Final Grids for Rotax International Open are Set
Race action was on the agenda of the ROTAX MAX International Open on Saturday. On the Adria Raceway 18 qualifying heats ascertained the grids for the upcoming finals on Sunday. While the Italian weather made for perfect racing conditions again, the 105 drivers showed some very fierce fights and uncountable overtaking manoeuvres.
In the junior category, Nicolas Schoell (Strawberry Racing) did not leave any doubt and took the maximum out of the heats. By a clean record he won each of his races thus defending the pole position, which he had already claimed on Friday. Behind the Austrian youngster, three of his teammates proved the dominance of Strawberry Racing: The heat winners Axel Charpentier and Tom Gamble followed in second and third place, while Perdana Minang from Indonesia completed the quadruple success for the British Tony Kart squad. Fifth place went to Scott Symons (KR Sport), being the best driver to catch up with the leaders.
Mauricio van der Laan (CRG SPA), who was the fastest senior during Friday’s qualifying could not tie in with his brilliant performance and dropped back to tenth place after the heats. He left the way to his opponents, which were led by Berkay Besler (Bouvin Power). The Turkish driver had a flawless run and was victorious three times, boosting himself to the top of the ranking. Adrien Renaudin (Kart Pro Racing) improved to the second place after having taken this position in each of his heats in a solid way. Third place went to Gary Donnelly (Strawberry Racing), which meant a big jump to the front, as the Irish driver had been only in twelfth spot in the qualifying. Luc Willemse (Team TKP) took fourth place, while Euro vice champion Rinus van Kalmthout (Daems Racing) had to be satisfied with fifth position. Although the Dutchman won two heats, he equally had to compensate a time penalty, which prevented him from doing better in the ranking.
In the DD2 class Andreas Backman (Daems Racing) defended the top position throughout the heats. Though the Swedish driver had no walkover, he took two out of three wins granting him the pole position for the prefinal on Sunday. Switzerland’s Kevin Ludi (Spirit Racing) improved to second place ahead of Finland’s Ville Viilainen (VRT). The Austrian drivers Constantin Schoell (BirelART/KMS) and Jan Wuenschek (VPDR) took the chasing roles, while Robert Schluenssen (RS Competition) proved to be the quickest Masters driver again in sixth spot of the total ranking.
While all seniors and DD2 pilots already made their way to the finals, the juniors will have to compete in the second chance heat on Sunday morning, before the big showdown is due to start at 11:40 a.m. Everybody is invited to join the race action, as live TV coverage will start on Friday and continue throughout the weekend. So stay tuned on the official website www.rotaxmaxeurochallenge.com or www.rgmmcmedia.com, where you get all information regarding reports, photos, results and live TV stream.