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 seventh race of the 2001 Canadian Formula Ford Championship was held at Mosport International Raceway during the American Le Mans Series weekend. Drivers would race around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course for fifteen-laps.
|The start of the penultimate round for the 2001 Canadian Formula Ford Championship. Leading the field into Mosport International Raceway’s corner one is the second-fastest qualifier, Mark Wilkins, in the No. 34 AIM Motorsports Aero II. Behind Wilkins is the pole-winning Van Diemen RF01 of Andy Brumbaugh. Chasing Brumbaugh are the second-row starters, David Lopez and Edouard Aube.|
|Rookie sensation, Andy Brumbaugh, scored his third Canadian Formula Ford Championship victory of the season at Mosport International Raceway. Brumbaugh put the No. 86 Key Motorsport prepared Van Diemen RF01 on the pole. He would fall to second at the start of the race but move into the lead before the end of the first lap. Once out front, Brumbaugh was never challenged and won by a margin of 1.238-seconds.|
|Round four winner, Mark Wilkens, started on the outside of the front row in the No. 34 AIM Motorsports Aero II. Wilkens shot into the lead after the starting start but could not hold-off Key Motorsport’s Andy Brumbaugh. During the contest, he traded second-place with the Adams Racing Van Diemen RF92 of David Lopez on numerous occasions. A last-lap pass gave Wilkens a runner-up result.|
|One of the many talented rookies in this year’s Canadian Formula Ford Championship was Mexican David Lopez. Lopez’s performance was improving with each event. In round seven at Mosport International Raceway, Lopez put the No. 52 Adams Racing Van Diemen RF92 third on the starting grid. He battled with Mark Wilkens during the race for second-place but would capture the final position on the podium.|
|If you were only going to win one race this season on the Canadian Formula Ford Championship calendar, it would be round two a Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. And, that is what Josh Beaulieu did – he grabbed the victory in front of the series largest crowd and earned the biggest payday. Beaulieu started race seven in the seventh position. A solid run netted the driver of the No. 12 Vector MG-93 a fourth-place finish.|
|Local competitor, Brett Osler, used a regional race the previous weekend at Mosport International Raceway to set-up the No. 57 EDJ Packaging sponsored Van Diemen RF92. During the qualifying session, Osler recorded the eleventh fast time. In the race, he maneuvered his way to the front and was in fifth-place at the checkered flag. During the contest, Osler set the fastest race lap.|
|1||1||Andy Brumbaugh||Van Diemen RF01||Key Motorsport||15||-|
|2||2||Mark Wilkins||AERO II||AIM Motorsports||15||-|
|3||3||David Lopez||Van Diemen RF92||Adams Racing||15||-|
|4||7||Josh Beaulieu||Vector MG-93||Scuderia LM||15||-|
|5||11||Brett Osler||Van Diemen RF92||EDJ Packaging||15||-|
|6||5||Jesse Mason||Van Diemen RF00||Britain West||15||-|
|7||9||Josh Schreiber||AERO II||AIM Motorsports||15||-|
|8||4||Edouard Aube||Van Diemen RF01||Britain West||15||-|
|9||10||Jean-Sebastien Bedard||Van Diemen RF01||Key Motorsport||15||-|
|10||6||Louis-Philippe Dumoulin||Van Diemen RF90||CHB Forest||15||-|
|11||8||Jean-Francois Dumoulin||Van Diemen RF94||Basi Autosport||15||-|
|13||12||Brian Nielson||Van Diemen RF92||Classic Computer Service||15||-|
|14||15||Jean-Philippe Papineau||CMV||Equipe de Course Mahoney||15||-|
|15||16||Eric Paradis||Van Diemen RF97||Dynamic||15||-|
|16||17||Serge Beaudin||EuroSwift SC92||Scuderia LM||15||-|
|17||19||Jim Hallman||Van Diemen RF98||Hallman Racing||15||-|
|18||18||Melanie Paterson||Van Diemen RF97||Adams Racing||15||-|
|19||20||Dan Denison||Van Diemen RF98||Denison Consulting||15||-|
|20||21||Steve Pickering||Van Diemen RF90||Transmission Unlimited||15||-|
|21||14||Gerry Kavanaugh||Van Diemen RF91||EDJ Packaging||13||Did Not Finish|
|22||22||Robert Boyer||Van Diemen RF97||Basi Autosport||0||Did Not Finish|
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