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May 23, 2012
Driver News: Lazare Finds Pace in Rotax Euro Challenge

Jesse Lazare overcame contact to finish in the top-15 of the Rotax Euro Challenge in Germany (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)
Jesse Lazare overcame contact to finish in the top-15 of the Rotax Euro Challenge in Germany
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)

WACKERSDORF, GERMANY (May 22, 2012) - Canadian Jesse Lazare piloted his Formula K/Chapman Racing Services mount to a solid 14th place in the second round of the Rotax Euro Challenge last weekend.

"This has been a tough weekend," Lazare said of the finish. "The competition is so deep here that making up any positions is difficult - we are all fighting for every inch."

Lazare had reason to be optimistic at Wackersdorf after putting in a solid qualifying effort that left him 11th on the grid, just 2/10ths off pole.

"We got faster as the track took rubber after practice," Lazare said.

In the heats, an accident in the final heat cost Lazare a shot at a top-10 starting position. He started the prefinal in 25th and made his way to 19th, then in the final, he was up to eighth, before contact sent him back to 20th.

Ultimately Lazare ended up 14th, and now sits 14th in the championship.

"Learning the front brakes has been the toughest thing," Lazare said. "But, I am happy with our pace and Steve [Champman] has the Formula K kart working good, so I am optimistic moving forward."

Lazare now gets ready to contest the ECKC opener at Goodwood this weekend.

Jesse Lazare is a 14 year-old kart racer from Dollard des Ormeaux, Que., and he is the current Coupe de Montreal Rotax Max Jr Champion. Lazare's meteoric rise up the karting ranks has been nothing short of amazing. In 2006, as a Cadet, he was second in the Coupe Vega. In 2007, as the youngest driver in Mini Max, he was the Champion in both the Coupe Vega and Coupe de Montreal. Lazare set new records in 2008 by starting out as vice-champion in the Florida Winter Tour, then winning both Honda Jr and Mini Max in both the Coupe Vega and Coupe de Montreal. He was also a Canadian National Champion in Mini Max. In 2010, Lazare won the ECKC Rotax Jr championship and the Coupe de Quebec Rotax Max Jr Champion. He also was runner-up in the Coupe de Montreal championship.

Away from the track, Lazare enjoys skiing and hockey, and he attends Lindsay Place High School, (Pointe Claire, Que.).

For more information on Jesse Lazare, visit http://www.jesselazare.com
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