The Spectrum open-wheel chassis has continued its domination of the Canadian F1600 Series, Exclusive Autosport driver Kellen Ritter clinching a hat-trick of 2018 titles.
With a total of 13 race wins, 12 pole positions and 24 podiums throughout the season aboard his Spectrum 014, Ritter wrapped up the Ontario Toyo Tires F1600 Championship, the Quebec-based Formula 1600 Canada Series, and the Formula 1600 Super Series – a combined category that takes in some of the biggest events from the other two championships.
As a result of his success in the Toyo Tires Series, Ritter has earned an entry into the Mazda Road to Indy $200k Scholarship Shootout – a contest where some of the best open-wheel drivers from around the world compete for the prize of a funded drive in the USF2000 Championship.
“This season was incredible,” enthused Ritter. “My goal was to win one of the championships, but to win all three was something else!
“I started both the Ontario and Quebec series not so strong but, with time, I developed faster than I thought I would. I’m thrilled with claiming 13 wins between both series and only being off the podium a total of five times over the season. We accomplished an incredible feat by being the first driver ever to win all three championships in a season.
“The Exclusive Autosport guys gave me an incredible car this year, one that was capable of winning every race it entered.
“This season was amazing and I can’t thank everyone involved enough in the process.”
Team owner Michael Duncalfe was impressed with Ritter’s performances throughout the season.
“It has been such an honour and a pleasure working with Kellen this past year,” he said.
“Kellen has immense talent behind the wheel and what he has accomplished this year is nothing short of incredible.
“He is ready to make the transition from F1600 to USF2000 and we are now focusing on preparing him for the prestigious MRTI $200K Scholarship Shootout. I am proud of Kellen and look forward to continuing to work with him and his family in the future.”