Genk hosted the first round of the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy.
Genk: Home of Champions hosted the first round of the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy.
The event, presented "Open", did not score any points for the final classification of the championship; however, the winners of the Junior MAX, Senior MAX and DD2 classes won a "ticket" for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals of Sarno and the DD2 Masters’ was awarded with a free slot for the Euro Trophy.
In Junior MAX the winner was Mike van Vugt (JJ Racing), while in Senior MAX and DD2 the wins went to Ilian Bruynseeles (Bouvin) and Niklas Graenz (42 Competition).
Junior MAX - Haanen and van Vugt share the victories
Kris Haanen (Bouvin) achieved success in Race 1, beating direct competition from Mike van Vugt (JJ Racing) and Oli Pylka (Dan Holland). In the afternoon race came the replica of van Vugt who won in front of Thom Reinaerdts (GKS Lemmens) and Haanen himself. Vugt brought home a ticket for the Grand Finals.
Senior MAX - Bruynseeles does double win!
In both races of the Senior a fiefdom for Ilian Bruynseeles (Bouvin), Mathilda Olsson (Strawberry) and Bradley Barrett (Dan Holland), who will debut in DEKM. Few had doubts about the absolute victory, which went to Bruynseeles.
DD2 - Graenz: encore of victories and tickets.
In DD2 both Finals were won by Niklas Graenz (42nd Competition), who in Race 1 preceded Daniel Machacek (Daems) and Xen De Ruwe (SSC) while in Race 2, over Machacek, 2nd, the Finn Ville Villaeinen. In this way, the third and last ticket available have been secured.
Finally, in DD2 Masters, victories for Slawomir Muranski and Roberto Pesevski.
The first three drivers "invited" to the 20th edition of the Grand Finals are therefore van Vugt, Bruynseeles and Graenz.
The next round of the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy is scheduled at the Adria Karting Raceway on the weekend of June 2nd.