D'ORLANDO RACING LEAVES HOMESTEAD WITH HEADS HELD HIGH
February 22, 2012
Descending on the Homestead Karting Complex on the grounds of the Homestead Miami Speedway, both Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would compete in the Rotax Micro Max class at the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour. Contesting the event with the J3 Competition squad, both competitors would encounter some bad racing luck throughout the weekend.
With unofficial practice taking place on Thursday, timed practice would be on the docket for Friday morning before a pair of qualifying sessions on Friday afternoon. Setting the grid for both Saturday and Sunday?s heat races, Michael turned the 13th quickest time for Saturday?s events and improved one position to 12th for Sunday. Younger brother Nicholas, a rookie at the Florida Winter Tour, claimed the 24th quickest time on Saturday and fell back two positions to 26th for Sunday.
Looking to move forward in the heat races, Michael had a great start and instantly moved forward. Claiming a solid 11th place result, Michael would be sent to the tail of the grid following a pre-race technical infraction. Forced to start from the 37th position, the oldest of the d'Orlando Racing drivers got a great start and instantly began to march his way forward. Taking evasive action at the start to avoid some spinning karts, Michael drove to an impressive 12th place finish en route to the ULV Hard Charger Award.
Holding his own in the prefinal, Nicholas d'Orlando would claim a 23rd place result. Shooting for a top twenty result in the main event, Nicholas instantly moved forward after missing a major collision in the first complex of corners. With a few positions already under his belt, Nicholas would encounter contact of his own that sent him spiraling down the running order before eventually retiring from the event.
Back to the track on Sunday morning, Michael would claim a top ten result in the prefinal. Looking for more in the main event, Michael moved forward a few positions after a great start but contact on lap three sent him back to the 22nd position. Working hard to gain as many points as possible, Michael never gave up and drove forward to a 15th place result.
Nicholas continued to show constant improvement throughout the race weekend eventually working himself up to the 13th position by mid-race. Consistent battling and minor contact with fellow competitors would cause the youngster to lose several positions as the race wore on but he crossed the strip in the 27th position to complete his first ever Florida Winter Tour main event.
?It was a very tough weekend for our boys,? expressed Sherri d'Orlando. ?It is a very tough track and we ran into some bad luck. Michael drove extremely well in Saturday?s final and we are excited for him to receive the Hard Charger Award. Nicholas is showing tremendous progress with each race. Although the final results are not what we had hoped for, we now are looking forward to getting back on track in Ocala and fight for better results in both the Vortex TaG Cadet and Rotax Micro Max divisions.?
With only a few weeks off, d'Orlando Racing will head back south to the Ocala Gran Prix facility in Ocala, Florida during the second and third weekends in March. With the hopes of moving forward in many of the championship points battles, Michael currently sits sixth in TaG Cadet and 12th in Micro Max division in the overall championship battles.
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