In a dramatic turn of events, Karting Australia is now offering seats in the 2022 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals!
The move comes as a bit of a kick in the teeth for those who had contested the Australian Rotax MAX Challenge (Pro Tour) this year. Just last month, RaceMax (the series promoter) had announced a nine-driver ‘Team Australia’ for the world final, made up of competitors who had participated in its Karting NSW sanctioned race meetings.
However, it appears the political goal posts have moved. KA is now offering these seats following “an agreement between Karting Australia, BRP Rotax and FIA Karting.”
By the time this agreement had been announced, Karting Australia has given interested competitors just two days to file an application.
KA’s press release is below.
Karting Australia press release
OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT AUSTRALIA AT ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE GRAND FINALS
Karting Australia licence holders have the opportunity to represent Australia at next month’s Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in Portugal.
The opportunity has arisen following an agreement between Karting Australia, BRP Rotax and FIA Karting to enable invitations to the event to be issued in accordance with the International Sporting Code.
There are up to nine positions across various classes available for suitably licenced and experienced Karting Australia Drivers in the event to be contested at the Portimão circuit on November 19-26.
“Australia has enjoyed a strong presence at the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals that stems back more than two decades and we’re delighted to be able to provide the opportunity for Karting Australia Licence holders to compete in accordance with the International Sporting Code,” said Karting Australia Chief Executive Officer Kelvin O’Reilly.
“The successful applicants will be selected by a panel consisting of representatives of Karting Australia, Motorsport Australia and Rotax based on their experience and results in Karting Australia competition. We look forward to the best Australian Drivers putting their applications forward for consideration.”
Stefan Gruber, Manager of Rotax Karting and OEM Business, is pleased to see that Australian Drivers will have the opportunity to compete at the Grand Finals.
“The Australian karting community is an important part of the Rotax family and we’re pleased to welcome a team of Australian Drivers to this year’s Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in Portugal,” said Gruber.
Drivers wishing to apply to compete at the event are required to complete an application form which is available by clicking HERE.
Applications close at 5pm Monday October 24 with the successful applicants advised in the days shortly after.