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 five and six of the 2007 Ontario Formula Ford Challenge series were held at Mosport International Raceway as part of the BARC Canada Day Grand Prix of Ontario. Drivers would compete in two races around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

During the BARC weekend, Dean Baker broke through and scored his first two series victories. Baker qualified third for Saturday’s contest. He moved the No. 52 Van Diemen RF01 into second place early in the event and when the leader, Kyle Marcelli, vanished from the lap chart, Baker inherited the top spot and win. In the finale, he started fourth but was in the lead by lap-2. From there, Baker grabbed his second victory.
In the series previous visit to Mosport on the Father’s Day weekend, Matt White captured a win driving the No. 05 Mortimer Racing prepared Van Diemen RF01. White was the second-fastest qualifier for round five but was passed on lap-2 by the eventual winner, Dean Baker. When Kyle Marcelli retired, he earned a runner-up finish. On Sunday, White started on the pole, but he could not hold off Baker and Marcelli.
After four rounds of the 2007 Ontario Formula Ford Challenge, the defending class B champion, Gord Lowe, led the points standings. In the weekend’s first contest, he started tenth overall and was challenged by Formula Ford veteran Ivan Graham. Lowe would capture the class B win. On Sunday, he started behind Graham and found himself in a battle with Lew MacKenzie before finishing in the runner-up position.
To no one’s surprise, rookie Kyle Marcelli put the No. 2 Brian Graham Racing prepared Van Diemen RF02 on the pole for round five of the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge. Marcelli maintained first place in the race for seven laps before retiring from the contest. The next day, he started on the outside of the front row and staged a race-long battle with Matt White. At the checkered flag, Marcelli was in second-place.
Ontario Region Formula Ford veteran Ivan Graham regularly campaigned Crossles, but this year he was piloting a Reynard 84SF in the B category. Graham was gridded twelfth overall for the start of race one and moved into the class lead before falling down the order and finishing third in his group. The next day, he started on the class pole and redeemed himself when he went flag-to-flag for the victory.
The defending Ontario Formula Ford Challenge titleholder, Shane Jantzi, didn’t have a championship weekend. It started out well with Jantzi recording the fifth-fastest time during the qualifying session in the No. 71 Maizex Seeds sponsored Van Diemen RF02. After passing Rick Doktor and benefiting from Kyle Marcelli’s retirement, he finished third. On Sunday, Jantzi started third but retired from the contest on lap-9.

13A-1Dean BakerVan Diemen RF0112-
22A-2Matt WhiteVan Diemen RF0012-
35A-3Shane JantziVan Diemen RF0212-
44A-4Rick DoktorVan Diemen RF0012-
57A-5Ryan WhiteVan Diemen RF0012-
68A-6Nigel MortimerVan Diemen RF9712-
76A-7Andrew MasonVan Diemen RF9012-
810A-8Caitlin JohnstonVan Diemen RF9712-
911A-9Eric NielsonVan Diemen RF9212-
1013A-10Mike ScanlanSwift DB-612-
119B-1Gord LoweReynard 83SF12-
1214B-2Lew MackenziePRS RH0212-
1312B-3Ivan GrahamReynard 84SF12-
1415B-4Brian EvansLola T-44012-
1517B-5Daniel ThompsonVan Diemen RF8312-
1616A-11Greg BeresfordVan Diemen RF0111-
171A-12Kyle MarcelliVan Diemen RF007Did Not Finish
1818A-13Michel JulianVan Diemen RF986Did Not Finish

14A-1Dean BakerVan Diemen RF0116-
22A-2Kyle MarcelliVan Diemen RF0016-
31A-3Matt WhiteVan Diemen RF0016-
45A-4Rick DoktorVan Diemen RF0016-
56A-5Andrew MasonVan Diemen RF9016-
67A-6Nigel MortimerVan Diemen RF9716-
79A-7Caitlin JohnstonVan Diemen RF9716-
88A-8Eric NielsonVan Diemen RF9216-
910B-1Ivan GrahamReynard 84SF16-
1011B-2Gord LoweReynard 83SF16-
1112B-3Lew MackenziePRS RH0216-
1216A-9Greg BeresfordVan Diemen RF0115-
1313B-4Daniel ThompsonVan Diemen RF8315-
1414A-10Michel JulianVan Diemen RF9814-
153A-11Shane JantziVan Diemen RF029Did Not Finish
--ARyan WhiteVan Diemen RF00-Did Not Start
--AMike ScanlanSwift DB-6-Did Not Start
--BBrian EvansLola T-440-Did Not Start

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