CEE RMC: Pole-sitters take victory at the Steel Ring

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The CEE Rotax Max Challenge teams are currently completing a double weekend at the Steel Ring International Circuit in Trinec, Czech Republic. The third round was run on the CIK-FIA Homologated ‘Technical Layout’ of 1,234 metres at the halfway edition of the series last week. From official timed practice to the podium, the top competitors were outstanding.

Free practice was held in wet conditions, but the track was dry by the time qualifying took place. Sunday's races felt the growing impact of the summer heat though. In total, 94 participants raced to score points in the five-round regional championship. The relatively new track has proven to be a popular venue on the Rotax racing [RMC and Rotax Life events] calendar and has featured on the FIA European program. With a width of 9-10 metres, 8 left and 10 right hand corners, and an elevation difference of 7 metres, the CEE competitors continued to battle for the best positions at the first of two meetings held on June 21-23. 

Rotax Micro MAX was won by Maksymilian Raczkowski, who enjoyed a clean streak to take the honours in the Pre-Final, Final and Super Final. The Polish entry leads the standings midway through the series. Meanwhile, the close fight for second place on the podium was settled between two drivers finishing on equal points. 
Pole position - Maksymilian Raczkowski (1:00.839)
1. Maksymilian Raczkowski POL - KRK Racing
2. Artur Ernst POL - Ernst Racing
3. Mathias Drexler AUT - KRT Racing Team

Rotax Mini MAX saw another dominant performance by Majus Mazinas to collect maximum points following his success at the opening round of the Rotax Nordic Challenge on his home edition of the series. The young Lithuanian heads into round 4 with a one point lead over Martin Soltys in the overall standings, who was P2 at the end of the day in Trinec. 
Pole position - Majus Mazinas (58.638)
1. Majus Mazinas LTU - Auteks Racing
2. Martin Soltys SVK - KRK Racing
3. Tadeusz Fusiara POL - Ernst Racing

Rotax Junior MAX Michal Soltys was the third winner to conquer the class with three wins. Making his first appearance in 2024, Lukasz Jezierski took a superb second over fellow Pole Jan Stencel, where the last step of the podium was decided on a countback due to equal points. 
Pole position - Michal Soltys (55.558)
1. Michal Soltys SVK - KRK Racing
2. Lukasz Jezierski POL - Bambini Racing
3. Jan Stencel POL - Ernst Racing

Rotax Senior MAX Italian star Pietro Valdo Pons added a three-from-three finals score to his CEE RMC tally, making this his best result for the series and stretching the championship lead to 16 points. Vilho Aatola was runner-up on every account to beat seasoned Finnish countryman Miska Kaskinen to the chequered flag. Once again, the closely-fought rivalry for the CEE title remains extremely close amongst the ranks of the Senior category.
Pole position - Pietro Valdo Pons (54.786)
1. Pietro Valdo Pons ITA - KSB Racing Team
2. Vilho Aatola FIN - JTL Racing
3. Miska Kaskinen FIN - Miska Kaskinen

Rotax DD2 Dawid Maslakiewicz has only lost one place in the nine series’ races this year, taking P2 in the round 1 pre-final at Jesolo back in March. Since then, he’s won the rest to be sitting 29 points ahead of Maxim Shchurko, P2 in the initial two finals at the Steel Ring. It was Leon Mandl that prevented the Lithuanian from repeating his good form in the Super Final, leaving the pair on a tie, which went in favour of Shchurko from his better qualifying. The leaderboard still tells the same story as the round 3 podium.
Pole position - Dawid Maslakiewicz (54.252)
1. Dawid Maslakiewicz POL - 46Team
2. Maxim Shchurko LTU - Lenktyniu Linija 
3. Leon Mandl AUT - KSB Racing Team

Rotax DD2 Masters has a clear leader as the championship moves into the second half, with Martynas Tankevicius unbeaten in any of the finals to date. As was the case in the other five classes, the two-time RMCET Winter Cup champ was the pole-sitter in qualifying and came away with the event victory in the Czech Republic. The gap is now 28 points to his closest series rival Andreas Brenkusch, who took second place. 
Pole position - Martynas Tankevicius (54.849)
1. Martynas Tankevicius LTU - Lenktyniu Linija
2. Andreas Brenkusch AUT - KSB Racing Team
3. Kyrylo Biryuk POL - 46Team

The next round of the CEE RMC returns to Trinec this weekend on June 29-30, as the championship moves into the closing stage of the season. The question is, will the ‘Fast Layout’ at the Steel Ring International Circuit, homologated by the Czech ASN and a slightly shorter 1,150 metres, change the outcome of the fourth edition to keep the titles undecided? 



Text Jen Wade & Photos CEE RMC

Created by: cggiuliano - 29/06/24

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