On Location: 2018 US Rotax MAX Grand Nationals

Our event stream of all the biggest updates happening in The Garden State.

Photo: Cody Schindel / Canadian Karting News
10:13am CDT

U.S. Rotax MAX Grand Nationals: Photo Review

Photo: Cody Schindel / Canadian Karting News

Now in the books is the 2018 US Rotax MAX Grand Nationals, held at one of the finer facilities in the country, New Jersey Motorsports Park last weekend -- July 6-8. Here are 26 images that represent the competition and atmosphere from the The Garden State.

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04:24pm CDT

Bonanno can't seal the deal as Pizzonia takes victory in MAX Masters

Antonio Pizzonia
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John Bonanno thus far has had a poised and controlled weekend, and would end it leading the Masters field to turn one. Antonio Pizzonia would be besides him on outside pole with Adam Pettit in third and Pedro Cabrera in fourth.

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04:09pm CDT

Small in numbers, intense in battle, Wang takes victory by the edge of his teeth

Derek Wang
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DD2 Master was a calmly paced, yet tough battle between Derek Wang and Scott Howard. Scott Howard controlled the race, as Wang continued his steady pace to keep within the draft. With absolutely nothing between the two, Wang would go just .04 faster than Howard, which in time paid off. Wang began catching Howard as the race unfolded, looking for his opportunity to make the pass. It looked as if Howard had secured the deal, as Wang could not find a way by until the front straight on the last lap.

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03:41pm CDT

Formal Now Five-Time National Champion in Rotax

Danny Formal celebrates with five fingers in the air
Photo: Cody Schindel / Canadian Karting News

DD2 got underway with Danny Formal on pole with Juan Diego Villacis on outside as the 10-kart DD2 field made their way to green. Jac Preston would apply heavy pressure, however it was Villacis that made the move on Formal for the lead. Davide Greco was on the hunt to make up time and positions as he hunted down the lead group, lap by lap. Setting the second fastest lap time of the race, he showed the pace to make his mark on the lead group.

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03:00pm CDT

Nepveu lives up to expectation, but not without a fight in Junior MAX

Thomas Nepveau leads a train of karts
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Thomas Nepveu and Justin White have highlighted the Junior Max category so far, and with the two of them leading the field to green, it was going to be a proper battle for victory. Matheus Morgatto in third was certainly keen on making his intentions clear with Jaiden Pope in fourth.

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11:03am CDT

Egozi's patience and precision leads to victory in Mini MAX

Mini MAX podium at 2018 Rotax Nationals
Photo: Cody Schindel / Canadian Karting News

Brent Crews and Diego Laroque would lead the 29 kart Mini MAX field to green with Laroque on outside pole getting the jump into turn two. Battle commenced earlier as Crews was eager to inherit back the lead as the following four corners the two exchanged position three times, on the opening lap.

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10:28am CDT

Lupien comes out on top, showing his legs in the Senior MAX final

Samuel Lupien
Photo: Cody Schindel / Canadian Karting News

After rigorous battling all weekend, the Senior Max category got underway with Mathias Ramirez leading the field to turn one alongside Hannah Greenemeier. Ramirez got away cleanly, with a strong jump over Greenemeier, as Samuel Lupien influenced the more than healthy start giving Ramirez a great push.

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10:00am CDT

The stage is set for a nail-biting finals showdown at the Rotax US Grand Nationals/US Open in New Jersey

Mathias Ramirez-Barrero
Photo: Cody Schindel / Canadian Karting News

Saturday’s racing was nothing short of exciting, as the program jam-packed with the remaining two heats and pre-finals unfolded at the ROTAX US Grand Nationals / US Open 2018. The popular New Jersey Motorsports Park provided the ideal venue to turn on some fantastic battles for positions and show just how close the competition is this year.

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10:57am CDT

Exciting start to the competition for Rotax racing in New Jersey USA

Photo: Cody Schindel / Canadian Karting News

Today saw the official start to the event program at the highly anticipated ROTAX US Grand Nationals / US Open 2018 at the New Jersey Motorsports Park, where day 1 of the racing definitely delivered. Sporting an entry list of 120 drivers across the ROTAX Max categories, the overall expectations of the newly introduced lottery engine format provided some excellent close competition in each of the contested classes Friday. 

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