The 2003 Canadian Formula Ford Championship kicks off on the Victoria Day weekend at Mosport International Raceway.
Next, the teams head south of the border to compete at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.
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 four represents the series second high-profile event, the Molson Indy at Toronto’s Exhibition Place.
Next teams stop in Quebec for the series only doubleheader weekend at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
Teams make their second visit to Mosport as a support event for the American Le Man Series.
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. Returning supporters include Autosport Basi Racing School, Team Players, Ford Canada, Hankook Tires, A.N. Deringer 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 their 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 penultimate round of the 2003 Canadian Formula Ford Championship was held at Mosport International Raceway as a support event for the American Le Mans Series. Competitors would race on the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course for fifteen –laps.
|After a disappointing outing at Trois-Rivieres, the points leader, Chris Guerrieri, was back on form. Guerrieri, driving the No. 11 Scuderia LM prepared Vector MG-93, missed earning his second pole of the season by 0.211-seconds. He grabbed first place on lap-2 of the race, but during the contest, he would lose positions to Dan Burchill and Didier Schraenen. On the final lap, Guerrieri drafted by the leaders for the victory.|
|For the fourth time this season, Didier Schraenen would be the ‘bridesmaid.’ The driver of the No. 94 Dynatec sponsored CMV was gridded sixth in the eleven car field for the start of the contest. However, Schraenen wasted no time moving to the front and by lap-8, he joined the leaders. On the thirteenth circuit, Schraenen was in first. On the final lap, he was passed by Chris Guerrieri and finished in the runner-up spot.|
|Rookie Dan Burchill was having a fantastic season; his record included two podium finishes – one of which was a victory. In round seven at Mosport, Burchill would add a pole-position to his racing resume. During the race, he battled for the lead with Didier Schraenen and Chris Guerrieri. On the last lap, it appeared the win would go to him or Schraenen. However, Guerrieri drafted past both drivers and Burchill finished third.|
|Ashley Taws clocked the fourth-fastest time in the qualifying session for round seven at Mosport International Raceway. During lap-11 of the race, there was contact in corner ten between Taws’ No. 72 Aero II and the Van Diemen RF02 of David Clubine. Clubine spun and lost several positions while Taws was able to continue. She followed the race leaders to the checkered flag for a fourth-place finish.|
|The winner of the doubleheader at Trois-Rivieres, Olivier Lambert, was gridded third for the fifteen lap contest at Mosport International Raceway. Unfortunately, Lambert and his No. 2 Equipe Magistral-Lambert Van Diemen RF would not be a factor this weekend. He was unable to maintain the pace set by the leaders and fell down the running order. At the end of fifteen-laps, Lambert was in the fifth position.|
|1||2||Chris Guerrieri||Vector MG-93||Scuderia LM||15||-|
|3||1||Dan Burchill||AERO II||AIM Motorsports||15||-|
|4||4||Ashley Taws||AERO II||AIM Motorsports||15||-|
|5||3||Olivier Lambert||Van Diemen RF92||Lambert Racing||15||-|
|6||5||Michael Forest||Van Diemen RF01||Britain West||15||-|
|7||8||Eric Paradis||Mygale||Art Italia||15||-|
|8||7||David Clubine||Van Diemen RF02||Britain West||15||-|
|9||9||Steve Pickering||Van Diemen RF93||Transmission Unlimited||15||-|
|10||10||Dan Denison||Van Diemen RF98||Danison Consulting||14||Did Not Finish|
|11||11||Mathieu Audette||CMV||Novatech||10||Did Not Finish|
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