The 2006 Ontario Formula Ford Challenge series is conducted over seven weekends. Competitors score championship points in races held on Saturday and Sunday.

The season kicks off in early June with the CRDA Shootout at Shannonville Motorsport Park. Next on the schedule is the first of five visits to Mosport International Raceway. During the CASCAR Super Series weekend, this event will also feature Quebec’s FSAQ Hankook Formula Tour 1600. Two weeks later, the teams return to Mosport during the VARAC International Vintage Festival. Competitors make their final visit to Shannonville in July for the DAC weekend. This event is followed by the BARC Canadian Touring Trophy and BEMC Indian Summer race at Mosport. The season ends at the CASC-OR Celebration of Motorsport on the weekend of September 30/October 1.

The single-seater, open-wheel race cars in the 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 a spec tire (Dunlop Formula Ford treaded racing tire).

Driver’s compete in one of two classes:

  • Class A – This category is for newer chassis’ built after but not including 1984.
  • Class B – Older cars constructed between 1973 and including 1984 collect points in this group. The Swift DB1 is not eligible to compete in the category.

Rounds three and four of the 2006 Ontario Formula Ford Challenge were held during the CASCAR Father’s Day 500 weekend at Mosport International Raceway. Drivers would compete in two sixteen-lap races around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

This weekend also included races three and four for Quebec drivers competing in the Hankook Formula Tour 1600. With the exception of the spec tire, the preparation rules for the Formula Fords were the same in both series. However, the Hankook Z2000 tire used in the Quebec series resulted in slower lap times. The Ontario pole-winner, Shane Jantzi, turned a 1:29.842 using the Dunlop tires. Quebec series competitor Remy Audette was the quickest on the Hankooks and recorded a 1:30.803, almost a full second slower than Jantzi.

The start of Saturday’s race, round three, for both the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge and Quebec’s Hankook Formula Tour 1600. A split start was used with the Ontario series receiving the Starter’s flag first. On the pole is the No. 71 Van Diemen RF98 of Shane Jantzi. Sharing the front row with Jantzi is Matt White driving the No. 79 Van Diemen RF98. A total of thirty-seven competitors started the contest.
Sweeping the Father’s Day Weekend at Mosport International Raceway was the defending series champion and current points leader, Shane Jantzi. Shane qualified fastest for both rounds in the No. 71 Maizex Seeds sponsored Van Diemen RF98. At the start of race one, he lost the lead to the third-fastest qualifier, Rick Doktor but regained the top spot a lap later. In the finale, Jantzi went flag-to-flag for the win.
The No. 14 Van Diemen RF99 of Ian Scott wasn’t a factor in the first two rounds at Shannonville Motorsport Park. However, his performance turned around on the Father’s Day weekend at Mosport International Raceway. Scott was gridded fourth for the first race. A pass on Rick Doktor and the retirement of Matt White resulted in a runner-up result. On Sunday, Scott started ninth and drove to a third-place finish.
Leading the Quebec contingent was Didier Schraenen. The former Canadian Formula Ford Champion started Saturday’s contest eighth overall and second in class. On lap-one of Saturday’s race, Schraenen passed the pole-sitter, Remy Audette, for what would be the class victory. The next day, he started fourth in his group but overtook Audette and brothers Michel and Olivier Bonnet, which resulted in another win.
The main combatants in the B category for cars constructed before 1985 were Glyn Walters and Gord Lowe. Walters drove the No. 88 Reynard and scored first and second-place finishes in the opening rounds at Shannonville Motorsport Park. He started on the class pole in race three and went flag-to-flag for the victory. Starting first in his group on Sunday, he traded the lead with Lowe before earning the win.
Remy Audette captured his first victory of 2006 Hankook Formula Tour 1600 season in round two at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. At Mosport International Raceway, the No. 21 Portes Dimensions sponsored CMV driver was fast and qualified on the class for both of the weekend’s contests. He exchanged the lead a couple times in race one before finishing behind Didier Schraenen. In the finale, he finished third.
The defending Hankook Formula Tour 1600 champion, Olivier Bonnet, was off to a good start this season. Bonnet opened the year with a victory and third-place finish at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. He started the first contest of the weekend at Mosport ninth overall and third in his group. At the checkered flag, Bonnet had secured the final spot on the podium. On Sunday, he started and finished second.
Matt White opened the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge season with a victory in race one at Shannonville Motorsport Park. The next day, White captured a runner-up result. In qualifying for round three at Mosport International Raceway, he was second fastest. Unfortunately, White’s race ended on lap-9. The next day, he found himself in a duel with Brian Nielson, but White prevailed earned a second-place finish.
Early in the season, it appeared that the Class B championship was a ‘two-horse race’ between Glyn Walters and Gord Lowe. Lowe, driving the No. 7 Revs Racing prepared Reynard FF82, was victorious in round one of the 2006 Ontario Formula Ford Challenge. In race two, he finished second. Their battle continued at Mosport, with Lowe starting behind Walters and ending in the runner-up position both days.

