"Five drivers battle stout fields"
Article By: Race Tech Development
The DeFrancesco Racing (DFR) squad had another successful outing this past weekend at the Homestead Karting Complex for the opening round of the eastern portion of the Rotax Pan American Challenge. Taking place under sunny skies in south Florida, the DFR crew entered five drivers and came home with eight top ten results.
A pair of drivers would see action in the Rotax Junior class as newly crowned Florida Winter Tour champion Dore Chaponick and rookie pilot Sebastian Coulson would battle in the 22 kart field. Both drivers would have good runs in Saturday's main event as Chaponick would take a fourth place result while Coulson would come home fifth.
Sunday would prove to be a little tougher for the junior drivers as an intense race pace and heated action would see lots of on track activity. When the dust had finally settled and the last checkered flag was flown, Coulson would cross the stripe in fourth while Chaponick would be classified in the fifteenth position.
DFR would also have a pair of pilots battle in the Rotax Mini Max class as Devlin DeFrancesco and Cole Glasson would score top ten results. The front running duo, who both look to make a run at the United States National Championship, would run inside the front half of the field all weekend long with DeFrancesco getting the better of the results. The young Canadian would come home eighth on Saturday with a bent steering column and tie rod after being involved in an incident bringing out the red flag earlier in the race. Disappointed with Saturday's outcome DeFrancesco would improve on Sunday with a solid fifth place result while Glasson would be classified seventh and ninth respectively.
Making his Pan American debut in the Rotax Micro Max division was young Lachlan DeFrancesco. Improving his results and speed each and every weekend of action, the younger of the two brothers would score his first career top ten result on Saturday finishing ninth. Looking to improve on Sunday, DeFrancesco was involved in a scary incident that saw him flip end-over-end and be thrown from the kart while in contention for a strong result. Thankfully the youngster was all right and walked away from the incident and will be back behind the wheel in the coming weeks.
"The Pan Am program is full of competition," expressed DFR Team Manager Nick Mitchell. "While the class sizes may have been smaller than normal, all the top drivers that are looking for a shot to go to the World Finals were here."
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