After pulling double duty at the 2012 Florida Winter Tour, running in both the Rotax Micro Max and Rotax Mini Max class, championship driver Antonio Serravalle will now head across the Atlantic to take in some European karting action. Set to contest in the Mini 60 class in both the WSK Euro Series and the Italian Championships, Serravalle and the Pserra Racing crew will take in three events in three weeks as the young gun looks to make a name for himself in the highly regarded world of international karting.
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 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 June 21-24, Serravalle will then travel to the CSAI 16° Trofeo Pagliuca at the Circuito Internazionale Napoli in Sarno June 29-July 1 before heading to South Garda Karting in Lonato 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, Ontario, Canada, Serravalle will look to rise to the top in Europe. First put in a kart at just three years of age at his home track Goodwood Kartways, Serravalle 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, and 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 also 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. Racing in Europe has a lot of advantages for sponsors as all races are television on international TV,” continued Serravalle.
Live timing and scoring will be available for the June 21-24 WSK event at www.wskarting.it.
For more information on Antonio Serravalle, please visit www.antonioserravalle.com. For more information about Pserra Racing, the Pserra Racing team, Tecno chassis and Pserra’s engine program and arrive and drive programs, please visit their website,www.pserraracing.com or contact them toll free at 1.877.880.6455.