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Event Page: 2014 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals – Valencia, Spain


Event Page: 2014 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals – Valencia, Spain

For the quickest updates and results from this weeks Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Valencia, Spain tune in to our event page. We will be updating it on the flying, posting the results as fast as we can type them, so check back often for the overall results and updates on drivers from Canada and the United States of America.

Zachary Claman DeMelo (@zachcd13) overcame the very conditions to finish third today in the Rotax Senior Grand Final. #RMCGF

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November 30, 2014

RMCGF Day 6: Four Champions Crowned in Treacherous Weather Conditions


Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN

By Nathan Kelly/CKN

Saturday morning in Valencia brought something that had been notoriously long awaited all week. Drivers arrived at the circuit in a heavy downpour and there was no sign of it letting up anytime soon. The positive of this is that mechanics could fully set their karts up for the wet, as the PreFinals were scheduled to begin at 10:50am. Rain fell quite hard for morning warmup sessions and drivers took their time to learn the circuit as best possible in the wet. As the Junior Max class arrived on the pre-grid, the rain began to hit harder.

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November 29, 2014

RMCGF Day 6 Photo Gallery


Carlos Gil Overcame the conditions to win in Senior Max (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

Championship Saturday at the 2014 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Valencia, Spain was much different for those competing for the Rotax World Titles as heavy rain and miserable conditions created delays, cancellation of the PreFinals and some very soggy Grand Finals.

But when all the mist settled and the races were completed, four new Rotax Grand Finals Champions were crowned. Also, two Canadian drivers stood on the podium as Ben Cooper finished second in Rotax DD2 and Zachary Claman DeMelo was third in Rotax Senior.

Here is our photo gallery from the final day of competition at the Kartodromo Lucas Guerrero in Spain.

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November 29, 2014

Babington Completes Perfect Weekend in DD2; Cooper Second, Woodley Fourth


Sean Babington was perfect all week long in DD2 (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

With all the delays and changes in the schedule, the Rotax DD2 class at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals had a very lengthy wait from their morning warm-up to their Grand Final after officials cancelled all the PreFinals.

Following the DD2 Masters class where the track had started to show signs of drying but was still very wet in some sections all the DD2’s hit the track on wet tires.

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November 29, 2014

Mathias Laine Crowned DD2 Masters Champion; Rudolph Drives from 34th to 5th!


Two Finns on the DD2 Masters podium after some post-tech infractions altered the results (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

After dominating all week long South Africa’s Cristiano Morgado found himself in an unfamiliar place on the opening lap of the Rotax DD2 Masters Grand Final in Valencia, Spain.

Morgado surrendered the lead for the first time of the weekend on the opening lap to Martin Pierce (Ireland) as well as Mikko Laine (Finland) as the Rotax DD2 Masters drivers hit the wet track with no more rain falling and the sun trying to peek through the clouds. After transferring through the last chance and starting dead last American Alan Rudolph had a stellar opening lap, moving from 34th to 13th!

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November 29, 2014

Carlos Gil Wins Rotax Senior Title on Home Turf; DeMelo Finishes Third


Spain’s Carlos Gil won in Senior Max (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

After watching the Rotax Junior drivers tackled the tricky and very wet Kartodromo International Lucas Guerrero for their Grand Final, the Rotax Senior drivers were immediately to follow.

The heavy rain continued and with no PreFinal we knew it would be a wild one with many drivers coming from the rear of the grid.

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November 29, 2014

Soaking Wet Grand Finals Title for Jueri Vips in Rotax Junior


The rain came pouring down in the Junior Max Grand Final creating an epic battle for the title (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

After a very long week of action at the Kartodromo International Lucas Guerrero the moment had finally arrived. Championship Saturday at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Valencia, Spain featured a major twist in the plot as heavy rain arrived after a mostly dry event thus far.

The big challenge arrived in how the new facility would manage the weather, seeing as the region doesn’t feature rain often and the drainage was a concern.

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RMCGF DD2 Grand Final Results

Two Canadians in the top five!

