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Qualifying starts on Wednesday, October 19, with the Finals being run on Saturday, October 22.

Live Streaming available on from Wednesday.

A 13-driver team from South Africa flies out to Sarno, Italy, later this week for the 17th running of international karting’s most competitive championship on the planet – the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals.

The South African drivers will compete against drivers from 50 countries, with the driver line-up this year totalling 360 competitors. As all drivers in the Grand Finals have to qualify for this world championship in their respective countries, the standard of driving is acknowledged to be the highest in the world in international karting.

In such a pressure-cooker environment, the pressure will be on competitors from the moment they arrive in Sarno, near Naples. With 360 karters competing in six categories, track time familiarisation is minimal as the series of practice, qualifying and elimination races lead up to the Grand Finals, which will be run on Saturday, October 22.14500637 1260217117362623 3217252936637907107 oSMALL

“We have a large team this year, comprising a good mix of experience and young talent,” said South African Rotax importer Ed Murray, who will be accompanying the team to Italy. “And of course we have a huge legacy to live up to in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. Since the first event in Peurto Rico 16 years ago, South Africans have won no less than 12 world titles. And in Spain in 2014, we won the prestigious Nations Cup!”

The event officially starts on Saturday, October 15, with registration at the Circuito Internazionale Napoli, followed by various pre-event functions. On Sunday, the raffle for karts and equipment takes place. Unique to any other racing series in the world, each driver is presented with a brand new kart chassis and engine, as well as tyres, fuel, a kart trolley and tools. This enables absolute parity of equipment in this karting series, as all karts are checked for legality after each on-track session.

14519881 957035497734048 2054351576261343562 nSMALLThe pressure on drivers to learn the circuit and find a good chassis set-up is intense. Unofficial practice begins on Monday, October 17 with karters in each category getting just two 15-minute sessions. On Tuesday the same schedule applies, while on Wednesday, after a final 10-minutes session, the drivers then begin qualifying.

On Thursday elimination heats are run, with pre-final races run on Friday. On Saturday, October 22, the Finals will be run, starting from 10 am, South African Time. Local enthusiasts can watch LIVE STREAMING of the event on (click on the Grand Finals button), starting on Wednesday, October 19.

The South African Team, Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, 2016