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  • October 7 , 2011
  • Unionville, Ontario - Heading to the New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana two weeks ago for the championship finale event of the Pan American Rotax Max Challenge, Antonio Serravalle had his sights set on earning another major title in 2011, that of Pan American Champion. The young Serravalle entered the prestigious event as one of the favourites in the Micro Max class, as the reigning Canadian National Champion and Eastern Canadian Karting Champion would need to hold off the advances of some stiff international competitors. After a dominating performance in the three heat races, Serravalle would miss out on the title as rainy weather dampened the final day of competition.

    Getting the weekend off on the right foot, Serravalle would post the quickest time during the final official non-qualifying practice on Friday, half a second clear of the field. Back on track later in the afternoon for qualifying, the eight-year-old Tecno pilot would hold provisional pole until he was bumped later in the session. Posting the second-quickest time, a scant 0.015 off the pole position, Serravalle would be relegated to the third starting place for the heats as a competitor posted an identical time, with the advantage going to the second fastest lap.

    Saturday would see the event's three heats and Serravalle would put on a clinic, besting the field in all three races. At the start of heat one, Serravalle slotted into the second position and soon found his way to the lead. Once clear, the Pserra Racing pilot was the class of the race, rocketing to a six second victory. Staying in third place at the drop of the green for heat two, Serravalle would battle in the lead pack of the ultra-competitive Micro Max class for the six-lap race. In an exciting pass from fourth to the lead in the last corner of the last lap, Serravalle would go on to score his second consecutive heat win. The hot shoe would also take the third heat win, scoring fastest lap on his way to a four and a half second victory. With a perfect run on Saturday, Serravalle would earn the pole position for the prefinal race leading up to 'Championship Sunday.'

    Come Sunday, a change of weather would greet drivers at the New Castle facility. With rain moving into the area just as the Micro Max drivers were sent out for their prefinal race, Serravalle and the entire field would struggle in the slippery conditions while on slick tires. Holding point on the start, Serravalle would succumb to the conditions, as he would spin while leading. Able to keep his kart going, the young gun would persevere and come back with a fourth place finish at the line. With rain continuing to fall for the final race, Serravalle fought a hard battle running the 14-lap main event with a bent tie rod. Serravalle again preserved, and despite the slick, rain soaked track and his bent component, would finish just out of the top-five in sixth.

    "After being quickest all weekend and winning all three heats, it is a little disappointing to have Antonio finish sixth for the final," explained tuner and driver coach Lorenzo Mandarino. "With limited testing completed with the Mojo rain tires we were required to run here, we struggled with the setup in the wet on Sunday and suffered an unfortunate bent tie rod in the final. Despite it all, Antonio showed great speed and did a great job all weekend. We'll now turn our attention to the Rok Cup event in Italy."

    Serravalle and the Pserra Racing team will next head overseas for the 2011 Rok Cup International Finale, set for October 13-16 at the famed South Garda Circuit in Lonato, Italy. Working to develop Serravalle into a professional driver, this event will put his skills to the test, as the young talent will learn about defensive driving as well as passing and overtaking amongst the steep and aggressive competition. With participants coming from all over the world for this major karting event, Serravalle will take to the track against an amazing 60 other drivers in the Mini Rok category.

    "I am very excited to be going to Italy," stated Serravalle before departing for the international race. "I hope to do very well there. My Pserra prepared engines and Tecno chassis are running really well, so I think I will be able to be competitive and hope to do well."

    Pserra Racing is the importer for the Tecno chassis, Canadian importer for Beta tools, has recently added LKE engines from Italy to their product list and is also now a dealer of MIR race gear. 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 and arrive and drive programs, please visit their website, or contact them toll free at 1.877.880.6455. For more information on Antonio Serravalle, please visit his personal racing website at With all the latest news, results and photos, be sure to check his site often to keep up-to-date with the rising talent as he crosses the country and the globe in pursuit of race wins and championship titles.