1. Sean Babington (UAE)
2. Ben Cooper (CAN)
3. Jordan Boys (AUS)
4. Fred Woodley (CAN)
5. Rasmus Markkanen (FIN)

10. Nick Neri (USA)
11. Jeffrey Kingsley (CAN)
26. Gavin Reichelt (USA)
27. Michael Ilavia (USA)

RMCGF DD2 Masters Final Results

1. Martin Pierce (IRL)
2. Mikko Laine (FIN)
3. Cristiano Morgado (RSA)
4. Cristophe Adams (BEL)
5. Antti Ollikainen (FIN)

7. Alan Rudolph (USA)

RMCGF Senior Final Results

Unofficial Senior Max Results, DeMelo third!

1. Carlos Gil (ESP)
2. Bruno Borlido (POR)
3. Zachary Claman-Demelo (CAN)
4. Jack Bartholomew (GBR)
5. Viktor Oeberg (SWE)

6. Oliver Askew (USA)
22. Philip Ascrott (USA)
30. Jake Craig (USA)

RMCGF Junior Final Results

Estonian driver Jueri Vips wins the Junior Final!

1. Jueri Vips (EST)
2. David Wooder (GBR)
3. Max Timmermans (BEL)
4. Jesper Sjoeberg (SWE)
5. Max Hofer (AUT)

27. Sting Ray Robb (USA)
29. Christian Brooks (USA)

Breaking News:

The pre final races have been cancelled and at 12pm local time the Grand Finals will commence. Drivers will start for the Grand Final in their earned position from the combine heat races.

November 29, 2014

RMCGF Saturday Morning Update:

It’s race day here in Valencia, Spain! The day everyone around the world has been working towards for the past twelve months. The chance to compete for a Rotax Grand Finals title.

It’s very wet this morning as the dark clouds have stayed overnight and don’t appear to be going anywhere. 35-45mm of rain is forecasted and is sure to challenge the competitors and throw a wrench into the excellent weeks some are having here in Spain. For others, the rain is a second chance, especially those starting keeping in the field for the PreFinals.

But with all the uncertainty around today, one thing is for certain, four drivers will be crowned Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals world champions by the end of the day and boy is that exciting!

Both the Canadian and American teams were cut down significantly after yesterdays Last Chance Races, but those who survived are strong and competitive.

It’s going to be a great day here in Valencia, and we can’t wait to bring you all the action.

November 29, 2014

GoRotax Introduces the Rotax Max 125 EVO Engine

The Rotax 125 MAX Evo engine series was announced this evening at a launch party in Valencia, Spain, site of the 2014 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals.

MAXSpeed Group has produced a short video regarding the announcement and launch.

More details on the Rotax 125 MAX Evo engine series will come next week.

November 28, 2014

RMCGF Day 5: More Heat Racing and Last Chance Qualifiers


After a dry week of racing, the Last Chance Qualifiers on Friday were run in the wet conditions. (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

By Nathan Kelly/CKN.

Friday was overcast and rain appeared off in the distance as drivers arrived early in the morning. With karts rebuilt from the prior day of racing, drivers took the to circuit for their respective warm up sessions on damp and cold tarmac. Tired faces walked though out the paddock as teams began to feel the stress and level of intensity of the Rotax Grand Finals. The Rotax Grand Finals is a race like no other Rotax event, the pressure and intensity is at a completely different level than what most drivers are used to. Lack of comfort in your own personal pit space and racing trailer combine with a massive cultural diversity exposes drivers to a unique experience which cannot be replicated. When you calculate the time change and different style of meals, it makes it very difficult for drivers to get in their normal routine as they would in their home countries.

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November 28, 2014

BRP Introduces the New Generation of Karting Engines – The Rotax 125 MAX EVO Series (With Video)


BRP (TSX: DOO) presented the new Rotax 125 MAX evo kart engine series, a major evolution in karting, during the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) in Valencia, Spain.

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November 28, 2014

Morgado in DD2 Masters Cruise Control; Rudolph Races Into Saturday


South African Cristiano Morgado is dominating the Rotax DD2 Masters category in Spain (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

It’s been a very quiet weekend for the Rotax DD2 Masters division in Valencia, Spain. Slightly overshadowed but the three younger and more competitive divisions, the Masters don’t quite get the attention they deserve from those in attendance. But that hasn’t stopped them from putting the gas pedal down and pushing their Praga karts to the limits.

