 degrees, Guerrieri pushed his machine to the limits during the 25-lap feature. After just five laps of racing, the rookie was already up in sixth place. He continue his impressive march towards the front of the pack, running in fourth place on lap 16. Then, disaster struck. "The car was running very well but suddenly the engine stopped because of an electrical glitch," Guerrieri explained after the race. The motor simply died, forcing Guerrieri into a costly and heart breaking retirement.
For Round 6, held just 24 hours later, Guerrieri had qualified in 13th place. "I'm starting this race mid-pack because we've experienced problems hooking up this car to the track all weekend long," he said. "It is my first time at this track and the car was sliding too much during qualifying. We've made a few mechanical changes and the race should be quite a different story."
Guerrieri enjoyed a good start and passed a few cars during the first laps of the race. On lap nine, he engaged in a furious battle for ninth place with veteran Marcel Lafontaine. Guerrieri finally passed him on lap 17 but had lost touch with the leading pack of cars. He continued to push hard, crossing the line in seventh position to score nine championship points.
With two races to go, Christopher Guerrieri lies third in the championship and continues to lead the "Ford Rookie of the Year" standings.
The next round will be held on Mosport International Raceway's road course on August 16-17. In the opening race of the championship held on this difficult track in May, Guerrieri finished in second place. This time, he intends to win.