TROIS RIVIERES, QC (August 22, 2018) – American Spike Kohlbecker is enjoying a tremendous rookie season with Exclusive Autosport, and he finished on the podium in the opening race of the tripleheader, taking a strong third. After a valuable data review from the first race, the 15-year-old was ready to fine-tune his approach based on his experience. Once again, he delivered a solid start to slide into a position to run with the lead pack. In the end, he finished sixth, but he felt much better about his command of the track, applying key improvements that were identified in the team debrief. The Quebec fans were out in force on Sunday for the final race of the weekend, and Spike was ready to move forward again as he was becoming more comfortable with the circuit’s walls, but a mechanical issue sent him to the sidelines early.
Exclusive Autosport continued to fuel its hot streak in Canadian F1600 racing, coming directly off a sweep of the wins at the Canadian Grand Prix weekend in Montreal to win two of the three Toyo Tires F1600 Championship races at the VARAC Vintage Festival at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario this past weekend. American Spike Kohlbecker was on the top step of the podium, scoring his first formula car victory with a tremendous last lap pass in the final race of the tripleheader weekend.
“The Exclusive Autosport team had a solid second weekend in the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship,” commented Michael Duncalfe, Exclusive Autosport team owner. “Our squad of four drivers once again displayed how talented they are behind the wheel of the EA Spectrum Honda F1600. I have mixed feelings on the weekend. I was thrilled to see rookie Spike Kohlbecker charge through the field and win his first career car race and finish in the top-three in all three of the races. Spike was racing in memory of his good friend Jeff Green, who unfortunately was involved in an awful crash at CTMP on Saturday. On behalf of Exclusive Autosport, I want to express our deepest condolences to the Green family.
SOURCE: In All, Exclusive Autosport, F1600, Latest News by Kimberly Duncalfe /June 21, 2018
Photo Credit: David J Fulde and VARAC – Vintage Automobile Association of Canada
MONTREAL, QC (June 10, 2018) – The Canadian F1 Grand Prix weekend in Montreal the biggest stage in North America for F1600 competitors and category powerhouse Exclusive Autosport defended their 2017 wins, extending their streak to 11 victories in the last 12 races, coming away from this year’s F1600 Canada event with two victories, three podiums and four top-fives. Running in support for the Formula 1 race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the team’s quartet of drivers found ultimate success with American Spike Kohlbecker finished second in Race 2, while both Marco Kacic and Matthew Taskinen added to the team’s results with top-five finishes.
BOWMANVILLE, ON (May 13, 2018) – Exclusive Autosport’s quartet of young drivers combined to provide the team with a very impressive start to the 2018 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship season at the BEMC Spring Trophy Races at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. American Spike Kohlbecker finished in the top-four in all three races, and this run included a third-place podium finish in Race 1.
The fourth member for the EA team – Canadian Marco Kacic – qualified on pole for the opening race, but damage from an incident in the first race was severe enough to sideline his car for the remainder of the weekend.The team’s drivers topped the 25-car field in both practice and in qualifying, and then swept the remainder of the weekend with Beaumont, Alberta’s Matthew Taskinen scoring all three main event wins. Exclusive Autosport dominated the podiums in the F1600 A Class, with Vancouver, British Columbia’s Kellen Ritter joining Taskinen in victory lane, scoring two seconds and a third.
Talented US karter selects championship team for step into open wheel racing
SASKATOON, SK (April 4, 2018) – Exclusive Autosport is primed and ready to return to Canadian F1600 this year with a full line-up of drivers, and the team is pleased to confirm that American karting standout Spike Kohlbecker will make his initial steps into open-wheel formula car competition with them in 2018. Kohlbecker will compete in the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship Series in Ontario and the F1600 Super Series, which includes the Canadian F1 weekend in Montreal and the prestigious Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. The 15-year-old’s Exclusive Autosport Spectrum 014 F1600 car will be sponsored by Margay Racing, Cfx Advertising, Mark Schwigen Photography and Lake Charles Park.