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  • June 30, 2011
  • Stouffville, Ontario - The Pserra racing Team again came out victorious in Eastern Canadian Karting Championship (ECKC) action this past weekend at Mosport International Karting just outside Bowmanville, Ontario. Again with weather conditions plaguing drivers on Saturday, Sunday greeted the team with clear and sunny skies. With a four member strong team among three Rotax classes, Antonio Serravalle was victorious both days in the Micro Max class while the Hovesen brothers both showed good speed in their respective classes and Spencer Todd scored a solid fourth place finish in a tight Rotax Senior field.

    Some tough competition via the Rotax Pan American entries in the Micro Max class gave the young Serravalle a run for his money. Despite his strong competitors, the eight-year-old was able to score a perfect weekend sweeping both day's pole positions, prefinals and finals. After clocking the fastest lap in qualifying on Saturday, Serravalle would find himself in stiff competition come racing. Holding off a racy Pan Am entrant during the prefinal, the Tecno pilot edged across the line a scant 0.358 after losing the lead with two to go and regaining it on the last flyer. Serravalle had a bit more cushion in the final as his rivals behind him battled for position, as he drove to a four second victory. Serravalle's teammate Erik Hovesen was also able to score some solid results in the youngest of the Rotax classes, taking the sixth place in qualifying and then able to improve to fifth for both the prefinal and final races.

    Come Sunday, Serravalle again got the best of his competitors, taking the pole position, prefinal victory and main event win. The young gun really had to work for his prefinal win, just edging out the rest by 0.291. A temporary red flag put a hold on the day's final, but Serravalle was able to prevail and add to his tally of five final victories in five starts. Hovesen's day started off promising with a speedy qualifying run to start the prefinal in the third position. Dropping back slightly during the prefinal, the up-and-coming pilot suffered a disappointing final after only being able to complete four laps. The DNF would eventually classify Hovesen in the seventh place.

    Older brother Gregory Hovesen showed solid results in a tough Mini Max class. Staying in the top half of the field all weekend long and showing patience beyond his years, he was able to time the fourth fastest lap during Saturday's qualifying. Dropping back to ninth during the prefinal, Hovesen had a nice recovery to finish just outside the top-five in sixth. Sunday saw Hovesen drop to 17th in an extremely tight qualifying run against the stacked field of Mini Max competitors. Hovesen improved to tenth in the heat race, but had to settle for 13th in the final race of the day.

    Rotax Senior pilot Spencer Todd faced a tough crowd of senior pilots at Mosport. After failing to post a time during qualifying on Saturday, Todd had a great drive through the field in prefinal action to take over the 13th place. With heavy mist falling for the final, drivers were forced with the tough decision of slicks or wets for the race - with Todd one of the few to make the right call. Heading out in rains, Todd drove from outside the top-ten to the lead against one of the most competitive fields you will find in North America. A puncture in his rear tire damped any chance of a win, but the Pserra team member was able to hold on and finish just off the podium in fourth. Sunday would come a bit more difficult, as a 13th place qualifying time lead to a 12th place finish in the prefinal. A disappointing DNF in the final would see Todd eventually classified in the 27th place.

    "As always, I am proud of the determination and commitment from each of our drivers. They all battled very hard this weekend," stated Pserra Racing Operations Manager Petri Ranta.

    The Pserra team will return to Eastern Canadian Karting Championship action mid-July for the final round of the series, slated for July 17 at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant.

    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.

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