St-Eustache final round preview

Montreal, September 5, 2000 - Gormley, Ontario's Jonathan Macri, only 18, is just one step away from capturing the prestigious Canadian Formula Ford Championship title. The eighth and final round of the 2000 season will be held this Saturday in ...

Montreal, September 5, 2000 - Gormley, Ontario's Jonathan Macri, only 18, is just one step away from capturing the prestigious Canadian Formula Ford Championship title. The eighth and final round of the 2000 season will be held this Saturday in Autodrome St-Eustache, a motorsport complex located just outside of Montreal. This will be the first time this 1.8-kilometre road course will be used by the pro Formula Ford series.

Jonathan Macri, the driver of the Mopal Construction/Cobra Power Aero-2, stands on top of the points table, leading Frederick Martel by 19 points. Macri is in an excellent position because to win the title, while Martel needs to win and benefit from a DNF by Macri. "It was great to win again in Mosport on August 27," said Macri after his fourth victory of the year. "Winning in such a convincing way really gives me great confidence for the final race. For me, it's just a matter of driving hard, as usual."

Martel, who drives the Maitre Saladier Vector, knows that his chances are pretty slim but he will charge hard in his home event. "I need a perfect weekend - a win and the pole. That's the best I can do. If Jonathan (Macri) has some sort of problem, I want to be up there to take advantage," said Martel.

Burlington, Ontario's Gerry Kavanaugh is third in the standings. The young driver has been extremely consistent at the wheel of his IMAX Van Diemen. But the battle for third place in the final standings will be very hotly disputed as just 10 points separate Kavanaugh, currently third, and Jean-Sebastien Bedard, who lies in seventh place. Didier Scharenen, the two-time series' champion, currently fourth in the standings, will not participate in the race, having a prior professional commitment this weekend. Matt White, fifth with 62 points, will likely benefit from Schraenen's absence. The driver of the youngdrivers.com Van Diemen - who scored two wins this season in Trois-Rivieres, wants to finish the St-Eustache race on the podium.

Other drivers who will drive hard to gain positions in the standings include Jean-Sebastien Bedard (Digidyne Vector), Robert Boyer (Moe's Van Diemen), Melanie Paterson (Sunoco Van Diemen), Francis Macri - Jonathan's older brother (Mopal Construction Van Diemen) and Ryan Horses (Shell Van Diemen).

The series has a completely new Web site at www.formulaford1600.com. The Canadian Formula Ford Championship enjoys the support of Ford of Canada. Associate sponsors include Sunoco, Castrol, Hankook, Cardinal and Player's.

[TB] Canadian Formula Ford point standings After 7 of 8 rounds 1. Jonathan Macri (4 wins), 100 points 2. Frederick Martel, 81 3. Gerry Kavanaugh, 66 4. Didier Schraenen, 65 5. Matt White (2 wins), 62 6. Robert Boyer, 60 7. Jean-Sebastien Bedard (1 win), 56

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Drivers Jonathan Macri , Melanie Paterson , Didier Schraenen , Robert Boyer