Germany’s Rotax racing season takes off on a new high

- Races
This weekend in Germany, the opening round of the Rotax MAX Challenge national championship combines with the RMC Cup Series to successfully launch the 2023 season with record entries. Around 170 competitors entered for the first of four events on the German RMC series calendar at one of Europe’s favourite karting circuits, Prokart Raceland, Wackersdorf.

Together with the initial RMC Cup Series round suited more for the club-sport drivers, the GKC 100 guest class also supports a full race program of ten categories in total. With the exception of the Rotax Micro- and Mini MAX fields in the German Rotax MAX Challenge, the remaining four classes of the Junior- and Senior MAX, plus the DD2 and DD2 Masters, each make up the schedule for both series. RMC Grand Finals tickets will be awarded to the eligible German champions in the six Rotax categories for the ultimate showdown of the season in Bahrain from December 2nd to 9th. The year ahead still has a lot of racing to enjoy in the meantime for the RMC Cup Series enthusiasts, with even more events in addition to the joint RMC Germany dates.

Saturday qualifying and first round of heats gets the action started
After several practice sessions, the RMC national classes prepared for qualifying following the lunch break, only to be hit by drenching rain and light hail. The mixed conditions continued for Heat 1 later, as temperatures fell and the sun re-appeared briefly for the ongoing Cup Series practice.

Pole position in Micro MAX was #18 Max Moor (1:10.216) who also took the victory in Heat 1.  In Mini MAX, Gabrijel Hoffman (1:05.861) posted the quickest lap and Maxim Becker won the first race. Rafael Baltzer (58.470) topped the timesheet in Junior MAX, while Hannes Ueberfeldt sealed the win in Heat 1. Austin Lee (50.657) was the man to beat in Senior MAX, taking the chequered flag in the first race as well. In a competitive two-speed DD2 field, Nikita Gense (50.476) set the pace in official timed practice, although it was Denis Thum who was victorious in the first of the heats. The 2022 RMC Euro Trophy DD2 Masters winner also secured pole (50.173) in the over 32-years class, where Nico Grimm took the honours in Heat 1. 

Follow all the track action online for the final two rounds of heat racing Sunday, beginning with the Micro MAX at 10.15am. It looks like another cool day in Bavaria with more showers on the way.

Live Timing
Entry list


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2023 Calendar
25./26.03.2023    Wackersdorf
29./30.04.2023    Kerpen
22./23.07.2023    Muelsen
16./17.09.2023 Wittgenborn

03./04.06.2023    Urloffen
11./12.08. 2023    Belleben (night race)
 14./15.10. 2023 Cheb (CZ)

Photos Motorsport XL/Timo Deck & Text Jen Wade



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