2017 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals – Day 3 Report

Selliken, Crawford, Pierson and Crews lead Team USA for first sessions in Portugal

Welcome back to the first day of non-qualifying practice!

Each class participated in two, 15-minute non-qualifying practice sessions. One could sense the underlying thrill of drivers and team members, since Monday marked the commencement of the on-track action. Today, competitors mainly focused on breaking-in engines, adjusting and testing their new chassis and engine packages, and debriefing with their mechanics and coaches to improve their next on-track performance.

Monday served as a preliminary day for drivers to familiarize themselves with the new track layout, chassis, and engine. Together with their mechanics, they worked to improve their chassis set-up for Tuesday’s non-qualifying practice sessions 3 and 4.
Transponders were provided to all drivers at the end of the first non-qualifying practice and will be mandatory as of practice No. 2.

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125 Micro MAX
Although they are Rotax’s youngest competitors, their hopes and dreams are just as big, if not bigger than their older peers. It was Keanu Al Azhari of the United Arab Emirates who jumped to the top of the time sheets, posting a 1:09.550.

125 Mini MAX
The Mini MAX class saw Marcus Amand of France post the fastest lap of a 1:05.272.

125 Junior MAX
Practice No. 2 saw Clayton Ravenscroft of the United Kingdom post the fastest lap-time of 1:00.792, just 6 thousandths of a second faster than Axel Saarniala of Finland.

125 MAX
Brett Ward of the United Kingdom posted the fastest lap time by about two-tenths, with a 1:00.345.

125 MAX DD2 Masters
Gabriel Zughella of Argentina ran the fastest lap time with a 59.656 – about two-tenths faster than second place.

125 MAX DD2
The DD2 class saw a few class veterans enter the Grand Finals event. Ferenc Kancsar of Hungary is defending his two-time Rotax Grand Finals world championship title. Other seasoned drivers include Xen De Ruwe representing Slovenia and Bruno Borlido of Portugal.

Ultimately, it was the man from Finland, Ville Viiliaeinen, who posted the fastest lap time of the race, with a 59.320, closely followed by De Ruwe.

What a great way to start out the Grand Finals: 72 racers per class (excluding Mini and Micro MAX, which have 36 drivers registered per class) posting competitive times within hundredths of a second of each other! This just goes to show how close Rotax racing truly is.
Stay tuned for our upcoming daily reports, which bring the intense action of the RMCGF to you!

For more information about the Rotax MAX Challenge, please visit https://www.rotax-kart.com/en/Max-Challenge/Grand-Finals/Grand-Finals-2017/Information-Grand-Finals-2017

Micro Max

#3 – Brent Crews
Denver, North Carolina
Qualified: US Rotax Grand Nationals (1st)
RMCGF Appearances: none

Practice 2: 6th 1:10.070 +0.520

#11 – Jack Jeffers
San Antonio, Texas
Qualified: US Rotax Grand Nationals (2nd)
RMCGF Appearances: none

Practice 2: 26th 1:11.017 +1.467

Mini Max

#108 – Josh Pierson
Wilsonville, Oregon
Qualified: US Rotax Grand Nationals (1st)
RMCGF Appearances: none

Practice 2: 2nd 1:05.509 +0.237

#109 – Aidan Fox
Redding, Connecticut
Qualified: US Rotax Grand Nationals (2nd)
RMCGF Appearances: none

Practice 2: 23rd 1:06.126 +0.854

Junior Max

#215 – Hannah Greenemeier
Parker, Colordao
Qualified: US Rotax Grand Nationals (2nd)
RMCGF Appearances: 2013 (Micro)

Practice 2: 18th (odd) 1:01.377 +0.585

#216 – Arias Deukmedjian
Orlando, Florida
Qualified: US Open
RMCGF Appearances: 2016 (Mini)

Practice 2: 20th (even) 1:01.548 +0.750

#217 – Tyler Gonzalez
St. Cloud, Florida
Qualified: Florida Winter Tour (champion)
RMCGF Appearances: 2013 (Micro)

Practice 2: 10th (odd) – 1:01.204 +0.412

#218 – Jak Crawford
Conroe, Texas
Qualified: Challenge of the Americas (champion)
RMCGF Appearances: none

Practice 2: 7th (even) 1:01.100 +0.302

Senior Max

#330 – Kyle Dupell
Wilsonville, Oregon
Qualified: Can-Am Karting Challenge (vice-champion)
RMCGF Appearances: none

Practice 2: 26th (even) 1:01.259 +0.676

#331 – Stephen Mallozzi
Woolwich Township, New Jersey
Qualified: US Open
RMCGF Appearances: none

Practice 2: 32nd (odd) 1:01.378 +1.033

#332 – Luke Selliken
Portland, Oregon
Qualified: US Rotax Grand Nationals (1st)
RMCGF Appearances: 2013 (Junior), 2015 (Senior)

Practice 2: 1st (even) 1:00.583

DD2

#417 – Michael McCarthy
Clearwater, Florida
Qualified: US Open
RMCGF Appearances: none

Practice 2: 28th (odd) 1:00.188 +0.868

#428 – Nathan Mauel
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Qualified: US Open
RMCGF Appearances: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2016

Practice 2: 35th (even) 1:00.624 +1.278

DD2 Masters

#518 – Ariel Castro
Hialeah, Florida
Qualified: US Rotax Grand Nationals (1st)
RMCGF Appearances: none

Practice 2: 14th (even) 1:00.363 +0.707

#525 – Derek Wang
Seattle, Washington
Qualified: US Open
RMCGF Appearances: 2010, 2011 (DD2), 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (DD2 Masters)

Practice 2: 15th (odd) 1:00.208 +0.407

#526 – Billy Cleavelin
Shell Beach, California
Qualified: Challenge of the Americas
RMCGF Appearances: 2016

Practice 2: 21st (even) 1:00.605 +0.949

#527 – Scott Roberts
Winter Park, Florida
Qualified: Florida Winter Tour
RMCGF Appearances: none

Practice 2: 24th (odd) 1:00.602 +0.801

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