A hectic holiday weekend at the CEE-RMC series

- Races
CEE Rotax MAX Challenge 2023, Round 2 - Speedworld, Pachfurth (AUT) April 4-7, 2023 (by Jen Wade - Photos Jakub Rovný)

The Easter Bunny brought snow, cold and very variable weather to Central Europe for the second round of the CEE Rotax Max Challenge series in Austria (April 7-9). The fast, tight, technical race track version of the Speedworld circuit near Vienna was in use for the first visit to the venue in 2023. Friday's practice was on a dry track, Saturday's practice and time trials were run in the wet.

A total of 121 drivers in six categories lined up on Sunday for the racing, alternating between dry and wet conditions, which presented a great challenge for the teams and the drivers. As a result, we saw exciting tactical battles, big catch-ups and some surprises, but unfortunately many drivers slipped out of contention with the crazy weather. It was always decided in the final moments as to which set-up would be the right one, but it was a risky situation, as in the Super Final, where the right tyre choice had to be made for almost 20 laps in an uncertain outlook. On the podium Sunday afternoon, the winners were awarded for their success. However, this is likely to be the round that will be thrown away the most when it comes to the final points’ standings at the end of the season, but the drivers gained valuable and useful experience of racing on a wet track.

Following the initial CEE-RMC Bonus Cup and round 1 at Jesolo, Italy in March, the championship is still shaping up to be an exciting season with seven RMC Grand Finals 2023 tickets on the line. The next CEE-RMC round will also be held at Bruck in mid-June using the 1,160-metre Track 2. Anyone interested to race at the CEE-RMC for some close-fought competition in an international field, where all the Rotax MAX Evo engines (except the DD2/DD2 Masters categories) are supplied by the organisation via lottery system allocation, can register online at www.kartingcee.eu.

Micro MAX
Pole Position Coza Vito   CRO (1:01.712) 1.  Coza Vito   CRO 2.  Zajac Michal   POL 3.  Jocius Patrikas  LTU

Mini MAX
Pole Position: Rogowski Alex   POL (59.608) Results: 1.  Rogowski Alex   POL 2.  Kijanowski Filip   POL 3.  Soltys Martin   SVK

Junior MAX
Pole Position: Sulima Franciszek   POL (58.480) Results: 1.  Assam Jakob   AUT 2.  Cegielski Franciszek   POL 3.  Kluza Alan   POL

Senior MAX
Pole Position: Krepcsik Aron   HUN (57.042) Results: 1.  Krepcsik Aron    HUN 2.  Lackner David    AUT 3.  Richter Matteo   CZE

Pole Position: Shchurko Maxim   LTU (55.006) Results: Provisional DD2 Masters Pole Position: Muranski Slawomir   POL (55.920) Results: 1.  Muranski Slawomir   POL 2.  Brenkusch Andreas   AUT 3.  Biryuk Kyrylo   POL  



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