After 2005 the ROTAX MAX Euro Challenge finally returned to British ground. Today about 130 drivers completed the first decisive sessions of the halftime race of the season at PF International circuit.
Quite unusual for Great Britain, best weather conditions provided a perfect basis for the qualifying sessions – and even better: The weather is supposed to stay this way for the entire weekend.
Josh Price (Price Racing) set the benchmark in the junior category. By only 0.002 seconds the youngster from the UK was quicker than Austria's Thomas Preining (Protrain Racing). David Wooder from the UK managed the third best lap, thus putting him one position ahead of championship leader Connor Hall (Strawberry Racing).
In the senior category it was Philip Morin (Dan Holland Racing) being quickest man, even breaking the lap record for senior class on the 1.382 metres long circuit. The Swede was only 0.050 seconds faster than his teammate Pierce Lehane on second position. Third place went to Mark Litchfield (Paul Carr Racing), being best British driver ahead of championship leader Harry Webb (Strawberry Racing) in fourth position.
In DD2 category Xen De Ruwe (FK Racing Team AB Ltd), winner of the last round in Italy, kept up his dominant performance. Although the man from Belgium had never been to PF before, he took the best time ahead of Andreas Backman (Strawberry Racing) from Sweden and Hungary's Ferenc Kancsar (KMS Europe). The best British drivers were Lucas Orrock (Orrock Racing) and Sean Babington (Dan Holland Racing) in fourth and fifth position. As for the Masters classification Italy's Alessandro Manetti (Josh Hart Racing) did the most outstanding job, by putting his Praga kart into seventh place in the overall grid.
After the first day of hot and exciting action there was some more highlight. The organizing RGMMC Establishment hosted a hog roast with live music, which was free of charge to all drivers. So Friday evening the paddock was reserved for party time and welcomed plenty of guests, celebrating in a ameable atmosphere. On Saturday race action will take over again, having 22 heats on the agenda.
Everybody is invited to join the race action, as live TV broadcasts the event throughout the weekend. For the first time the coverage will come in amazing HD pictures. So stay tuned on the official website www.rotaxmaxeurochallenge.com, where you get all information regarding reports, photos, results and live TV stream.