Langley racer Andrew Dobbie has moved up to the F2000 class, driving a Van Diemen RF-02. (Photo by Brent Martin)

Langley racer Andrew Dobbie racks up another win at Mission

‘It’s going well’

It’s been about three years since Langley resident Andrew Dobbie decided to take a chance on realizing his unfulfilled dream to be a race car driver and it has gone far better than he expected.

His most recent win came on familiar territory, at the Northwest Formula Continental Championship race on the July 27 weekend at the Mission 25 Grand Prix.

Dobbie described it as the “biggest” of the races he’s competed in this season.

It was a hard-fought win, with Dobbie dueling it out with Victoria’s Gavin Aitken, who was a close second, followed by Roger Smetaniuk from Sylvan, Lake Alberta in third.

Dobbie was among 21 cars started the Mission 25 Grand Prix, the largest field in the history of the Northwest Formula Continental series.

It marked the 25th anniversary of road racing at the Mission track, sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of B.C. (SCCBC) and features the return of the Northwest Formula Continental series for open wheel race cars.

Dobbie took up the sport in 2017, aiming to realize a childhood dream by racing a Formula Ford at the Mission track.

READ MORE: Langley driver at the B.C. Historic Motor Races in Mission

By the time he finished his first season, Dobbie was named “Novice of the Year” by both the Sports Car Club of B.C. and the Confederation of Autosport Car Clubs.

In 2018, he had a good season, making multiple podium appearances.

Now, Dobbie has moved up from the F1600 to the F2000 class, driving a Van Diemen RF-02 which has a bigger engine and ‘wings’ to help keep the faster car on the roads.

So far this year, he has won nine races, mostly on weekends.

“It’s going well,” he allowed, during a post-race interview with the Langley Advance Times.

His Langley-based racing team operates with the aid of Langley sponsors, Madison Street Capital, The Dowco Group and Taylor Law.

While he has kept his day job, Dobbie is considering a move to full-time competition.

“It really depends on how well this year goes, of course,” Dobbie observed.

He could opt to remain in his current class, or switch to “another sedan or sports car type” category.

.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: dan.ferguson@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

 

Langley racer Andrew Dobbie won the Northwest Formula Continental Championship race on the July 27 weekend at the Mission 25 Grand Prix. (Photo by Brent Martin)

Just Posted

Support granted for NatureKids

Program provides opportunities for youth and families to learn about and enjoy the outdoors

Grillers compete for best meat in Langley

Rotary Clubs bring back RibFest for a second year from Aug. 16 to 18 at McLeod Park

New defenceman signs with Vancouver Giants

Brendan Pentecost played with the Delta Hockey Academy Elite 15s

VIDEO: Protesters target Langley Ribfest, a Rotary fundraiser

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Langley, Cloverdale politician Dean Drysdale dies

The businessman and reservist served on Township council

Fashion Fridays: How to dress and feel powerful

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Police identify 45-year-old victim in South Surrey stabbing

Delphin Paul Prestbakmo died at the scene, near 18 Avenue and 152 Street

Kraft Heinz brand baby food recalled in B.C. due to possibility of insects

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the product should not be consumed

First Nations women finally to be treated equally under Indian Act: Bennett

Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action thanked the feds

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

Puppy rescued from smoky South Surrey condo

Fire alarms brought firefighters to the Morgan Crossing residences around 7 p.m.

Bob Lenarduzzi out as Vancouver Whitecaps president

MLS team is at the bottom of the Western Conference standings

B.C. daycare operator denies negligence in death of ‘Baby Mac’

Infant died in early 2017 after biting an electrical cord, according to a lawsuit filed by his mom

Most Read