Rotax Max Challenge Russia – Round 1
Plastunka Circuit, Sochi (March)
The first round of the Russian RMC 2019 was overshadowed by absolutely unpredictable weather, but this was not an obstacle for the smallest drivers in the Micro MAX class!
This is the first year the lottery engine system has been introduced for Micros and this initiative works great for the championship. The races are more relaxed, technical claims have disappeared and everyone gets a lot of pleasure from watching the little drivers racing.
Our Rotax partners in Russia are confident that in the next season the result will be even better. Vladimir Andriytchuk explained that they pay great attention to the Micro MAX class which knowingly provides the basis for the stable development of Rotax in Russia. THAILAND
RMC Thailand – Rounds 2 & 3
Bira Circuit, Pattaya (June)
Rotax Thailand have introduced the Rotax MAX evo engines to all categories except for the Micro/Mini Rookie class where they still use the raffled engines, as most of these youngsters are first timers to participate in the RMCT series so the focus is on learning and development.
It was decided by Rotax in Thailand to switch from lottery engines that were previously used for some years, to enable the competitors to use their own engines now as they progress with more experience in karting. Believing it is a good time to introduce the latest model range, they wanted drivers and teams to experience the evo engine reliability and performance.
Of course, introducing the evo engines to the Thailand market means more work and added responsibility for the scrutineering team, according to RMCT organiser Orawat Tantivejkul. However, the objective is to keep all the customer engines as equal as possible to promote closer racing within the Rotax regulations so drivers can learn and improve their driving skill, rather than the focus being on preparing faster engines to gain advantage over the others.
Drivers were very happy with the evo engines, while some mechanics are aiming to become more familiar with the new configuration for the optimum set up. It was a positive weekend in general and now they are really looking forward to the next RMC race in August! THE NETHERLANDS
Dutch Rotax Max Challenge – Round 4
Kerpen, Germany (June)
With thanks to the protesters against coal mining in Germany, the famous Kerpen track is still open for competition! The Erftlandring, as a lot of people know, is the home track of the Schumacher brothers, Sebastian Vettel and several other former F1 drivers, where many of the best in karting have battled it out – including Ayrton Senna. The circuit has a lot of height difference and not a track for the faint hearted – that’s for sure!
In the 5 Rotax classes on the program there were over 100 competitors who fought in some great races for victory and the chance to win their Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals Ticket. The summery temperatures of way above 30 °C did not stop the drivers from giving their best and the fans crowded alongside the track got to see some real racing.
This year, the Dutch RMC is closer than ever, especially in Senior MAX where the complete field on the Mojo D5 tires was within 0.7 of a second in qualifying. In all the other classes, it was also very close and the contestants were pushing to the limit, where we could easily say that every driver was a winner in their performance to achieve the utmost best results.
Event organiser Gaby van de Burgt said after the weekend that she was afraid that the high temperatures would give the drivers and the organisation problems, but in the end it proved to be a smooth and successful weekend, with great, fair races and equal winners. Even the media claimed the racing was the most competitive of all that they have seen this season.
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