ROTAX Grand Final – Wednesday 19 October Round Up

De PaivaSMALLJoshua De Paiva – Micro MAX


Young Joshua's perhaps a little intimidated by the very fast flowing circuit. This circuit sees top speeds of around 30km/h more than the South African circuits in a DD2 so it is a real eye opener for most. He is steadily improving – GO JOSHUA!

 

 

 

Jayden Els – Mini MAXElsSMALL


Jayden Els did a sterling job today in his heat race to come from twelfth up to seventh. An incident close to the end of the race fortunately did not end his charge and he managed to recover well to finish seventeenth. Nothing phases Jayden and he will be back with a vengeance tomorrow for his next heat race.

 

 

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Cameron O’Connor – Junior MAX


Cameron and team seem to be struggling with the setup on the very fast circuit. The arrival of multiple karting champion Derick Irving yesterday will hopefully assist the talented youngster to move forward today.

 

 

 

 

 

Delon Thompson – Senior MAXThompsonSMALL


After a disappointing qualifying Delon fought his way up to fourteenth. Unfortunately, a poor result in qualifying punishes one throughout the heats where your starting position is the same each time. He has a busy time ahead of him to earn a decent position in the prefinal.

 

 

 

 

 

DiasSMALLJoshua Dias – Senior MAX


After showing promise in the free practice sessions Joshua qualified way back when an intermittent fault crept in. The Rotax technicians attended to this at the end of the day so hopefully he will be back on song tomorrow. In the race he rapidly made up a number of positions in the first few laps only to give these away as the problem reared its head again. His ability to overtake without drama should stand him in good stead in the races to come.

 

 

Luca Munaretto - DD2LucaSMALL


Luca Munaretto surprised everyone today by getting pole in his group and second overall. Luca is the youngest driver to date to compete in DD2 at the Grand Finals as he only turns 15 in November.
Luca started in second and did not have an ideal start but knows how to fix it and will be ready for tomorrow. He kept a cool head after the start and managed an impressive sixth place in his qualifying heat.

 

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Fabienne Lanz - DD2


Looks like the Day 3 review for the Grand Finals was done on the right lady. Fabienne drove an outstanding first lap climbing several positions, from there she kept her nose clean and got the job done. She started the heat in twelfth and managed to work her way into fourth, posting the fastest lap time for her qualifying heat.

 

Ivana Cetinich – DD2IvanaSMALL


Lady on the move! Ivana drove an impressive race after a disappointing qualifying which saw her start her heat in thirty-second. Keeping out of trouble paid off as she scored an impressive eighteenth place finish.

 

 

 

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Eugene Brittz - DD2


Eugene got his ticket through racing in the USA at the end of last season and has not spent enough time in a kart this season. An on track incident saw him damage the frame beyond repair so a new frame was fitted last night and hopefully he will move up in the rankings from here.

 

Justin Allison – DD2AllisonSMALL


Justin qualified a solid thirteenth and was running well in his qualifying heat up until his engine started overheating and he dropped down to eighteenth position in his qualifying race.
Justin Allison will be one to watch. He has been very fast but has battled with an overheating problem from the beginning. This should be sorted out now and he will be back in the thick of things tomorrow.

 

NickSMALLNicholas Verheul – DD2 Masters


The new Nick Verheul is 14kg lighter, this combined with serious practice saw him score pole position overall! Nick lead the race for a number of laps before being drawn into a top six squabble. Places changed rapidly on each lap but Nick was happy with fifth place. He commented that it was useful being involved in the fight rather than leading all the way and not learning the overtaking and defending spots.

 

Jonathan Pieterse – DD2 MastersJonoSMALL


Jonathan Pieterse has been strong all week. Qualifying didn’t go all to plan for him, qualifying twenty-second overall. He had a good qualifying heat and moved up to eighth posting some impressive times.

 

FullerSMALLRichard Fuller – DD2 Masters


Richard Fuller has been impressive considering his limited experience in DD2. Richard qualified in forty-fifth only 0.937 sec off the pace. He managed to make up a few places in the qualifying race and finished a respectable seventeenth.