Top 10 for Lazare in Vegas
Lazare drives forward in final to top 10
LAS VEGAS, NV - Quebec's Jesse Lazare was back in action last weekend at the SuperNationals XIV held at the Rio in Las Vegas. The talented Canadian Junior from PSL Karting.com would compete in TaG Junior.
"I was excited to get to Vegas after a good race in Spain a few weeks ago," Lazare said. "This is a little different from Rotax, but I think we will be competitive."
Practice proved to be a little difficult for the standout junior driver from Quebec. "We really struggled to get the carburation right," Lazare said. "The 'sweet' spot is so narrow, it was very hard to hit the perfect combination."
The carb problems followed Lazare into qualifying, and as a result, he ended up 24th. "Definitely not what we hoped for," Lazare said. "If we can just hit on the right carb setting, I think we will be fast in the heats."
Lazare was right about the jetting. In the first he, a demon start got him to fourth, but again the carb issues surfaced and he fell down the field. It wasn't until the final few laps when Lazare found the speed he was looking for. "Finally, I hit the jetting right...it made all the difference."
With the new found speed, Lazare blazed forward in the other heats to finish fifth and third. Sadly a technical infraction bounced Lazare's result from heat 2, putting him in the LCQ.
More problems arose, forcing Lazare to miss the morning warm-up and very nearly the LCQ. Lazare made it through the LCQ and would start 37th in the final.
"There are no pre-finals here, so that really hurts us in the final," Lazare said. "If there was a pre-final, we stand a good chance to get to the front in the final, but now, I have only one race to get there."
Lazare's performance in the final was simply amazing, putting on much the same performance as he did earlier in the year at the ASN Canada FIA Nationals. Lazare marched forward during the final to finish 9th - a remarkable achievement from 37th starting spot.
"To salvage a top ten after this weekend is about all we could have hoped for," Lazare said.
Now, Lazare will focus his attention on the upcoming Florida Winter Tour that starts in early 2011.
-source: jesse lazare PR