Results: Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy 2024 at Le Mans
Results: Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy 2024 at Le Mans

Results: Rotax MAX Challenge...

Results: Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy 2024 at Le Mans

Results: Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy 2024 at Le Mans

The Rotax Max Challenge International Trophy confirms its indisputable success. 319 drivers are expected from 16th to 20th July at one of Europe's leading venues: the Le Mans international...
Live timing: Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy 2024 at Le Mans
Live timing: Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy 2024 at Le Mans

Live timing: Rotax MAX Challenge...

Live timing: Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy 2024 at Le Mans

Live timing: Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy 2024 at Le Mans

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Rotax Grand Festival set for UK debut in autumn

Rotax Grand Festival set for UK debut in...

Rotax Grand Festival set for UK debut in autumn

Rotax Grand Festival set for UK debut in autumn

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Record turnout for the 6th RMCIT!

Record turnout for the 6th RMCIT!

Record turnout for the 6th RMCIT!

Record turnout for the 6th RMCIT!

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Entries for the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy season finale are open!
Entries for the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy season finale are open!

Entries for the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro...

Entries for the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy season finale are open!

Entries for the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy season finale are open!

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Rodby to host the Danish E-Kart Championship in august with Rotax Grand Finals Tickets to be won

Rodby to host the Danish E-Kart...

Rodby to host the Danish E-Kart Championship in august with Rotax Grand Finals Tickets to be won

Rodby to host the Danish E-Kart Championship in august with Rotax Grand Finals Tickets to be won

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An incredible show in the Finals at Franciacorta

An incredible show in the Finals at...

An incredible show in the Finals at Franciacorta

An incredible show in the Finals at Franciacorta

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Livestream: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 3 at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy
Livestream: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 3 at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy

Livestream: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 3...

Livestream: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 3 at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy

Livestream: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 3 at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy

The Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy show arrives in Italy. The famous Franciacorta Karting Track will host the 3rd round of the RMCET, which already promises a great show. The Franciacorta Karting...
An exciting day of heats comes to an end
An exciting day of heats comes to an end

An exciting day of heats comes to an end

An exciting day of heats comes to an end

An exciting day of heats comes to an end

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RMCET, 3 - First Heats are over in Franciacorta
RMCET, 3 - First Heats are over in Franciacorta

RMCET, 3 - First Heats are over in...

RMCET, 3 - First Heats are over in Franciacorta

RMCET, 3 - First Heats are over in Franciacorta

The first heats of Round 3 of the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy at Franciacorta are just finished.
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RMCET, 3 - Franciacorta polemen are revealed!

RMCET, 3 - Franciacorta polemen are...

RMCET, 3 - Franciacorta polemen are revealed!

RMCET, 3 - Franciacorta polemen are revealed!

Qualifying Practices Officially Open Round 3 of the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy at Franciacorta
Results: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 3 at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy
Results: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 3 at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy

Results: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 3 at...

Results: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 3 at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy

Results: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 3 at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy

The Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy show arrives in Italy. The famous Franciacorta Karting Track will host the 3rd round of the RMCET, which already promises a great show. The Franciacorta Karting...
Live timing: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 3 at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy
Live timing: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 3 at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy

Live timing: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round...

Live timing: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 3 at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy

Live timing: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 3 at the Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy

The Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy show arrives in Italy. The famous Franciacorta Karting Track will host the 3rd round of the RMCET, which already promises a great show. The Franciacorta Karting...
The Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy arrives in Italy!
The Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy arrives in Italy!

The Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy...

The Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy arrives in Italy!

The Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy arrives in Italy!

The Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy show arrives in Italy. The famous Franciacorta Karting Track will host the 3rd round of the RMCET, which already promises a great show.
The RMCET is at the halfway point in Wackersdorf
The RMCET is at the halfway point in Wackersdorf

The RMCET is at the halfway point in...

The RMCET is at the halfway point in Wackersdorf

The RMCET is at the halfway point in Wackersdorf

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Winners crowned in Germany, unexpected results at Wackersdorf

Winners crowned in Germany, unexpected...

Winners crowned in Germany, unexpected results at Wackersdorf

Winners crowned in Germany, unexpected results at Wackersdorf

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Livestream: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 2 at Pro Kart Raceland in Wackersdorf
Livestream: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 2 at Pro Kart Raceland in Wackersdorf

Livestream: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 2...

Livestream: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 2 at Pro Kart Raceland in Wackersdorf

Livestream: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 2 at Pro Kart Raceland in Wackersdorf

196 drivers have already entered the second round of the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy, which will take place in Germany at the Prokart Raceland of Wackersdorf from June 7 to 9. 34 nations will be...
Heats completed in Wackersdorf
Heats completed in Wackersdorf

Heats completed in Wackersdorf

Heats completed in Wackersdorf

Heats completed in Wackersdorf

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A friday full of emotions in Wackersdorf
A friday full of emotions in Wackersdorf

A friday full of emotions in Wackersdorf

A friday full of emotions in Wackersdorf

A friday full of emotions in Wackersdorf

The Friday of the 2nd round of the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy brought numerous surprises during the Qualifying Practices and the first Heats.
Results: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 2 at Pro Kart Raceland in Wackersdorf
Results: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 2 at Pro Kart Raceland in Wackersdorf

Results: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 2 at...

