St-Eustache race, champioship report

St-Eustache, September 9, 2000 - Formula Ford Ace Jean-Sebastien Bedard, St-Constant, Que., took home the victory in front of a large contingent of home town fans and a packed grandstand at Autodrome St-Eustache. It was the final race of the...

St-Eustache, September 9, 2000 - Formula Ford Ace Jean-Sebastien Bedard, St-Constant, Que., took home the victory in front of a large contingent of home town fans and a packed grandstand at Autodrome St-Eustache. It was the final race of the Formula Ford season, and the setting was perfect: warm and sunny, at a beautifully renovated Autodrome St-Eustache road course.

Bedard started from the pole and fought hard all race with teammate Frederick Martel, Lorraine, Que., both drivers of Mauro Lanaro's LM La Scuderia team. To the delight of the fans, the two drivers traded positions a couple of times, going nose to tail for most of the 35 lap race. Martel finished 0.74 seconds behind Bedard, closely followed by Louis-Phillipe Dumoulin, Trois-Rivières, Que., in third.

It was Martel's 5th straight podium finish, and Bedard's 2nd win in a row.

1st - JEAN-SEBASTIEN BEDARD - Digidyne / Extreme Safety Products - Vector "It was a difficult race, very hot, but Frederick and I had directions from the team to try to break away from the pack together, and then fight for the win between us. We raced eachother very clean. I had to watch him so closely even into the last two turns!... I just did whatever I could to keep control of the race. It was a fantastic win today, because it moved me from 7th to 3rd in the championship standings."

2nd place - FREDERICK MARTEL, Maåtre Saladier / A Table / Charc. Bretagne - Vector "Even though I didn't win the race, I'm very happy with the results. It was another excellent finish that helped me end up 2nd in the championship. That's why I didn't want to gamble it all on a risky move that may have got me by J-S (Bedard) in the last two corners. I knew if my car was running this well, then so was his. I could tell Jean-Sebastien was really pushing for the win, and it would have been pointless to risk an incident between us."

3rd place - LOUIS-PHILIPPE DUMOULIN - Foresterie CHB / Liverpool - Van Diemen "It was a long and tough race, but I'm very happy with my drive. The heat didn't really cause me any problems, I was more worried about tire wear. With six laps to go I was in 6th place... I drove hard and aggressively at the end and I guess it paid off."

Gormley, Ontario's Jonathan Macri ran in the lead pack for most of the race, and finished 5th, behind his brother Francis. No matter, all Jonathan had to do was finish the race, and the title was his. He did so with ease, driving a clean, trouble-free race and securing his championship title. Jonathan had 4 wins this season, clearly establishing himself as a rising star in the world of professional racing. "I had a good start, and Bedard picked up the pace right away. Soon enough Freddy got beside me... I didn't fight him too much and let him go by me. My objective was just to stay with them and in the race."

Macri, the 2000 Canadian Formula Ford Champion, was quite calm after the race. "The championship hasn't really sunk in yet, I think it will soon. We're going out to celebrate tonight and I'm sure it will hit me then. It's different not being on the podium in the final race..."

Next year's plans are up in the air for Jonathan, 18. "I'd love to do Atlantics. We're talking to sponsors right now, but it's a wait and see kind of thing. It's all about raising the money, and that's going to be my focus in the off-season."

Final Point Standings after 8/8 races (Unofficial): 1. Jonathan Macri 111 points 2. Frederick Martel 98 3. Jean-Sebastien Bedard 78 4. Gerry Kavanaugh 66 5. Robert Boyer 66 6. Didier Schraenen 65 7. Matt White 62 8. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin 56 9. Ryan Horses (rookie) 43 10. Francis Macri (rookie) 42

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Drivers Jonathan Macri , Louis-Philippe Dumoulin , Didier Schraenen , Robert Boyer