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November 28, 2014

Cooper and Babington Leading in Rotax DD2; North Americans Strong


Ben Cooper closed out his heat races with a win in the B vs C flight (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

The racing in the Rotax DD2 division this week in Spain has been nothing short of excellent. The class is stacked full of talent and the exciting Lucas Guerrero Circuit has created some stellar battles.

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November 28, 2014

Bruno Borlido Leads in Rotax Senior; Six North Americans Qualify for Saturday


Rotax Senior has been wild this week in Spain, and we expect even more on Saturday (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

Powering the Birel chassis in Valencia, Spain, Rotax Senior has been very exciting to watch. Many of the North American drivers have really showed promise this weekend against the worlds best Rotax racers and in the final run of heat races on Friday it was much of the same.

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November 28, 2014

Lithuania’s Rokus Baciuska Leads the Junior’s after the Heats; Only Two North Americans Transfer


Rokus Baciaska of Lithuania (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

It was another dark and gloomy day at the Kartodromo Lucas Guerrero in Valencia, Spain as drivers returned to the track for their fourth day of action. It was decision day as the final heat races determined those who would transfer to the main events on Saturday and those who would need the Last Chance Race to sneak in.

Wet weather loomed in the region all day long but it held off until the Last Chance Races, ensuring everyone competed heat #3 on dry tires.

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November 28, 2014

LCQ Results DD2

1. Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT)
2. Alexandre Anstett (FRA)
3. Sandro Lukovic (BIH)
4. Sanad Al Rawahi (OMA)
5. Francisco Hernandez (ARG)
6. Nick Neri (USA)

Eliminated North American Drivers:
John Buzza (CAN)
Johnathan Kotyk (USA)

November 28, 2014

LCQ Results DD2 Masters

Rudolph drives from 24th position to 6th to earn his place in tomorrows races!

1. Guillaume Berteaux (FRA)
2. Hamish Leighton (AUS)
3. Priit Sei (EST)
4. Jan Andreasen (DEN)
5. Steven Ellery (AUS)
6. Alan Rudolph (USA)

Eliminated North American Drivers:
Derek Wang (USA)
Stuart Clark (CAN)
Mike Jones (USA)
Paul Carvalho (CAN)
Kenneth Maxfield (USA)
Francis Mondou (CAN)
Erik Jackson (USA)
Bobby Greene (USA)


LCQ Results Senior Max

1. Calvin Wong (MAS) 2. Viktor Oeberg (SWE) 3. Jake Craig (USA) 4. Gray Donnelly (IRL) 5. Christopher Dreyspring (GER) 6. Bryce Choquer (CAN) Eliminated North American Drivers: Dan Roeper (USA) Christophe Paquet (CAN) Mason Marotta (USA) Ashley Rogero (USA)

November 28, 2014

LCQ Results Junior Max

1. Hedouin, Nathan (FRA) 2. Pires, Mariano (POR) 3. Endo, Shogo Japan (JPN) 4. Cardoso, Pedro (BRA) 5. Hofer, Max (AUT) 6. Santos, Lisard (ESP) Eliminated North American drivers: Clay Van Eerd (CAN) Gianfranco Mazzaferro (CAN) Ryan Norberg (USA) Austin Garrison (USA) Samuel Lupien (CAN) Clay Van Eerd (CAN) Austin Versteeg (USA)

November 28, 2014 The final results from the combined three heats have been posted. The top 28 drivers will advance to the final rounds automatically, while drivers in positions 29 to 62 will compete in the last chance qualifier, with the top six from the LCQ advancing.

North American DD2 Heat Rankings

2. Ben Cooper (CAN) 9. Fred Woodley (CAN) 14. Jeffery Kingsley (CAN) 23. Michael Ilavia (USA) 25. Gavin Reichelt (USA) 39. Nick Neri (USA) 48. John Buzza (CAN) 55. Johnathan Kotyk (USA)

North American DD2 Masters Heat Rankings

41. Derek Wang (USA) 42. Stuart Clark (CAN) 44. Mike Jones (USA) 49. Paul Carvalho (CAN) 53. Alan Rudolph (USA) 59. Kenneth Maxfield (USA) 61. Francis Mondou (CAN) 69. Erik Jackson (USA) 70. Bobby Greene (USA)

