Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals 2018 Hits Brazil This Week

Drivers from around the world set to battle for Rotax titles on November 26-December 1

Team USA 2018 - missing Mathias Ramirez and Luis Schiavo (Photo: CKN)

It is Rotax week around the world, as the 2018 edition of the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals is set to take place in for the first time in Brazil. Drivers from around the globe have converged on the International Circuit Paladino in Conde – State of Paraiba to contest the 19th running of this event. This is the third time for the event to be on this side of the Atlantic, first since 2013 in the United States with Puerto Rico hosting the first ever in 2000. Six categories utilizing Rotax engines and chassis provided by Birel ART, Praga and Sodi Kart will battle in what is the ‘true’ world championship, named the ‘Olympics of Karting’. In total, 10 drivers from the USA and eight from Canada are set to take on the world.

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Micro Max: Praga (36 Entries)

#11 – Brent Crews
Denver, North Carolina
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (3rd – Mini)
RMCGF Appearances: 2017 (5th)

Mini Max: Birel ART (36 Entries)

#108 – James Egozi
North Bay Village, Florida
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (1st)
RMCGF Appearances: 2016 (4th – Micro)

Junior Max: Praga (72 Entries)

#229 – Luca Mars
Sewckley, Pennsylvania
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (5th)
RMCGF Appearances: 2016 (23rd – Mini)

#236 – Justin White
Hunlock, Pennsylvania
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (10th)
RMCGF Appearances: 2013 (Micro)

Senior Max: Sodi Kart (72 Entries)

#317 – Hannah Greenemeier
Parker, Colorado
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (2nd)
RMCGF Appearances: 2017 (Junior), 2013 (Micro)

#318 – Mathias Ramirez-Barrero
Bradenton, Florida
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (4th)
RMCGF Appearances: 2016 (Junior), 2015 (Junior – 2nd)

DD2: Birel ART (72 Entries)

#425 – Taylor Greenfield
Monterrey, Texas
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (2nd)
RMCGF Appearances: N/A

DD2 Masters: Sodi Kart (72 Entries)

#513 – Derek Wang
Seattle, Washington
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (1st)
RMCGF Appearances: 2010, 2011 (DD2), 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (DD2 Masters)

#514 – John Bonanno
Thorofare, New Jersey
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (2nd – Masters Max)
RMCGF Appearances: None

#520 – Luis Schiavo
Miami, Florida
Qualified: US Open Rotax Grand Nationals (4th)
RMCGF Appearances: 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016

Team Canada:

Mini Max:

Kieran Hartley – British Columbia

Junior Max

Thomas Nepveu – Quebec
Townes Allen – Saskatchewan
Jason Leung, British Columbia

Senior Max

Coltin McCaughan – Alberta
Bryce Choquer – British Columba

DD2

Davide Greco – Ontario

DD2 Masters

Etienne Lasalle – Quebec

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