It has been learned that Italian Motors driver Remo Ruscitti is a confirmed entry for the final round of the WSK International Series, set for the South Garda Karting facility in Lonato, Italy. The October 29-November 1 event will be the European debut for the 15-year old from Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada as he is entered to compete in the challenging KF3 division.
Ruscitti has been a fixture on the North American karting scene for the past five seasons. Spending 2005 and 2006 in the Cadet division in the Stars of Karting program, Ruscitti moved up to the Junior Intercontinental A (JICA) category. His 2007 season was marred by a hard wreck at New Castle Motorsports Park, resulting in a punctured lung along with a few broken ribs and collar bone. Ruscitti bounced back in 2008 to score his first national win at the Stars season debut at Ocala Gran Prix, leading to an eighth place finish in the national standings. This season, Ruscitti moved up to the Senior level, beginning the year racing both IAME Senior and TaG ICC but dropped the shifter class when moving over to the Championship Karting International program. At the CKI Grand Championship just days ago, Ruscitti ran to a season best fifth place result in the main event to score the fifth spot in the championship standings.
“With the IAME Challenge in Spain cancelled, Claudio (Valiante) asked me if I wanted to do one race in Europe,” Ruscitti told EKN. “Knowing that it would be a great experience I said yes. Claudio and the Italian Motors crew have taken care of setting up everything for the race weekend so all I needed was my CIK license from ASN Canada. Our expectations going there are not to win, it would be nice, but we are hoping that we do well and gain some great experience.”
Ruscitti will be joined by his father Joe, Italian Motors owner and CEO Claudio Valiante, and Italian Motors wrench Scott Cowell. Ruscitti’s entry will be under the Italian Motors name as the team looks to compete against some of the bigger factory and satellite teams.
“I think this is a great opportunity for Remo,” commented Italian Motors Team Manager Michael Valiante. “He will be competing against some of the best drivers in the world and I think he should do well even though it will be a challenge.”
Though Ruscitti has not had any KF3 testing, his season racing TaG Senior should be great preparation for the upcoming challenge. Ruscitti will hope to come off his trip to Italy with strong momentum into the SKUSA SuperNationals XIII in November where he will battle 79 others for the coveted SuperNats TaG Senior title.