Gianfranco Mazzaferro, a member of the Ferrolati Corse Karting Team, heads into the first weekend of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship on the heals of his first taste of European racing action. With only one day at home in Montreal, GF headed to Mosport International Karting Complex just north east of Toronto to prepare for his first race in Canada in the Rotax Junior Max category. Mazzaferro and tuner Nick Cosco took on a deep international field at the most recent round Euro Max Challenge at the Pista 7 Laghi located in Castelletto di Branduzzo, Italy. While results on track were tough to come by, the talented teen accomplished his goals and brings back a new bag of tricks to home soil.
“Our goal was to take in the experience and we did that,” comments Mazzaferro. “I learned a ton running on track with some of the best in the world. You can’t get that kind of experience by watching from the sidelines. We would have liked to run a little higher in the order, but we had some bad luck and lost a chain when we got hit. I’m glad we went and I look forward to the chance again soon.”
GF and the Ferrolati Corse Karting team will now set their sights on the fast and flowing permanent karting track located at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park to take in the opening two rounds of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championships with an eye on a pass to Team Canada. GF tasted success at Mosport last season enroute to a Mini Max championship title in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, one of three titles he earned in 2012.
“Being a rookie in Junior means making my way forward for sure,” smiles GF. “There are a lot of really quick guys in their second and third year of Junior so I will need to be at my best. Nick (Cosco) and I have been working hard on set-up and I think we can challenge early. I like Mosport and will need to find some speed if I want a podium result this weekend.”