"Canadian pilot competes in Formula Leopard Junior and Rotax Junior divisions"
Press release prepared by: Race Tech Development
Photo courtesy of: Autosports Media Group
January 28, 2011 – As a new season has started in North American karting, a new driver has made the jump from the Sportsman ranks to the challenging junior categories and has begun to make a name for himself. Canadian pilot Zachary Claman DeMelo may be a rookie in the junior racing divisions but his sheer speed and determination to succeed makes him drive like a seasoned veteran.
“Zachary is a real driver,” expressed driving coach Lee Bentham. “There are a lot of young drivers that have the talent to succeed in the world of motorsports but Zachary is something special. I anticipate that you will be hearing his name a lot in the future.”
After a successful 2010 season where Claman DeMelo garnered the Rotax Mini Max Canadian National Championship, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and Coupe du Montreal title in the Rotax Mini Max class, 2011 will see the talent move to the junior division. While success has been plentiful for the young Canadian, Claman DeMelo has taken these honors in only his second full year of competition.
Bentham continued, “We decided to move our driver up at a young age to allow him the opportunity to grow against some of North America’s best karting talent. His big move came at the annual Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) SuperNationals three months ago where he competed in his first ever big TaG Junior event.”
Under the Las Vegas skyline, Claman DeMelo began his junior career with a bang. Racing against an international crowd that he would only read about on the internet and in magazines, the young Tony Kart pilot was at the pointy end of the field throughout the week. Though victory was farfetched in a talent-laden field as a rookie, Claman DeMelo claimed a solid eighth place result and a year’s worth of experience in one race.
Looking to build off the momentum in 2010, Claman DeMelo entered the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour events at the Orlando Kart Center in Orlando, Florida. The first weekend of action would see him compete in the Formula Leopard Junior class where he would start his 2011 campaign off strong. After claiming a solid second place result in Saturday’s main event, it looked as if Claman DeMelo would be able to challenge for the race win on Sunday before contact in the prefinal would force him to the tail of the field after running in the top three.
“With the speeds of the karts different than from that of the Mini Max class and moving from a short wheel base ride to a full size kart, Claman DeMelo was on a steep learning curve,” Bentham continued. “There is no better way to throw him into the racing action and that is what we did in the Rotax Junior class.”
With 68 entries in the Rotax Worlds qualifying class, Claman DeMelo was fast right out of the box. Unofficial practice times had him in the top ten and a strong possibility for the pole position once qualifying began.
A rain soaked qualifying session hindered the chances of starting from the front row as the Canadian driver struggled slightly to come to terms with the slick racing conditions. Starting twelfth for Saturday’s main event, Claman DeMelo was forced to retire due to contact after running inside the top five. Looking to rebound on Sunday, the Tony Kart driver had to start deep in the field in the twenty-first position but had a spirited drive up into the top ten setting up a fourth row starting spot for the final. When the dust had settled, Claman DeMelo claimed a solid ninth place finish in the Rotax Junior class.
“I really enjoy racing against such great drivers,” expressed Zachary Claman DeMelo after the weekend was complete. “With the help of everyone that I work with, I am learning a lot and look forward to putting all that knowledge to good use in future events.”
As the 2011 season continues, Zachary Claman DeMelo and the new ZCD Autosports racing program will look to build a team to compete at high profile events throughout the coming season. With the purchase of a toterhome, trailer and forty foot awning, ZCD Autosports is looking to ramp up their image and acquire experienced drivers with the willingness and passion to succeed.
For more information on Zachary Claman DeMelo and ZCD Autosports, please contact Lee Bentham at 480.353.7602 or via e-mail to Lee@LeeBentham.com . For media inquiries, please contact Race Tech Development at 317.270.8723 or via e-mail to Mike@RaceTechDevelopment.com .