Rotax Karting Newsletter #3 of 2018:
ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE GRAND FINALS
Not even two weeks until the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals will take place in Brazil.
The 19th edition of the Grand Finals will see 360 of the best kart drivers from close to 60 nations who won the so called BIG TICKET for the biggest and most prestigous kart event of the year – competing against each other in 6 different categories to finally crown the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals champions of 2018!
At the Grand Finals 2018, winners will be awarded in the following classes:
*125 Micro MAX (8-11* years of age)
*125 Mini MAX (10-13* years of age)
*125 Junior MAX (12-15 years of age)
*125 MAX (14 years of age and older)
*125 MAX DD2 (15 years of age and older)
*125 MAX DD2 Masters (32 years of age and older)
*The age limits for Rotax 125 Micro MAX and Mini MAX c lasses may vary depending on the regulations of the national ASN.
An essential goal for the chassis manufacturers and the Rotax organization was having all the 360 chassis, engines, tools and equipment prepared for the early shipment to South America which took about two month. A fresh challenge, not only for the Rotax organization team, also for its long-term chassis partners who are all coming from Europe.
E-KARTING RACES TO BE HELD DURING RMCGF IN BRAZIL
- E-kart races during the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals at Circuito Internacional Paladino – Conde/PB in Brazil
- FIA Americas to host the E-Karting Cup of FIA-Americas 2018
- DEKM Rotax Grand Finals 2018 season’s highlight
Thrilling e-kart races can be expected to take place at the Circuito Internacional Paladino from November 25 to December 1, 2018 showing a new way of kart racing.
The e-kart presented in the e-kart races will be the Rotax THUNDeR, which has already been used this year in the DEKM (Deutsche Elektro-Kart-Meisterschaft), the German electric kart championship. The Rotax THUNDeR powerpack, developed in cooperation between RIC TECH GmbH and S.M.R.E.’s subsidiary IET S.p.A., features a specially designed Sodi chassis based on the Sigma DD2.
GRAND FINALS LIVE TV BROADCAST
Live TV broadcast will start November 28, 2018.
Follow the races and keep your fingers crossed for your favourite!
ROTAX PODIUM LOCKOUT AT 24 HOURS OF KARTING LE MANS
All three teams on the GP2 podium at the demanding 24 Hours of Karting in France were more than confident in the performance and reliability of their Rotax 125 MAX, completing over 2000km during this most gruelling race using only one engine.
RM Concept (FA Kart/Rotax) took the deserving victory with a two-lap lead over their closest rivals at the chequered flag, while Malevaut Sport (Tony Kart/Rotax) and Team Belinois Jac-Kart (Sodikart/Rotax) fought it out for the remaining steps on the podium – both within the same lap after 24 hours of extremely close racing.
The winning drivers in the #60 entry were Gaël Moreau, Sacha Hebrard, Jonas Venier and Jacques Missimilly, whose compatibility and consistency proved to be another key factor that contributed to their successful campaign in securing the 2018 title.
The French team RM Concept also won the Ladies classification in the #67 kart (FA Kart/Rotax) all-girl team of Lydie Valichon, Léna Buhler, Caroline Martel and Léonie Claude competing in their third 24 Hours of Karting Le Mans together.
This is the 33rd annual running of the iconic karting endurance event hosted by the impressive 1,384 metre Le Mans Karting International Circuit, organised by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and for the past three years in collaboration with the CIK-FIA as the FIA Karting Endurance Championship. With a field of 32 teams contesting the event, the GP2 class had 18 entries, the majority of which were Rotax
ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE EURO TROPHY 2019
The Rotax European series was reborn with a new 3-day format and sporting a new name as the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy and it was a success in 2018.
Competitors coming from over 30 countries participated in the four-round international championship where the racing was exciting and the competition remained close for the titles and all the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals tickets right up until the last race of the season.
Now we are already looking forward to the races in 2019:
- April 19-21, 2019 in Genk, Belgium
- May 31 – June 2, 2019 in Adria, Italy
- July 12-14, 2019 in Kristianstad, Sweder
- September 6-8, 2019 in Wackersdorf, Germany
Rotax 125 Junior MAX
Rotax 125 MAX (Senior)
Rotax 125 MAX DD2
Rotax 125 MAX DD2 Masters