Imrie flawless in debut race

Ward Imrie was flawless in his Formula 1600 debut this weekend at Mosport International Raceway. The aspiring race driver from Winnipeg, Manitoba, set the fastest time in qualifying, then went on to win both the pre-final and final on the ...

Ward Imrie was flawless in his Formula 1600 debut this weekend at Mosport International Raceway. The aspiring race driver from Winnipeg, Manitoba, set the fastest time in qualifying, then went on to win both the pre-final and final on the challenging 4km (2.5 mile) course near Bowmanville, Ontario.

Many times a national karting champion in both Canada and the United States, Ward dreams of becoming a professional racer. This weekend's stellar performance grabbed the attention of the racing community.

Having set the pace in qualifying, Ward started from pole position in Saturday's pre-final and took the win following a hard-fought battle for the lead. Yesterday, in the final, Ward simply took off and was never challenged. He crossed the finish line far from the reach of other competitors.

"I just got more comfortable every time I was in the car," he reported after the race. "I learned more and more about the car and the track every lap."

Ward's car was fielded by AIM Autosport of Woodbridge, Ontario, and he spoke highly of the team.

"Keith Willis (engineer) and Yancy Diotalevi (mechanic), were great to work with," he said. "They made the whole thing seem easy and relaxed."

Willis was equally complimentary of the young driver, remarking that Ward never even put a wheel off the track the entire weekend.

Next year, Ward may compete in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship (the national Formula 1600 championship) and it appears the Manitoban will be a serious championship threat should he arrive on the grid next spring.

"I have a chance at a scholarship to race in the US, but if that doesn't come through, I hope to come back to AIM and run Formula Ford next year," Ward said. "Right now, I'm just happy with this weekend and want to thank AIM for the car. It was perfect. I also want to thank Bell Helmets for their help and, most of all, my parents for supporting my racing all these years."

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