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Gunskirchen, Austria, February 10 th , 2023 – The second running of the Rotax Winter Trophy has hit the spot in 2023, growing the two-round series to a total of 100 entries.

With an increase in participants of 66.6% on the first edition of the Rotax MAX Challenge Winter Trophy USA in Florida last year, the interest in the championship saw drivers coming from 14 different nations to compete for the titles and RMC Grand Finals tickets. 

Both rounds took place in Florida once again to kick start the Rotax racing season in the United States. Round 1 of the Winter Trophy was hosted by the brand new Piquet Entertainment & Race Park in Loxahatchee on January 27 to 29, while the second round was played out at the Orlando Kart Center on February 3 to 5. It was another great event with some exciting racing, as the competitors fought closely until the very last finals to become the series champion for 2023. The race fans were able to follow the series online via the Kart Chaser network on YouTube, if they could not be there in person. The voice of the Rotax Grand Finals Henry Beaudette added to the excitement of the event.

Joining the grid once more as an added highlight for their rivals, former Formula 1 drivers Rubens Barrichello and Antonio Pizzonia returned for their chance to represent Brazil again at the RMCGF. However, it was Barrichello who clinched the title off last year’s winner Pizzonia in the DD2 Masters class. Eduardo Barrichello also won the Senior MAX class, thereby adding to the family celebrations and hoping to improve on his top 5 finish at the RMCGF in Portugal in 2022. Ecuador hit the jackpot to bring two series champions, Julian Rivera and Francisco Paredes, to the top step of the podium, together with Kai Johnson from the USA and Canada’s Gianluca Savaglio, who won the Rotax DD2 category on its welcomed return to the series program.

In total, six RMC Grand Finals 2023 tickets were awarded to the Rotax Winter Trophy USA winners who will represent their countries this coming December when the prestigious Rotax karting event goes back to the very popular venue in Sakhir at the International Circuit of Bahrain. 

MICRO MAX – Julian Rivera (ECU)
MINI MAX – Kai Johnson (USA)
JUNIOR MAX – Francisco Paredes (ECU)
SENIOR MAX – Eduardo Barrichello (BRA)
DD2 MASTER MAX – Rubens Barrichello (BRA)
DD2 MAX – Gianluca Savaglio (CAN)

About BRP-Rotax:
BRP-Rotax GmbH & Co KG, the Austrian subsidiary of BRP Inc., is a leader in the development and production of propulsion systems for the leisure and powersports sector. Founded back in 1920, BRP-Rotax has been committed to future-proof mobility and technological progress for more than 100 years. The innovative Rotax four- and two-stroke high-performance engines are used for BRP products such as Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo personal watercraft, Can-Am on- and off-road vehicles as well as for karts and recreational aircraft. With sustainable products such as the first zero-emission Lynx HySnow snowmobile or the high-performance E20 e-kart series, BRP-Rotax is also a pioneer in the field of alternative powertrain models. The Upper Austrian company, headquartered in Gunskirchen, currently employs more than 1,700 people and produces engines for the global market.   

About BRP
We are a global leader in the world of powersports products, propulsion systems and boats built on 80 years of ingenuity and intensive consumer focus. Our portfolio of industry-leading and distinctive products includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and pontoons, Can-Am on and off-road vehicles, Alumacraft and Quintrex boats, Manitou pontoons and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts and recreational aircraft. We complete our lines of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and apparel portfolio to fully enhance the riding experience. With annual sales of CA$7.6 billion from over 120 countries, our global workforce includes close to 20,000 driven, resourceful people. 

Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo, Can-Am, Rotax, Alumacraft, Manitou, Quintrex, Stacer, Savage, and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For information: 
Nathalie Palmetshofer
Strategic Marketing & Communications
Rotax Propulsion Systems
Phone: +43.7246.601.3208

Press Release by: Rotax Kart - 10/02/23

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