This weekend the second round of the 2013 Rotax Euro Challenge hits the track in Italy as Rotax expects the largest turnout for a second round event ever. After an excellent opening round in Genk, Belgium round two should help open up the points championships and see who is in line to take the top honours and the sought after tickets to the 2013 Rotax Grand Finals in New Orleans, USA.
Three Canadians are entered in this weekends event at Castelletto, which hosted a WSK Master Series event only a few weeks ago.
Reigning Canadian and Grand Finals Rotax DD2 Champion Ben Cooper looks to rebound after a challenging week in Genk. Trouble in Qualifying saw Cooper not complete a lap and forced him to start at the rear for each heat race. After finishing all three heats inside the top-ten, Cooper started the Pre Final in twelfth, moving up to seventh before eventually finishing fourth in the Final. It was a rare event in the past 18 months that has seen Cooper on the podium in nearly every event he has entered around the world. Cooper who now calls Mont Tremblant, Quebec home, will be back with his KMS Racing outfit aboard a Birel chassis.
Making his International debut, Gianfranco Mazzaferro looks to get a head start on his Canadian season after a solid Florida Winter Tour campaign. The rookie Junior driver from Montreal, Quebec has wasted no time getting up to speed and joins Team TKP and will compete on a FA Kart.
In a recent press release Mazzaferro commented, “The racing in Europe is extremely competitive and this is a chance for me to learn a ton from some of the best and improve our program overall. The track looks amazing and I can’t wait to get racing.”
The final Canadian on track this weekend will be Zachary Claman De Melo. Another Montreal native, De Melo got his start in Rotax competition in North America before turning to Europe last season and the ever competitive KF division. Joining fellow CRG factory pilots, De Melo looks to put the black brand on the top of the podium in a one-off Rotax appearance.
Live timing for the event will be available at: http://www.motorsport-events.se/racemoneuro/