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  • April 15, 2011
  • Stouffville, Ontario - Competing against the top sportsman pilots in the US, Antonio Serravalle had an impressive weekend at the opening Eastern Round of the Pan American Challenge held last weekend at the Homestead Karting facility on Homestead, Florida. The lone Canadian in the large Micro Max class, Serravalle steered his Tecno chassis into victory lane and was the quickest kart on track all weekend.

    With Serravalle arriving in Homestead on Thursday and first hitting the track for the afternoon practice session, he quickly found himself racing with other drivers who had been practicing all week. Mixed in with the locals who know the track like the back of their hands, Serravalle and his Pserra crew had some ground to make up if they hoped for a successful weekend.

    "Antonio has very good feedback on how his equipment is performing compared to his fellow competitors," stated Pserra principal and manager Peter Serravalle of Antonio's quick adjustment to the track with little practice time. "It's really a unique talent that he will come out of the kart and say 'the kart needs more steering, the back is sliding out, I need more grip, I can't stay with them in the corners.' I'm really proud that he's able to give us that feedback at the age of eight. We sometimes don't hear feedback like this from kids who are 13 years old. Antonio is very accurate because he really wants to be the fastest and win."

    Hitting the track Saturday morning, Serravalle was able to clock the second quickest time in morning warm-up. With his confidence growing and the tremendous feedback given to his mechanics, the eight-year-old pilot earned the elusive pole position during the qualifying run with a time of 53.146, more than two tenths clear of his nearest competitor. During prefinal action, the young Serravalle would lead the majority of laps for the ten-lap race. A very close finish saw the Micro Max pilot just miss out on the win, crossing the stripe a mere 0.065 seconds after the victor. A penalty in the final dampened the day for Serravalle and his team, where after clocking the fastest race lap, a 13-second penalty relegated him to the sixth position.

    Looking for redemption on Sunday, Serravalle was fastest in morning warm-up. Carrying that momentum into official qualifying, the Canadian was able to score his second pole position on the weekend. Although falling back to the third place during the prefinal race, Serravalle was quickest on track. After posting fastest laps all weekend, Serravalle was finally able to capitalize and took the Sunday final checkers in commanding fashion, besting the rest by four seconds and again earning fast lap.

    "This was a well deserved win for Antonio," continued Peter Serravalle. "Antonio is really growing and maturing as driver and this was very evident with the results earned this weekend."

    Serravalle will next see action back on Canadian soil at the opening round of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championships (ECKC) May 6-8 at Goodwood Kartways in Stouffville, Ontario. Serravalle will contest the entire ECKC series, as well as the Northern Ontario Karting Championship, the World Karting Association Manufacturer's Cup in the Cadet Junior Sportsman class and will travel to Italy for his first international competition.

    Antonio Serravalle would like thank Pserra Racing, Tecno Kart chassis and Beta tools. For inquires, sponsorship opportunities or to learn more about Antonio's racing career, please contact his manager Peter Serravalle at 416.802.3033 or via email at