The 2002 Canadian Formula Ford Championship kicks off on the Victoria Day weekend at Mosport International Raceway.
This event is followed by the biggest race on the series calendar - the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The Montreal round will take place in front of over 100,000 spectators and the winner will receive a cheque for $7,000.
Round three is on the Canada Day weekend at Autodrome St-Eustache, followed by the series second high-profile event,
the Molson Indy at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Next teams travel to Quebec for the series only doubleheader
weekend at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Trois-Rivieres is followed by the series second visit to Mosport,
which is the penultimate round. The championship concludes in late September with a visit to Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant.
To attract participants and spectators, there are high-profile venues and a TV package. Presenting sponsor, A.N. Deringer, is in its second year of a two-year contract. Returning supporters include Autosport Basi Racing School, Team Players, Ford Canada, Hankook Tires and Cardinal Watches.
The television coverage will be provided by CTV Sportsnet and RDS. They will broadcast five magazine-type shows starting in the Fall. Sportsnet will televise thirty-minute programs that will feature race coverage, interviews with drivers and team owners, behind the scenes segments and technical reviews. The RDS network will provide similar content, but its shows will be sixty-minutes in length.
The single-seater, open-wheel race cars in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship are powered by a four-cylinder, 1600-cc Ford engine, which produces120-horsepower. A mixture of European and North American chassis is used by competitors. Two of the most successful cars are constructed in Canada – the Aero and CMV. Minimum vehicle weight is determined by the suspension design and ranges from 1050 to 1125-lbs., with the driver. Teams are required to use fuel from Imperial Oil (Esso) and a spec tire (Hankook Z2000).
The only doubleheader of the 2002 Canadian Formula Ford Championship was held at the eleven-turn 1.5-mile temporary street circuit at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. During the weekend, drivers would compete in two twenty-five lap races.
|Louis-Philippe Dumoulin entered Trois-Rivieres with three victories in four starts. The point’s leader qualified second for race one driving the No. 99 Aero II. He battled with the pole-sitter, Didier Schraenen. Dumoulin made the final pass for the lead and victory on lap-15. He started on the pole on Sunday and traded first place with Schraenen before moving out front and winning by a comfortable margin.|
|Canadian Formula Ford veteran Didier Schraenen was third in the standings when the championship arrived at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Driving the No. 94 Radio Energie CMV, Schraenen earned his first series pole at round five. He had a terrific battle with the points leader, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, before finishing second. The next day, Schraenen started fourth but had to settle for another runner-up result.|
|The top rookie this weekend was Olivier Lambert piloting the No. 2 Van Diemen RF92. Lambert showcased his talent in round three at Autodrome St-Eustache, where he finished third. For Saturday’s contest at Trois-Rivieres, Lambert qualified tenth. He moved up the order quickly and battled with Chris Green before finishing third. In the finale, Lambert started seventh and earned another third-place finish.|
|Another rookie that performed well at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres was Chris Green. Green was driving the No. 69 Key Motorsports Van Diemen RF01. He was twelfth fastest in the qualifying session for round five, but like Olivier Lambert, Green wasted little time joining the leaders. He fought with Lambert and would finish fourth. On Sunday, Green had a better starting position and claimed another fourth-place.|
