Taws adds to her trophy collection with ice race awards April 09, 2001 Ashley Taws has some new hardware for her trophy cabinet this morning following the CASC-OR (Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs - Ontario Region) 2001 Magnum Ice Race Series ...
Taws adds to her trophy collection with ice race awards April 09, 2001
Ashley Taws has some new hardware for her trophy cabinet this morning following the CASC-OR (Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs - Ontario Region) 2001 Magnum Ice Race Series Awards Banquet on the weekend. The celebration took place on Saturday evening at the Annandale Golf & Curling Club in Ajax, Ontario.
Ashley's awards were received by her father, Peter, as the eighteen-year-old racer was away for the weekend taking care of some sponsorship obligations. The Mount Albert, Ontario, resident competed in Class Two, a division for short-wheelbase, front-wheel-drive cars. Despite missing the final day of competition, she claimed second in the points championship, with a convincing record. In eleven days of racing, Ashley won the final three times and was second five times, making for a top-two finishing percentage approaching 75%.
In addition to the Class Two runner-up award, Ashley also won the Rice-Attrell Trophy for Rookie of the Year. Upon examination of the names engraved on the trophy, it was discovered that in the near 25-year history of the award, Ashley was the first female recipient!
"Ashley wants everyone here to know what a great time she had ice racing," said her father as he collected the Rice-Attrell Trophy. "She asked me to thank all the officials and volunteers, and to thank Stephens Racing for looking after her race car. We really had a lot of fun ice racing this year and look forward to seeing all of you again next winter."
Spring has now pushed thoughts of ice out of mind and Ashley's focus has turned to road racing and her Formula 1200 car. Last year, Ashley was third in the Isseco/Kumho Formula 1200 Championship, second in the CASC-OR Race Ontario Sprints Championship, second in the BARC (British Automobile Racing Club) Formula 1200 Championship, and collected the Muriel B Knap Trophy for "sportsmanship, ability and sparkle" and the Bob Attrell Award for "best new driver". With a season's experience under her belt, Ashley will be after even bigger trophies this year.