RMC Euro Golden Trophy: heats

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The initial race day was a mix of different winners and several showing their dominance on all counts during Saturday’s qualifying heats at Karting Genk. 24 races kept the drivers busy on track lapping the 1,360-metre circuit as they fought for positions to make the final cut. Only the 2-speed DD2 classes with single grid entries would avoid the second chance race. The battle for the Golden Trophy is about to get very serious as the finals play out Sunday.

Mini MAX – Six drivers lead the way to the chequered flag in the Mini category with Jacob Ashcroft ranked P1 after all top three results and winning the third heat. Nikita Nikishov without any victories ended up on equal points in P2 ahead of race winners Boaz Maximov and Mats van Rooijen. Conquering the remaining three heats were Zdenek Babicek, Henry Domain and Maxim Becker.
Junior MAX – German champ Austin Lee made it a double victory plus a second to be starting the pre-final on pole alongside his teammate Leon Zelenko, race winner and the 2022 RMC International Trophy champion. Macauley Bishop won the opening heat to rank P3 from heat 2 winner Gustavs Usakovs. Last year’s Mini MAX champion at the RMCEGT Mateja Radenkovic claimed the other heat.
Senior MAX – Kai Hunter is continuing his successful season in the MAX class, making it three wins from three to rank first. The new RMC Euro Trophy title-holder Sean Butcher claimed two wins to line up beside him on the front row Sunday ahead of Lewis Gilbert with three P2 finishes. The third heat was won by the quick Danish driver, Mads Riis, to confirm his second row start position.
DD2 – Xander Przybylak knows the Limburg circuit like no other as a former Belgian champion and took the race trifecta for a clean sweep on Saturday in the 2-speed gearbox class. World #1 Martijn van Leeuwen with two second place results and a third ranked behind him, while fellow Dutchman Kris Haanen and another young talent Mathias Bjerre Jakobsen secured their place on row 2 Sunday.
DD2 Masters – Martynas Tankevicius led the Masters’ field following two race victories, only beaten in heat 1 by local driver Carl Cleirbaut, who would share the front row in the pre-final. Christophe Capitaine is flying the French flag in P3 of the standings ahead of Timo Haug with two P2 results.

The weather looks set to make a return to rain Sunday afternoon, as it did for qualifying Friday evening, so the finals showdown could be a completely different story to decide the new champions.

Sunday’s finals are live and recorded on YouTube from around 14:30 (updated restart time)
(*CET – local time Belgium)

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By Jen Wade
Photos: Nina Megger
 

Created by: abruno - 06/11/22

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