Lacroix : first points in Europe Muro Leccese, Italy, June 13. -- While the F1 show was in town on the Gilles-Villeneuve racetrack for the Canadian Grand Prix, Kevin Lacroix was in Italy, participating in the third round of the Open ...
Lacroix : first points in Europe
Muro Leccese, Italy, June 13. -- While the F1 show was in town on the Gilles-Villeneuve racetrack for the Canadian Grand Prix, Kevin Lacroix was in Italy, participating in the third round of the Open Masters karting Series, along with numerous excellent international karting drivers. Showing more and more driving maturity, young Lacroix clinched his first points in this series, after only his third race in this series. This weekend result proves without a doubt that his driving skills are constantly improving since he offered his performance on tires that displayed little adherence.
"This is my best weekend in Europe, says Kevin. I'm rapidly getting used to this level of competition and communications with my European team is also improving quickly. I think my engineer has confidence in me since our race last month in Ugento. CRG gave me a good kart, but the tires slowed me down. And this time I managed to score points, as opposed to my first outing when I missed the finale. There were over 70 karts, and I'm still one of the youngest drivers!"
During the qualifying heats--there were two in Muro Luccese--Kevin started both heats from the 34th place and thanks to great passings, finished in 17th place. "To me, it's pure challenge, adds Lacroix. It's like surviving in the jungle. Everybody has a powerful kart, and wants to pass the kart ahead. I passed one competitor per lap and finished 17th. Back in May, in the first round, I had just missed the finale. This time, I'm right in there. I feel better and better all the time."
Due to a very sophisticated qualifying system, the 15 year-old Saint-Eustache driver wound in 31st position on the starting grid and his strategy remained the same: do not try risky maneuvers, save the rapidly fading tires and pass as many karts as possible.
Kevin is coming back home with the feeling of a job well done: he has finished in 14th place, thus getting his first points in the Open Masters and showing he has what it takes to drive competitively in this international series. "I feel it is easier now for me to find the right moment to pass without being pushed off the track by the ones behind. One must have eyes all around. At the end, my tires were really slippery, but I could hold my place in the last lap. It was well worth not being at home for the Grand Prix!"
Next race: Indianapolis
Kevin will be back on the starting grid at the Indy racing facilities, in early July, for the second round of the Stars of Tomorrow Series. The race that was to take place in Windsor, Ontario was cancelled and the managers of the series decided to hold the meet at this international racetrack. The last round of the Italian Open masters will take place in Jeloso, in mid-July.
Official driver for PSL Karting, a North-American top-rated team, Kevin Lacroix will run in the 2004 Stars of Tomorrow International series, the Italian Open Master Championship and the Coupe du Quebec Championship. SKF MotorSports, Raybestos, Tenneco, Pennzoil, Auto Parts Plus, Reseau Uni-Select and Pi