Stouffville, Ontario - With three drivers in tow, Pserra Racing came away with solid results during the second event weekend of the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour (FWT). Held at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter, Florida, the Canadian-based crew would earn three top-fives finishes as well as a top-ten during the ultra-competitive Rotax weekend.
Rotax Micro Max pilot Antonio Serravalle impressed all as he ran among the top-three all weekend long in the talent-laden class. In a field of 34 competitors, Serravalle earned a top-five result in Saturday's qualifying session. After falling back slightly during the prefinal action to eighth, the eight-year-old driver would rebound in the final crossing the stripe in a solid sixth place. Besting his qualifying time from Saturday, Sunday would see the young Serravalle score an inside second row starting position for the day's prefinal. With tight and competitive driving among the top pilots in the prefinal, Serravalle almost had enough for the win but would have to settle for third when the dust had settled. Heartbreak would strike in the final, when after going for a pass on the last lap Serravalle would suffer contact with a fellow competitor. With the DNF, Serravalle would be classified in the 21st position and currently sits in seventh place in the overall points chase. Serravalle will be back for the final rounds at the Ocala Gran Prix facility where he will see action again in the Micro Max class as well as the weekend prior in the TaG Cadet division.
James Vance-Lousada was on a mission in the Rotax Masters class in West Palm Beach. After solid second place finishes in prefinal action both Saturday and Sunday, Vance-Lousada would show his speed and lead the majority of the laps in both finals. After a strong second place result in Saturday's final, Sunday's would be so close the position of the transponder would determine the winner. After crossing the finish line a mere 0.019 seconds after the winner, Vance-Lousada would again be the bridesmaid in the final. Attributing his success to both the Pserra Racing team and the Tecno chassis, the Masters pilot would earn his best finishes ever in Florida Winter Tour action and sits comfortably in the third position in the championship standings.
Karting standout Lorenzo Mandarino struggled in his Rotax DD2 debut at PBIR. After posting less than stellar times in qualifying, Mandarino managed to place in the top-15 in Saturday's prefinal only to be disappointed in the final after suffering a DNF. With another tough qualifying time for Sunday, the Vancouver native would work with tuner Nathan Brown to get his Tecno chassis up to speed. Coming through the pack, Mandarino would improve to the 19th place in Sunday's prefinal. Posting quick lap times in the final, Mandarino scored his best result on the weekend with a top-five, adding to Pserra Racing's overall tally.
"We are definitely pleased with the results here in West Palm Beach," stated Pserra Racing owner Peter Serravalle. "With top-fives by James and Lorenzo, along with Antonio's sixth place, everyone under the Pserra tent did a great job in the tough and competitive racing you see at the Florida Winter Tour."
Pserra Racing will be back in action in a few weeks time, rounding out the Florida Winter Tour at the Ocala Gran Prix facility in Ocala, Florida. Be sure to stop by the Pserra Racing tent in Ocala, where they will have a selection of Beta tools for purchase. Pserra Racing has engines for rent for both ICC and Rotax. Interested parties are asked to contact Peter Serravalle at 1.877.880.6455 to inquire about engine rentals. Also, staying on top of their engine program, Pserra Racing is proud to announce the addition of the Superflow flowbench. Along with an array of karting parts and products, Pserra Racing has new Tecno 4-cycle chassis now in stock.