Challenging end to RMCET season in the UK

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The Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy ended the 2023 season with its debut at the demanding PFI Kart Circuit on September 10, where the UK decider provided more than the usual title showdown challenges for the international field of competitors.

Round 4 produced some new series winners, resulting in several upsets and surprises in the overall standings, where it came down to a matter of one point in the decisions. The RMCET champions confirmed their place on Sunday afternoon to be ranked first in the Rotax European series, facing the fierce competition until the very last laps. In the end, the trophies and the 13 RMC Grand Finals 2023 tickets from BRP-Rotax were awarded amongst the cheers and the tears. Event organiser Camp Company also shared their appreciation as they said farewell after six years running the event since the RMC Euro Trophy was established.
Unexpected heatwave temperatures hit the Lincolnshire region for the entirety of the week pushing the mercury into the mid-30s, making the conditions on and off track almost unbearable at times. The majority of third round qualifying heats were forced to be rescheduled on Saturday afternoon following two race stoppages, therefore delaying the grid rankings until Sunday. Thunderstorms bringing heavy rain and lightning hit suddenly during the start of the Junior MAX final as well. And of course, ultimately the racing was hard core in every instance between the main contenders and the strong local number of entries at Grantham. Eventually, under warm, sunny skies, the fourth and closing edition winners were celebrated on the podium before the new champions were crowned.

The last round victories were impressive on all accounts and most well-deserving of their success: Cole Denholm (Mini MAX), Kenzo Craigie (Junior MAX), Lewis Gilbert (Senior MAX), Tristan Rennie (DD2) and Nicolas Picot (DD2 Masters). In the Rotax E20 electric kart series, Joshua Graham (E20 Junior), Spencer Brougham (E20 Senior) and Andreas Matis (E20 Masters). The championship titles were won by Jacob Ashcroft (Mini MAX), Mateja Radenkovic (Junior MAX), Mark Kimber (Senior MAX), Martijn van Leeuwen (DD2) and Nicolas Picot (DD2 Masters). Antoine Lemieux (E20 Junior), Tijs Daems (E20 Senior) and Andreas Matis (E20 Masters) took victory in the Rotax E-Kart categories. 

The Bahrain International Karting Circuit is the venue for the anticipated Rotax racing end-of-season highlight from December 2-9, where the RMCET 2023 ticket winners will take on the world’s best. 



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Text  Jen Wade  &  Photos  Nina Megger

Created by: abruno - 11/09/23

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