MICHAEL AND NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO SHOW RACECRAFT AT NJMP
May 31, 2012
"Both drivers score top five results after starting shotgun on the field"
Heading to Millville, New Jersey and the tricky New Jersey Motorsports Park, Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would see action in the third and fourth rounds of the Northeast RMax Regional Series. Competing in the Rotax Mini Max and Micro Max divisions respectively, both drivers would show their natural skills and abilities as they were forced to come through the field. When the final checkered flag had flown, four top five's were garnered between the duo as they continue to claim solid results.
Competing in the Rotax Mini Max class, Michael's Saturday would not start out on the right foot. Failing to post a time in the morning qualifying session, the eldest of the brothers would be forced to start his wheel-to-wheel action from the tail of the field. Working forward throughout the prefinal, Michael claimed a solid fifth place finish and would look for more in the main event.
Moving quickly into the second position shortly after the green flag for the feature, Michael and the leader would quickly draw away from the field. Swapping the top spot on several occasions, d'Orlando would come just short at the line claiming a second place result en route to scoring the fastest lap of the race.
Back to the track Sunday, Michael would start his day off a lot better by turning the third quickest time in the morning qualifying session. Looking to claim a steady result in the prefinal and have a shot at the main event victory, disaster would strike as Michael would retire from the heat. Forced to start the final from the tail of the field once again, Michael quickly moved forward to a top five result before being collected in an on track incident. Falling back down the running order to seventh, Michael made an impressive charge in the remaining five circuits to work his way back up to score a third place result.
Younger brother Nicholas would have the same sort of weekend as he was forced to start at the tail of the field on occasion. After failing post qualifying technical inspection after qualifying on Saturday, Nicholas would come from the last position on the grid to claim a seventh place result in the prefinal. Lining up inside row four for the main event, the confident pilot drove like a seasoned veteran as he worked his way into fourth when the checkered flag flew.
Sunday would see Nicholas open the day with a fourth place effort in qualifying before failing to finish the prefinal. Due to a minor misjudgment, Nicholas was off the racing surface and sent down the running order. Just like his brother, Nicholas would start the main event from the tail of the field, as he would look to move forward. Slicing and dicing his way towards the front, d'Orlando would move into the third position on the opening lap. With the lead duo all but gone, Nicholas would battle hard with the fourth place driver as they swapped the position several times.
As third through seventh ran nose to tail, Nicholas would battle hard and show his aggressiveness to stay towards the front of the four-kart train. In a photo finish behind 3rd place at the finish line, Nicholas would claim his second fourth place result of the weekend.
"Both Michael and Nicholas had another excellent weekend of racing," expressed Sherri d'Orlando. "After having some trouble and forced to start from the back of the grid, they were able to refocus and finish in the top five on both event days showing their true grit and determination to get back to the front of the pack."
D'Orlando Racing would like to thank J3 Competition for their hard work and continued support at each and every race event. Over the next few weeks, d'Orlando Racing will continue their preparation for the remaining World Karting Association Manufacturer's Cup series events, and United States Rotax Grand Nationals taking place this August at Michiana Raceway Park in South Bend, Indiana.
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