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PSL Karting, Florida Winter Tour Orlando Report


Trekking across the United States after its season began in earnest early in the New Year, team pslkarting.com started its second Rotax Max qualifying series recently with the opening of the 2011 Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge. Twenty-eight drivers spread across six classes for PSL at Orlando Kart Center, and once again the team was a force in the paddock.

“Overall I’m happy with the weekend, though for sure it wasn’t an easy one,” said PSL Karting President Dominic Labrecque. “The winter tour is getting more and more competitive every year, but the PSL team did an awesome job. For me we’ve had a really good start for the new season. The new CRG chassis’ are great, the speed is there, and we will work hard to get even more wins at the next round.”

Adding to four poles, three wins, and five podiums from the Gatorz opener in the West, PSL scored another pole, three wins and nine podiums in Florida. Anthony Gangi Jr. and James Dean Laderoute were a large factor of that in dominating Micro-Max, while newly minted PSL DD2 shoe Michael Vincec was on the podium both days in his team debut.

“We managed to open the season with strong results and it shows that we will be fighting for wins this year,” said Vincec upon his return to Ontario. “It’s just a great opportunity to be racing with PSL. Everything from the equipment to the hospitality and organization under the tent is great. Saturday was successful ending up with second after starting the day fifth, then everything was looking great Sunday after taking pole and the prefinal. It was a great battle the last couple of laps for the lead in the main. I was trying every opportunity I could, almost every corner on the last two laps and it was great side-by-side racing before ending up second.”

Vincec set fastest lap in the final, one of nine different times PSL drivers did so at Orlando. Felipe Fraga was another, as for the second weekend this season the Brazilian was a force in Rotax Senior. Fraga qualified and ran the day sixth on Saturday, and Sunday charged from fourteenth to second in the prefinal, and led laps in the final before bowing out from podium position on lap thirteen.

“The prefinal was perfect!” Fraga said afterward. “Then problems with the radiator and we had to leave the final! But surely we had many chances to win that final. Everything was perfect - engine and chassis. In Phoenix and Orlando I had the equipment to win. It makes me very happy to be a member of Team PSL Karting. It’s the best of everything. The best equipment, mechanics, and teammates. It’s a very supportive team with perfect structure. I just have thanks and best regards to Dominic, Stephane and my mechanic Franco!”

Fraga’s retirement was a benefit to a teammate, as Victor Cabrera moved up into the top five before ultimately finishing fourth - a great drive from P12 on the grid. The Puerto Rican set the fastest senior lap in the final, a blindingly quick 49.487. The third PSL driver to set fastest lap of a main event on day two was Gangi Jr, in Micro-Max. He and teammate Laderoute were in firm control of the podium once race action began, as Gangi led a 1-2 on Saturday and a 1-3 on Sunday.

Nicholas Latifi and Austin Versteeg were back on the blocks in Florida, just as they were at Gatorz, and Eric Beltrami produced the final one in the best way possible, topping the Masters DD2 class to close the event. Full team results can be seen below. The Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge resumes February 25-27 at Palm Beach International Raceway. It concludes March 25-27 at Ocala Gran Prix. For more information on the world’s #1 CRG dealer, please visit pslkarting.com.

PSL Karting Results from Florida Winter Tour Round I - Orlando, Florida

Rotax Micro-Max
Anthony Gangi Jr. - 1st, 1st
James Dean Laderoute - 2nd, 3rd
Daniel Rosenstock - 31st, 21st
Dylan Tavella - 22nd, 22nd

Rotax Mini-Max
Austin Versteeg - 5th, 3rd
Jeffrey Kingsley - 14th, 23rd
Matthew Thomas - 17th, 17th

Rotax Junior
Alex Van Snick - 38th, 23rd
Gavin Reichelt - 25th, 49th
Matt McMurry - 51st, 28th
Tyler Kashak - 46th, 39th
Buddie Munn - 56th, 40th
Alexandra Gamache - 54th, 46th
Sarah McKay - 56th, 55th

Rotax Senior
Victor Cabrera - 22nd, 4th
Felipe Fraga - 6th, 25th
Massimo Scotti - 11th, 15th
Gerald Caseley - 12th, 21st
Nick Rivellini - 37th, 24th
Simon Lauze - 25th, 44th
Jesus Rios Jr. - 26th, 26th
Alessandro Bizzotto - 43rd, 37th

Michael Vincec - 2nd, 2nd
Nicholas Latifi - 3rd, 6th
Marc-Andre Bourgeois - 13th, 25th

Masters DD2
Eric Beltrami - 5th, 1st
Paul Carvalho - 4th, 5th
Rene Martinelli - 7th, 6th

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