Halftime for BNL Karting Series 2024 in Mariembourg!

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The 2024 BNL Karting Series season now hits the halfway point of the calendar, after a hectic first round back at Karting Genk in April. The paddock now heads to the southern part of Belgium for Round 2, as Karting Des Fagnes in Mariembourg will see around 100 drivers from almost 20 nations compete at this fast and technical 1,388-metre circuit.

BNL R2 at Mariembourg 

The circuit, based in the Couvin region, has been a staple of the regular calendar for the past few seasons and is one that will test everyone that tackles its tarmac throughout Qualifying, Heats, Super Heats and Finals, with the action concluding on Sunday afternoon.

The UK’s Oliver Warner (#123) leads the Mini MAX ranking after the opener at, but the second round will see another driver take the lead in the standings. Poland’s Michael Zajac (#184) and the UK’s Jenson Chalk (#164) are split by just one point, but could also have the likes of Belgium’s Vince Vanderhallen (#130), Vic Van Campenhout (#147) and AJ Burgraff (#171 – NED) closely battling with them. SP Motorsport’s Ryan Rampadarath (#32 – NED) is currently the top Rookie in 14th place overall and could look to build a lead over his competition.

Just three points cover the leaders in Junior MAX, as the British pair of Harry Bartle (#273) and Jacob Ashcroft (#222) lead the way, but with a competitive field in the offing, Latvia’s Toms Strele (#238) will also be one to watch, along with the UK’s Cameron Nelson (#241) and the Netherlands’ Boaz Maximov (#230). There are also some of the other drivers in the field who will also look to move up the standings, having had their fair share of ups and downs in Genk.

Senior MAX sees the Netherlands’ Jayden Thien (#359) have almost a perfect score at the “Home of Champions,” finishing second in the Final to defending champion Kai Hunter (#385 – GBR). He has a 15-point advantage over the UK’s Macauley Bishop (#367), whilst Belgium’s Sverre Ubben (#346) rounds out the top three. Hunter, who switched in the off-season to older brother Rhys’ Hunter Motorsport outfit from Dan Holland Racing, will be looking to fight back at the front end of the field. Vic Stevens (#327 – BEL), Yort Van Wijk (#323 – NED), Lawrence Herbots (#398 – BEL), Archie Buttle (#322 – GBR) and Armand Hamilton (#342 – HUN) may also say in how the racing plays out during the weekend’s duration.

Denmark’s Frederik Zebis Christensen (#433) may be one of the young chargers in MAX DD2, as he recorded a perfect score in the first round, and looks to build on that success, even though Dörr Motorsport’s Nikita Gense (#407 – GER) may close a 19-point gap down going into the Summer break.

DD2 Masters points leader Nicolai Kristensen (#508 – DEN) is not present, along with several other drivers, this will allow the trio of Carl Cleirbaut (#540 – BEL), Christophe Capitaine (#599 – FRA) and Michael Becker (#504 – GER) to close the gap to the RS Competition driver before the second half of the calendar starts in late August at Kartbahn Kerpen in Germany.

All races will be live-streamed from Mariembourg, being broadcast on the BNL Karting Series’ official YouTube channel:
Saturday stream (starts 1230 CEST): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc4Nq2oqKto
Sunday stream (starts 0920 CEST): https://www.youtube.com/live/0GpFK_nHqUU        

Live timing: https://racemon.motorsport-events.se/#/instance/bnl


Press Release by: BNL karting series - 24/05/24

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