Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy makes its debut at Karting des Fagnes

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The largest outdoor circuit in Belgium will host round 3 of the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy this week, as the international series begins the second half of the season.

The 1,366 metre track of Karting des Fagnes in Mariembourg is renowned for being one of the famous locations on the European race calendar over the years that has seen many successful drivers competing at some of the biggest events in the history of karting. The Rotax championship is now added to that list and will undoubtedly produce some exciting racing as the ongoing battle for the titles continues. 

The Mariembourg circuit is regarded by many competitors as being very technical, especially the second section of the track, so the results could well prove to be a turning point in the 2022 series. With the Rotax Mini MAX and both Project E20 categories contesting their final round of three this weekend, the champions are still yet to be decided along with the RMC Grand Finals ticket winners. After the opening round at Genk, Belgium and the second edition at Val d’Argenton, France, the current RMCET leaders remain strong players, but the challengers are extremely motivated. This weekend, 24 countries make up the field of 165 competitors entered for the third round event. 

Several drivers have been consistent in their results at the top and are hoping to secure their place in the history books this year in the Rotax European series. Boaz Maximov (Mini MAX), Ethan Jeff-Hall (Junior MAX), Mark Kimber (DD2) and Thijs Stevens (E20 Junior) have all won three out of four of Sunday’s Final races to lead their respective categories. With double victories at the first round, teammates Denis Thum (DD2 Masters) and Luca Koester (E20 Senior) control the standings, while the 2021 Junior RMCET champ Kai Rillaerts (Senior MAX) with only one win and three second place finishes in the first half of the season is just two points ahead of the round one winner Sean Butcher. 

Qualifying gets underway Friday afternoon from 3.30pm to confirm the start grids for all three of the heat races Saturday. The second chance race for Senior MAX and two Finals for the best-placed drivers in each class will be contested Sunday. 

Find more info with the links to LIVE TIMING and LIVESTREAM on the Rotax Global app (App Store or Google Play Store) and on the RMC Euro Trophy website - 
The livestream coverage begins online at 10.20am on Saturday and 10.30am Sunday (CEST). 



Photos: ©KartPhoto/Michael Melis
From Mariembourg, Jen Wade


Created by: cggiuliano - 08/07/22

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