North American Senior Heat Rankings

6. Zachary Claman-Demelo (CAN) 16. Oliver Askew (USA) 28. Phillp Arscott (USA) 34. (LCQ) Bryce Choquer (CAN) 36. (LCQ) Jake Craig (USA) 38. (LCQ) Dan Roeper (USA) 58. (LCQ) Christophe Paquet (CAN) 60. (LCQ) Mason Marotta (USA) 64. (Eliminated) Ashley Rogero (USA)

North American Junior Heat Rankings

12. Sting Ray Robb (USA) 22. Christain Brooks (USA) 34. (LCQ) Gianfranco Mazzaferro (CAN) 38. (LCQ) Ryan Norberg (USA) 43. (LCQ) Austin Garrison (USA) 44. (LCQ) Samuel Lupien (CAN) 53. (LCQ) Clay Van Eerd (CAN) 57. (LCQ) Austin Versteeg (USA)

November 28, 2014

Rotax DD2 Heat B+C

1. Ben Cooper (CAN) 2. Edward Brand (GBR) 3. Ferenc Kancsar (HUN) 4. Jeffery Kingsley (CAN) 5. Bradley Liebenberg (RSA) 10. Fred Woodley (CAN) 17. John Buzza (CAN) 28. Johnathan Kotyk (USA)

Rotax DD2 Heat A+D

1. Sean Babington (UAE) 2. Jordan Boys (AUS) 3. Rasmus Markkanen (FIN) 4. Stefanos Kamitsakis (GRE) 5. Xen De Ruwe (BEL) 10. Michael Ilavia (USA) 15. Gavin Reichelt (USA) 31. Nick Neri (USA)

November 28, 2014

Rotax DD2 Masters Heat B+C

1. Adam Hunter (AUS) 2. Martin Pierce (IRL) 3. Mikko Laine (FIN) 4. Charlie Hipp (FRA) 5. Tiffany Chittenden (NZL) 23. Paul Carvalho (CAN) 27. Francis Mondou (CAN) 32. Mike Jones (USA) 35. Bobby Greene (USA) 36. Alan Rudolph (USA)

Rotax DD2 Masters Heat A+D

1. Cristiano Morgado (RSA) 2. Primoz Matelic (SLO) 3. Ryan Urban (NZL) 4. Luis Schiavo (VEN) 5. Jeremie Charon (FRA) 20. Stuart Clark (CAN) 26. Erik Jackson (USA) 27. Kenneth Maxfield (USA) 33. Derek Wang (USA)

November 28, 2014

Rotax Senior Max Heat B+C

1. Carlos Gil (ESP) 2. Oliver Askew (USA) 3. Bruno Borlido (POR) 4. Aavo Talvar (EST) 5. Jack Bartholomew (GBR) 7. Philip Arscott (USA) 13. Zachary Claman-DeMelo (CAN) 15. Dan Roeper (USA) 17. Jake Craig (USA) 27. Christophe Paquet (CAN)

Rotax Senior Max Heat A+D

1. Josh White (GBR) 2. Martin Mortensen (DEN) 3. Nicolas Picot (FRA) 4. Eduardo Garcia (ESP) 5. Antoni Ptak (POL) 14. Bryce Choquer (CAN) 15. Ashley Rogero (USA) 35. Mason Marotta (USA)

November 28, 2014

Rotax Junior Max Heat B+C

1. Sandy Mitchell (GBR) 2. Max Timmermans (BEL) 3. Luc Willemse (NED) 4. Thomas Preining (AUT) 5. Bryce Fullwood (AUS) 8. Sting Ray Robb (USA) 12. Ryan Norberg (USA) 24. Austin Garrison (USA) 27. Austin Versteeg (USA) 28. Samuel Lupien, Samuel (CAN)

Rotax Junior Max Heat A+D

1. Rokas Baciuska (LTU) 2. David Wooder (GBR) 3. Deniz Beckers (NED) 4. Dean Macdonald (GBR) 5. Jueri Vips (EST) 20. Christian Brookes (USA) 26. Gianfranco Mazzaferro (CAN) 32. Clay Van Eerd (CAN)

November 28, 2014

Friday Morning Update: Time to get really serious

For some, today could be the end of the road for their Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. Today we have the final round of heat races for all classes, plus the last chance races. Only 34 drivers in each category will continue on, six of them from the Last Chance Races which have become known as war zones with drivers doing everything they can to extend their week. Looking up at the sky, it is once again cool and cloudy. Rain is in the forecast for the afternoon which could add even more excitement to the Last Chance Races. Nonetheless, it’s going to be another great day here in Valencia, Spain.

