Qualifying heats in Rotax Grand Finals puts favourits on top
Published by Bas Kaligis 29 november 2007 15:55 - Print
|Thursday saw the heat racing get underway after the morning warm-up with all three classes completing 2 qualifying races each. The remaining heat would be contested Friday morning. |
In Junior Max, it was the fastest qualifier from Wednesday Takamoto Katsuta of Japan who led the way in the opening heat and then also took 2nd in his next outing later that day. Estonia’s champion Kevin Korjus won the 2nd race, with Canadian Mikhael Grenier in a close battle with the leading group to take the following heat. The last race of the day for the juniors went to the new European Champion Mats Van den Brand from the Netherlands. Up with the winners, Daniel Rochford racing for Australia finished with two 2nd places, while William Bamber of New Zealand and Japan’s Mutsunori Takaboshi had two 3rds each. Portugal’s Eduardo Moreira drove well also to take 2nd in heat two and the fastest lap for the Junior Max racing was set by Niko Tähkä from Finland (59.307).
Again only a handful of drivers filled the first three positions in the Senior Max, however there were four different winners in the qualifying heats run Thursday. Michael Simpson of Great Britain won the first race and finished 3rd in another, with fellow countryman Benjy Russell taking 2nd and going on to win the final race. Heat two belonged to Imre Birizdo of Hungary who was a late inclusion to the event, while multiple Australian champion David Sera took victory in the third heat. 2007 European Max winner Ben Cooper placed 2nd and 3rd in the races adding to the British results. Defending title holder Ricardo Romkema had a 2nd, as did Frenchman Alexandre Bessac who clocked the best lap of the class (58.260). South Africa as always had a showing when David Perel claimed two 3rd positions in both his heat races.
As was the case last year, Canadian driver Pier-Luc Ouellette was too quick coming off pole on the grid and won his two qualifying heats comfortably. Kyle Lawrence was 2nd but impressive to set the best lap in the race before taking the honours in the last heat. Holland’s Pieter Scheefhals fresh from winning the Euro Challenge series was 1st in the first heat and fourth in the second race. Australian Tom Williamson racing his first event in the Rotax DD2 kart picked up 2nd and 3rd while Scott Campbell (Can), Makota Kubo (Jap), Morgan Riche (F), Kyle Herder (Can) and Seweryn Szczepanik (Pol) all placed in the top 3 in their two qualifiers. Herder had the best lap (56.692).
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