Gianfranco Mazzaferro, a member of the Ferrolati Corse Karting Team, has his sights set on a new challenge as makes his first national start in a Junior category this coming weekend. Making his debut at the sixteenth running of the SuperKarts USA SuperNationals will be no small feat for the 12-year-old who has had a break out 2012 season. With 82 of the best TaG Junior racers from around the world, Mazzaferro will be in tough as he looks battle not only the drivers, but the challenging, temporary parking lot circuit hosted by the Rio Hotel and Suites. The SuperNats is the biggest weekend of racing in North America with serious bragging rights on the line. This will be the third trip to Sin City for GF, who has two previous starts in the TaG 60 class in ’10 and ’11 respectively. Never shy to face to a challenge, Mazzaferro is realistic about his weekend goals.
“I am really excited to be heading to Vegas and running in TaG Junior for the first time in a national level event,” comments the Montreal native. “The competition will be very tough but I am just going to go out there, try my best and have fun. I have a great team and that will be a huge help.”
With three major titles in his pocket so far in 2012, Mazzaferro and the Ferrolati Corse team have been preparing for the move to Junior for several months. This included a recent trip south to sunny Florida for a local club race at the Homestead Karting Center. Mazzaferro ran in the TaG Junior class with Parilla Leopard power and took two top three finishes.
“This season has been really special for Gianfranco,” comments parents Michael and Claudia. “He has come into his own as a racer. The SuperNats are always very tough, especially in TaG Junior with so many incredible drivers. Still we think it’s the perfect way to end off the season. ”
GF and the Ferrolati Corse Karting Team head to 2012 SuperKarts USA SuperNationals XVI taking place at the Rio Hotel and Suites in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 14th to the 18th.