November 27, 2014

GoRotax Video Update: Thursday

GoRotax chats with North American drivers Paul Carvalho, Oliver Askew, Michael Ilavia, Samuel Lupien and Stuart Clark.


So many pretty Praga karts. #RMCGF Thursday photo gallery now on CKN! A photo posted by (@ckn_live) on

November 27, 2014

RMCGF Day 4: Intense Action as Heat Racing Begins

By: Nathan Kelly/CKN

Thursday in Valencia brought more cool temperatures as the drivers arrived at the track. Overcast skys blocked out the sun and any hopes of the day warming up. Drivers were given a single warm-up session in the morning to prepare for the two qualification heats that took place before lunch and after. Drivers were decided into four groups (A,B,C and D) based on their qualification times to set the grids for all three rounds of heat races. From this two groups would race each other at a time in a single heat race. Every class put on quite a spectacular show come the heats. Drivers from around the world brought their best to put on an amazing spectacle for fans in Valencia.

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November 27, 2014

Photo Gallery: 2014 Rotax Grand Finals – Days 3 & 4


Check out our Thursday Photo Gallery (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

Official action is underway as Days 3 and 4 brought forth Qualifying and the first two rounds of heat races at the 2014 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Valencia, Spain.

Check out this action-packed gallery of photos and be sure to share the gallery on your favourite social media platforms!

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November 27, 2014

Heat win for Askew; Pair of Seconds for DeMelo in Rotax Senior


Oliver Askew battled back for a heat win in round #2 after being disqualified from his first heat (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

The Rotax Senior division is always a fun one to watch at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals and this year in Valencia, Spain it is no different. Driving styles and defence are things we don’t see in North America and for Rotax Grand Finals rookies it always catches them off guard in the first day of racing.

Rotax Senior A vs B:

The first heat of A vs B saw Belgian driver and polesitter Dylan Lahaye edging out the victory over Brazilian driver Luca Travaglini. Lahaye fell back to fifth on the opening lap but battled his way back to the lead on the final circuit. Spanish driver Carlos Gil had his nose in the mix rounding out the top-3 followed by Josh White (United Kingdom) and Luke Herring (South Africa).

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@samuellupien a good day in the heats. Looking for one more tomorrow to advance to the main. #RMCGF

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November 27, 2014

Four Different Heat Winners in Rotax Junior on Thursday


Mick Wishofer of Austria leads the Juniors after a first and second place results in the heat races. (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

After two days of practice and qualifying it was finally time for the drivers at the 2014 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Valencia, Spain to go wheel-to-wheel racing. Thursday was another cool and overcast day with rain threatening for most of the afternoon but failing to fall. Rotax Junior A vs B: Up first was the Junior heat of Group A vs B. The starting lights went out and the first round of racing was underway. Drivers poured into the first turn as you could feel the excitement at the circuit. Drivers Rokas Bacluska (Lithuania) and Mick Wishofer (Austria) put on an amazing show as they took the lead early on and pulled a significant gap. As the drivers started to battle Belarus driver Dzianis Slavinski pulled closer in third place. Drivers were nose to tail in the final lap but it was Bacluska who was able to take home to victory in the first heat of the Grand Finals.

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November 27, 2014

Babington Remains Perfect in Rotax DD2; Cooper and Woodley in the Top-five


The UK’s Sean Babington is 2 for 2 in the Rotax DD2 heat races (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

The DD2 Class did not disappoint when it came to excitement. Fans were given quite a treat for all four of the DD2 heats today as drivers battled quite aggressively. Rotax DD2 A vs B: The first heat was group A vs B featuring all eight North Americans. This heat saw a great battle between the UK’s Sean Babington and Canadian Ben Cooper. Both drivers battled consistently throughout the race. Babington was able to edge out Cooper for the victory at the line, with Adam Glear (Great Britain) third, Haralds Garkaklis (Latvia) fourth and Canadian Fred Woodley rounding out the top-five.

