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FWT: Zachary Claman DeMelo Dominates Rotax Senior on Saturday

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FWT: Zachary Claman DeMelo Dominates Rotax Senior on Saturday

They saved the best for last on Saturday as the Rotax Senior class closed out the days action with an eventful show.

Up front, Canadian Zachary Claman DeMelo (Goodwood/Intrepid) continued his fine form at Orlando (he won a race and an FWT championship last weekend), by taking a convincing win in the prefinal and then powering to victory in the Final.

DeMelo did pull out to an early lead, but Americans Louie Pagano (DKC/Sodi) and Oliver Askew (OGP/TonyKart) chased him down just five laps in and it appeared the duo would swallow of the Canadian. Instead they went to work on each other, trading the second position and allowing Kyle Kirkwood (OGP/TonyKart) to join the mix. Exchanging rubber for the next handful of laps allowed DeMelo to get away and this time it was for good as Askew could not reel him in once he broke free for second.

With his second place run, Askew all but secured the class championship with what has been a very impressive campaign; three wins and a pair of runner-ups.

“It was a very good day for me and the team,” smiled DeMelo after podiums. “I could not be more pleased with my HRS engine and the Intrepid chassis worked amazing. Honestly I couldn’t have asked for a better package and I just want to thank everyone who has helped me out.”

Finishing third was Kirkwood, who is also enjoying an impressive rookie campaign in Senior Max. Pagano had to settle for fourth, just beating Dan Roeper (Orsolon/Birel) to the line.

For the remaining Canadians, Johnny Flute (Mosport/Kosmic) was 13th, Christophe Paquet (PSL/CRG) 14th and Zacharie Scalzo (KGK/TonyKart) 15th while Garret Britton (KMS/Birel) was a DNF.

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