SKUSA Winter Series Rounds 1 & 2
Lorenzo Patrese’s 2019 season began in the sunshine of Florida as he joined more than 230 drivers competing in the opening two rounds of the 2019 Superkarts! USA Winter Series at the AMR Homestead-Miami Motorplex. Blue skies and temperatures in the 70’s were one of the reasons for the trip overseas, but this was also an excellent opportunity for a new challenge and to compete against different drivers.
Driving for the Kart Republic USA team in the X30 junior category, supervised by Devid De Luchi from Italy, Lorenzo had a few things to become familiar with during the weekend compared to what he was used to. For example, the way in which the stewards officiated was rather different, and there was an unfamiliar race start procedure, but these kind of things were all part of the experience and Lorenzo took them in his stride confidently.
Right from the start of the weekend the young man from Padua was on the pace. In his first timed session on Thursday evening he set the 3rd fastest time, and he did better still the following morning topping the timesheets. Competing for position with 56 other drivers in the X30J category Lorenzo proved just how competitive he is throughout the weekend, and he ended Saturday by finishing in 12th position in the final, gaining six positions from his starting position on the grid.
On Sunday morning Lorenzo was once again setting competitive lap times, and he finished his section final in 5th position. This set the scene for the main final with him starting from 9th on the grid.
With 18 laps to run, and competing against more than 40 other drivers, Lorenzo would put all of the experience he had gained in the Florida sunshine to good use. Unfortunately, on the second lap, an accident just ahead cost him ten positions but this was just the beginning of a fight back which saw Lorenzo finish the final in 10th position. His fastest lap of the race, set on the penultimate lap, was right on the pace of the podium finishers leaving him very happy with his performance.