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Top 15 for Jamie Holtom in his first Honda Michelin Challenge Series race Ottawa driver Jamie Holtom 13th at Montreal in series debut MONTREAL, QUEBEC - Sixteen-year-old Jamie Holtom completed his first race in the ultra competitive Honda...

Top 15 for Jamie Holtom in his first Honda Michelin Challenge Series race Ottawa driver Jamie Holtom 13th at Montreal in series debut

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - Sixteen-year-old Jamie Holtom completed his first race in the ultra competitive Honda Michelin Challenge Series. "It was really, really fun to be at the wheel of the Control Microsystems SCADAPack Honda Civic," Holtom said of his 13th place finish in Montreal, from 17th on the grid. "To be here on the Formula 1 weekend is something I'll never forget." The weekend ends an extremely busy week for the Carp, Ontario youngster.

Early last week, Holtom was informed he was about to get a lot busier as a car racer. "My dad sat me down and said, 'Don't get mad, but you're racing in the Honda Michelin Series for the rest of the year.'" Holtom said about the start to one of the most hectic weeks in his racing career. " How could you be mad at news like that!," Holtom joked.

In the early hours on Monday, Holtom left Ottawa for Shannonville to meet his new team, Jonak Brothers Racing, new teammate Travis Walker, and new car, the Control Microsystems SCADAPack Honda Civic. "The test went well," Holtom said. "It is really a fun car to drive. Mark Jonak was a big help, along with Travis, who I know from karting. I think we will work well together this year."

In practice for round 2 on Friday, Holtom took his time getting up to speed around the Grand Prix circuit at Montreal. "Jamie drove a 'smart' first weekend," said Crewchief Mark Jonak. "He was four seconds quicker in qualifying than he was in practice. That carried over into the race, where he moved up and really got a good taste of how competitive this series is."

"I can't wait for the next round at Mosport next weekend, but first I have an English exam I have to deal with..." Holtom said after his first race.

-rba-

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