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November 27, 2014

Morgado Dominating in DD2 Masters Heats; North American’s Struggling Big Time


Cristiano Morgado (437) is cleaning up so far in Rotax DD2 Masters (Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN)

Cristiano Morgado was the story in DD2 Masters on Thursday as the South African driver dominated both of his heat races. Rotax DD2 Masters Heat A vs B: In the first round of heats the four-time Rotax Grand Final Champion took a substantial lead as predicted en route to the win. Second was Martin Pierce (Ireland) and third was Australian driver Adam Hunter. Rounding out the top five was Antti Ollikainen (Finland) and Ryan Urban (New Zealand). As for North America, Canadian Stuart Clark recorded a solid fifteenth position and Team USA driver Erik Jackson had a challenging race recording a 34th place finish.

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November 27, 2014

Rotax DD2 Heat B+D

1. Ferenc Kancsar (HUN) 2. Rasmus Markkanen (FIN) 3. Ben Cooper (CAN) 4. Fred Woodley (CAN) 5. Jordan Boys (AUS) 15. Jeffrey Kingsley (CAN) 20. John Buzza (CAN) 35. Jonathan Kotyk (USA)

Rotax DD2 Heat A+C

1. Sean Babington (UAE) 2. Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT) 3. Bradley Liebenberg (RSA) 4. Piers Pakenham-Walsh (UAE) 5. Edward Brand (GBR) 9. Michael Ilavia (USA) 15. Nick Neri (USA) 17. Gavin Reichelt (USA)

November 27, 2014

Rotax DD2 Masters Heat B+D

1. Adam Hunter (AUS) 2 Martin Pierce (IRL) 3. Primoz Matelic (SLO) 4. Javier Campo (ESP) 5. Tommy Helfinger (GER) 26. Derek Wang (USA) 33. Kenneth Maxfield (USA)

Rotax DD2 Masters Heat A+C

1. Cristiano Morgado (RSA) 2. Antti Ollikainen (FIN) 3. Mikko Laine (FIN) 4. Jeremie Charon (FRA) 5. Tiffany Chittenden (NZL) 17. Alan Rudolph (USA) 20. Mike Jones (USA) 25. Paul Carvalho (CAN) 26. Francis Mondou (CAN) 27. Bobby Greene (USA) 30. Erik Jackson (USA) 32. Stuart Clark (CAN)

November 27, 2014

Rotax Senior Max Heat B+D

Askew Wins! 1. Oliver Askew (USA) 2. Carlos Gil (ESP) 3. Joseph Reilly (GBR) 4. Nicolas Picot (FRA) 5. Martin Mortensen (DEN) 17. Jake Craig (USA)

Rotax Senior Max Heat A+C

1. Bruno Borlido (POR) 2. Zachary Claman-Demelo (CAN) 3 Eduardo Garcia (ESP) 4. Fredd Eriksson (SWE) 5. Luca Travaglini (BRA) 10. Mason Marotta (USA) 20. Bryce Choquer (CAN) 26. Christophe Paquet (CAN) 27. Dan Roeper (USA) 36. Phillp Arscott (USA)

November 27, 2014

Rotax Junior Max Heat B+D

1. Jordan Sherratt (RSA) 2. Maciej Chrupek (POL) 3. Max Timmermans (BEL) 4. David Wooder (GBR) 5. Murilo Della Coletta (BRA) 13. Christian Brooks (USA) 16. Austin Versteeg (USA) 20. Austin Garrison (USA) 31. Ryan Norberg (USA)

Rotax Junior Max Heat A+C

1 Mick Wishofer (AUT) 2 Rokas Baciuska (LTU) 3. Thomas Preining (AUT) 4. Luc Willemse (NED) 5. Jueri Vips (EST) 10. Sting Ray Robb (USA) 13. Gianfranco Mazzaferro (CAN) 14. Samuel Lupien (CAN) 21. Clay Van Eerd (CAN)


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November 27, 2014

Rotax DD2 Heat C+D

1. Xen De Ruwe (BEL)
2. Jordan Boys (AUS)
3. Bradley Liebenberg (RSA)
4. Edward Brand (GBR)
5. Stefanos Kamitsakis (GRE) No North Americans in this one.

