Fresh off his second WKA National top ten finish, in South Carolina, CT race driver Tazio Torregiani arrived at Englishtown NJ on April 3rd for his first race in the 2011 Raceway Park Kart Championship, in Junior Sportsman class. Very quickly the 12 year old driver came to grips with the .5 mile track during practice, and after the first two heat races he was able to qualify second in the front row. At the start of the final race Tazio got the jump and slipped in front of the field. His lead only came to threat on the first lap when the pole winner was right behind his bumper going down the main straight. With a very smooth drive, Torregiani was able to open up his lead with one fast lap after another. At the end he was untouchable and crossed the line with his Merlin/Fleming kart in first place. Click here to watch the video of this race. Tazio is getting ready for the third round of the 2011 WKA Man Cup National in Southbend IN, on the last weekend of April.
The weekend of March 12th, marked the second round of the 2011 WKA Man Cup National Championship at Carolina Motorsports Park, in Kershaw SC.
CT race driver Tazio Torregiani arrived at the new track with his team confident, after a top ten finish in December at Daytona. The very fast .7 mile circuit was not easy to figure out. To make it even more challenging, WKA introduced a new Bridgestone tire for this round, to replace the very different and more familiar MG tires. Torregiani was one of the few drivers not to have driven this track or the new tires before. It was a struggle for the TazioTorregiani.com Racing Team to find the right set up. Quick learning and good feedback, together with a great drive still helped Tazio finish 12th in the first cadet final from a 19th qualifying position.
In the 2nd Cadet Final on Sunday Tazio was faster. After moving up through the field, on the last lap he made a wonderful pass for 11th place, just to be taken out by the same driver in the following turn. He was hit on the right rear tire and spun off the track into retirement with two corners to go. The 12 year old driver was not very happy.
He did manage to save his best result for the last race of the weekend in Yamaha Sportsman light class. A driver flipped her kart on front him in the pre final, but no one was injured. In the final Tazio drove his best, making several passes and finishing 8th from 14th to another top ten finish.
The TazioTorregiani.com Racing Team next stop is at the MRP circuit in Southbend IN, last weekend of April, for the third round of the WKA Man Cup Sprint series.
Fairfield County driver Tazio Torregiani and his team would like to thank Engine Wizard Doug Fleming, and Coach/Tuner Mike Doty for their great help and support at the track.