"Stands atop the podium in two separate junior divisions"
Press release prepared by: Race Tech Development
Photo courtesy of: Autosports Media Group
March 1, 2011 – With another pair of Florida Winter Tour (FWT) events behind him, ZCD Autosports Driver Zachary Claman Demelo has begun to come into his own. In only his second event as a junior competitor and competing at the ultra fast Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR), Claman Demelo scored a pair of victories in the two weekends of competition gaining some valuable points towards the championship title chase.
"Zach proved that he has the skills and abilities to compete in the world of motorsports," expressed team manager and driver coach Lee Bentham. "On the first weekend of competition, Zach drove like someone well beyond his years of experience and continued that into the Rotax weekend. As a rookie in the Formula Leopard Junior and Rotax Junior classes, Zach has bright future."
Claman Demelo proved that he had the speed to take both victories in the Formula Leopard Junior class as he stole the show in Saturday's action to take the race win but was unfortunately disqualified after Sunday’s main event. After the illustrious high of claiming his first national level victory, the low point came the next day as the entire ZCD Autosports program was disappointed in the lack of accuracy in the FWT officiating. Driving like a seasoned veteran, Claman Demelo overcame on track contact to take Sunday's checkered flag but was disqualified post race for not adhering to the black flag for a mechanical issue, even though his AM Engines powered Tony Kart was in fine working order.
Bentham continued, "The Florida Winter Tour made some very unique officiating calls this weekend. Some I would agree with and others I would not. There was definitely a lot of on track action that was missed and to take away a win from a driver that proved he was the quickest in the field and made it to the checkered flag before all of his competitors is not right. We will be back next weekend to work on our Rotax program and will once again look to run at the front of the field."
The Rotax week would start out very well for the young Canadian as right out of the box, Claman Demelo was one of the quickest drivers in his first competitive Rotax Junior race. Utilizing his drafting experience from the weekend prior, the ZCD Autosports pilot was able to set quick time after quick time in Thursday's unofficial practice sessions. A late day incident on Thursday would see the ZCD crew work late into the evening to build a new ride for Friday, but the team did not miss a beat as Claman Demelo paced with race winners and champions in the morning warm-up sessions.
With 68 drivers in the field, running in the top ten is an accomplishment for most but Claman Demelo wanted more. After an incident on Saturday which saw him taken out of the race by a fellow competitor while running in third, the up and coming talent came back on Sunday with a vengeance to score his first career Rotax Junior victory in only his second event as a junior in the Rotax category at the Florida Winter Tour.
"It was very disappointing for myself and the team on Saturday," stated the 13-year-old. "I was working with a fellow driver to try and catch the leaders. We were chasing them down and were in a position for at least a podium if not a victory before I was hit from behind and spun in one of the quickest portions of the track. Sunday I wanted to win. I had been up at the front of the field all week long and knew that I just had to be smart and take care of business."
Drawing away from the field lap after lap, Claman Demelo looked poised to take the top step of the podium. From just past the half way mark until the final corner, Claman Demelo was hunted down by current championship point leader Dore Chaponick who raced him clean all the way to the end. When all the dust had settled, Claman Demelo came out the victor in this ultra-competitive Junior class.
Claman Demelo added, “I knew it was going to be hard to lead the final lap. I just concentrated on protecting my line and keeping my momentum up out of the last corner to make sure I had the speed to stay out front.”
With the formation of ZCD Autosports and Zachary Claman Demelo's rookie status in the Junior ranks, the combination has become a force to reckon with each and every time they hit the track.
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 .