Finale of the 2001 Canadian Formula Ford Championship

SPORT AUTO par Communiqué, septembre 22, 2001

RACE FOR THE TITLE

The eighth and final round of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship presented by Deringer will decide the 2001 champion. This eighth race will be held on Autodrome St-Eustache’s short and twisty road course, this coming Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23. Three drivers – Andy Brumbaugh, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and Mark Wilkins – still have a mathematical chance of capturing the Canadian title. First in the standings is American rookie Andy Brumbaugh of Blythewood, S.C. – a five-time U.S. karting champion. The driver of the Isola/Insulectro Key Motorsport Van Diemen has had an extremely impressive season so far, winning three races with astounding maturity and coolness. “I am really looking forward to the St. Eustache event,” said Brumbaugh. “It is the home track for Key Motorsport and we will be hosting representatives of my sponsors, Isola, Insulectro, and EMX at the race. The points are still very close and I need to have a good qualifying effort, backed up by a clean, smart race. The whole Key Motorsport crew has worked really hard this year and I think our chances to win the race and win the championship are strong.” If Brumbaugh wins the title, he will become the first rookie to do so since Andrew Bordin in 1995. Trois-Rivieres’ Louis-Philippe Dumoulin is second in the standings. The driver of the Foresterie CHB/Liverpool Van Diemen has enjoyed a strong second half of the season, scoring three podium finishes in succession. Dumoulin is also very excited about the St-Eustache event, his Van Diemen handled beautifully on the short, twisty road course when the series visited the track this past July. Dumoulin finished second in that race, crossing the line just a few car lengths behind race winner Mark Wilkins. “I plan to drive as hard as I can all weekend long,” said Dumoulin. “Anything can happen during these races. There are many drivers who will badly want to win that race. I foresee some very hard driving out there. We also found a few things on the car that should make it run faster.” Eighteen-year old Wilkins is the last driver who can still clinch the 2001 title this weekend. Wilkins, who drives the TrizecHahn/Rogers@home sponsored AIM Autosport Aero-2, has the definite upper hand for the St-Eustache event, having won that race on July 1st. “I am very excited about the final race of the season. I am currently third in the championship and am going to fight hard to come out on top,” said Wilkins. “The competition this year has been really impressive and the last race will be very challenging. The AIM Autosport team has given me a fantastic car this season and we are going to go to St-Eustache fully prepared.” Behind the three leading drivers, the battle for final positions in the championship standings continues. The following six drivers, currently ranked fourth to ninth, are separated by just ten points! Twenty-three year old Édouard Aubé from St-Eustache will be one watch for in this race. The driver of the Pattison-sponsored Van Diemen is currently fourth in the standings and he is expected to drive a very inspired race in front of his home crowd. Three talented rookies, David Lopez of Mexico, Josh Schreiber of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Josh Beaulieu of Langley, B.C., will certainly want to improve their positions in the final standings. The exciting 35-lap race, presented by the Hilton Montreal/Laval hotel, will be held Sunday afternoon, September 23, and will be broadcast on Sportsnet and RDS this fall, as part of the extensive coverage of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship that began earlier this month. It will be a busy weekend of racing in St-Eustache as the Canadian Formula Ford Championship will race alongside the Federation Auto-Quebec regional categories of Sedan and Formula 1600. For tickets, contact the Autodrome St-Eustache at 450-472-6222. Point standings (after 7 of 8 rounds): 1- Andy Brumbaugh (rookie), 92 points (3 wins) 2- Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, 80 points 3- Mark Wilkins (rookie), 76 points (1 win) 4- Edouard Aubé, 65 points (1 win) 5- David Lopez (rookie), 64 points 6- Josh Schreiber (rookie), 63 points 7- Josh Beaulieu (rookie), 60 points (1 win)