2015 Rotax Max Grand Finals Tuesday

First practice sessions now complete

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Day Two is in the books in Portugal with all drivers getting three practice sessions  to dial in their machines. Tomorrow everyone will get two sessions before the all-important qualifying begins. At an event like this, qualifying can make or break your weekend.

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Also for full coverage of Team Canada head over to our friends at Canadian Karting News who once again is proving the great photography for us.

Luke Selliken
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Senior Max

In Senior Max it was no surprise to see the Italian Alex as one of the fastest, but what was surprising is the impressive three tenths he put on the entire field. He was followed by Luke Selliken who was the top North American. Behind them was Rinus Van Kalmthout and all three drivers came from the odd grouping.

In the even group with no surprise Ed Brand was first followed by the young American Christian Brooks and the South African Jonathan Aberdein. In fourth was the Euro Max Champ Pierce Lehane, which means the pre-race favorite are right at the front. Looking further down the order is Kyle Kirkwood in 13th in the even group .392 off the fastest and fellow American Matt Solarcyzk in 14th.

Mike Rolison and the RPG crew
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Junior Max

The trend continues in Junior Max with multiple North Americans showing well in their first few sessions on track. The odd group was led by Axel Charpentier at a 1:02.804 followed by American Mathias Ramirez just .043 back. Early favorite Caio Collet rounded out the group in third. 

The fastest time in the Jr. category was turned by Austrian Nicolas Schoell with a 1:02.657 and only eight thousandths of a second behind him was Harrison Thomas.  For the top Americans in the group we have scroll down a bit to find Darren Keane in 13th and Trenton Estep in 14th. Even further down in 16th is one of the favorites Jack McCarthy.

Mathias Ramirez
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Hey what do you know, Andreas Backman and Ferenc Kansar led the two groups in DD2 with the Hungarian being the quickest in the even group with a 59.304. It probably helps that this is the chassis he races all year.

The top North American was Alessandro Bizzotto third in the odd group followed by Jake French in 6th. Two drivers that we thought would have been a little higher up are Daniel Bray and Rubens Barrichello. They ended the day in 15th and 16th in the odd group. It will be interesting to see if they will find the missing time by qualifying tomorrow.

DD2 Masters

Japan’s Tomokazu Kawase led the way with a 59.779 followed closely by earlier favorite Antti Ollikainen. In third is the Russian Igor Mukhin. Derek Wang was by far the fastest North American, tenth in the odd group and 16th overall. Some of the early favorites like Christophe Adams and Leonardo Nienkotter were both in the top fifteen overall.