The 2001 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. The championship returns to Mosport at the end of June to support the CASCAR series. Round four is on Canada Day at Autodrome St-Eustache followed by the series only doubleheader weekend at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. The next event takes place at Mosport in conjunction with the American Le Man Series. The championship concludes in late September with a second visit to Autodrome St-Eustache.

To attract participants and spectators, there are new sponsors, venues and a TV package. A.N. Deringer has signed a two-year contract to become the presenting sponsor. Also joining the championship are Ansell Healthcare Canada, Autosport Basi Racing School and Team Players. Some of the returning supporters include 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. Each thirty-minute program will feature race coverage, interviews with drivers and team owners, behind the scenes segments and technical reviews.

The single-seater, open-wheel race cars in the series 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 a spec fuel from Imperial Oil (Esso) and a spec tire (Hankook Z2000).

The only doubleheader of the 2001 Canadian Formula Ford Championship was held at the eleven-turn 1.5-mile temporary street circuit at Trois-Rivieres. During the weekend, drivers would compete in two twenty-five lap races.

The first lap of round five for the 2001 Canadian Formula Ford Championship at the Grand-Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Leading the field down Rue Papineau and into Ryan is the pole-sitter, Andy Brumbaugh, in the No. 86 Key Motorsport Van Diemen RF01. Trailing Brumbaugh is his teammate in the No. 10 entry, Jean-Sebastien Bedard. Behind Bedard is the Vector of Josh Beaulieu and local favourite, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.
Rookie, Andy Brumbaugh, scored his second victory of the season in round five at the Grand-Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Brumbaugh started on the pole driving the No. 86 Key Motorsport Van Diemen RF01 but lost the lead for two laps before moving back out front and capturing the win. He was gridded seventh on Sunday but was never in contention and retired on lap-24 with a sixteenth-place finish.
Local resident Louis-Philippe Dumoulin had a fantastic weekend. He qualified fourth fastest for the weekend’s first contest. Dumoulin remained in contention during the race and on the last lap, he made a pass for a third-place finish. On Sunday, Dumoulin started sixth in the No. 99 Van Diemen RF90 but joined the leaders early in the event. He battled with Josh Beaulieu and Josh Schreiber to grab a runner-up result.
Sunday provided an opportunity for some drivers to redeem themselves. One such competitor was Edouard Aube. Aube qualified eighth fastest for round five in the No. 22 Britain West prepared Van Diemen RF01. Unfortunately, brake problems resulted in a thirteenth-place finish. With the issue resolved for Sunday, he started fourth and moved into the top spot on lap-8 and scored his first series victory.
Trois-Rivieres was good to Matt White last season – he scored victories on Saturday and Sunday. This year White qualified fifth fastest for the weekend’s first contest. He traded the lead with Andy Brumbaugh before finishing second by a margin of 1.237-seconds. The following day, the driver of the No. 4 Vector MG-93 jumped into an early lead, but White was the race’s first retiree when the throttle cable broke.
Montreal winner, Josh Beaulieu, was one of many drivers that didn’t fare well in the weekend’s first race. He was gridded third for round five and moved into second but spun of the opening lap. As Beaulieu moved up the race order, he collided with Jim Hallman and finished twenty-first. On Sunday, Beaulieu started on the outside of the front row and led a total of three laps before grabbing the podium’s final spot.
The driver of the No. 56 EDJ Packaging Van Diemen RF91, Gerry Kavanaugh, scored a season-high third-place result last year at Trois-Rivieres. After two fourth-place finishes in 2001, he was still looking for a podium finish. He was gridded seventh for round five at Trois-Rivieres and added another fourth-place finish to his list. In the finale, Kavanaugh was scheduled to start on the pole, but the suspension failed on the pace lap.

11Andy BrumbaughVan Diemen RF01Key Motorsport25-
25Matt WhiteVector MG-93Scuderia LM25-
34Louis-Philippe DumoulinVan Diemen RF90CHB Forest25-
47Gerry KavanaughVan Diemen RF91EDJ Packaging25-
59Brett OslerVan Diemen RF92EDJ Packaging25-
610Mark WilkinsAERO IIAIM Motorsports25-
716Robert BoyerVan Diemen RF97Basi Autosport25-
86Josh SchreiberAERO IIAIM Motorsports25-
914David LopezVan Diemen RF92Adams Racing25-
1013Isabelle RoyVan Diemen RF94Basi Autosport25-
1120Didier SchraenenCMVDynatec25-
1221Marcel LafontaineReynard 87SFCogismag25-
138Edouard AubeVan Diemen RF01Britain West25-
1412Gary MuellerVan Diemen RF97Deltavision25-
1524Steve PickeringVan Diemen RF90Transmission Unlimited25-
1622Francois BellemareEuroSwift SC92Thomas Bellemare25-
1717Serge BeaudinEuroSwift SC92Scuderia LM25-
182Jean-Sebastien BedardVan Diemen RF01Key Motorsport24-
1925Dan DenisonVan Diemen RF98Denison Consulting19Did Not Finish
2018Eric ParadisVan Diemen RF97Dynamic13Did Not Finish
2111Jesse MasonVan Diemen RF00Britain West6Did Not Finish
2219Jim HallmanVan Diemen RF98Hallman Racing6Did Not Finish
233Josh BeaulieuVector MG-93Scuderia LM6Did Not Finish
2423Melanie PatersonVan Diemen RF97Adams Racing1Did Not Finish
2515Jean-Philippe PapineauCMVEquipe de Course Mahoney0Did Not Finish

14Edouard AubeVan Diemen RF01Britain West25-
26Louis-Philippe DumoulinVan Diemen RF90CHB Forest25-
32Josh BeaulieuVector MG-93Scuderia LM25-
48Josh SchreiberAERO IIAIM Motorsports25-
514Brett OslerVan Diemen RF92EDJ Packaging25-
616David LopezVan Diemen RF92Adams Racing25-
712Didier SchraenenCMVDynatec25-
85Mark WilkinsAERO IIAIM Motorsports25-
919Isabelle RoyVan Diemen RF94Basi Autosport25-
109Jean-Sebastien BedardVan Diemen RF01Key Motorsport25-
1115Serge BeaudinEuroSwift SC92Scuderia LM25-
1220Eric ParadisVan Diemen RF97Dynamic25-
1318Gary MuellerVan Diemen RF97Deltavision25-
1417Melanie PatersonVan Diemen RF97Adams Racing25-
1521Jim HallmanVan Diemen RF98Hallman Racing25-
167Andy BrumbaughVan Diemen RF01Key Motorsport24Did Not Finish
1724Dan DenisonVan Diemen RF98Denison Consulting24-
1813Jean-Philippe PapineauCMVEquipe de Course Mahoney24-
1925Francois BellemareEuroSwift SC92Thomas Bellemare24-
2023Marcel LafontaineReynard 87SFCogismag21Did Not Finish
211Gerry KavanaughVan Diemen RF91EDJ Packaging19Did Not Finish
2210Jesse MasonVan Diemen RF00Britain West17Did Not Finish
2322Steve PickeringVan Diemen RF90Transmission Unlimited14Did Not Finish
2411Robert BoyerVan Diemen RF97Basi Autosport13Did Not Finish
253Matt WhiteVector MG-93Scuderia LM0Did Not Finish

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