Toby Rinaldoni Stars of Karting finale notes

A disappointing weekend for Rinaldoni Orlando, Florida (USA), November 16, 2004 -- With a podium finish at reach, a mechanical failure forced Quebec driver Toby Rinaldoni to watch the action from the paddock and gave his team a disappointing ...

A disappointing weekend for Rinaldoni

Orlando, Florida (USA), November 16, 2004 -- With a podium finish at reach, a mechanical failure forced Quebec driver Toby Rinaldoni to watch the action from the paddock and gave his team a disappointing conclusion to the 2004 season. Rinaldoni, the new Quebec karting champion who began the Stars of Karting season on a promising note with a podium finish, completed just three laps in the ultimate round of the series held in Walt Disney World, Florida this past weekend. It was a huge blow for the Delson, Quebec driver who had every intention of climbing on the podium once again.

Things began on a difficult note for Rinaldoni and the other 36 competitors entered in the ICA class who had to compose with a very abrasive race surface. The drivers spent the practice sessions trying to find a set-up that was suited to these strange and bizarre driving conditions. However, Rinaldoni endured more tough times in the first qualifying heat when his carburetor refused to work after just four laps.

Mr. Boscolo, in charge of the development program of the Maxter engines in Italy, tweaked the motor but Rinaldoni was nevertheless forced to take the start of the pre-finale in 25th position. In the race, the young driver raced hard and climbed from 25th to 8th place. "I was very cautious at the start because this track is very narrow at the first corner. Your race can easily end there, " he said. "Afterwards, the track had more grip and my kart became more difficult to drive. However, I would have liked to finish in the top five to enjoy a better starting position for the finale."

More problems

Rinaldoni had to be content with 18th place on the grid for the finale, and he was fully aware that a podium finish was almost certainly out of reach. He set his goal on finishing 6th or 8th. Unfortunately, a collision damaged his machine and on lap 3, a dejected Rinaldoni drove into the paddock to retire.

Despite the frustration, the team made of Alex Louet -- a former European kart champion -- and Rinaldoni's mechanic were already focused on the 2005 season. AT this moment, things look promising for Rinaldoni to compete in the Winter Cup in Italy in the ICA category.

-www.rinaldoni.com

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