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Rotax MAX Winter Cup: Valencia Photo Review

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2017 Euro MAX Season kicks off with one-off Winter Cup event.

Chiva region mountains in Spain
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Arriving at the track in Valencia, through the hilly region of Chiva, where the unpredictable weather usually plays a big part in the outcome of the race. Photo by Loredana Ivancov/The RaceBox.
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Crowds at the 2017 Rotax Winter Cup
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Despite being just winter cup, a good amount of drivers and spectators turned up for the event. Photo by Loredana Ivancov/The RaceBox.
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Mechanic stand, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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Strategy played an important role even more with the changing conditions, which was evident on the mechanics’ stand throughout the heats - more so in the wet conditions on Saturday. Photo by Loredana Ivancov/The RaceBox.
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Axel Charpentier
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Axel Charpentier with his new team EKR Racing, and new in the Senior category was a contender for pole position right until the last lap, and a contender for the win throughout the weekend with a second place in heats and also coming through the field to finish fifth in the final. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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One kart takes a spin through the dirt, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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Long list of newcomers to the category added to the excitement in the racing. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Haralds Gargaklis, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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Haralds Gargaklis had the speed but not the luck this weekend. He did show his speed, however, making up 14 positions in the prefinal and another 4 in the final, finishing eventually fifth. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Fierce battle on track, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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There was a lot of action and excitement throughout the races in the whole spectrum. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Diaraf Keinde, one of the youngest drivers, and in a new category for him - racing in micro max back home - had an impressive race claiming pole position. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Luca Leistra, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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Also with the new age regulations Luca Leistra found himself in a new category for him in juniors, but had no problem claiming pole position and holding his own, despite being the youngest driver. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Junior MAX heat race, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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It looks like a shot from a final, but it was only the first heat of Juniors on Saturday. That’s how exciting and intense the racing was. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Jorge Pescador, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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Praga were present in the race with their factory and local driver Jorge Pescador, who impressed from the first moment. His driving was much different from most, and so were his racing lines. In this photo (compared to the next) you can see the different line he took through the chicane. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Kevin Ludi, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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Compared to Jorge Pescador, here is Kevin Ludi of Spirit Karting, last year’s Euro Challenge winner. His lines through the chicane were much tighter, jumping a bit over the kerb. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Cebrian Gerard Ariza, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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Of course there was the even tighter line of Cebrian Gerard Ariza, making for a spectacular jump over the kerb. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Jasin Ferati, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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Jasin Ferati had very good speed, second on qualifying practice and third on his first heat. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Felix Warge, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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The Belgian Felix Warge was a master in the rain, flying over some kerbs and taking a very good win in the third heat in Seniors. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Kevin Ludi
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Kevin Ludi also a master of the rain conditions won the very wet third heat in DD2. He really loved jumping over those kerbs. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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DD2 Masters Adams and Muranski fight it out on the track. Eventually Muranski classified as the first master and Adams as third. Photo by Loredana Ivancov/The RaceBox.
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Felix Warge, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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Warge looked set for the win for a big part of the race, in a very exciting seniors final. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Senior MAX finish, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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Eventually Brown-Nutley crossed first, only 0.070” ahead. Photo by Loredana Ivancov/The RaceBox.
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DD2 start, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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Start of the DD2 with the main contenders - Pescador, Dalmau, Van Parijs and Ludi - in front. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Dalmau, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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Pescador looked amazingly quick all weekend but in the final Dalmau pulled an ace off his sleeve to take the win. Photo by Loredana Ivancov/The RaceBox.
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Xavier Handsaeme, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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The Belgian Xavier Handsaeme took the win for the Juniors. Photo by Alexandros Vernardis/The RaceBox.
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Oly Pylka, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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Oli Pylka crosses the line to win the Mini class. Photo by Loredana Ivancov/The RaceBox.
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Drum line, Rotax Winter Cup 2017
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A nice addition to the driver’s grid was the drums band playing while waiting for the races to start. Photo by Loredana Ivancov/The RaceBox.
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Photos by Alexandros Vernardis and Loredana Ivancov of The RaceBox. Words by Alexandros Vernardis of the The RaceBox.