The 2014 Florida Winter Tour is on track in Ocala, Florida, USA for the second round of the three-stop championship. After success a month ago in Homestead, the series shifted north to a much cooler Ocala Gran Prix. Beautiful sunny skies helped warm up a very chilly morning for Fridays qualifying sessions, setting the tone for the remainder of the weekend.
It was a great day for a pair of Canadians in the Mini-Max class as Lachlan Defrancesco (Benik Kart) and Matthew Latifi (Ferrolati Corse/TonyKart) swept the front row. Defrancesco was able to get the better of Latifi, but it wasn’t by much.
On Saturday, Harry Coulton (Birel), Caio Collett (TonyKart) and Devin Boutot (TonyKart) complete the top five. Michael d’Orlando (KoeneUSA/TonyKart) will start seventh, Nicholas d’Orlando (KoeneUSA/TonyKart) 22nd and Matthew Barry 28th while Ryan MacDermid (Energy Kart Canada) will need the LCQ after qualifying 41st.
On Sunday, Defrancesco and Latifi will have Michael d’Orlando, Coulton and Nicholas Brueckner (Birel) behind them in the top five, with Canadians Barry, Nicholas d’Orlando and MacDermid 19th, 21st and 35th.
There was some confusion in the tech shed following Micro-Max Qualifying but when it was all said and done, it will be Matheus Morgatto (Kosmic) leading the way on Saturday ahead of Jo Nunez (Benik Kart), Canadian Joshua Cunha (Goodwood/Intrepid), Alessandro Famularo (AM Kart) and Homestead winner Reece Gold (TonyKart).
Sunday has Anthony Famularo (AM Kart) on the pole with Morgatto beside him on row one. Arias Deukmedjian (AM Kart) and Sebastian Montoya, son of Juan Pablo Montayo, on row two and Jeremy Fairbairn (AM Kart) and Cunha on row three.
Jeremy Tallon (KMS/Birel) will have to start from the rear on Saturday in 29th before starting 16th on Sunday.