Canadian Formula Ford Championship Round 7 Grand Prix of Mosport August 27, 2000 Mosport International Raceway, August 27, 2000 -- Eighteen-year old Jonathan Macri, the driver of the Mopal Construction-Aero 2, scored today a spectacular victory...
Canadian Formula Ford Championship
Round 7 Grand Prix of Mosport
August 27, 2000
Mosport International Raceway, August 27, 2000 -- Eighteen-year old Jonathan Macri, the driver of the Mopal Construction-Aero 2, scored today a spectacular victory -- his fourth of the season -- in Round 7 of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship held in Mosport International Raceway. Macri resisted the furious assaults of his pursuers, Jean-Sebastien Bedard and Frederick Martel, en route to victory, extending his lead in the point standings.
Macri started the 16-lap race from pole position, having set the fastest time in the two qualifying sessions held yesterday. Macri retained first place as the field negotiated the first corners. Bedard took a fantastic start, moving from fourth to second place. On lap 2, Martel powered ahead of Macri to take first place but one lap later the order was reversed. The leading five cars, made up of Macri, Martel in the Maitre Saladier-Vector, Bedard in the Digidyne-Vector, Matt White in the youngdrivers.com-Van Diemen and Francis Macri in the other Mopal Construction-Aero 2, ran together. On lap 7, Francis Macri spun and damaged his water radiator. One lap later, White drove into the pits and retired with a mechanical failure.
Jonathan Macri controlled the race, pulling away from Martel and Bedard who were fighting furiously for second place. On lap 12, Bedard found a way past his teammate but it was too late to give Macri a run for victory. Macri finished first ahead of Bedard, Martel, Didier Schraenen in the UAP NAPA/Radio Energie-CMV, Gerry Kavanaugh (IMAX-Van Diemen), Brett Osler (SPOC Telecom-Van Diemen), Ryan Horses (Shell-Van Diemen) and Robert Boyer (Moe's-Van Diemen).
1st place -- JONATHAN MACRI (Mopal Construction-Aero 2)
"I'm really happy with victory. I was really close early in the race when both Martel and Bedard tried to pass me in Corner 8. I managed to retake the lead and it took a lot of pressure off my shoulders when I saw that they were battling for second place."
2nd -- JEAN-SEBASTIEN BEDARD -- Digidyne -- Vector
"I took a fantastic start. I wanted to work with Frederick (Martel) but it didn't work out. I was quicker than him and I wanted to catch up with Macri out in front. But Martel had a very strong engine and there was nothing I could do on the straightaway ."
3rd place -- FREDERICK MARTEL, Maître Saladier - Vector
"I am disappointed. I needed a win or a second-place finish to keep my championship hopes alive. Many times I tried to let Bedard pass me but he never managed to do so. I didn't want to lift off too much to let Macri disappear into the lead."
The final and eighth round of the series will be held in two weeks at Autodrome St-Eustache, near Montreal.
Provisional point standings:
1. Jonathan Macri, 100 points
2. Frederick Martel, 81
3. Gerry Kavanaugh, 66
4. Didier Schraenen, 65