11A-1Shane JantziVan Diemen RF9816-
24A-2Ian ScottVan Diemen RF9916-
33A-3Rick DoktorVan Diemen RF9916-
46A-4Brian NielsonVan Diemen RF9116-
57A-5Michael DoddVan Diemen RF9416-
612A-6Nigel MortimerVan Diemen RF9716-
711A-7Michael BrooksVan Diemen RF9116-
814A-8Ryan WhiteVan Diemen RF9416-
917A-9Ivan GrahamCrossle 65F16-
1017A-10Andrew HallVan Diemen RF9116-
1116A-11Stefany MalankaRay 9216-
1219B-1M. Glyn WaltersReynard 82SF16-
138Q-1Didier SchaenenCMV16-
145Q-2Remy AudetteCMV16-
159Q-3Olivier BonnetVector MG-9316-
1622B-2Gord LoweReynard 82SF16-
1724A-12Frank PettiVan Diemen RF9016-
1825A-13Michael LorraineVan Diemen RF9115-
1913Q-4Michel BonnetVector MG-9315-
2023A-14Bruce KitchenVan Diemen15-
2121A-15Franc RoironVan Diemen RF0115-
2230A-16Steve TzountzourisVan Diemen RF0015-
2327Q-5Eric Van PeperstraeteVan Diemen RF0515-
2426Q-6Serge BourdeauVan Diemen RF0515-
2529A-17Robert PetersVan Diemen RF9414-
2632Q-7Ghislain TheriaultVan Diemen RF9414-
2733A-18Michael JulianVan Diemen RF8514-
2834B-3Jeff McGibbonLola T-54014-
2935A-19Adam MortimerVan Diemen RF9113-
3037Q-8Patrick SweeneyVan Diemen RF9813-
312A-20Matt WhiteVan Diemen RF989Did Not Finish
3238A-21Andrew MasonHawke DL2a7Did Not Finish
3318A-22Lew MackenzieVan Diemen RF914Did Not Finish
3431A-23Benny CannellaVan Diemen RF883Did Not Finish
3536B-4Mike LeeLola T-5402Did Not Finish
-28ADan PurdyVan Diemen-Did Not Start
-20BJean-Guy FournierVan Diemen RF85-Did Not Start
-10APaul KostoffVan Diemen RF9816Disqualified

11A-1Shane JantziVan Diemen RF9816-
22A-2Matt WhiteVan Diemen RF9816-
312A-3Ian ScottVan Diemen RF9916-
411A-4Michael BrooksVan Diemen RF9116-
54A-5Brian NielsonVan Diemen RF9116-
610A-6Paul KostoffVan Diemen RF9816-
714A-7Nigel MortimerVan Diemen RF9716-
85A-8Michael DoddVan Diemen RF9416-
97A-9Ryan WhiteVan Diemen RF9416-
1015A-10Lew MackenzieVan Diemen RF9116-
113A-11Rick DoktorVan Diemen RF9916-
1213A-12Andrew HallVan Diemen RF9116-
1318A-13Stefany MalankaRay 9216-
1416A-14Ivan GrahamCrossle 65F16-
1525A-15Bruce KitchenVan Diemen16-
1619B-1M. Glyn WaltersReynard 82SF16-
1720B-2Gord LoweReynard 82SF16-
1821A-16Michael LorraineVan Diemen RF9116-
1922B-3Jean-Guy FournierVan Diemen RF8516-
2024A-17Frank PettiVan Diemen RF9016-
219Q-1Didier SchaenenCMV15-
228Q-2Olivier BonnetVector MG-9315-
236Q-3Remy AudetteCMV15-
2417Q-4Michel BonnetVector MG-9315-
2528A-18Robert PetersVan Diemen RF9415-
2627Q-5Eric Van PeperstraeteVan Diemen RF0515-
2731A-19Andrew MasonHawke DL2a15-
2823A-20Franc RoironVan Diemen RF0115-
2926Q-6Serge BourdeauVan Diemen RF0514-
3033A-21Benny CannellaVan Diemen RF8814-
3136A-22Adam MortimerVan Diemen RF9114-
3230Q-7Ghislain TheriaultVan Diemen RF9414-
3332Q-8Patrick SweeneyVan Diemen RF9814-
3434B-3Jeff McGibbonLola T-54014-
3535A-23Michael JulianVan Diemen RF8514-
3629A-24Steve TzountzourisVan Diemen RF0011Did Not Finish
3737B-4Mike LeeLola T-5404Did Not Finish
-DNQADan PurdyVan Diemen-Did Not Start

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