Swiss pilot looks to fight for championship
West Palm Beach, Florida – January 20, 2009 – Maranello pilot Cyndie Allemann scored two strong results at this past weekend’s Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour (FWT) event held at the Homestead Karting facility on the grounds of Homestead Miami Speedway. Working with mechanic Gary Carlton, Allemann finished tenth in Saturday’s main event but bounced back to claim the second podium step in Sunday’s competition.
Competing in the TaG Senior class, Allemann started her weekend off strong by posting some quick times in Friday’s unofficial practice sessions. Working with double Intercontinental C (ICC) National Champion Gary Carlton as well as under the watchful eye of Jay Howard, Allemann and her mechanic would look to battle for victory throughout the weekend.
In Saturday morning’s qualifying session, Allemann would be the highest placing female in the field of 25 as she put her Maranello in the fifth position. Starting the prefinal on the inside third row, Allemann was hoping to move forward before early race contact sent her to the tail of the field. With her never give up attitude, the now New York resident pushed hard to advance forward to claim the twelfth finishing position.
The final would be somewhat a carbon copy to her race earlier in the day as an opening lap incident sent her down the running order. Though the Swiss native was one of the fastest karts on the track, she was only able to power her way back up to tenth in the 18 lap main event.
“Cyndie proved to be very strong today,” stated Jay Howard. “She was a little unlucky but we are hoping to change that for tomorrow. I believe we will make the necessary changes to have her at the front of the pack.”
Hoping for a better day on Sunday, Allemann turned the ninth quickest time in the morning qualifying session and would once again line up on the inside row for the drop of the green flag. Looking more determined then ever, the former European race winner quickly advanced forward making some bold braking moves in some of the toughest areas to pass. Allemann eventually crossed the strip in the third position in route to turning the quickest lap of the race.
Confident about the main event, Allemann quickly moved to the second position on the exit of turn one and made a bid for the lead entering turn two. The Maranello pilot made the move stick and led the field on the opening circuit before a red flag flew for a serious incident deep in the field. A complete restart would soon follow and Allemann did exactly as she did on the initial green flag by moving to the second position on the start but could not carry the momentum down the front straight away to take the lead.
Battling hard with the leaders, the trio pulled away from the rest of the field as they swapped position lap after lap. In what could have been classified as one of the best races of the weekend, Allemann took the lead on several occasions as she banged wheels with her fellow competitors. Working hard to solidify a podium position, Allemann and the third place driver battled hard for position allowing the leader and eventual race winner to sneak away for the victory. When the checkered flag flew and the dust had settled, Allemann could be seen on the podium in the second position and after the first weekend of competition, sits fifth in the overall point standings.
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