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Autocross Tips and Instruction


Autocross Virtual Driver’s Education – Sunday, March 26th

Join us for the first Driver’s Education session focused on Autocross, with guest instructors and autocross chairs from PCA Upper Canada Region and Ontario’s BMW Trillium clubs, who have 23 years of experience between them.  Learn how to be a better driver during autocross and by extension, car control on the road. The event is open to everyone.  Registration is required, it’s open to all BMW and Porsche clubs, and their guests, seats are limited to 100.



Pete Koepfgen (PCA-CWR)

Welcome & Introductions

Ashley Beattie (BMW-Trillium)

What to expect on an autocross

Ashley Beattie (BMW-Trillium)

Track layout & Cone Language

Ashley Beattie (BMW-Trillium)

Getting the most out of your track walk

Mario Marrello (PCA-UCR)

How to stay Safe

Mario Marrello (PCA-UCR)

How to get yourself & your car set up properly (incl. controls)

Mario Marrello (PCA-UCR)

Driving principles that autocrossers overlook & how it helps you on the road

Ashley Beattie (BMW-Trillium)

3 Ways to get faster every run

Mario & Ashley

Speaker Panel Q&A

Mario Marrello, Autocross Chair – Porsche Club of America – Upper Canada Region (PCA-UCR)

Mario Marrello


Mario is a lifetime car enthusiast who joined the Upper Canada Region of the Porsche club in 2000 after purchasing a 944S2 Cabriolet and immediately jumped into Autocross, eventually taking over the chairperson duties in 2003.  Since then, Mario has been active in the club, becoming President of UCR in 2011 and 2012, all the while keeping the autocross event active.  As venues became harder to find, Mario worked with the BMW Trillium Club to combine the 2 club autocross events into 1, allowing for a greater turnout and avoiding competing for the limited venues the two clubs have available. When not driving, Mario manages a team of software solution architects for Shaw and Freedom.


Ashley Beattie, Auto Slalom Race Operations – BMW Car Club - Trillium

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Ashley Beattie - bmw trillium

Ashley Beattie is a driving enthusiast who takes up any and all opportunities to (safely) go fast; be they in the simulator, on the GP track, in karts or on Auto-X asphalt.  Racing in G-Street for the past 3 years (after a long hiatus), Ashley has his eyes on the top step this year after placing 2nd overall in 2022.

Ashley runs race operations for Trillium Auto Slalom events, creating and setting up track layouts to challenge racers' driving abilities.  Off the track Ashley works in consulting and with the Royal Canadian Navy in Cyber Security.


Hosted by Porsche Club of America – Canada West Region (PCA-CWR)

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autocross-teaching moment

autocross - mario - chatham ontario - starting line


Sunday, March 26, 2023, 4:30 PM until 5:30 PM
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Pete Koepfgen
Event Chair
Auto Cross
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Available Slots:
No Fee