2016 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals – Day 3 Report

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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.

Live timing is available on the RMCGF homepage, at http://www.rotax-kart.com/en/Max-Challenge/Grand-Finals/Grand-Finals-2016/LIVESTREAM.

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!

The Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC) is a professional kart racing series established, owned and organized by BRP and its Rotax kart engine distributors. Approved by and in compliance with CIK / FIA, the RMC is a “one-make-engine” formula: only Rotax kart engines that are checked and sealed (for equal performance) will be used. The success in the competition is mainly up to the skills of the driver.

For more information about the Rotax MAX Challenge, please visit http://www.rotax-kart.com/en/Max-Challenge/MAX-Challenge/About-ROTAX-MAX-CHALLENGE

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