Ashley Taws guided her Barbie/Coca-Cola/M&M's/car to second place yesterday at Mosport International Raceway. Before a large crowd gathered for the annual Trans Am weekend, the seventeen-year-old duked it out in a typically hard fought Formula...
Ashley Taws guided her Barbie/Coca-Cola/M&M's/car to second place yesterday at Mosport International Raceway. Before a large crowd gathered for the annual Trans Am weekend, the seventeen-year-old duked it out in a typically hard fought Formula 1200 race.
During qualifying on Saturday, the resident of Mount Albert, Ontario, set the sixth fastest time in a closely matched field. Following the session, crew chief Bill Vallis changed the front shocks on the car to improve the handling for the race on Sunday.
The new shocks seemed to do the trick. Two laps into the race, Ashley was at the front. Constant battling among a ten car pack that led the field saw her run as low as fifth, but by the final lap she was right where she wanted to be; in second place, right on the tailpipe of leader Brent Gilkes.
The pair chased around the circuit for the final time, Ashley looking to draft past on the straight. Gilkes, however, is an experience veteran and gave the youngster no opportunity to pass.
"Brent didn't slip up on that last lap and I couldn't make a clean pass," Ashley recalled, "But, I'm happy with second. Thanks to Vallis Motor Sport for sorting out the handling. The Barbie car was excellent today."
When she wasn't in her race car this weekend, Ashley was busing signing autographs and handing out Barbie lollipops and posters. The personable young racer was a hit with the huge Mosport crowd and won over many new fans. Her tenacious performance on the track proved that their support was not misplaced.
Ashley's next race sees her return to Mosport on June 23-24.