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  • FLORIDA WINTER TOUR OCALA REPORT
  • April 1, 2011
  • Stouffville, Ontario - Pserra Racing, importer of the Tecno chassis, made a solid statement at the closing rounds of the Formula Kart Florida Winter Tour at the Ocala Gran Prix facility in Ocala, Florida. Although denied a win due to a post-race penalty, the entire Pserra team was quick all weekend, scoring pole positions, podiums, top-fives and fastest race laps.

    In the Rotax DD2 class, Pserra Racing had a breakout event on their Tecno chassis with karting superstar Lorenzo Mandarino. Starting the weekend on the right foot, Mandarino would earn both pole positions during the Friday qualifying runs.

    With the Saturday prefinal victory, Manadarino would set himself up with the inside front row starting position for the final. A wild start to the final would see three-wide coming into the first corner, with Mandarino able to hold his first place position. Steering his Pserra powered Tecno chassis to more than a second lead during the first half of the final, Mandarino was slowly reeled in by the second place pilot. Succumbing on lap 19, Mandarino would fight to regain the lead but with overheated brakes was struggling to keep pace. With the laps winding down, the Vancouver native could not regain the lead and would greet the checkered flag in the second place.

    Sunday Mandarino repeated with the prefinal victory. Holding the point during the opening laps of the final, the 2005 SKUSA SuperNationals SuperPro Champion was able to pull a slight gap off of the second place competitor. Leading every lap of the 24-lap main event and crossing the stripe in the first position, heartbreak would set in as Mandarino was assessed a three second penalty for a starting infraction. Stripped of his win, the Canadian would still stand on the podium as he was relegated to the third position. Mandarino would be credited with the fastest lap of the event, and would finish the Florida Winter Tour ninth overall in the DD2 points championship.

    "Lorenzo just dominated all weekend long on his Tecno DD2 chassis," stated Pserra principal, Peter Serravalle. "After the previous FWT rounds we final got it figured out, and now it's really showing how great the Tecno chassis is. Lorenzo is an amazing talent in everything he races - it could be Rotax Max, ICC shifter, DD2 - he is in my eyes one of the most talented drivers that we have dealt with. Lorenzo and I have been working together over this past weekend and just showed what we can do."

    Rotax Masters pilot James Vance-Lousada was in contingent to win the overall Masters championship coming into the final rounds in Ocala. Running fast all weekend, Vance-Lousada would clock two top-five qualifying positions during the Friday sessions, fifth for Saturday and third for Sunday. A great run during the Saturday prefinal would set Vance-Lousada up with an inside second row starting position for the main event. After a two-position penalty was assessed during the final and being classified fourth, Vance-Lousada would have his work cut out for him to secure the championship. Sunday would be utter disappointment as the Masters pilot suffered a DNF in the prefinal when the pulse line came off and endured another DNF in the final for another mechanical issue. Vance-Lousada ended his Florida Winter Tour campaign fifth in the Masters points.

    The youngest of the Pserra team members, Antonio Serravalle, posted some impressive times during the first weekend in Ocala, racing the Vortex TaG Cadet class with an older group of competitors. He produced some amazing results, finishing fourth in Sunday's final and posting fast laps all day long. Enjoying the competitiveness, Serravalle was now geared up for his Rotax class.

    The following weekend, Serravalle saw action in the ultra-competitive nose-to-tail racing of the Rotax Micro Max class. The eight-year-old would score the fifth and sixth places for Saturday and Sunday's qualifying sessions respectively. Taking the checkers in second for the prefinal, the difficult outside front row start would see Serravalle fall to fourth at the start of the final. Through some slicing and dicing, the young Serravalle would battle all race long only to be assessed the same penalty as Mandarino. On track Serravalle would finish fourth, with an official seventh place result after his penalty was mandated.

    Sunday Serravalle would endure contact in the prefinal on the second corner of the first lap, but was able to work back up to 22nd. Charging his way through the field and showcasing his natual talent, the Tecno pilot would work back up to fifth place for the final, passing an astonishing 15 drivers. Showing his true speed Serravalle would clock the fastest lap during both final events and take the sixth place in the overall Micro Max points. Serravalle will next see action in the Rotax Pan-American Challenge and will make his international debut in May racing in Italy.

    "I have been so proud of Antonio throughout the entire Florida Winter Tour," stated Peter Serravalle. "Even though we never won a race, we showed that we are fastest on track and I could see Antonio improve with every pass."

    Pserra Racing is the importer for the Tecno chassis, Canadian importer for Beta tools and has recently added LKE engines from Italy to their product list. Pserra Racing has the entire Tecno chassis line in stock, including the new 4-cycle chassis. Pserra Racing is currently recruiting drivers for their arrive and drive program for the Rotax Pan-American Challenge. Those interested are asked to contact Peter Serravalle at 1.877.880.6455.

    For more information about Pserra Racing, the Pserra Racing team, Tecno chassis and Pserra's engine program, please visit their website, http://pserraracing.com or contact them toll free at 1.877.880.6455.