The GT7 Motorsports Team, along with team driver Dylan Tavella, completed their first weekend in the 2012 Florida Winter Tour Formula Kart Vortex TaG Cadet class. Tavella, from New York City, New York has been busy in the off-season as he looks to make his mark in his second full season of national karting competition. The 2012 season began with a switch to the Tony Kart chassis along with extensive pre-season testing. Tavella used the opening weekend of the annual winter racing series as a tune up for the Rotax Micro Max program in which he has his sights set squarely on a class championship.
"We are really excited about the new season with the new chassis, new team and new challenges," commented Phil Tavella from his office in Manhattan. "2011 was a learning year and we are looking at 2012 to be a break out year for Dylan. While he still has lots to learn, I think the program we have built will support him well through the season."
Tavella's first real taste of the Vortex TaG Cadet package was the recent SuperNationals held in Las Vegas, Nevada. This past weekend was a chance for Dylan to test out the limits of the new Tony Kart program and gain some valuable seat time in the class. In Saturday qualifying he went 14th overall and improved that to 13th place in the prefinal. A good run early in the final was spoiled as Dylan was caught up in another driver's accident, forcing him to come to a full stop to avoid the crash. Tavella was able to get going, having lost several spots in the process and finishing in 11th in the final order.
On Sunday Tavella was able to go quickest in his even numbered group and would sit eighth in the combined results. Tavella wasn't able to use that solid qualifying run as he battled in the prefinal taking 12th at the line. In a challenging final race of the weekend, Tavella would go off course avoiding an accident. The result of the off track excursion would impede the performance of his new ride and force his retirement by the midway point of the race. In the final standings Tavella would be classified in a disappointing 29th.
"We didn't quite get the speed we wanted in qualifying and that meant racing from the mid-pack in the prefinal," comments Dylan Tavella. "I had to avoid a lot of crashes in both the Saturday and the Sunday finals. I am very excited about this weekend and a return to the Micro Max class. We had a good run last year in our first trip to the Florida Winter Tour. I have a good team around me and I hope to do well."
Tavella will be in action this weekend as he takes on the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max schedule, running in the very competitive Rotax Micro Max class. A successful testing program at the Palm Beach facility over the holidays should put Tavella in a good position to chase for the class title. Also under the GT7 Motorsports tent will be Anthony Gangi Jr. taking in his first season in Rotax Mini Max and Michael Gangi making his debut in Micro Max.