Florida Racing News
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Devlin DeFrancesco - Victorious at Florida Winter Tour
With back-to-back weekends of action at the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour, it was back to the Homestead Karting Complex for rounds three and four of the Rotax Max Challenge program for both Devlin and Lachlan DeFrancesco. After trading in the Vortex Mini Rok TaG Cadet karts for Rotax powered machines, Devlin would see action in the Rotax Mini Max class where he went on to score a victory while younger brother Lachlan would battle in a stout field of Rotax Micro Max competitors.
Taking to the track on Friday morning for official timed practice, DeFrancesco Racing would look to fine tune their machines ahead of the afternoon qualifying sessions, with the first one setting the grid for Sunday's prefinal. Improving on their practice times from earlier in the day, Devlin managed to score a top five run in his session while Lachlan turned the 23rd quickest time in the Micro Max class.
Back to the paddock to look for more speed for Saturday's sessions, the track temperature increased sending all the drivers and their tuners into a tailspin with chassis setup. When the checkered flag flew to end the official times sessions, Devlin would once again claim the fifth quickest time while Lachlan would be 34th due to a chain failure on the first lap.
"It was a very tough qualifying session," expressed DeFrancesco Racing Team Manager Nick Mitchell. "We were hoping to have a shot at the pole position in the Mini Max class with Devlin but couldn't find the necessary speed. With a challenging track and a field of international competitors, a top five starting spot is good but we will look to improve during the race."
Back to the track on Saturday morning for wheel-to-wheel racing action, Devlin would begin his march towards the front of the field. After completing a good morning warm-up session, the 12-year-old would move forward to claim a third place result in his heat race. Starting inside row two for the main event, the Supertune USA powered driver quickly moved to P2 and began his battle with the race leader. Running nose to tail and swapping the top spot for the majority of the event, Devlin solidified his position at the front of the field scoring a dramatic main event win by a mere .071 ahead of his closest competitor.
Eight year-old Lachlan DeFrancesco would start his Rotax Micro Max heat race from inside row twelve in the 23rd position. Looking to follow in his brother's footsteps, Lachlan would run into some on track trouble and eventually be classified in P30. Looking for redemption in the main event, Lachlan and his DFR team had a goal of improving their position and that they did. Picking up eight positions in the main event, the youngest DeFrancesco racing driver would come home in 22nd.
Sunday would prove to be a little tougher for the DeFrancesco duo as increased temperatures and slick track conditions would take their toll on the competitors. After qualifying fifth on Friday, Devlin would score an eighth place result in the heat race before gaining two positions in the main event to come home sixth.
With a disappointing qualifying run on Friday due to a chain failure on the opening lap, Lachlan would start his prefinal from deep in the field in Rotax Micro Max as he lined up 34th on the grid. Improving ten positions in the heat race, Lachlan claimed a 24th place result before falling to 31st in the main event.
With four of six rounds complete, Devlin sits second overall in the Rotax Mini Max championship standings and third in the Vortex Mini Rok TaG Cadet division.
Devlin DeFrancesco will now make the trip overseas for his first European action of the 2012 karting season. Competing in the WSK Series at the famed La Conca facility in Italy, Devlin will battle with Europe's best in the 60cc Mini class. Showing that he had the pace to run up front in 2011, Devlin will look to add 'European Race Winner' to his resume in the very near future.
For more information on DeFrancesco Racing, please contact Andy DeFrancesco via e-mail to Info@DFRUSA.com or visit them online at www.DFRUSA.com.
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