Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2017 - Day 4

Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2017 - Day 4

Portimao, Portugal, November 7th, 2017 –Welcome to the second and last full day of unofficial nonqualifying practice. The weather was mild, sunny and 22°C average temperature – in other words, perfect for driving conditions.

The drivers were given two 15-minute practice sessions. Similar to Monday’s set-up, Tuesday proved to be another opportunity for teams to test their equipment and familiarize themselves more with the track layout.

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125 Micro MAX
Practice No. 3 saw Zoltan Koros of Slovakia conquer the top spot with a 1:08.792 – three-tenths faster than any other driver in that practice session. However, Koros fell down to eleventh in practice No. 4, giving way to Keanu Al Azhari of the UAE to take over the top spot with a 1:08.732.

125 Mini MAX
Frenchman Marcus Amand posted the fastest lap time in practice No. 3, being the only competitor in the 1:04.00 second mark, posting a 1:04.699. Amand improved his pace in session No. 4, still remaining at the top of the time sheets with a 1:04.538.

125 Junior MAX
Hannes Morin of Sweden posted a solid fastest lap in practice No. 3, two-tenths faster than second place. Practice No. 4 saw Clayton Ravenscroft of the UK jump to the top spot, with a 1:00.460, just nine-thousandths of a second ahead of Victor Bernier of France.

125 MAX
The first of the two practice sessions for the 125 MAX group saw Brett Ward of the UK post the fastest lap time of 1:00.137 over the winner of the Japanese Rotax Max Festival, Koki Mizuno, who ran a 1:00.260.

Practice No. 4 saw a change in the running order at the top of the time sheets. Enric Bordas Cotes of Spain posted the fastest lap time of a 1:00.236, closely followed by the Italian driver Lorenzo Nistri.

125 MAX DD2 Masters
Practice No. 3 saw Gabriel Zughella of Argentina post the fastest lap time with a 59.471, about three-hundredths of a second faster than Michael Stephen from the Republic of South Africa.

A new nationality conquered the top spot on the time sheets, as Antti Ollikainen of Finland ran the fastest lap with a 59.395, followed by Grand Finals veteran Ryan Urban of New Zealand who posted a 59.469.

125 MAX DD2
The DD2 class saw a solid fastest runner for both sessions 3 and 4 – with Ville Viiliaeinen of Finland posting the fastest lap times. Although Ville has been dominant in the last three unofficial practice sessions, we are still far from determining the Grand Finals champion.

Stay tuned for our upcoming daily reports, which bring the intense action of the RMCGF to you!

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The Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC) is a professional kart racing series established, owned and organized by BRP and its Rotax kart engine distributors. Approved by and in compliance with CIK / FIA, the RMC is a "one-make-engine" formula: only Rotax kart engines that are checked and sealed (for equal performance) will be used. The success in the competition is mainly up to the skills of the driver.

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