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June 12, 2012 News
Serravalle Takes on Europe in 2012
 

Antonio Serravalle enters the WSK Euro Series and Italian Championships as a Florida Winter Tour race winner (Photo: Autosports Media Group)
Antonio Serravalle enters the WSK Euro Series and Italian Championships as a Florida Winter Tour race winner
(Photo: Autosports Media Group)

Canadian Antonio Serravalle is headed across the Atlantic to take in some European karting action, competing in the WSK Euro Series and the Italian Championships in the Mini 60 class.

After pulling double duty at the 2012 Florida Winter Tour, running in both the Rotax Micro Max and Rotax Mini Max class, Serravalle will make the transition to European competition. The young racer and his Pserra Racing crew will run three consecutive events in the Mini 60 class via the WSK Euro Series and the Italian Championships.

With the young Serravalle not old enough to meet the Rotax Mini Max age requirement by his first race in Canada, Serravalle and his team elected to take on the ultra-competitive fields in Europe. As Serravalle was already able to make the jump to Mini Max at the Florida Winter Tour, a return to the Micro Max division in Canada would have been met with low numbers of entries. Looking to gain as much experience and exposure as possible, Serravalle decided to pass on another year running in Micro Max, and will instead focus on his international endeavors.

The nine year-old racer will be one of the youngest drivers at the European events. First taking on the third round of the WSK Euro Series at the La Conca International Circuit in Muro Leccese, Italy on June 21-24, Serravalle will then travel to the CSAI 16 Trofeo Pagliuca at the Circuito Internazionale Napoli in Sarno on June 29-July 1, before heading to South Garda Karting in Lonato on July 6-8. The rising star will be racing under the tent of Baby Race on a championship-caliber Tony Kart chassis, with IAME engines prepped by his father and Pserra Racing Team Principal Peter Serravalle.

"Antonio will be one of youngest racers at these events, as the top contenders are 12 years of age," explained Peter Serravalle. "I think Antonio will learn a lot as the fields of drivers in these events are the best in the world, and also the class has up to 60 contenders, which will allow him to fine tune his race craft. There is also lot of promotion for drivers in Europe, for instance F1 teams including Ferrari's Junior F1 development team scout kids of age 16 and younger."

Hailing from Unionville, Ont., Serravalle was first put in a kart at just three years of age at his home track, Goodwood Kartways. He was a Kid Kart state champion two years later. In 2011, Serravalle became the youngest-ever Canadian National Champion, after taking the Micro Max title at just eight years old, He additionally managed to win every event in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship. Serravalle's experience at this year's Florida Winter Tour showcased his ability to win the biggest ever Micro Max race in the world against 49 competitors from 18 different countries. Serravalle scored the most wins in the 2012 Florida Winter Tour, taking the checkers five times, and set the most fast laps.

"We are also searching for a corporate sponsor to help support Antonio's career in motorsports, with his ultimate goal of racing in F1," continued Serravalle. "Racing in Europe has a lot of advantages for sponsors, as all races are televised on international TV."

More information on Antonio Serravalle is available at http://www.antonioserravalle.com or by contacting the Pserra Racing team at 1.877.880.6455

Serravalle's European debut will take place on June 21-24, at the La Conca International Circuit in Italy, with live timing and scoring from the WSK Euro Series available at http://www.wskarting.it
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