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.

12Louis-Philippe DumoulinAERO IIAIM Motorsports25-
21Didier SchraenenCMVDynatec25-
310Olivier LambertVan Diemen RF92Equipe Magistral-Lambert25-
412Chris GreenVan Diemen RF01Key Motorsports25-
511Marcel LafontaineVan Diemen RF97Max 160025-
617Steve PickeringVan Diemen RF90Transmission Unlimited25-
716Michel BonnetHarfang 2000Harfang Motorsports25-
88Valerie LimogesVan Diemen RF01Key Motorsports25-
920David ThileniusVan Diemen RF98Adams Racing25-
1013Jim HallmanVan Diemen RF98Hallman Racing25-
1119Jean ArseneauVan Diemen RF98Adrenaline Autosport25-
1222John WagnerVan Diemen RF97Adams Racing25-
1314Marc ArseneauVan Diemen RF00Adrenaline Autosport25-
1421Louis MorinReynard 87SFCafe Essentiel24-
1523Tim HauraneyVan Diemen RF01Britain West24-
163Jean-Philippe PapineauCMVEquipe de Course Mahoney23Did Not Finish
179Chris GuerrieriVector MG-93Scuderia LM21Did Not Finish
1824Eric ParadisVan Diemen RF97Hydro-Jet20Did Not Finish
1918Brian NielsonVan Diemen RF92Nielson Racing15Did Not Finish
205Ashley TawsAERO IIAIM Motorsports9Did Not Finish
217Frederick LelievreVector MG-93Scuderia LM8Did Not Finish
224Kuno WittmerVan Diemen RF98DeSigi Autosport7Did Not Finish
236Francois BellemareVan Diemen RF93Thomas Bellemare0Did Not Finish
-15Dan DenisonVan Diemen RF98Denison Consulting-Did Not Start
-25Patrik WittmerVan Diemen RF98DeSigi Autosport-Did Not Start

11Louis-Philippe DumoulinAero IIAIM Motorsports25-
24Didier SchraenenCMVDynatec25-
37Olivier LambertVan Diemen RF92Equipe Magistral-Lambert25-
43Chris GreenVan Diemen RF01Key Motorsports25-
55Ashley TawsAero IIAIM Motorsports25-
68Jean-Philippe PapineauCMVEquipe de Course Mahoney25-
713Chris GuerrieriVector MG-93Scuderia LM25-
89Marcel LafontaineVan Diemen RF97Max 160025-
96Valerie LimogesVan Diemen RF01Key Motorsports25-
102Frederick LelievreVector MG-93Scuderia LM25-
1115Steve PickeringVan Diemen RF90Transmission Unlimited25-
1214Michel BonnetHarfang 2000Harfang Motorsports25-
1321Tim HauraneyVan Diemen RF01Britain West24-
1417Jim HallmanVan Diemen RF98Hallman Racing25-
1524John WagnerVan Diemen RF97Adams Racing25-
1611Eric ParadisVan Diemen RF97Hydro-Jet18Did Not Finish
1712Marc ArseneauVan Diemen RF00Adrenaline Autosport17Did Not Finish
1822Louis MorinReynard 87SFCafe Essentiel16Did Not Finish
1910Francois BellemareVan Diemen RF93Thomas Bellemare14Did Not Finish
2016David ThileniusVan Diemen RF98Adams Racing10Did Not Finish
2118Brian NielsonVan Diemen RF92Nielson Racing10Did Not Finish
2223Jean ArseneauVan Diemen RF98Adrenaline Autosport1Did Not Finish
-19Kuno WittmerVan Diemen RF98DeSigi Autosport-Did Not Start
-20Dan DenisonVan Diemen RF98Denison Consulting-Did Not Start
-25Patrik WittmerVan Diemen RF98DeSigi Autosport-Did Not Start

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