Round 2 of the 2012 CIK FIA U18 World Championship and Academy trophy (U15), just came to an end on Sunday August 26, under sunny skies on the Circuit Gabriel Thirouin, in Angerville, France. The CIK FIA was back home to celebrate their 50 years anniversary. It took American driver Tazio Torregiani no time to learn the track. Each practice session on Friday he progressively kept getting better and faster. On Saturday morning, the day started with a wet track, but by the time it was the academy drivers turn to go out, the track was dry. Torregiani went out for morning warm up practice, and was able to put it all together. He was the fastest driver for most of the session and finished 7th fastest at the flag. In qualifying Tazio was on a charge, and his times were dropping lap after lap, but with just two to go, his Fim KF3 motor started cutting out coming out of the turns, so by the end he qualified 17th. The Parolin mechanics checked the motor and changed Tazio's carburetor. Just when the problem seemed to be solved, Tazio's worst nightmare became real. In the warm up lap of his first of three heat races, his engine would dye before the start with what seemed an electrical problem. In the second and third heat races, Tazio drove better than ever and finished 13th and 14th respectively. All he needed was to finish his first heat race in 14th place to make the final A races, but his engine let him down. This meant he would race in the Final B race. "With a fly by of the French Air Force and a running of historic karts before the finals, It was finally time for my final B. I started 9th, made my way up to 4th with an aggressive start, gained speed, lost a bit, and eventually finished 6th in the race. Overall it was a great learning experience" Said 13 year old Torregiani after his Final race. He started 9th out of 15 drivers and took off, attacking immediately and climbing up to 4th. Just as he was catching third place, he went a little two wide coming out of turn 2 leaving his door open, which allowed two drivers behind to dive in. Tazio finished his final in 6th place. His fastest lap in the race of 53.6 was fast enough to put him among the fastest in Final A, and it was clear that's where he belonged. Not only was Tazio fast on the track, but he was also fast in the Edukart test, where he answered all 25 questions correct, and finished 4th fastest out of all Academy drivers, missing out on the Edukart podium by one position. After two rounds of the Academy Trophy, the young Connecticut driver is making the best of his experience, and it really shows in his pace and his confidence on the track. The third and final round of the 2012 CIK FIA U18 World Championship and Academy trophy will be in November 10 in Bahrain. The young American driver will be looking to take his performance to the next level.
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