PSL KARTING HAS DIFFICULT FLORIDA WINTER TOUR ROTAX FINALE Canadian team battles weather and tough competition at Ocala Gran Prix event OCALA, FL (March 13, 2008) -- The PSL Karting team completed the Rotax portion of the Florida Winter...
PSL KARTING HAS DIFFICULT FLORIDA WINTER TOUR ROTAX FINALE
Canadian team battles weather and tough competition at Ocala Gran Prix event
OCALA, FL (March 13, 2008) -- The PSL Karting team completed the Rotax portion of the Florida Winter Tour this past weekend at the Ocala Gran Prix in Ocala, Florida. The weather was not typical Florida conditions as strong storms cut practice short on Friday, leaving the team to battle both the track and set-up throughout the weekend. Though the results were not up to the team's expectations, the Quebec-based CRG importer finished a strong January through March run in the three Rotax divisions, battling for the championships and class wins.
The top performer for the weekend was Rotax Masters driver Denis Lachance. The Quebec pilot came into the weekend with a slight chance at the title, needing some help to move up in the standings. Saturday did not start out well for Lachance with an eighth place run in qualifying leading into a Prefinal that saw him fall back to 13th. The Final would see him battle back, advancing up to fifth by the time the checkered flew. Sunday was better all -round, running in the top-five throughout the day before finishing on the podium in the third spot to earn runner-up position in the final standings. Fellow PSL Masters driver Michel Legrand had a difficult weekend, scoring finishes of 16th and 13th. He would end the year fifth in the championship standings.
Five drivers entered the Rotax Senior category under the PSL tent. Mexican pilot Rudy Camarillo led the squad on the weekend, recording the highest finish of 11th during Saturday's action. He was closely followed by Quebec's Olivier Sirois (14th) and Columbian Federico Moreno (15th), who was making his first Florida Winter Tour appearance. Moving up to the Senior ranks for the first time, Chris Ernst was quick early on but trouble in the Prefinal dropped him the tail of the field, battling in the Final to 26th. Making a return from injury in round two, Julia Claveau came up just short of qualifying for the main event
Sunday began on a brighter note with all five drivers qualifying in the top-25. The day, however, would not end as it began with all the drivers finished outside the top-20. Camarillo was running in the top-10 until dropping back to the tail of the in the opening lap. He would go on to finish 21st, just ahead of Moreno and Sirois. Ernst would cross the line 26th while Claveau retired on lap eight. Sirois would end the Tour ninth in the standings while Camarillo was classified 13th overall.
The two Junior PSL drivers looked poised to both score podium finishes on Saturday with Jesus Rios Jr. starting third and Tommy Beshro on row four. That would end in the opening circuits as Rios retired on lap two while Beshro fell to the tail of the field. Rios would be classified 34th while Beshro battled to finish 23rd. On Sunday, the duo ran in the top-10 in all three sessions, with Beshro crossing the line eighth in the Final and Rios just one spot back. Those finishes put Rios into tenth in the final point standings while Beshro would end the season in 13th.
This coming weekend, the shifter, TaG and Cadet categories will battle at the Ocala facility. Returning from a recent test with the CRG factory Italy, Californian Fritz Leesmann will battle for the Pro Shifter championship. Heading into the weekend, Leesmann sits second in the standings, only five points out of first when calculating in the drop race. Corey Rossmann will join him in the Pro Shifter category, looking to score a couple of top-10 finishes. In Masters Shifter, Gus Vidal is tied with another driver for the championship following his first and second place performances at round two. Ben Gobeil will be making his first appearance at the FWT this season alongside Vidal. In Cadet, Colombian Juan Esteban Garcia will represent PSL Karting in the ultra-competitive class.