Driver News: Gianfranco Mazzaferro Breaks Through in Ocala
Canadian first year junior racer snags two top fives including a trip to the podium in Formula Kart TaG Junior racing action
Gianfranco Mazzaferro, a member of the Ferrolati Corse Karting Team, put the wraps on the Florida Winter Tour Formula Kart Championship with his best performance in his freshmen season in the Junior category. The internationally renowned winter series completed the three weekend, six race TaG program at the spectacular Ocala Gran Prix located in Ocala, Florida. Mazzaferro was able to log two top five results including a second place finish in the Saturday final to earn his first trip to the podium in 2013. The weekend was full of great performances that saw GF inside the top ten in nine of ten official sessions and inside the top five eight times in the 20-kart field.
“This was a fantastic weekend to close out the Formula Kart part of the Florida Winter Tour,” comments Mazzaferro. “It was great to run at the front with the leaders and hit the podium on Saturday. Also taking a heat win on Sunday was awesome.”
GF and the Ferrolati Corse Karting Team grabbed fourth in qualifying on Saturday morning followed by P2 in race one and P4 in race two. The point tally would have GF start on the front row from the outside spot. A nice start had GF slot into the lead and pace the field for the opening 10 laps. GF would give up the lead for two laps until he charged back to the point. With two laps left, GF was slotted back into second and held station to take P2 at the line.
Sunday got off to s slow start with GF only able to log the 11th best lap in timed qualifying. A nice run in race one had GF cross the line in sixth. Race two was a perfect run for Mazzaferro who charged through to take the win. The points combination would have GF earn another front row start, his second on the weekend. From the outside row, GF would get shuffled back to fourth off the start and he would then engage in an intense battle over the next series of laps. At the flag it was GF grabbing another top five result, taking fifth in the finishing order.
“The team and I really want to carry this momentum into the final Rotax weekend,” beams Mazzaferro from on site in Ocala. “I feel we have earned the right to run at the front and race with the leaders. Nick (Cosco) and Alex (Vincent) are giving me a great kart every time I hit the track. I am really happy to be running at Ocala. It’s one of my favorite tracks. This weekend should be a blast.”
GF and the Ferrolati Corse team will contest the final rounds of the Rotax Max Championship of the 2013 Florida Winter Tour taking place at the amazing Ocala Gran Prix located in Ocala, Florida this weekend.
For more information about Gianfranco, visit his website at gianfrancomazzaferro.com. For more information about the Ferrolati Corse Racing team, visit their website at ferrolaticorse.com