Despite the final result, Rehm made a great experience in Portimao.
Maxim Rehm faced his first “world championship” experience last week in Portugal.
At the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve the German driver found himself facing ever-changing climatic conditions: dry, wet and mixed. On the one hand, this made things more difficult, but on the other hand it allowed the German to gain a lot of experience on a very fast track.
In terms of performance, Rehm started by showing good speed in wet free practices. The Tony Kart Racing Team driver also achieved good results in his qualifying session, finishing in 8th position in his session; 30th overall.
A difficult series of heats, however, turned the fate of Rehm's weekend upside down. In the first heat, a 5-second bumper penalty dropped him from 9th to 15th position, while a technical problem forced him to retire in the second heat. In the 3rd heat, he finished 9th after a positive race. A 22nd position and a retirement in the last two heats, unfortunately, put the word “end” on the possibilities of access to the Final.
Maxim Rehm, Tony Kart Racing Team: “It was a very difficult weekend in terms of results, but equally fruitful in terms of experience. I have learned a lot and feel I've grown. Obviously, I made some mistakes and I want to work on these in the next races. I want to thank the Tony Kart Racing Team staff for the work they have done for me this year.”
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