Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, July 30, 2000 - Oakville, Ontario's Matt White had a perfect weekend in Trois-Rivieres, scoring his second victory in succession in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship. White, who started today's 25-lap event from...
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, July 30, 2000 - Oakville, Ontario's Matt White had a perfect weekend in Trois-Rivieres, scoring his second victory in succession in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship. White, who started today's 25-lap event from second place in his Young Drivers of Canada-Van Diemen, battled it out against Jean-Sebastien Bedard and Jonathan Macri to take the lead of the race for good on lap 12.
The race was a thriller, with the top five cars running as if glued together for the first 12 laps, with Matt White, Jonathan Macri, Jean-Sebastien Bedard, Frederick Martel and Didier Schraenen trading positions all over the course. But on that 12th lap, Martel lost his clutch when braking for the tight left hander at the end of the straightaway. Martel's car got sideways, slowing his exit on the outside of the turn. His pursuers all moved to the inside and ran three abreast. Didier Schraenen's car was squeezed along the wall by Macri's. The two cars touched, sending Macri's Mopal Construction-Aero-2 into Bedard's Digidyne-Vector. All three drivers retired form the race.
The race restarted on lap 17. White, in the lead, slowly but surely pulled away from the rest of the field. Martel, in second place in his Maitre Saladier-Vector, had to control the furious assaults of third place Gerry Kavanaugh, Burlington, Ont. The first 8 cars were covered by just 8 seconds White took the checkered flag, by 3.404 sec., for his second consecutive victory. Martel took second place, finishing ahead of Kavanaugh, Edouard Aubé, Robert Boyer, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, Marcel Lafontaine, Ryan Horses, Melanie Paterson and Francois Bellemare.
1st place - MATT WHITE, Young Drivers of Canada, Van Diemen
"I never expected this! If someone would have told me on Thrusday that I would win two races here in Trois-Rivieres and that I would vault to third place in the provisional point standings, I would have laughed ! We lost a lot of points early in the year so the plan now is to finish all the remaning races as strongly as possible. "
2nd place - FREDERICK MARTEL, Maître Saladier, Vector
"Finishing twice in second place is really fantastic. The car was running well until I lost the clutch very suddenly. My car went sideways and I lost a little bit of time. From then on, I took it easy because of the clutch problem."
3rd place - GERRY KAVANAUGH, IMAX, Vector
" Today's plan was to run as hard as possible. It was completely different from yesterday's race. I really went for it. I started 15th and I finished third. I was hoping to finish in the top 5 or the top 8 so third place is extremely satisfying."
Round 6 of the series will be held next week in Mosport International Raceway <pre> Provisional point standings: 1. Jonathan Macri, 65 points 2. Frederick Martel, 49 3. Matt White, 46 Robert Boyer, 46 4. Gerry Kavanaugh, 45 5. Didier Schraenen, 41