|Three highest placed Rotax Masters in Euro Challenge will receive invitation for the Rotax World Finals 2007|
Can anyone beat the Master - Colin Davis?
He’s made it a French double at the opening round of the Euro Challenge for the last two years and set to conquer round 2 in Germany.
After winning Salbris hands down last year, the British driver was pipped at the post for the overall championship by former Rotax Max Grand Finals champion Claudio Piazza-Musso at the final race in Belgium. The South African made a karting-comeback to join the Euro Challenge series at the 2nd round in Lonato racing for PCR, Italy and took the victory. He then considered he should seriously return for the following rounds seeing that he had a good chance of winning the championship for PCR. As it turned out, the manufacturer took the prize in two classes for the European Rotax ‘Chassis Make’ trophy.
To the delight of Colin Davis and the other Masters competitors, Piazza-Musso is not competing this year in the Euro Challenge (as far as they are aware). However, the question remains following the first round in France last month if anyone can steel the glory of the quietly confident Davis with one win already up his sleeve? He said after receiving his trophy in March that he was looking forward to racing at the Wackersdorf circuit in Germany because it looked like a fast track, which he really liked.
Fellow Masters’ competitor Dany Moriceau informed us that “Colin is not so easy to catch once he gets in front because he’s too consistent and never makes a mistake!”
So why has Colin Davis come back for more? Maybe it’s because he narrowly missed out on his chance to return to the Rotax Grand Finals when it was taken away by Piazza-Musso. In 2006 Davis said “I race in the Euro Challenge as there is a 'Masters' class that provides good racing with 'sensible' drivers that have to go to work on Monday morning! The competition is good and the racing is tough, but very enjoyable. Each round gives us a whole load of new challenges with setting up the kart, keeping pace or one step ahead of the competition to try to be faster than the other drivers.” He claims that he owes a lot to his entrant and technician Richard Peek along with the team who support him, giving him the edge that he needs to stay in front.
The Masters class was introduced in 2006 to the Rotax Mojo Max Euro Challenge for the 32 year plus drivers and was immediately a success. With the Senior Max fully subscribed (maximum 68 entries) and bursting with some very hot, young international talent, it gave the opportunity for the Masters a chance to compete with other karters who were also guaranteed of making Sunday’s finals. The racing itself turned on some of the best spectator viewing throughout the season and from the drivers’ perspective, some really close competition at a high level.
Another great incentive for the Euro Challenge Masters competitors this year is that the highest placed three drivers at the end of the championship will receive an official invitation to compete at the Rotax Max Grand Finals in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates this November. With championship points for one pre-final and one final excluded from the overall total, every entrant racing in a minimum of three rounds is still in with a good chance of making the podium at the end of the series.
Round 2 will show who’s up for the challenge when the action resumes at the ProKart Raceland complex, Wackersdorf, Germany (May 16 – 20).
Entries close soon - more info at www.rgmmc.com
2007 ROTAX MOJO Max Euro Challenge
May 16 – 20 Wackersdorf, Germany
July 25 – 29 Bruck, Austria
September 26 – 30 Genk, Belgium
*All dates listed include the days allocated for official free practice, qualifying and finals.
More information about the ROTAX MOJO Max Euro Challenge and links to TV programming plus live timing can be found at www.rgmmc.com