PSL KARTING REBOUNDS AT FLORIDA WINTER TOUR Canadian team scores two wins at second Moroso weekend event JUPITER, FL (February 21, 2008) -- PSL Karting rebounded from a difficult opening weekend at the Moroso Motorsports Park in ...
PSL KARTING REBOUNDS AT FLORIDA WINTER TOUR
Canadian team scores two wins at second Moroso weekend event
JUPITER, FL (February 21, 2008) -- PSL Karting rebounded from a difficult opening weekend at the Moroso Motorsports Park in Jupiter, Florida during the second rounds of the Florida Winter Tour, looking good when Group B hit the track, a line-up that included the Pro and Masters Shifter divisions. The Quebec-based CRG importer fielded eight drivers in these two classes, coming home with two victories on Sunday thanks in part to American pilots Fritz Leesmann and Gus Vidal.
Leesmann led the six-driver Pro Shifter PSL squad at the event, running at the front all weekend long. Qualifying on pole for Saturday's event, Leesmann struggled with the race set-up, falling back to third in the Prefinal and fifth in the Final. The next day was a different story as the PSL crew was able to find the right set-up to turn quick laps all day long. Leesmann scored the pole again and fell back early in the Prefinal. This time, he was able to climb back for the win and then repeated the performance in the Final for his second win of the series.
The five remaining drivers scored five top-10 finishes on the weekend. After a tire issue in Qualifying on Saturday, California's Jacob Neal came from 23rd to 13th in the Prefinal and then finished ninth in Final, repeating the same main event result on Sunday. This pair of results gave him his third straight top-10 finish in only his first two months of racing an ICC machine. PSL regular Tom Cadieux was 12th on Saturday and eighth Sunday. Florida driver Joey Riceputo recorded finishes of 14th and 10th, while Corey Rossman was 17th and 18th. Anthony Llopiz struggled on Saturday, finishing 22nd, but found the extra speed he needed for a solid 11th on Sunday.
In Masters Shifters, Gus Vidal and Michael Legrand battled for three top-five finishes, including Vidal's victory on Sunday. The Virginia pilot qualified second on Saturday and finished in the same spot in the Final. On Sunday, Vidal put his CRG on the pole and took the unofficial Prefinal victory until being penalized four spots for running the wrong tire compound - which was handed out by the series officials. After sorting out the error, Vidal was forced to run Saturday's tires, but it didn't slow him down as he made up those spots to take the lead and the win. Legrand also had a solid weekend, finishing fifth on Saturday and seventh on Sunday after running has high as second.
PSL Karting will wrap-up their Florida Winter Tour journey with the third and final rounds of the series at the Ocala Gran Prix, just north of Orlando, Florida, over the March 7-9 weekend for the Rotax program and March 14-16 for the shifter groups. From there, they will look towards the start of the national circuit when the Stars of Karting kicks off its season in Florida on the April 4-6 weekend.