Canadian project forwarder Rohde & Liesenfeld, which trades under the brand name RoliProjects, is sponsoring 17-year-old racing driver Alex Berg.
The young driver was one of just two recipients of the 2023 Team Canada Scholarship, aimed at giving people their first break in competitive racing. It allowed Berg to represent his country at the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and the Walter Hayes Trophy Race in Silverstone in the UK during October and November.
Formula Ford championships across the world are an important step for many prospective Formula One drivers and a major stepping stone in a driver’s career. Despite never having raced in England before – and, indeed, barely old enough to qualify for a driving license in this country – Berg achieved the fastest lap of the day in his heat race on October 21 before reaching the final on October 22 in a creditable 13th place.
Two weeks later, in the final of the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone on November 5, Berg fought his way up the field from a grid place of P12 in the final and quickly made is way up to P7. However, fate intervened in the form of a leaking radiator, effectively bringing a premature end to what could have been an epic performance by the young driver.