Finals grids are set after a challenging Saturday at Campillos

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Saturday’s program of back-to-back racing for nearly 200 competitors at the Rotax Max Challenge Euro Trophy Winter Cup has confirmed the front-runners and the grids for the first finals Sunday.

The wintery conditions challenged everyone on track at southern Spain’s Kart Centre Campillos, from the marshals to the drivers themselves, with chilling gusty winds and drenching rain showers throughout the day. 27 qualifying heats were completed since Friday afternoon’s official timed practice sessions. The stage is now set for the showdown and the Winter Cup champions to shine.

Mini MAX – Albert Friend still at the top
Polesitter Albert Friend continued his good form to take the honours in the initial two heats and a P4 in the third race, earning him pole position for the Pre-Final Sunday. His British Strawberry Racing teammate Tom Read secured the victory in heat three to rank fourth in the points behind Oliver Spencer (GBR) and Zdenek Babicek (CZE). 2021 RMCGF Micro MAX champ Nikita Ljubimov was P5. 

Junior MAX – Strele beats teammate to pole
Jacob Ashcroft (GBR) led the Qualifying Practice and won both his first heats, before taking third in the last. Dan Holland Racing teammate Toms Strele was second to the polesitter in Heat 1, then went on to win the remaining two races and beat Ashcroft by a single point to top the rankings. Italian Lorenzo Giaquinto also had excellent results with a victory, P2 and P3 to be two points off. Another driver from the DHR stable, Cameron Nelson, was the winner of one heat and looked strong with a third place, but unlucky in his last race. Ranking P4 was Charlie Smith (USA) and in P5 Japan’s Shun Sekiguchi.  

Senior MAX – Hunter leads every race lap
Kai Hunter (GBR) was the man to beat in the elimination heats over the past two days, leading every lap in all five of his races. The Hunter Motorsport driver [racing for his brother this season] qualified P2 to Senior MAX rookie Thomas Bearman Friday, who unfortunately dropped down the rankings after an incident in one heat. 15 heats were contested in the field of 90 entries at the International Karting Campillos circuit and it was a British trio that took double victories in the highly-competitive line-up: Caden McQueen and Matthew Higgins – who ranked P3 and P4, and Lewis Gilbert. Oliver Hodgson had the next best results with one win, two second places and a third to secure P2 overall after the races. Vic Stevens, Ethan Jeff-Hall and Guy Cunnington each took a heat win. Ranking P5 was Jayden Thien (NLD), the first of the non-British drivers in the class, ahead of Ethan Jeff-Hall.

Rotax DD2 – Locmelis wins the close battle
Patriks Locmelis reigned supreme in the rain to claim pole for the Pre-Final Sunday over original pace-setter Ragnar Veerus. The Latvian running for Biedriba MRG Racing had two wins and a fifth, while the Estonian won the first race plus a second and a fourth place, separating the pair by only one point in the final score. It was David Aulejtner (POL) following in third, who had qualified P4. The competition amongst the top finishers saw a number of drivers taking minor placings in the heats. 

Rotax DD2 Masters – Picot holds on to P1
With consistent results, the first two DD2 Masters were actually next in the overall rankings. The 2023 RMC Euro Trophy winner Nicolas Picot had a top result of fourth in the combined categories to end up with the least points to be two in front of defending RMCET Winter Cup champion Martynas Tankevicius (LTU). Ranked third in the 32+ years class another two points in arrears was Fabian Bock.


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Created by: abruno - 10/03/24

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