Rotax DD2 Heat A+B

1. Sean Babington (UAE) 2. Ben Cooper (CAN) 3. Adam Glear (GBR) 4. Haralds Garkaklis (LAT) 5. Fred Woodley (CAN) 8. Jeffrey Kingsley (CAN) 13. Nick Neri (USA) 14. Gavin Reichelt (USA) 18. Jonathan Kotyk (USA) 20. Michael Ilavia (USA) 36. John Buzza (CAN)

November 27, 2014

Rotax DD2 Masters Heat C+D

1. Mikko Laine (FIN) 2. Primoz Matelic (SLO) 3. Henry Martin (ARG) 4. Tiffany Chittenden (NZL) 5. Charlie Hipp (FRA) 10. Derek Wang (USA) 17. Mike Jones (USA) 22. Alan Rudolph (USA) 24. Paul Carvalho (CAN) 30. Francis Mondou (CAN) 33. Bobby Greene (USA)

Rotax DD2 Masters Heat A+B

1. Christiano Morgado (RSA) 2. Martin Pierce (IRL) 3. Adam Hunter (AUS) 4. Antti Ollikainen (FIN) 5. Ryan Urban (NZL) 15. Stuart Clark (CAN) 34. Erik Jackson (USA)

November 27, 2014

Rotax Senior Max Heat C+D

1. Bruno Borlido (POR) 2. Zachary Claman-Demelo (CAN) 3. Harry Webb (GBR) 4. Phillip Arscott (USA) 5. Brad Jenner (AST) 17. Dan Roeper (USA) 22. Christophe Paquet (CAN) 33. Ashley Rogero (USA)

Rotax Senior Max Heat A+B

1. Dylan Lahaye (BEL) 2. Luca Travaglini (BRA) 3. Carlos Gil (ESP) 4. Josh White (GBR) 5. Luke Herring (RSA) 22. Bryce Choquer (CAN) 24. Jake Craig (USA) 33. Mason Marotta (USA) 36. Oliver Askew (DQ) (USA) Askew with an amazing drive up to 6th position but was disqualified for “aggressive driving”

November 27, 2014

Rotax Junior Max Heat C+D

1. Thomas Preining (Austria) 2. Richard Verschoor (Netherlands) 3. Murilo Della Coletta (Brazil) 4. Maurico Van Der Laan (Spain) 5. Bryce Fullwood (Australia) 12. Sting Ray Robb (USA) 14. Christian Brooks (USA) 26. Samuel Lupien (CAN)

Rotax Junior Max heat A+B

1. Rokas Bacluska (Lithuania) 2. Mick Wishofer (Austria) 3. Dzianis Slavinski (Belarus) 4. John Kevin Grams (Germany) 5. Max Timmermans (Belgium) 16. Ryan Norberg (USA) 17. Gianfranco Mazzaferro (CAN) 18. Clay Van Eerd (CAN) 19. Austin Versteeg (USA) 22. Austin Garrison (USA)

Thursday Morning Update

Since the drivers are limited to one set of tires for the remainder of the event, many opted only a for a handful of laps in morning warm up. Tire conservation will be crucial for the next three days here in Valencia, although it appears that wet weather will arrive Friday and Saturday. Once again it is much cooler today than the first couple of days here in Spain. Heat races will be exciting!


November 26, 2014

RMCGF Day 3: Intensity Thickens as Official Qualifying Gets Under Way

Wednesday brought a cool morning to Valencia as teams were seen dressed in Canadian winter attire in the morning. As the sun began to shine in the afternoon some of the jackets were put away and temperatures resumed their normal Spanish warmth. The day began with two ten-minute practice sessions for final preparations before qualification began. Overnight rain made for a wet track in the first round of practices as drivers struggled to get quick times and grip. The second practice saw drivers and teams give their final shot at any testing or tuning before the qualification. Practice tires were done after the final practice session and drivers made the transition to their race tires, which they will be required to run for the remainder of the Rotax Grand Finals.

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November 26, 2014

Max Challenge Canada Video Update

Patrick Moreau from speaks with Gianfranco Mazzaferro and Zachary Claman DeMelo.

November 26, 2014

GoRotax Video Update

Wednesday Qualifying recap featuring Ashley Rogero, Zachary Claman DeMelo, Alan Rudolph, Fred Woodley and Sting Ray Robb.

