"Strong runs for British Columbia resident" Burnaby, British Columbia -- August 30, 2007 -- Multi-time karting champion and current Star Mazda series front runner Lorenzo Mandarino scored a podium result and had two strong runs in the last ...
"Strong runs for British Columbia resident"
Burnaby, British Columbia -- August 30, 2007 -- Multi-time karting champion and current Star Mazda series front runner Lorenzo Mandarino scored a podium result and had two strong runs in the last two Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear events. With both races being run north of the border, the Canadian pilot was hoping to score a victory for his hometown crowd but was taken out while leading in the first event.
After qualifying with the fifth quickest time at Trois Rivieres, Mandarino progressed throughout the event and with a very fast car took the point for several laps. Looking to score another Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear victory, Mandarino and the current second place competitor made contact.
"I'd have to say that it was a pretty bold move," stated Mandarino in his post race interview. "We had a good run going and to get taken out like that is just ridiculous. We were fast enough to win this race and proved it by leading the majority of the race laps. It's heartbreaking to be put in the wall in the closing stages of the event."
Looking forward to the next event the Neway Forming sponsored Team G.FRO car and Lorenzo were excited about their chances at Mosport International Raceway in one week's time.
Looking as if his racing luck had turned, Mandarino was the third quickest car in Mosport qualifying and would line up just inside row number two. With rain in the forecast, Mandarino and his Team G.FRO worked diligently, preparing the car before the start of the race as rain was definitely on the way.
With some drivers on the Goodyear slick racing tires while others were on rain tires, the opening few laps were extremely exciting. Benefiting from a little confusion on the opening lap, Mandarino moved forward as he and eventual race winner began to stretch their lead on the field.
"The rain is the great equalizer," explained Mandarino. "I use to practice a lot in the rain in karting and my knowledge was sure put to use today."
Mandarino eventually claimed the second step of the podium .417 seconds behind the victor and more than 17 seconds ahead of his next closest competitor.