With just one non-qualifying practice session to go at the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals, many of the Australian and New Zealand drivers have posted competitive times across the four sessions so far (times are only available for the most recent three as the first session was not timed and supposed to be used as the final 'break-in' session for the new engines).
Inspect the results & times from each session HERE
Competitors get one more practice session before qualifying, which begins at 7:45pm tonight AEDT (see HERE for the full schedule in Australian time). Qualifying and all the races, including heats, will be televised (live stream link HERE) and also have live timing HERE.
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official BRP-Rotax press release
Sarno, Italy, October 18, 2016 – Hello and welcome back to the on-track action for the second non-qualifying practice day of the 2016 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals!
Today competitors had two more chances to continue testing new chassis set-up strategies. Pilots had two, 15-minute practice sessions before the end of the day.
125 Micro MAX
The Micro MAX class proved to be very competitive, but it was Robert De Haan of the Netherlands who posted the fastest lap time with a 1:12.010, followed closely by his teammate, Kris Haanen, just four-hundredths of a second behind. Practice four saw Adrian Malheiro of Portugal take the top spot, posting a 1:11.353, separated by just 6-thousandths of a second.
125 Mini MAX
The Mini class also proved competitive, as the USA man Luca Mars jumped to the top of the time sheet with a 1:08.100, followed by the Australian, Hugh Barter, who posted a 1:08.179.
Practice No. 4 however, was even closer, if you can believe it! It was Hugh Barter who officially clinched the top spot, with a 1:07.980, however, this time the American Arias Deukmedjian tied with the same lap time.
125 Junior MAX Matthew Payne of New Zealand posted the top time with a 1:02.703 in practice No. 3, however was unable to keep the fastest lap time for practice No. 4 – as the Hungarian Laszlo Soever jumped to P1, posting a 1:02.578.
125 MAX Dylan Drysdale of New Zealand who ran the fastest lap time, running a 1:01.807 – with a pretty significant gap over to the second fastest, Berkay Besler of Turkey, who ran a 1:02.028. The names at the top of the time sheets are beginning to sound familiar again, as Berkay and Dylan both ran at last year’s Grand Finals event.
125 MAX DD2 Masters
The Finnish driver and Grand Finals veteran, Antti Ollikainen posted the fastest lap time of a 1:01.472, followed by another Grand Finals veteran, Tomokazu Kawase of Japan, who posted a 1:01.486.
125 MAX DD2
The names in Rotax 125 MAX DD2 also are familiar, as both top drivers have competed in the Grand Finals before. Jeffrey Kingsley of Canada posted the top time for session No. 3, with a 1:01.224, while Ferenc Kancsar of Hungary followed closely behind, with a gap of 6-hundredths.
Stay tuned for our upcoming daily reports, which bring the intense action of the RMCGF to you!