The 2007 Ontario Formula Ford Challenge series is conducted over six 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 four visits to Mosport International Raceway during the Father’s Day weekend. On the Canada Day weekend, the teams return to Mosport for the BARC Grand Prix of Ontario. Then competitors make their first visit to Calabogie Motorsports Park for rounds seven and eight. This event is followed by the BARC Canadian Touring Trophy and BEMC Indian Summer race at Mosport. The CASC-OR Celebration of Motorsport ends the road racing season in Ontario. It includes a non-championship event called the CanAm Cup for Formula Ford competitors.

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 seven and eight of the 2007 Ontario Formula Ford Challenge series were held at Calabogie Motorsports Park as part of the Motorsport Club of Ottawa’s Ted Powell Memorial Races. Due to a lack of Track Marshals, race organizers used the shorter Stadium Layout (2.81-km) rather than the Full Layout (5.05-km).

The first lap of round seven for the 2007 Ontario Formula Ford Challenge at Calabogie Motorsports Park. Leading the field of twenty-three starters into the corner named ‘Hook’ is the pole-sitter, Kyle Marcelli in the No. 2 Brian Graham Motorsports Van Diemen RF00. Behind Marcelli is the other front-row qualifier, Matt White driving the No. 05 Mortimer Racing Van Diemen RF00. Trailing White is the Van Diemen of Dean Baker.
Mortimer Racing’s Matt White was second fastest in qualifying for round seven. Driving the No. 05 Van Diemen RF00, White trailed the pole-sitter, Kyle Marcelli, until lap-8 when he was passed by Dean Baker. Unable to regain the spot, he finished third. In the final contest of the weekend, White was gridded second. Late in the race, he traded the top spot with Marcelli. Marcelli faded late in the event and White claimed the win.
Dean Baker swept the previous two rounds at Mosport International Raceway during the BARC Canada Day Grand Prix. These wins also represented Baker’s first two victories in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge series. Baker qualified third fastest for race one, but a pass on Matt White midway through the contest gave him a runner-up result. Under slightly different circumstances, Baker finished second on Sunday.
Rookie Kyle Marcelli driving the No. 2 Brian Graham Racing prepared Van Diemen RF00 qualified on the pole for Saturday’s contest. Marcelli would lead the race flag-to-flag and win by a comfortable margin of 7.925-seconds. It appeared that Marcelli was going to repeat his round seven performance until lap-16 of the finale. With three laps left in the contest, he was passed by Matt White and Dean Baker; Marcelli finished third.
There was a first-time winner in the B class. In fact, Rodney Kendall swept both of the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge races at Calabogie Motorsport Park. The driver from Connecticut was piloting the No. 83 Crossle 45F and qualified on the class pole for round seven. Kendall was never challenged and led from start to finish. He qualified behind Lew MacKenzie in Sunday’s contest but passed him for the lead and win on lap-13.
The Calabogie event was a productive point scoring weekend for Lew MacKenzie as his main rival for the Class B title, Gord Lowe, was not entered. MacKenzie was gridded second in his group for the weekend’s first contest. He was unable to match the speed of the winner, Rodney Kendall, and finished a distant second. MacKenzie started ahead of Kendall in round eight but lost the lead late in the race.

11A-1Kyle MarcelliVan Diemen RF0019-
23A-2Dean BakerVan Diemen RF0119-
32A-3Matt WhiteVan Diemen RF0019-
46A-4Andrew MasonVan Diemen RF9019-
58A-5Stephany MalankaVan Diemen RF9719-
64A-6Ryan WhiteVan Diemen RF0019-
79A-7Caitlin JohnstonVan Diemen RF0019-
85A-8Eric NielsonVan Diemen RF9219-
97A-9Nigel MortimerVan Diemen RF9719-
1011A-10Clive CattVan Diemen19-
1113B-1Rodney KendallCrossle 45F19-
1210A-11Franc RoironVan Diemen RF0119-
1317A-12Dan PurdyRay GRS9219-
1416B-2Lew MackenziePRS RH0218-
1515A-13Lee RacicotVector MG-9618-
1618B-3Tony CoveFerret Mk IV18-
1714A-14Robert PetersVan Diemen18-
1822B-4Daniel ThompsonVan Diemen RF8318-
1921A-15Michel JulianVan Diemen RF9817-
2020A-16Andre LorentVan Diemen RF9117-
2112A-17Jean-Guy FournierVan Diemen RF9410Did Not Finish
2223B-5Ross SmithReynard 84SF7Did Not Finish
2319B-6Gord LoweReynard 83SF4Did Not Finish

12A-1Matt WhiteVan Diemen RF0019-
23A-2Dean BakerVan Diemen RF0119-
31A-3Kyle MarcelliVan Diemen RF0019-
44A-4Eric NielsonVan Diemen RF9219-
55A-5Ryan WhiteVan Diemen RF0019-
66A-6Andrew MasonVan Diemen RF9019-
77A-7Franc RoironVan Diemen RF0119-
810A-8Nigel MortimerVan Diemen RF9719-
99A-9Caitlin JohnstonVan Diemen RF0019-
1013A-10Lee RacicotVector MG-9619-
1115B-1Rodney KendallCrossle 45F19-
1212B-2Lew MackenziePRS RH0219-
1314A-11Clive CattVan Diemen18-
1416B-3Tony CoveFerret Mk IV18-
158A-12Stephany MalankaVan Diemen RF9718-
1618A-13Andre LorentVan Diemen RF9118-
1717A-14Robert PetersVan Diemen18-
1819A-15Michel JulianVan Diemen RF9817-
1920B-4Daniel ThompsonVan Diemen RF8317-
2021B-5Ross SmithReynard 84SF14-
2111A-16Dan PurdyRay GRS9213-

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