MICHAEL D'ORLANDO COMPETES INTERNATIONALLY AT ROK CUP
October 26, 2011
Competing with the J3 Competition squad, New York resident Michael d'Orlando traveled overseas for his first international event in mid-October. Taking place at the South Garda facility in Northern Italy, d'Orlando would see action in the Vortex Mini Rok class at the 2011 Rok Cup International Final.
"I think the RoK Cup showed the positive steps Michael has taken in such a short time with our Race Department," expressed J3 Competition's Justin Stefani. "It was commonplace in Italy for Michael to be positioned in the top fifteen in nearly every session."
Looking to score solid results as well as gain experience, the nine-year-old Kosmic kart driver would see his first European action with warm-up sessions taking place mid-week. Competing in the Mini Rok category earlier in the year, d'Orlando would look to utilize experience gained from Rotax Micro Max competition in the latter half of 2011 to aid in his efforts for strong results.
Quickly getting up to speed on official test days, d'Orlando would run into some minor trouble in qualifying, as he was only able to turn the 47th quickest time of the 68 competitors entered. Not known for his qualifying skills, d'Orlando would use his racing talents to improve throughout the heats.
After starting deep in the field for all three heat races and being one of the youngest drivers entered, d'Orlando would drive forward for better results. Heat one would see the up and coming talent claim the 16th position while heat two would see him cross the stripe in 21st. Heat three looked to be a lot better for the J3 pilot as a top ten result was in store before the final two laps, when contact would send him spiraling down the running order to 22nd.
Stefani continued "Unfortunately, a less than desirable qualifying effort and a few hard fought heat races put Michael a mere four points shy of making the international final in his first trip to Europe. As a nine year old we were very pleased with his progression in Italy and we suspect that Michael will take his experiences from Italy and directly convert them into immediate success here in North America."
Missing the A final by a mere four points, d'Orlando would start inside row three for the T-Kart sponsored B final and would look to stand atop the podium. After moving forward three positions in the opening complex of corners, d'Orlando would run in the third position for the majority of the race. Looking to make a move to the lead on the final two laps, the future champion dropped a wheel and lost momentum claiming the seventh position when the checkered flag flew.
"This was a great experience for Michael as a driver and us as a family," explained Sherri d'Orlando, Michael's mother and co-owner of DRC Inc. "Michael had the opportunity to compete against a lot of drivers years older than him and gain experience that will make him a better competitor in the United States. We look forward to our next event as well as the 2012 racing season."
DRC Inc. and Michael d'Orlando would like to thank Justin Stefani and everyone at J3 Competition, Kosmic Karts and tuner Blake Wankowski for the hard work and results overseas. A special thanks to host team Ward Racing for the help and support in Italy.
Next on the docket for Michael and DRC Inc. will be the 15th Annual Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) SuperNationals. Taking place at the RIO All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, d'Orlando will look to put forth his Italian experience and challenge for SuperNats glory.
Stay tuned for more exciting news coming from DRC Inc. including the launch of a new website designed by Autosports Media Group. Be sure to follow Michael and Nicholas on Facebook to stay up to date on news, information, photos and results.
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