Team PSL Karting wrapped up its 2011 campaign on top of the podium recently with a global effort contesting SKUSA SuperNationals XV. The world’s #1 CRG distributor managed twenty-three drivers at the Rio, with talent across seven classes producing four podiums on Super Sunday. CRG factory driver Mirko Torsellini stood on top of the blocks, but the way he got there proved anything but customary.
“It was meant for Mirko to compete only in KZ2, but in the week the engines were not being cleared through customs,” said PSL Karting President Dominic Labrecque. “We decided then to try him for Pro Stock Moto, and for us it all worked out in the end. He was in the race for KZ2, and won for CRG in his first time race of Stock Moto! It was a very strong event for PSL, and it was good to end the season with the last win at SuperNationals.”
Torsellini certainly adapted quickly to the Stock Moto package, as after qualifying eighth he came through the heats 3-2-2 with the fastest lap in each instance. The combined effort put him off pole for the main event, one that proved Torsellini was fully dialled in to the new power. The young Italian took the lead of the race on lap four, and gradually stretched his legs to pull over four seconds clear of the field. He set the fastest lap of the final on twenty-four of twenty-five, and cruised to the checker. Torsellini had CRG company at the end of the day, as for the second-straight year Californian Fritz Leesmann was on the podium as well. Finishing third in both the second and third heats after trouble in the first, the defending S1 National Champion started and finished the final in P4.
The pair were also among five PSL/CRG entries in KZ2, a class where little seemed to go their way. After Michael Vincec led the way with eighth in qualifying, the entire PSL effort was pounded in heat one. Contact and retirements greatly damaged the hopes of all, with Torsellini limping to twenty-seventh, Leesmann nineteenth and Vincec recovering to fifteenth as the high trio. Each of the three posted a top-ten finish in a following heat, but come Super Sunday they remained outside that level with Leesmann eleventh, Torsellini fifteenth and Vincec in seventeenth. Things didn’t change much either: Torsellini retired on lap four; Leesmann fell to seventeenth before recovering twelfth; and Vincec, after jumping near the top ten over the first lap, was knocked down to twenty-fourth on the next. He matched the pace of the leaders in charging back to eleventh to begin the second half of the race, but his day ended shortly after when he was run over and retired. Bruno Melo also retired from KZ, while Andre Sousa crossed P24.
| Torsellini’s late entry topped the podium in S1 Pro Stock|
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A class where PSL definitely had strength in numbers was G1 where six Brazilian Master Shifters had CRG storming the front of the field. Five qualified inside the top ten led by Fernando Penna, and after a number of top-five drives coming through the heats, all five remained inside the top ten on Super Sunday. Guilherme Jacob and Antonio Canedo delivered podium runs to third and fifth, while Penna had the fastest lap finishing sixth and leading Luis Sousa across the line. Other notable drives came from Austin Versteeg in TaG Junior, P33 to fourteenth in stepping up a class preparing for next season, and Pedro Cardoso in TaG Cadet. Cardoso came through the heats 8-11-7, and was running sixth when a red flag stopped the Cadet final. Sadly, when the race re-started, his kart refused to and he was left on the sidelines.
Team PSL Karting is now planning for the opening round of the 2012 Florida Winter Tour at Palm Beach International Raceway. PSL/CRG heads into next season able to lay claim to a number of reigning Champions across the continent and beyond: the DD2 World Champion, US National Champion, Canadian National Champions, Florida Winter Tour Champions, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship Champions, and Gatorz Challenge of the Americas Champions. To learn more about how the World’s #1 CRG distributor can assist you in achieving your racing goals, please visit pslkarting.com.
Team PSL Karting will be trackside in 2012 at: The Florida Winter Tour, Pan American Rotax Max Challenge, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, Quebec Cup, Le Monaco de Trois-Rivieres, United States Grand Nationals, Canadian National Karting Championships, Pan American Championship and SKUSA SuperNationals. Team PSL Karting is associated with: CRG, Maxter Kart Engines, Rotax, Honda, Tillett Racing Seats, Sniper, Unipro, Douglas Wheels, Vega, MG Tires, Arai, Bell, ULV, Mir, Freem, Elf Fuels, Alfano, MaxJet Software, D.I.D. Racing Chains, KC, Power Mist and Long Acre Racing Products.