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by Ryan Stringfield
Posted June 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm linkage

The perks for running the F1600 Formula F Championship Series just got better for up-and-coming drivers.

Last week, F2000 Championship team Alegra Motorsports offered the top-finishing F1600 driver, aged 21 or younger, a chance to test its F2000 car at season’s end. While the Series is a long way from being chock full of young drivers, this prize is certainly a push to make it one.

F1600 competitor Bill Valet won last weekend’s Race 1 at Watkins Glen International. Tim Kautz took the checkered flag in Race 2. On the F2000 side, Canadian Remy Audette showed his mettle by winning back-to-back races extending his championship lead.

For anyone wondering, the most exciting event of the upcoming weekend will likely be the Formula Tour 1600 race at the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

Speaking of F1 and Canada, some pretty big news (albeit not surprising news) surfaced this past week: Canadian Robert Wickens was named reserve driver for the Marussia Virgin Formula One racing team. The well-deserving and talented 22-year-old is just one broken leg away from his dream. If I had to bet, his time will come sooner rather than later. Congrats Robert.

Top American shifter kart driver Gary Carlton has provided everyone with a detailed look at life overseas in his latest driver diary on eKartingNews.com; Read it here.

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