September 26, 2012 - Descending on the ultra fast New Castle Motorsports Park facility in New Castle, Indiana, d'Orlando Racing pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would see action in the final round of the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup program. When the weekend finally came to end and podiums were awarded, Michael would claim a pair of fourth place results while Nicholas, moving up a class for the final round, would score a valiant top ten finish.
Saturday would see a stacked field of 24 drivers seeing action in the Cadet Junior Sportsman division. Michael, familiar with the competition and sitting seventh in the overall point standings, would qualify his J3 Competition prepared Kosmic kart in the seventh position. Nicholas, who made the move from the Yamaha Rookie class to the Cadet field, would turn the 16th quickest time of the qualifying session.
Moving into the prefinals and the first wheel-to-wheel action of the weekend, Michael would fall back two positions to cross the stripe in ninth while Nicholas would hold station scoring a 16th place finish. The youngest driver in the top ten in points, Michael would have an aggressive final as he quickly moved forward throughout the race. Slotting himself into the second position on the final lap, five karts would battle for the lead down the long New Castle straightaway with Michael coming home in the fourth position, his first top five of the weekend. In his first career Cadet Junior Sportsman main event, Nicholas showed leaps and bounds of improvement and claimed his first top ten result with an impressive tenth place effort.
Saturday would also see Michael compete in the Yamaha Junior Sportsman where he would qualify 13th and maintain his position through the prefinal. Contact early in the main event sent the eldest d'Orlando spiraling down the order of the 28-kart field where he eventually recovered to score the 19th position.
Back to the track on Sunday, and it was Nicholas who would turn heads early as the nine-year-old would have a brilliant qualifying effort claiming the third quickest lap of the session. Michael would start his prefinal from outside row five.
As a rookie in the class, Nicholas was shown no respect whenthe green flag flew as he worked hard to stay with the much older and experienced drivers. Being driven over in the final corner on the final lap of the prefinal in an all out battle to get to the stripe, Nicholas would nurse his kart across the line to an 18th place finish but would be forced to start 20th in the main event due to a penalty earlier in the race. Michael struggled to gain the positions in the prefinal that he had hoped for, as he was forced to take evasive action early and avoid an incident. Battling hard for a 15th place result, Michael would look for more in the main event.
The main event would see Michael return to the top ten as he utilized his experience and speed to score an eighth place run. Turning the fastest lap of the main event, Michael was happy with his final day of 2012 WKA competition. Nicholas would battle hard to cross the stripe in 16th.
Michael improved on his Saturday Yamaha Junior Sportsman result as he constantly moved forward throughout Sunday's competition. After qualifying in the 13th position and claiming a tenth place result in the prefinal, Michael methodically worked his way forward in the main event. Never losing the draft with the lead pack of drivers, Michael would make his bid for the lead with three circuits remaining. As the top two drivers opened a gap on the rest of the field, the gap was quickly closed in the final two laps as five karts would look to battle for the win. With the eventual race winner getting inside of Michael with half a lap remaining, Michael would fall all the way to the fifth position before claiming the fourth spot when the checkered flag flew.
DRC Inc. would like to thank J3 Competition for all of their hard work and continued support for this event. A special thanks to Doug Flemming of Flemming Racing Engines for the awesome power and trackside tuning.
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