Kiwi Earns Spot on USA Rotax Worlds Team

Kiwi karter Josh Bethune has earned a place on the United States team at this year’s Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final in Italy in October after a dominant Rotax DD2 class win at the big Stars & Stripes Open meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, last weekend.

Young Kiwi karter Josh Bethune (pic – Fast Company/Josh Bethune Motorsport)

After qualifying a close second to eventual class runner-up Race Liberante, 16-year-old Bethune dominated the class races, setting the quickest race lap each time on the way to winning all three heats as well as the Pre-Final and Final.

“Bethune ran away with this one,” said event co-commentator Stephen Mallozzi. “He put on an absolute clinic in DD2.”

Josh Bethune with fellow Team USA/RMC Grand Final qualifiers and team officials (pic – Fast Company/Josh Bethune Motorsport)

Bethune, is originally from Dunedin but for the past three years has lived and raced out of Auckland. He is a former North and South Island Junior class title holder now pursuing a career in karts and single seater racing cars here and in the US.

After finishing second in the NZ Formula F1600 class last season he was selected to join Motorsport NZs Elite Motorsport Academy and this year he has been based in the United States where his main focus has been the US Formula 4 single-seater championship.

This year’s Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final is being held at Italy’s Sarno circuit near Naples between October 19 & 26.

Josh Rotax on the DD2 podium with runner-up Race Liberante (left) and third placed Atharva Desai (pic – Fast Company/Josh Bethune Motorsport)
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