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June 05, 2012
PROgression: Latifi Heads to Mugello with Momentum

After a solid performance in Hungary, Nicholas Latifi looks to continue his momentum in the F3 Italia series (Photo: Alessio Morgese)
After a solid performance in Hungary, Nicholas Latifi looks to continue his momentum in the F3 Italia series
(Photo: Alessio Morgese)

TORONTO, ONT. (June 4, 2012) - Nicholas Latifi, a member of the Sofina Foods Drivers' Development Program, will head to familiar surroundings this weekend as he takes to the Mugello Circuit for the third weekend of F3 Italia Series racing.

The 16 year-old racer and his JD Motorsports team recently tested at the Valelunga Circuit followed by the official series test at Imola. Latifi was on pace quickly, going to the top of the time sheets on both days aboard the Mygale F3 machine. These fantastic results are on the heels of Latifi's best finish at the last round held in Budapest, Hungary where he took fourth place in race three.

"The two days of testing at Valelunga was a good experience for me as I am new to many of the tracks in Italy," commented Latifi. "Driving the track in the wet on day one and setting the second fastest time was very satisfying for me and it also helped me to gain more experience in an F3 car in the wet. I like the Valelunga track as it has a bit of everything and is quite technical and challenging in some sectors."

Just a few days later, the rookie open wheel racer headed to another famous track in Italy and one that will also appear on the 2012 calendar. The Imola Circuit was host to two days of F3 Italia official series testing and proved another successful outing for Latifi as he gains more knowledge in the car.

"The Imola test was an incredible experience for me. It was a great feeling to set the fastest time on day one and second fastest time on day two," continues the Toronto resident. "I have been very fast in the wet and in low grip conditions, so to have set the fastest time in the dry is a great accomplishment for me. I am more determined than ever to continue to improve and work with the team and my engineer to develop the car and continually improve my performance."

Latifi has had an opportunity to circulate the Mugello Circuit in recent months giving him some comfort in familiar surroundings as the series enters the critical third weekend of racing. The 5.23-km (3.26-mile) track is the first race on Italian soil of the 2012 season. Latifi tested on two previous occasions running in both wet and dry conditions. With several races and some additional testing under his belt, the Canadian/Italian is looking to score well in all three races.

"Nicholas' development this year has been very impressive. In only his first season of racing, I am very pleased with his progression from the early season tests to his latest race in Hungaroring where he almost earned himself a podium spot," comments David Tennyson, coach for Latifi. "His recent performance at Imola setting fastest time on day one and second fastest time on day two is indicative of his exceptional skill and natural talent. Nicholas is highly motivated and focused going into the next round at Mugello."

With a pivotal weekend ahead in the series, Latifi is looking to make moves in the standings and has high hopes of capturing his first podium result in F3 racing action.

"I am looking forward to the next race in Mugello. I am focused on improving my performance from Hungaroring and to work on my qualifying performance," commented Latifi. "I really like the Mugello track and feel very confident going into this next race"

Latifi and the JD Motorsports team make the first of four stops in Italy as they head to the Circuito del Mugello on June 6-10. The Mugello track is located 50 km north of Florence will be host to Rounds Seven, Eight and Nine of the 24 round series.

The Sofina Foods Drivers' Development Program was created to help Canadian karting series offer young drivers a goal and a prize to work towards. In 2010 and 2011, the Sofina program supported the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship as well as Team Canada drivers going to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. The Sofina Foods Drivers' Development Program is proud to support Canadian drivers reaching the international motorsports stage.

For more information about this release, please contact David Tennyson at davidten@h10media.com

Sofina Foods Inc. is a privately owned Canadian company headquartered in Markham, Ont., dedicated to providing great tasting, high quality food products for retail and foodservice. As one of the nation's leading manufacturers of primary and further processed protein products, Sofina Foods has a broad portfolio of branded and private label pork, beef, turkey, and chicken products. Sofina's family of branded products consists of: Lilydale, Janes, Mastro, San Daniele, Fearmans Pork, Fletcher's, Vienna, Cuddy and Quality Meats. Sofina Foods currently operates 18 HACCP-approved manufacturing facilities (17 in Canada and one in the northwestern United States), three hatcheries and has over 4,700 employees.
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