Round four of the 2013 Florida Winter Tour hit the track in Homestead, Florida today as drivers and crews returned to the Homestead-Miami Speedway, under sunny skies, but very cool temperatures.
In TaG Cadet, GT7 Motorsports teammates Anthony Gangi Jr. (Tony Kart) and Giovanni Bromante (TonyKart) swept the front row for the heats races for round four, while David Malukas (Birel), Michael d’Orlando (Kosmic), and Nicolas J. Brueckner (Birel) rounded the top-five.
Anthony Gangi Jr. led into the first corner ahead of Bromante, followed by the MRP Motorsport pairing of Malukas and Brueckner. On lap three Brueckner would make of move on Malukas for third with d’Orlando following him through, sending Malukas back to fifth. After losing his momentum Malukas then lost fifth to Dylan Tavella (Tony Kart). After d’Orlando finished third in the Saturday final he continued to show strong form as he passed Brueckner for third in the final corner with five laps to go. At the line it was Gangi taking another heat win of the weekend ahead of Bromante, d’Orlando, Tavella and Brueckner who got passed by Tavella on the final lap.
Once again leading the way, Gangi rolled into the first corner with teammate Bromante in tow. Two laps into the race d’ Orlando made his way past the Birel duo of Malukas and Brueckner to move into third. After a DNF in the first heat race of the day Guilherme Romano Peixoto made his way up to the fourth position as d’Orlando would gap the battle for fourth position. At the line the top driver remained in the same running order as Gangi won the race ahead of Bromante, d’Orlando, Peixoto, and Brueckner.
Looking to sweep the weekends events, Gangi controlled the field as the lights went out to start the Final this time with d’Orlando and Tavella in tow. After losing a few positions at the start, Bromante would make his way back by Malukas to regain the fourth position. Up front d’Orlando was able to run closely with Gangi for the first time of the weekend and give the New York driver a run for his money. However, in the closing stages of the race Gangi Jr. started to pull away from d’Orlando while behind them the battle for third was tight between Malukas and Bromante. At the line Gangi Jr. took the race win ahead of d’Orlando, Malukas, Bromante and Brueckner. Unfortunately for Malukas, his would be excluded from the results for a technical infraction, elevating Bromante onto the podium.
With the weekend complete and a double-victory in his hand, Gangi heads to the final round at Ocala Gran Prix on March 15-17 with the Championship points lead.