Gianfranco Mazzaferro, a member
of the Ferrolati Corse Karting Team and the 2013 Canadian National Junior Rotax Max Champion, is ready to hit the track in what will be a busy globe trotting calendar of major karting events, spanning several countries and countless time zones. The 14-year-old racer from Montreal is focused on podium results following a strong run in the 2014 Florida Winter Tour (FWT) that kicked of his sophomore season of Junior karting. Working with coach and tuner Will Owen, GF is poised for a break out season of national and international competition as he looks to develop his motorsports program.
GF would start the 2014 campaign by competing in all the rounds of the FWT, a US-based international RMax series. Good results earned the grade eight student fifth in the overall championship that included a sweep of the opening round at the Homestead Karting Complex followed by a return to podium in the final weekend in Orlando Karting Center.
Mazzaferro will hit home soil this weekend as the Canadian content of his extensive development program kicks off with the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship (ECKC) opener at Mosport International Karting Complex located just east of Toronto. Looking to lead the Rotax Junior Max field, GF will use the RMax series to spring his effort in Europe later in May.
“I am really excited to be back to racing,” beams Mazzaferro. “It’s been a long break since Florida Winter Tour ended. We test last weekend at Mosport and all went well. I’m really focused and ready to push for wins.”
Following the ECKC opener GF will begin preparations for round two of the Rotax Euro Max Challenge taking place at the Casteletto kart track in Italy. The event runs from May 26 to June 1 as the best from around the world converge on one of Europe’s top karting tracks.
“The Euro Max round in Italy should be great,” comments GF. “We skipped the first round to focus on school. I missed a ton running back-to-back weekends in winter tour. I think the break has been good. Will (Owen) and I are ready to go. It should be fun.”
GF and the Ferrolati Corse Karting Team will hit the fast and flowing Mosport track located at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, ON on Friday for official testing followed by two rounds of racing over the weekend.