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April 25, 2012
Driver News: DeFrancesco Shows Speed and Racecraft in WSK Euro Series
 

Multi-time Champion Devlin DeFrancesco set to contest entire WSK Euro Series program in 2012 (Photo: Chris Walker - KartPix.net)
Multi-time Champion Devlin DeFrancesco set to contest entire WSK Euro Series program in 2012
(Photo: Chris Walker - KartPix.net)

SARNO, ITALY (April 24, 2012) - With a successful start to his 2012 racing program, Devlin DeFrancesco and his DeFrancesco Racing squad were back on track for the opening round of the WSK Euro Series. Taking place at the International Circuit Napoli in Sarno, Italy, DeFrancesco showed speed and race craft coming from deep in the field on several occasions but in the end, scored a disappointing 17th place result.

"Devlin was quick in the unofficial test days leading up to the event," expressed Team Manager and Driver Coach Nick Mitchell. "We were confident heading into racing action but ran into some bad racing luck. A couple incidents in the heat races really put us behind the eight ball early, and with the international competition at these events, it is hard to recover."

After qualifying in the ninth position in a field of nearly 30, the DFR driver needed to survive the three-heat race flight program to garner a good starting position for the prefinal. With weather conditions changing throughout the weekend, DeFrancesco was forced to change his driving style to accommodate the tricky track conditions.

Starting ninth for the first of three heat races, DeFrancesco ran into some bad racing luck as an on track incident relegated him down the running order as he was eventually classified in the 20th position. Starting 20th for heat two, the Florida resident drove forward like a season veteran as he sliced his way through the field. Crossing the stripe in the eighth position, the whole DFR crew had high hopes that their weekend luck had changed.

Back on track for heat three and hoping to continue his forward momentum, DeFrancesco ran into another poor result coming home 23rd. A failure to the drive train on his LKE powered Top Kart forced the talented pilot to retire from the heat. With two results outside the top-20, a difficult prefinal starting position was in the cards for the Pan American champion.

"I had a tough go in some of the heat races," expressed DeFrancesco. "I was really hoping to fight for the win, but I just tried to salvage as many points as possible. The competition in WSK is some of the fiercest I have ever been a part of and every driver is very aggressive."

Looking for another drive forward from deep in the field, DeFrancesco began his prefinal from inside row ten in the 19th position. Again, showing his speed and determination to make his way towards the front of the field, the Canadian born driver drove to an impressive seventh place finish and began his quest for glory from inside row four for the final.

With a field full of some of the best Mini 60 drivers that the world has to offer, DeFrancesco faltered slightly in the main event and crossed the stripe in 12th. A post race penalty for an incident on track relegated the future star down the order five more positions, eventually classifying him 17th in the final results.

"We will put this weekend behind us and work towards improving for the next event," continued Mitchell.

Next on the docket for Devlin DeFrancesco and DeFrancesco Racing will be the CSAI Championship in Sarno, Italy, before attacking the second round of the WSK Euro Series at the International Circuit du Val d'Argenton in France.

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 For more information on Devlin DeFrancesco, please visit him online at http://www.DevlinDeFrancesco.com For real time updates from DFR Racing and Devlin DeFrancesco live trackside, please follow them on Twitter at @DFR_USA and @DevlinD00

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