2017 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals – Day 4 Report

Team USA drivers continue to adjust to karts and track in final full day of practice

(Photo: BRP-Rotax)

Welcome to the second and last full day of unofficial non-qualifying practice. The weather was mild, sunny and 22°C average temperature – in other words, perfect for driving conditions.

The drivers were given two 15-minute practice sessions. Similar to Monday’s set-up, Tuesday proved to be another opportunity for teams to test their equipment and familiarize themselves more with the track layout.

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125 Micro MAX
Practice No. 3 saw Zoltan Koros of Slovakia conquer the top spot with a 1:08.792 – three-tenths faster than any other driver in that practice session. However, Koros fell down to eleventh in practice No. 4, giving way to Keanu Al Azhari of the UAE to take over the top spot with a 1:08.732.

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

Practice 2: 6th – 1:10.070 +0.520
Practice 3: 4th – 1:09.082 +0.290
Practice 4: 7th – 1:09.096 +0.364

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

Practice 2: 26th – 1:11.017 +1.467
Practice 3: 16th – 1:09.744 +0.952
Practice 4: 26th – 1:09.702 +0.970

125 Mini MAX
Frenchman Marcus Amand posted the fastest lap time in practice No. 3, being the only competitor in the 1:04.00 second mark, posting a 1:04.699. Amand improved his pace in session No. 4, still remaining at the top of the time sheets with a 1:04.538.

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

Practice 2: 2nd – 1:05.509 +0.237
Practice 3: 5th – 1:05.284 +0.585
Practice 4: 3rd – 1:04.739 +0.201

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

Practice 2: 23rd – 1:06.126 +0.854
Practice 3: 20th – 1:05.660 +0.961
Practice 4: 17th – 1:05.382 +0.784

125 Junior MAX
Hannes Morin of Sweden posted a solid fastest lap in practice No. 3, two-tenths faster than second place. Practice No. 4 saw Clayton Ravenscroft of the UK jump to the top spot, with a 1:00.460, just nine-thousandths of a second ahead of Victor Bernier of France.

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

Practice 2: 18th (odd) – 1:01.377 +0.585
Practice 3: 25th (odd) – 1:01.125 +0.629
Practice 4: 29th (odd) – 1:01.250 +0.790

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

Practice 2: 20th (even) – 1:01.548 +0.750
Practice 3: 24th (even) – 1:01.294 +0.678
Practice 4: 23rd (even) – 1:01.304 +0.818

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

Practice 2: 10th (odd) – 1:01.204 +0.412
Practice 3: 9th (odd) – 1:00.860 +0.364
Practice 4: 25th (odd) – 1:01.100 +0.640

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

Practice 2: 7th (even) – 1:01.100 +0.302
Practice 3: 12th (even) – 1:00.858 +0.242
Practice 4: 8th (even) – 1:01.027 +0.541

125 MAX
The first of the two practice sessions for the 125 MAX group saw Brett Ward of the UK post the fastest lap time of 1:00.137 over the winner of the Japanese Rotax Max Festival, Koki Mizuno, who ran a 1:00.260.

Practice No. 4 saw a change in the running order at the top of the time sheets. Enric Bordas Cotes of Spain posted the fastest lap time of a 1:00.236, closely followed by the Italian driver Lorenzo Nistri.

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

Practice 2: 26th (even) – 1:01.259 +0.676
Practice 3: 33rd (even) – 1:01.275 +1.015
Practice 4: 30th (even) – 1:01.253 +1.017

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

Practice 2: 32nd (odd) – 1:01.378 +1.033
Practice 3: 28th (odd) – 1:00.956 +0.819
Practice 4: 29th (odd) – 1:01.127 +0.758

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

Practice 2: 1st (even) – 1:00.583
Practice 3: 11th (even) – 1:00.638 +0.378
Practice 4: 14th (even) – 1:00.897 +0.661

125 MAX DD2 Masters
Practice No. 3 saw Gabriel Zughella of Argentina post the fastest lap time with a 59.471, about three-hundredths of a second faster than Michael Stephen from the Republic of South Africa.

A new nationality conquered the top spot on the time sheets, as Antti Ollikainen of Finland ran the fastest lap with a 59.395, followed by Grand Finals veteran Ryan Urban of New Zealand who posted a 59.469.

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

Practice 2: 14th (even) – 1:00.363 +0.707
Practice 3: 30th (even) – 1:00.403 +0.932
Practice 4: 18th (even) – 1:00.121 +0.652

#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
Practice 3: 6th (odd) – 59.740 +0.231
Practice 4:18th (odd) – 1:00.107 +0.712

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

Practice 2: 21st (even) – 1:00.605 +0.949
Practice 3: 25th (even) – 1:00.238 +0.767
Practice 4: 24th (even) – 1:00.258 +0.789

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

Practice 2: 24th (odd) – 1:00.602 +0.801
Practice 3: 36th (odd) – 1:16.799 +17.290
Practice 4: 29th (odd) – 1:00.495 +1.100

125 MAX DD2
The DD2 class saw a solid fastest runner for both sessions 3 and 4 – with Ville Viiliaeinen of Finland posting the fastest lap times. Although Ville has been dominant in the last three unofficial practice sessions, we are still far from determining the Grand Finals champion.

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

Practice 2: 28th (odd) – 1:00.188 +0.868
Practice 3: 28th (odd) – 59.899 +0.828
Practice 4: 21st (odd) – 59.756 +0.766

#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
Practice 3: 34th (even) – 1:00.253 +1.147
Practice 4: 33rd (even) – 1:00.161 +0.922

Stay tuned for our upcoming daily reports, which bring the intense action of the RMCGF to you!

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