|Ashley Taws opened the Canadian Formula Ford Championship with a third-place finish at Mosport International Raceway. For the first race of the weekend at Trois-Rivieres, Taws qualified fifth fastest driving the No. 72 AIM Motorsports prepared Aero II. She was in the thick of the battle but hit a wall on lap-9 and retired. In the finale, Taws redeemed herself by starting and finishing in the fifth position.|
|Chris Guerrieri had a strong start to the season. The rookie finished second in the first race of the 2002 Canadian Formula Ford Championship and he was victorious at the prestigious Canadian Grand Prix event. Another runner-up finish at Toronto contributed to him being second in the title chase. The Trois-Rivieres doubleheader would not start well. Guerrieri failed to finish race one and he was eleventh in the finale.|
|1||2||Louis-Philippe Dumoulin||AERO II||AIM Motorsports||25||-|
|3||10||Olivier Lambert||Van Diemen RF92||Equipe Magistral-Lambert||25||-|
|4||12||Chris Green||Van Diemen RF01||Key Motorsports||25||-|
|5||11||Marcel Lafontaine||Van Diemen RF97||Max 1600||25||-|
|6||17||Steve Pickering||Van Diemen RF90||Transmission Unlimited||25||-|
|7||16||Michel Bonnet||Harfang 2000||Harfang Motorsports||25||-|
|8||8||Valerie Limoges||Van Diemen RF01||Key Motorsports||25||-|
|9||20||David Thilenius||Van Diemen RF98||Adams Racing||25||-|
|10||13||Jim Hallman||Van Diemen RF98||Hallman Racing||25||-|
|11||19||Jean Arseneau||Van Diemen RF98||Adrenaline Autosport||25||-|
|12||22||John Wagner||Van Diemen RF97||Adams Racing||25||-|
|13||14||Marc Arseneau||Van Diemen RF00||Adrenaline Autosport||25||-|
|14||21||Louis Morin||Reynard 87SF||Cafe Essentiel||24||-|
|15||23||Tim Hauraney||Van Diemen RF01||Britain West||24||-|
|16||3||Jean-Philippe Papineau||CMV||Equipe de Course Mahoney||23||Did Not Finish|
|17||9||Chris Guerrieri||Vector MG-93||Scuderia LM||21||Did Not Finish|
|18||24||Eric Paradis||Van Diemen RF97||Hydro-Jet||20||Did Not Finish|
|19||18||Brian Nielson||Van Diemen RF92||Nielson Racing||15||Did Not Finish|
|20||5||Ashley Taws||AERO II||AIM Motorsports||9||Did Not Finish|
|21||7||Frederick Lelievre||Vector MG-93||Scuderia LM||8||Did Not Finish|
|22||4||Kuno Wittmer||Van Diemen RF98||DeSigi Autosport||7||Did Not Finish|
|23||6||Francois Bellemare||Van Diemen RF93||Thomas Bellemare||0||Did Not Finish|
|-||15||Dan Denison||Van Diemen RF98||Denison Consulting||-||Did Not Start|
|-||25||Patrik Wittmer||Van Diemen RF98||DeSigi Autosport||-||Did Not Start|
|1||1||Louis-Philippe Dumoulin||Aero II||AIM Motorsports||25||-|
|3||7||Olivier Lambert||Van Diemen RF92||Equipe Magistral-Lambert||25||-|
|4||3||Chris Green||Van Diemen RF01||Key Motorsports||25||-|
|5||5||Ashley Taws||Aero II||AIM Motorsports||25||-|
|6||8||Jean-Philippe Papineau||CMV||Equipe de Course Mahoney||25||-|
|7||13||Chris Guerrieri||Vector MG-93||Scuderia LM||25||-|
|8||9||Marcel Lafontaine||Van Diemen RF97||Max 1600||25||-|
|9||6||Valerie Limoges||Van Diemen RF01||Key Motorsports||25||-|
|10||2||Frederick Lelievre||Vector MG-93||Scuderia LM||25||-|
|11||15||Steve Pickering||Van Diemen RF90||Transmission Unlimited||25||-|
|12||14||Michel Bonnet||Harfang 2000||Harfang Motorsports||25||-|
|13||21||Tim Hauraney||Van Diemen RF01||Britain West||24||-|
|14||17||Jim Hallman||Van Diemen RF98||Hallman Racing||25||-|
|15||24||John Wagner||Van Diemen RF97||Adams Racing||25||-|
|16||11||Eric Paradis||Van Diemen RF97||Hydro-Jet||18||Did Not Finish|
|17||12||Marc Arseneau||Van Diemen RF00||Adrenaline Autosport||17||Did Not Finish|
|18||22||Louis Morin||Reynard 87SF||Cafe Essentiel||16||Did Not Finish|
|19||10||Francois Bellemare||Van Diemen RF93||Thomas Bellemare||14||Did Not Finish|
|20||16||David Thilenius||Van Diemen RF98||Adams Racing||10||Did Not Finish|
|21||18||Brian Nielson||Van Diemen RF92||Nielson Racing||10||Did Not Finish|
|22||23||Jean Arseneau||Van Diemen RF98||Adrenaline Autosport||1||Did Not Finish|
|-||19||Kuno Wittmer||Van Diemen RF98||DeSigi Autosport||-||Did Not Start|
|-||20||Dan Denison||Van Diemen RF98||Denison Consulting||-||Did Not Start|
|-||25||Patrik Wittmer||Van Diemen RF98||DeSigi Autosport||-||Did Not Start|
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