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MOJO TYRES AT LE MANS - CONSISTENT LAPTIMES USING ONLY ONE SET

Gunskirchen, September 19, 2019 - The first edition of the Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy, hosted by the famous Le Mans Karting International circuit in France from 20th to 24th of August, proved to be more than just an exciting and successful race event for the competitors, but also a display of confidence in the regulation MOJO Racing Tyres. The fast, spectacular and technical track that runs in a less usual anticlockwise direction for an added challenge, well-known for the 24-hour karting events, provided the ideal location for the premiere.
 
Six Rotax classes were contested by nearly 300 international drivers, the majority of who had never driven at Le Mans, using the complete range of Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC) regulation MOJO slick tyres in each category; Micro and Mini MAX on C2, Junior MAX on D2, with Senior MAX, DD2 and DD2 Masters on the latest D5. After open practice Tuesday, the official program began Wednesday with practice sessions continuing, while the Junior and Senior classes fitted their set of Parc fermé MOJOs for the qualifying that afternoon. The remaining timed practice was completed Thursday.
 
Each driver was permitted to use only one set of MOJO slick tyres for the duration of the event, starting from qualifying through to Saturday’s finals. In the case of the younger categories, the maximum laps completed was approximately 65 - 70, while both DD2 classes drove up to 85 laps, where each of these four groups were limited to only one grid this year. However, in the Junior and Senior MAX with more entries, it was up to 105 laps – equal to about 145 driven kilometres – including five heats, resulting in a total of 42 qualifying heats on the schedule altogether. The inclusion of extra finals meant that every driver had the opportunity to race for the entirety of the four-day event.
 
The European summer set the scene with hot and sunny days, air temperature hitting up to 31°C… although it felt hotter! Obviously, the conditions were demanding, with a significant amount of grip that assured close and hard racing. The Le Mans circuit seems to have a very small racing line footprint where driving outside of this can create extra wear. The MOJO tyres stilled performed very well with consistent and fast laps beyond what many may consider as the normal life cycle.
 
Drivers commented on the good all-round performance of the tyres, making the racing enjoyable. The race organiser & promoter 3MK Events had only positive feedback for the MOJO tyres as well.
The grip remained very consistent, my traction throughout the event was optimal and visually my tyre wear was excellent. Even with the race tyres having done +/- 80 laps, the performance never dropped dramatically. I found the cooler the air temperature, the better the MOJO D5 performed. There was minimum tyre wear and the grip came on around lap 5.The idea of Rotax to simulate a Grand Finals procedure regarding tyre management for the event was a good proposal. Even the concept of having to draw a number for your set of race tyres is very fair to all competitors.” – DD2 driver
 
“We did the quickest time in the pre-final in lap 10. The MOJO tyres were spot-on!” – DD2 Masters driver
 
“My tyres showed constant lap times right to the end of the final and lap 15 out of 16 was my best lap. That’s also without swapping the tyres over at all [on the rims].” – Senior MAX driver
 
“The MOJO tyres were great!” – Junior MAX driver
 
“What I like about the MOJO tyres is that you can push in the race and still get the better lap times – 100%!” – Micro MAX driver
 
Here is an overview of the best laps from each class at the RMCIT 2019, Le Mans.
 
[*Fastest 3 drivers in each session + Junior & Senior MAX heats x 15 – best lap/race]
 
 
CLASS:
QUALI:
QUALIFYING HEATS:
P/FINAL:
FINAL:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DD2
52.392
52.859
52.700
52.568
52.369
52.640
*3 heats
52.429
53.013
52.703
52.884
52.385
52.678
 
52.524
53.028
52.741
52.923
52.417
52.755
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DD2 M
53.095
53.488
53.492
53.789
53.109
53.164
*3 heats
53.173
53.540
53.522
53.793
53.170
53.362
 
53.266
53.575
53.529
53.897
53.192
53.427
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senior
52.932
52.896
53.047
53.361
52.945
52.966
*15 heats
52.995
53.062
53.529
53.397
53.008
53.007
Best 3/15
53.056
52.694
53.452
53.391
53.102
53.077
 
 
52.874
52.879
53.272
 
 
 
 
53.108
53.317
54.057
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Junior
53.452
54.042
53.837
54.039
54.446
53.845
*15 heats
53.804
54.330
54.113
53.859
54.453
53.900
Best 3/15
53.818
54.564
53.769
53.734
54.549
53.954
 
 
54.224
53.872
53.724
 
 
 
 
53.442
53.568
54.340
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mini
58.220
58.391
58.368
58.277
57.728
57.963
*3 heats
58.286
58.419
58.398
58.311
58.174
58.325
 
58.317
58.470
58.403
58.337
58.177
58.491
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Micro
1:00.949
1:00.899
1:01.013
1:01.239
1:01.071
1:00:839
*3 heats
1:00.949
1:01.030
1:01.014
1:01.275
1:01.243
1:00.919
 
1:01.008
1:01.045
1:01.181
1:01.328
1:01.351
1:00.931
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
About Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy
The Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy - the newest addition to the exciting Rotax MAX Challenge racing world with participants from all over the world – is an additional global event of the Rotax MAX Challenge calendar. 3MK Events in collaboration with BRP-Rotax organized this special event at the legendary Le Mans Karting International Circuit bringing together many drivers who wanted to have the opportunity to compete with others from around the world using their own personal choice of equipment and their usual or preferred team.
 
About BRP-Rotax
BRP-Rotax GmbH & Co KG, a subsidiary of BRP Inc., located in Gunskirchen, Austria is a leader in the development and production of innovative 4- and 2-stroke high performance Rotax engines for BRP products such as Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am on- and off-road vehicles as well for motorcycles, karts and recreational aircraft. In the last 50 years, the company has developed more than 350 engine models for recreational vehicles and produced over 9 million engines.
www.rotax.com
 
For information:
 
BRP-Rotax:
Nathalie Palmetshofer
Strategic Marketing, Rotax Propulsion Systems
Phone: +43.7246.601.3208
Mail: nathalie.palmetshofer@brp.com
 
 
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