Rotax US Trophy Series West Debuts in Colorado
The Rotax US Trophy Series West made its debut at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway during the August 27-29. Rotax racers from around the western half of the USA converged on the Grand Junction, Colorado facility that has hosted many major national and regional events during its history. The three-day event in August was the opening round of the two-event championship set up by RaceRotax, providing Rotax racers the opportunity to take part in a traveling series, while also competing for Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals tickets.
Four of the five divisions were swept from qualifying, to the two heat races and through the main event, including the largest category of Mini MAX featuring 12 drivers. Gage Korn set the mark all weekend long to establish himself as the driver to beat in the category. Alexander Jacoby drove to second in the final ahead of Cameron Blatz. Former Team USA member Alex McPherson led the way in each session for the Junior MAX division. The battle for second was won by Casey Blatz over Cooper O’Clair.
Macy Williams has been one of the top drivers in west coast racing, and put in a perfect score in the Senior MAX to begin the run toward the championship. David Williams – no relation – ended up second ahead of California driver Ethan Ho. Nine-time Team USA member Derek Wang is searching for his 10th trip to the Rotax Grand Finals. Wang was able to put together a sweep in the Masters MAX division in front of Colorado’s Ian Koentges and Chris Mann. Jaxon Porter nearly put in his own perfect score in the Micro Max class. After setting fast time in qualifying and winning Heat One, Braylon Underwood won Heat Two. In the Final, Porter drove to victory with Underwood second and Ashton Woon in third.
Attention now turns to the series final as Rotax returns to the desert in style! The final round is set for October 1-3 at the Phoenix Kart Racing Association and will boast an additional 30% more points on the line in Sunday’s finals to add to the already tight championship battles. The Glendale, Arizona facility has hosted many international and national events during its history. PKRA recently laid down new sealant around the 3/4-mile circuit, earning rave reviews by club racers on their first runs on the update surface.
Each of the five drivers who end up as the Rotax US Trophy Series West champion will earn a ticket to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, set for December 11-18, 2021 in Bahrain. One additional ticket to the RMCGF during the weekend in Phoenix. The winner of the Senior MAX category – or highest placing non-champion – will receive a ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals in the DD2 category. Also part of the weekend is a Briggs 206 local option class – utilizing Briggs & Stratton regulations with the MoJo tire – and awarding $1,000 to the winner.
Details and information about the Rotax US Trophy Series West are available on RaceRotax.com website or by contacting J3 Competition.