MICHAEL AND NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO COMPETE AT SKUSA SUPERNATIONALS
November 27, 2012
"Both drivers have the chance to compete on Super Sunday"
After closing the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup season and competing at the first ever Yamaha Junior Sportsman Money Race held over the annual Robopong 200 event weekend, d'Orlando Racing (DRC Inc.) pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would make the cross country trek to Las Vegas, Nevada. Competing at the .85-mile, 14 corner temporary circuit on the grounds of the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino, both drivers would attack the TaG Cadet division at SuperNationals XVI.
With older brother Michael having experience at the largest event in North America, Nicholas would compete in his first career SuperNationals and only his fourth ever Mini Rok event. Showing speed throughout the two official test days, both drivers looked poised and ready for qualifying and the wheel-to-wheel action that would ultimately set the grid for Super Sunday.
With a good qualifying effort and strong heat race results, consistency was the goal to ensure a direct transfer to Sunday's competition. With a stout field of 67 drivers, Michael would score the best results of the duo with a 20th place effort while Nicholas ran a very respectable 37th.
Friday afternoon would see the first of three heat races with the following two schedule for Saturday afternoon. Utilizing the heat race flight format, both Michael and Nicholas would look to improve each and every time on the track and set up the best starting position for Sunday's main event.
Michael would score three consistent heat race results claiming tenth, tenth and eighth in his three events while younger brother Nicholas would claim 15th and 19th in his opening two heats. Heat three would not go well for the young up-and-coming pilot as a first corner incident would force him to retire from the race and ultimately take part in the last chance qualifier (LCQ)
With only a short period of time to prepare for the LCQ, Nicholas was back on track and was motivated to claim one of the six remaining starting positions for the main event. Battling hard to advance his position, Nicholas would claim the sixth position and the final transfer spot to Super Sunday.
"I am very proud of both Michael and Nicholas," explained Sherri d'Orlando. "Both kids have grown as drivers and competitors over the year and our goal was to ensure they both had the chance to race on Sunday."
With morning warm-ups and opening ceremonies complete, the d'Orlando brothers were set to make their charge towards the front of the TaG Cadet field. With Michael starting outside row eight in the 16th position and Nicholas mired back in the 40th starting spot, the chance to move forward was plentiful.
With the green flag flying and 42 drivers entering the first corner, disaster would strike for Michael as he was involved in a major pileup and spiraled down the running order. Much to the surprise of Nicholas, he quickly slowed and maneuvered his way through the carnage to gain several spots on the opening lap. With officials separating the damaged karts in the first corner, Michael would fall nearly half a lap behind before regaining speed. Outside the top-35, Michael drove hard to advance as many positions as possible and eventually came home 27th. Showing his speed and determination, Michael also scored the sixth fastest lap of the event, proving his speed to run inside the top ten.
After the first corner carnage, Nicholas took full advantage of attrition as he continued to pick up spots and make passes throughout the main event. Crossing the line in the 22nd position, Nicholas and the entire DRC Inc. team were happy with his first SuperNats results.
DRC Inc. would like to thank J3 Competition, Doug Flemming and Ward Racing for Mini Rok power and DRC's Adam Johnson for his help and tuning support throughout the weekend.
With only a few weeks off until the 2013 season starts, Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando will now shift their focus back to the WKA Manufacturer's Cup. With WKA Kart Week taking place December 28-30 in Daytona Beach, Florida, this will mark the first stop of the 2013 racing season.
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