Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals 2018: Team USA – Tuesday Report

Final day of preparations before sessions become official in Brazil

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The second day of action at the 2018 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals was completed at the International Circuit Paladino outside the town of Conde in Paraiba, Brazil. The 360 drivers from 55 countries continue their path toward being crowned one of the six Rotax world champions to be decided on Saturday at the infamous ‘Olympics of Karting’. The 10 drivers representing Team USA put three more rounds of practice under their belts, battling rain showers once again throughout the day.

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Micro Max: Praga (36 Entries)

Crews could make it a tri-fecta with a win in Brazil. The now two-time IAME International Final winner and recent SKUSA SuperNationals 22 champ is looking for a triple crown on the season. So far, Crews has the pace to be in contention, however, an illness limited his track time today, skipping the final two sessions to rest for tomorrow’s important session – qualifying.

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

Practice 4: 6th – 59.859 +0.291
Practice 5: DNS
Practice 6: DNS

Mini Max: Birel ART (36 Entries)

The 2018 ROK the RIO winner and Florida Winter Tour champion Egozi put down some consistent pace today, opening up inside the top-10. His speed stayed the same while others went quicker, dropping him to outside the top-20 in the final session. Testing adjustments in the carburetor kept him from maintaining a top-10 time in the final two sessions, however, Egozi is prepared for the timed session on Wednesday.

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

Practice 4: 8th – 57.729 +0.425
Practice 5: 17th – 57.760 +0.632
Practice 6: 23rd – 57.500 +0.538

Junior Max: Praga (72 Entries)

Mars is the leader of the Team USA duo in Junior, showing well in both the wet and dry. For White, this is his second RMCGF but first outside of the USA. He appears to have a number of fast drivers, as his lap time is nearly identical or faster than Mars, but well back when looking at his position in his group.

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

Practice 4 (odd): 6th – 1:14.283 +1.671
Practice 5 (odd): 26th – 54.427 +0.722
Practice 6 (odd): 9th – 53.588 +0.254

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

Practice 4 (even): 35th – 1:16.963 +6.094
Practice 5 (even): 31st – 54.134 +0.729
Practice 6 (even): 24th – 53.611 +0.381

Senior Max: Sodi Kart (72 Entries)

Both Team USA Senior drivers have posted their fast lap of the event thus far. Their fast time is within 12 hundredths of each other from Practice 5. Rain hit the class both in the morning and afternoon, with Mathias taking the first session off. Greenemeier is among the faster groups of the two, still getting adjusted to the chassis/tire combination.

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

Practice 4 (odd): 21st – 1:19.195 +1.826
Practice 5 (odd): 21st – 53.146 +0.464
Practice 6 (odd): 29th – 53.422 +0.623

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

Practice 4 (even): DNS
Practice 5 (even): 7th – 53.158 +0.300
Practice 6 (even): 30th – 1:12.864 +3.080

DD2: Birel ART (72 Entries)

Greenfield, the Peru native, is among the top drivers for Team USA in terms of position in their group. Today, ‘Michael’ sat inside the top-10 all day, missing out on top time in his final session by just five hundredths. He has been keeping US Open winner and five-time USA champion Danny Formal in close proximity throughout the day as the now Costa Rican is among the quickest in DD2.

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

Practice 4 (odd): 7th – 53.377 +0.503
Practice 5 (odd): 4th – 52.624 +0.330
Practice 6 (odd): 3rd – 52.765 +0.054

DD2 Masters: Sodi Kart (72 Entries)

Lots of experience in the DD2 Masters field, with Wang making his eighth appearance. Testing at the facility just weeks ago, Wang is now up to pace with the contenders in both the dry and the wet. Veteran Schiavo is struggling for pace up to now, while first-time DD2 driver Bonanno is gaining speed with each session.

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

Practice 4 (odd): 15th – 54.887 +1.115
Practice 5 (odd): 7th – 53.381 +0.496
Practice 6 (odd): 2nd – 1:06.933 +0.151

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

Practice 4 (even): 25th – 54.669 +0.893
Practice 5 (even): 12th – 53.430 +0.598
Practice 6 (even): 3rd – 53.525 +0.244

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

Practice 4 (even): 29th – 54.839 +1.063
Practice 5 (even): 23rd – 53.806 +0.966
Practice 6 (even): DNS

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