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"Rookie pilot completes test this weekend in preparation for annual event"

October 5, 2012 - Turning thirteen this past Monday, Tony Kart driver Darren Keane hopped a board an international flight Wednesday to travel to Italy. Competing at the 2012 Rok International Final next weekend in Lonato, the junior rookie will utilize this weekend to get back behind the wheel and test for the annual event.

Traveling overseas with his father and driver coach Fabio Orsolon, Keane looks to put the disappointment of the Rotax Pan American championships behind him. Looking to gain experience and better himself for his 2013 European karting season, Keane will go wheel-to-wheel with some of the world's best in a Vortex powered Tony Kart. Getting up to speed with both his equipment and the facility in a test this weekend, the new teenager is eager to race in the European market.

After claiming the Vortex TaG Cadet title at the Florida Winter Tour early in 2012, Keane made the move to the bigger and faster junior machine as he looked to hone his skills at a young age. Showing speed throughout the state of Florida, Keane will now take his talent to the world in the Junior Rok division. As one of the youngest drivers in the class, Keane will look to impress all in his first European event of 2012.

"We are really excited to bring Darren to compete in Europe," expressed Darren's father, Patrick Keane. "We want to continue to develop his skills and feel we can do that against the best competition. Also, this will be a good tune-up for next season as we plan to compete a lot overseas."

With a 2013 racing calendar nearly complete, Keane will rack up the air miles as he travels around the world. With plans to take part in the annual Florida Winter Tour throughout January, February and March, the young up and coming talent will also see action in four WSK Euro Series events, two European Championship races, the KF3 World Cup as well as multiple test days at each and every facility leading up to the events

"I am really excited and looking forward to next season," expressed Darren. "I have a lot to learn and hope that I will be able to score some good results early in my junior career. I know I have the proper team and coaches behind me and now I need to produce the results."

After the Rok International Final next weekend, Keane will spend an extra week in Italy as he gets behind the wheel of a KF3 powered machine. A three-day test is scheduled at the same Lonato facility and the Floridian will begin to learn the new equipment.

For more information on Darren Keane or Keane Racing, please email info@darrenkeaneracing.com or visit www.DarrenKeaneRacing.com or www.KeaneRacing.com.

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