November 26, 2014

Rotax DD2 Qualifying

1. Sean Babington (UK) 55.190
2. Ferenc Kancsar (Hungary) +0.080
3. Javier Rodelas (Spain) +0.108
4. Rasmus Markkanen (Finland) +0.115
5. Adam Glear (UK) +0.174

6. Jeffrey Kingsley (CAN) +0.181
10. Ben Cooper (CAN) +0.263
14. Fred Woodley (CAN) +0.347
33. Nick Neri (US) +0.547
34. Jonathan Kotyk (US) +0.560
37. Micheal ILavia (US) +0.597
54. John Buzza (CAN) +0.971

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November 26, 2014

Rotax DD2 Master Qualifying

1. Christiano Morgado (South Africa) 55.947
2. Adam Hunter (Australia) +0.118
3. Mikko Laine (Finland) +0.240
4. Primoz Matelic (Finland) +0.272
5. Antti Ollikainen (Slovenia) +0.275

21. Stuart Clark (CAN) +0.614
24. Derek Wang (USA) +0.648
43. Mike Jones (USA) +0.840
51. Paul Carvalho (CAN) +0.998
53. Erik Jackson (USA) +1.132
55. Francis Mondou (CAN) +1.188
63. Bobby Greene (USA) +1.606
68. Kenneth Maxfield (USA) +2.802
72. Alan Rudolph (USA) – No Time

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November 26, 2014

Rotax Senior Qualifying

1. Dylan Lahaye (Belgium) 57.482
2. Carlos Gil (Spain) +0.088
3. Bruno Borlido (Portugal) +0.358
4. Nicolas Picot (France) +0.361
5. Luca Travaglini (Brazil) +0.378

7. Zachary Claman-DeMelo (CAN) +0.406
22. Oliver Askew (USA) +0.615
27. Philip Arscott (USA) +0.669
33. Mason Marotta (USA) +0.749
45. Bryce Choquer (CAN) +0.887
47. Christophe Paquet (CAN) +0.916
58. Jake Craig (USA) +1.135
71. Dan Roeper (USA) – DQ
72. Ashley Rogero (USA) – DQ

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November 26, 2014

Rotax Junior Qualifying

1. Rokas Baciuska (Lithuania) 58.631
2. Denis Mavlanov (Russia) +0.155
3. Bryce Fullwood (Australia) +0.166
4. Murilo Della Coletta (Brazil) +0.200
5. Mick Wishofer (Austria) +0.206

15. Sting Ray Robb (USA) +0.354
29. Gianfranco Mazzaferro (CAN) +0.584
30. Ryan Norberg (USA) +0.586
40. Christian Brooks (USA) +0.711
50. Austin Versteeg (USA) +0.898
51. Samuel Lupien (CAN) +0.899
54. Austin Garrison (USA) +0.920
57. Clay Van Eerd (CAN) +0.957

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November 26, 2014

Wednesday Morning Video Update from GoRotax

Sydney Edwards and Tony LaPorta preview what is to come on Wednesday at the Rotax Grand Finals.

November 25, 2014

RMCGF Day 2: Engines Roar as Practice Begins

Drivers awoke to the pleasant surprise of a sun filled first day of practice today. The Spanish weather was kind enough to give a full day of brilliant sun and teams took full advantage of the temperatures. A hot circuit did not take long to build up grip levels and drivers were quickly able to gain speed on the technical Spanish circuit.

There were a total of three practice sessions today, two being fifteen minutes and the final only being ten minutes in duration. Drivers and mechanics had to have full focus for each session to make the most of the opportunities to learn the technical track and better their kart setup.

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November 25, 2014

Photo Gallery: Rotax Grand Finals Day 2


Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN

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November 24, 2014

RMCGF Day 1: The Grand Finals Kicks Off with the Chassis Raffle

Today was the official chassis selection day at the 2014 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. Drivers from across the globe were finally able to get their hands on the karts they will drive for the first time. With weather conditions being warm and sunny participants could not ask for a much better first day. The chassis manufacturers were proudly displaying their work in a spectacular fashion, with all four brands spread across the start/finish line in rows of seventy-two.

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November 24, 2014

Photo Gallery: Rotax Grand Finals Day 1


Photo by: Cody Schindel/CKN

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