Drivers ready for final dash at NOLA

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With the completion of the heats at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, USA, drivers are ready to start the final phase of the Rotax Grand Finals in what is going to be a very exciting racing day.

The weather definitely improved on Friday, when the final heats and second chance heats took place.
In Senior MAX, UK driver Oliver Hodgson grabbed first place on prefinal starting grid with a 2nd place, a 1st and a 3rd, and will be joined on the front row by Estonian Aaro Talvar, who also scored one win.
Row 2 for Swede Philip Morin (one win, a 2nd and a 10th place) with Dane Henckel Mortensen ready to start next to him. Spaniard Carlos Gil and reigning champion Charlie Eastwood (IRL) complete row 3, Albert Gil and Ed Brand will start from row 4, and fellow Brits Aitken and Fowlie from row 5.
In Junior MAX, a US driver will start from pole in the prefinal. With two 2nd place and a win, Kyle Kirkwood will be joined by Canadian Jeffrey Kingsley (two wins and a 4th place) on front row, with Finn Juri Vips and Jamaican Thomas Issa starting from row 2.
Correa, also from the US, will sit on row 3 sided by South African van der Watt, and let’s hope to see fewer contacts than in the qualifying phase.
In DD2, Lithuanian Vasiliauskas started with a 5th place in the first heat, but a 2nd a 1st granted him pole start for the prefinal. Next to him on front row, UK’s Shaun Slavin also with one heat win, as Miika Laiho from Finland and Joey Wimsett from the USA will start from row 2. Two Belgians Detige and de Ruwe complete row 3, while the two Canadian stars of the field with several titles in their resume, Pier-Luc Ouellette and Ben Cooper had one disastrous heat each forcing them to start 16th and 17th respectively.
DD2 Masters was dominated by US legend Alan Rudolph with three straight wins, joined on front row by reigning champion Cristiano Morgado, and the 2013 title seems to be a matter for these two to win.
The support event for younger drivers, the Micro and Mini Invitational had the 35 young hopefuls from Canada, the USA, and Mexico busy in qualifying practice. In Micro MAX, local star Dylan Tavella stopped the fastest lap with 1’06”853, only 0”009 faster than Canada’s sensation Matthew Latifi, with the first 5 all within 1 tenth.
In Mini MAX, Devin Boutot from the USA beat the competition with 1’03”143 lap, as 2nd fastest David Malukas was down 0”142 from his compatriot. The two Canadians Serravalle and de Angelis – 3rd and 4th fastest – were separated by a mere 0”001!
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Created by: - 16/11/13

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