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April 05, 2012
Driver News: Pan American Champion Wins Heat Races & Gains First Career Podium WSK Masters Series

LA CONCA, ITALY (April 4, 2012) - After competing in the opening two rounds of the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour, North American pilot Devlin DeFrancesco had shifted his focus to the European motorsports scene. Competing DeFrancesco Racing aboard an LKE powered Top Kart, the up-and-coming competitor has been a fixture at the front of the field in the WSK Master Series. Showing speed at both the opening rounds and walking away with fifth and sixth place results, DeFrancesco closed the series with a podium result including a heat race win.

"Devlin has proven himself against the very best drivers in North America and South America and now he is doing it in Europe," explained Team Manager and driver coach Nick Mitchell. "He managed to win a heat race in La Conca and drove from the back of the field in Sarno to claim a top five result. If it wasn't for some bad racing luck, Devlin could have been the overall point champion."

With the first round taking place six weeks ago at La Conca, Devlin proved his speed and driving ability from the very first session. After qualifying in the second position, DeFrancesco went on to claim his first career WSK heat race victory and followed that up with a strong second place result in heat two. The only falter of the weekend was the final heat race where Devlin would finish in 3rd position but be assessed a ten position penalty that relegated him fall outside the top ten to claim a 13th place result.

With the cumulative point structure, Devlin would line up for his prefinal race from outside row two in the fourth position. Holding station through the event and crossing the stripe in fourth, the DeFrancesco Racing driver would start the main event from the same position.

Falling back on the start after being shuffled out wide in the first corner, the young Florida resident rebounded like a seasoned veteran. Driving forward to score the sixth position when the final checkered flag had flown, DeFranceso and his team were happy with the results.

A quick trip back to North America for the final round of the Florida Winter Tour Mini Rok program, the jet setting Devlin DeFrancesco was back to Italy for the second round of the WSK Masters Series. Taking place at the International Circuit Napoli in Sarno, Italy, DeFrancesco struggled in the heat races but came through in the main event.

After qualifying in the ninth position, Devlin was disqualified in the first heat race for a driving infraction and his luck didn't get any better from there. After claiming a disappointing 17th place result in heat two, DeFrancesco would retire from heat three on only the second lap. With three poor finishes, Devln would be forced to start the 60cc Mini prefinal from the tail of the grid.

With a spirited drive forward, DeFrancesco sliced and diced his way through the 34-kart field. After starting in the 33rd position, DeFrancesco worked his way inside the top twenty and then top fifteen before crossing the line on the final circuit with a solid ninth place result in the six lap prefinal. Passing 24 other competitors, Devlin would start the main event from inside row five. Working his way past another five drivers, the North American standout would garner a fifth place result at the end of the day and solidified his name as one of the drivers to beat.

Mitchell continued, "Devlin did not give up even when we struggled. He kept pushing forward and was determined to make his way to the front of the field."

The third and final event of the WSK Masters Series was held in Casteletto where the talented North American pilot proved he could hold his own with Europeans best drivers. After qualifying second in the 31 kart field, Devlin went on to finish inside the top five in all three of his heat races including a fourth, third and first in the third and final heat.

Lining up on the outside front row for the start of the prefinal, the young and talented driver fell back in the early stages due to not having the preferred line in the opening complex of corners. Battling hard to work his way forward, DeFrancesco would claim the second position heading into the days main event.

Feeling good about his chances at the race win, it would not be for the DeFrancesco Racing pilot on this day as once again he was forced to start behind the eight ball. Losing a few positions at the drop of the green flag, DeFrancesco's laptimes would rival the leaders as he drove to his first career WSK Masters Series podium result in third.

With the final points being tabulated, Devlin DeFrancesco would claim the fourth position in the Mini 60 class in his first full championship effort in Europe.

For more information on DeFrancesco Racing, please contact Andy DeFrancesco via e-mail to Info@DFRUSA.com or visit them online at http://www.DFRUSA.com
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