This weekend the top Rotaxians head to Belgium to compete at the world famous Genk circuit for the 2015 Euro Challenge Finale. The championships are very tight with not a single category decided coming into the weekend. This is what to watch for this weekend:
Home Court Advantage for Rinus van Kalmthout
The Dutchman may sit third in the standings, and 36 points back from points leader Pierce Lehane, but being one of the circuits that he regularly competes at he may have an upper hand in the championship battle. Sam Marsh of Dan Holland racing is the top Brit in the standings in second position and will like to continue with his momentum from his second place result at round three. John Stewart may be a bit too far back to challenge for the title, but Lehane’s teammate has finished on the podium in two of three rounds and when drops are calculated in could be back in the game with another top result.
Two other drivers too keep an eye on for the race win are Harry Webb and Denis Mavlanov. Webb is getting more comfortable with his CRG ride race after race and Mavlanov continues to show more speed in his rookie campaign.
North America’s Best Takes on Europe’s Best
The Rotax Max Euro Challenge is regarded as the toughest Rotax series/events in the world. Many believe it is tougher than the Grand Finals. This weekend Sting Ray Robb is making his Euro Challenge debut with PDB/Gillard. The American will be representing Team USA come November in Portugal and this will be a perfect test to see where he truly stacks up against the world’s best. One advantage he has over other North Americans who have gone across the pond to compete is his race craft. He isn’t always the fastest on track, but the kid can race better than most.
All Brits in Junior Max
In the Junior Max category the top nine drivers in the standings are British drivers followed by the Frenchman Adam Eteki in tenth position. The strength and depth of British drivers right now is undeniable. Leading the standings Is Strawberry Racing’s Jack McCarthy. Only six points separates the top three and Dean MacDonald of Aim Motorsports, and Alex Quinn of CRG SPA follow him. Quinn has a lot of pressure on his shoulders as he has the opportunity to stop the OTK domination in the championship. This would be huge for the team and validate the effort they have put into the Rotax Program.
BirelART v. CRG in DD2
Ferenc Kancsar leads the way in DD2 by a mear three points over Paolo De Conto. The Italian, De Conto has two wins this season to Kancsar’s zero, but Kancsar’s consistency has given him the point’s lead coming into the finale. Even though he sits second in the standings De Conto is the favorite to the title this weekend. Surprisingly Sodi Kart is not in attendance with Anthony Abbasse and Bas Lammers. Though neither driver is in the points chase, both could have made an impact with their ability to win races.