Round 7 - Hankook/FAQ Championship action heats up in St-Eustache Montreal, Quebec -- September 18, 2002 -- There's very little doubt that Round 7 of the 2002 FF1600 Hankook/FAQ Championship held this coming week end at the Autodrome St-Eustache...
Round 7 - Hankook/FAQ Championship action heats up in St-Eustache
Montreal, Quebec -- September 18, 2002 -- There's very little doubt that Round 7 of the 2002 FF1600 Hankook/FAQ Championship held this coming week end at the Autodrome St-Eustache will be extremely important for the three drivers currently on top of the point standings. Eighteen-year old rookie Chris Green, the driver of the Olco/DAC Aviation/Bombardier Van Diemen car entered by team Key Motorsport won the first two races of the 2002 schedule, and currently stands third in the standings, five points behind Olivier Lambert and two points behind Marc Arsenault.
"I am really looking forward for Saturday. We have tested here earlier this week, and have develop the car even more. I love this track, having won 3 races here this season," declared Chris Green.
Nineteen-year old rookie Valerie Limoges, the second driver of the Key Motorsport / Metro / John Scotti / Kappa / Proriders car lies ninth in the standings, having finished sixth earlier this season. The young lady who won last year's F125 Quebec Karting Championship will need to come to grips quickly with the difficulties of the St-Eustache track. But she has proved in Trois-Rivières (National Series) that she is quick learner, having qualified sixth in Trois-Rivières -- a track she had never driven on before.
Sherbrooke's native, Olivier Comeau, will be driving his second FF1600 race in his young promising career. Olivier surprised many during Sept. 1st race, when he cameback from behind to finish in sixth place (as race positions are allocated according to the standings).
"I was extremely nervous in the first race. I honestly think Saturday will be different, now I know what to expect from the competition. I also understand more about the car and the race lines. I'll be able to concentrate more on my driving and less on irrelevant details. My main goals will be; consistency on my lap times and give maximum feedback to my engineer on the car's reaction." declared Olivier.
"It is obvious that Olivier does not have the experience of a Chris Green or Valerie Limoges. However, he is very talented," said Eric Côte, Chief mechanic for team Key Motorsport. "He is obviously quick in practice, he now has to deal with having other race cars on track with him. He is very mature and serious on learning new things. We have a strong line-up with Chris, Valerie and Olivier," he concluded.
Provisional FF1600 point standings (after 5/7 rounds)
1. Olivier Lambert, 113 points
2. Marc Arseneau, 110 points
3. Chris Green, 108 points
4. Louis Morin, 83 points
5. Jean Arseneau, 80 points
9. Valerie Limoges, 53 points
15. Olivier Comeau, 15 points