In Formula 1200 racing action yesterday at Mosport International Raceway near Bowmanville, Ontario, Ashley Taws secured second place in the Isseco-Kumho Formula 1200 Championship. The seventeen-year-old driver of the "Be Anything With Barbie" race...
In Formula 1200 racing action yesterday at Mosport International Raceway near Bowmanville, Ontario, Ashley Taws secured second place in the Isseco-Kumho Formula 1200 Championship. The seventeen-year-old driver of the "Be Anything With Barbie" race car competed in a pair of races over the weekend, finishing fourth in both of them.
The action on the track was ferocious at the season-ending event as several competitors seemed desperate for points. At the top of the standings, however, chances of movement were remote. Ashley came into the final event in second place with an outside chance of improving to first and about the same odds of slipping to third. After qualifying third on Saturday morning, Ashley was looking forward to ending the season with some good, clean, exciting races, but elected to take a somewhat conservative approach when she saw some overly aggressive fighting on the track.
"It was a bit much," Ashley reported. "Some people out there were trying to pass at places you just can't pass. That was bad enough, but when I saw a car being run off the track, I figured I was best just to hang back a bit. I didn't want to get involved and besides, if they knocked each other off the track, I'd be the one to gain from it."
Her conservative approach gave Ashley two fourth-place finishes for the weekend, solidifying her position in the championship behind this year's winner, veteran racer Brent Gilkes. Eric Budwit was third.
Having completed two successful seasons of Formula 1200 racing, the former karting champion anticipates moving on next year.
"Formula 1200 was great," Ashley said. "I learned a lot and had a lot of fun, thanks to my team, Vallis Motor Sport, and also because of the other competitors. I made a lot of friends racing Formula 1200. Next year, I'm hoping to go into Formula Ford (1600), but I won't know for sure for a few months. I'm keeping my fingers crossed."