Results: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 2 at Pro Kart Raceland in Wackersdorf

Results: 2024 RMC Euro Trophy Round 2 at Pro Kart Raceland in Wackersdorf

196 drivers have already entered the second round of the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy, which will take place in Germany at the Prokart Raceland of Wackersdorf from June 7 to 9. 34 nations will be...
Rotax Max Euro Trophy Open at Genk: Competitive racing and Grand Finals tickets awarded

Published on Friday, April 26, 2019

Rotax Max Euro Trophy Open at Genk: Competitive racing and Grand Finals tickets awarded

Genk, Belgium – Karting Genk once again lived up to its slogan of being "The Home of Champions" where the winners of the first Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy Open were crowned on the 1,360-metre long track in Belgium from April 19th to 21st, 2019. Almost summerlike conditions made for perfect racing throughout the Easter weekend, welcomed by the 127 drivers from over 20 countries around the world who joined the international competition. The positive interest from afar was not by chance, as the RMC Euro Trophy Open provided an early season way to qualify for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in Sarno (ITA) in October this year. The winners of the Junior-, Senior- and DD2-classes could win one of the coveted invitational tickets. The best DD2 Masters driver was rewarded with free entry for the series in the RMC Euro Trophy 2019. So, it was no surprise that the three-day competition was thrilling until the chequered flag!

Juniors: Mike van Vugt prevails

Reigning Euro Trophy Junior Champion Mike van Vugt (JJ Racing) set the tone at the beginning of the weekend. The Dutchman drove the fastest time in qualifying by a time of 55.109 seconds and a lead of almost two-tenths of a second. The youngster repeated this pace in the following two heats, which he won convincingly to start on pole position for the first final on Sunday. Meanwhile, his compatriot Kris Haanen (Bouvin Power) obtained enough points to line up alongside the pole-sitter.

In the first final, the tide turned for Mike van Vugt. In the beginning of the race, the Dutchman dropped back a few positions, putting him in a chaser role. By the end, he made his way up to second place again, but could ultimately not prevent the victory of Kris Haanen. However, the Exprit pilot struck back in the second final. At an early stage, he made it to the front and managed a safe victory over the 13-lap race distance, despite the lasting challenge from Thom Reinaerdt (GKS Lemmens Power) in P2. Mike van Vugt secured both the day's victory and an entry at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals 2019. Kris Haanen came in second on the podium overall, while Thom Reinaerdt (GKS Lemmens Power) completed the Dutch triple success in Junior MAX.

Seniors: Double victory for Ilian Bruynseels

A very close competition was shown in the big grid of seniors. At the end of the qualifying session, not less than 43 of the 47 drivers were separated by just one second. First and foremost, it was local hero Ilian Bruynseels (Bouvin Power) who set the quickest lap of 53.797 seconds, thus having the best chances for the qualifying heats in the afternoon. And indeed the Belgian seized his advantage by taking both race wins, which boosted him to first place in the rankings.

Even on the final day the local hero was unbeatable. Although he had to fight hard in the finals, he claimed both victories in the end. Behind the winner it was the Swedish racing lady Mathilda Olsson (Strawberry Racing) and the Brit Bradley Barrett (Dan Holland Racing), who took the prizes for best supporting roles in second and third place in both races. This order corresponded to the results of the overall classification, so Bruynseels was awarded with the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals ticket.

DD2: Niklas Graenz dominates Finals

In the gearbox category, Xen de Ruwe (SSC - Sportstil) – one of the most experienced and successful RMC Euro pilots – underlined his skills in qualifying and set the bar for the weekend with a time of 53,530 seconds. But during the heats, his opponents caught up, preventing a walkover of the Belgian driver, who is racing under a Slovenian license. After Xen de Ruwe won the first heat, German Niklas Graenz (42 Competition) won the second race, while Polish driver Piotr Wisnicki (Wyrzykowski Motorsport) was successful in the last heat. However, in the general points ranking, it was Xen de Ruwe still leading. He secured pole position by only one point for the first final on Sunday from Niklas Graenz. Austria’s Daniel Machacek (Daems Racing Team) moved up to third place with consistent top results.

On Sunday, Niklas Gränz had his magic moment. The German was in the best shape and celebrated a controlled double victory in both finals, which he was never in great danger of losing. This gave the reigning German RMC champion the win in the overall classification and the much-sort-after ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals in Italy. Behind the KR-pilot, Daniel Machacek took second place in both races and on the podium. In third, the Finn Ville Viiliaeinen (Pentti Viiliaeinen) made it onto the podium, although he ended on equal points with Xen de Ruwe, but the best result from Final 2 determines the order. 

DD2 Masters: Roberto Pesevski takes the victory

Slawomir Muranski (46 team) lived up to his reputation as the reigning Rotax Euro Trophy champion from the very beginning of the weekend. The Pole set the fastest lap in qualifying and was unbeatable in the heats. With two wins, he defended the first place in the intermediate ranking ahead of the Austrian Roberto Pesevski (KSCA Sodi Austria Team) and the German Michael Becker (RS Competition).

In the first final on Sunday, Slawomir Muranski was in a class of his own. He clearly won the first major race, therefore heading into the decisive second final as the favourite. But, here the Pole had to leave the way to his opponents. He dropped back several positions, watching Roberto Pesevski taking both, the race win and day`s victory. Slawomir Muranski had to be satisfied with second place on the podium. Third place went to the German Sebastian Rumpelhardt (RS Competition) with two solid final results.

After the successful Open event, the European Rotax racing series now looks forward to the first round of the championship which takes place from May 31st to June 2nd, 2019. The Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy will officially kick off its season on the modern Adria Karting Raceway (IT) close to Venice. Throughout the year the year, the series visits the top karting tracks of Kristianstad in Sweden and Wackersdorf in Germany. The grids are already filling and promise a highly competitive season, at the end of which the best-placed drivers will be rewarded by a total of 7 tickets for the RMC Grand Finals.

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