2018 Rotax Grand Finals: Day 5

30 November 2018

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Conde, Brazil, November 30, 2018 – It was already day 5 of the Grand Finals here in Brazil and the sun again welcomed the drivers and teams as the gates opened early on for all day. Thursday morning.

Rotax Grand Finals 2018This report will be shorter as our usual report as we are very busy here, as the Stewards are with an overcrowded office. They are still working this morning on yesterday’s incidents.

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Heat 2 – The Dutch Champion and pole starter, Mitchell Van Dijk dropped down to 4th at the start but fought over fought hard and battled his way back to take the win.

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Heat 2 There are only two heat races for the Micro and Mini MAX classes at this event. The second heat for Mini MAX was dominated by two drivers from the outset. By the time the field got around to corner 3 on Lap 1 Evan Giltiare (FRA) and the oldest driver in the class, Iakov Sokolov (RUS) had broken away from the pack. Canadian driver Kieran Hartley did a fantastic race, gaining 6 spots from the start to finished 15th.

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Heat 2 – A+C – Pole sitter and yesterday’s Heat 1 winner, Jaiden Pope lost the lead which meant Thomas Nepveu from Canada lead most of the laps right up until a last lap move by Pope that resulted in Victor Frost Bay coming through from sitting in 3rd position to take the win. This dropped Nepveu back to 3rd over the line whilst Jaiden stayed in 2nd.

Heat 2 – B+D – The Danish driver Mads Riis took the lead on lap 3 and didn’t look back making it two wins out of two for Team Denmark in the Junior Category. Townes Allen (CAN) finished 13th while Jason Leung finished 17th.

Heat 3 – A+D- The Juniors came back out on track after the lunch break and Robert De Haan was able to improve on his two 2nd places in his previous heats to take the win. Jaiden Pope also now has the same results as he finished 2nd ahead of Thomas Nepveu from Canada. Townes Allen drove a strong one to finished 9th.

Heat 3 – B+C – Mexician Noel Leon was able to secure his second heat win of the event in his last heat finishing 0.299 ahead of Lewis Gilbert from the UK and Vigor Hjorvard from Sweden. Jason Leung (CAN) finished 22nd.

After the heats, classifications for Canadians are: Thomas Nepveu est 4è (préfinale B), Townes Allen is 29th (prefinal A) and Jason Leung 34th (prefinal B).

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Rotax Grand Finals 2018Heat 2 – A+C – Hannes Morin took the lead at the start and was able to capitalise on a big battle behind him to pull out of a gap that was already 1.7 seconds by Lap 2. Bryce Choquer (CAN) took three spots from the start to finish 26th while Coltin McCaughan couldn’t finish the heat. He was classified, 35th.

Heat 2 – B+D – Another Lights to flag victory was Petr Bezel in the second of the Senior heats. Szabo Boldizsar had a great race to finish 2nd but almost 2 seconds behind. Mark Kimber from the UK drove from 10th on the grid to secure 3rd. No Canadian in this heat.

Heat 3 – A+D- The first driver to win all three of his heats in the class was Hannes Morin from Sweden. He led Senna Van Walstijn over the line who needed a good result after a bad heat yesterday. Belgium’s Mick Nolten started and finished in 3rd 0.802 off the front.

Heat 3 – B+C – History was made when Manaf Hijjawi was the first driver from Jordan to win a race at the Grand Finals. Another that impressed in this heat was Zac Stitchbury from New Zealand who moved up 5 places to bank a crucial 2nd position. They both led home Pole man Petr Bezel. Our two Canadian representatives had a good one. Bryce Choquer (CAN) gained 11 positions from the starts to finish 18th and Coltin McCaughan gained 8 spots to finish 25th.

After the heats, Bryce Choquer is 47th and Coltin McCaughan 69th. They will both race in the prefinal A.

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Heat 2 – A+C – Four times Grand Finals Champion, Christiano Morgardo won the first heat race today for DD2 Masters from New Zealand’s Fraser Hart, who now had two 2nd place finishes to his name. Good heat for Etienne La Salle ending 17th after he started 28th.

Heat 2 – B+D – The win of the second heat for his group, went to Matt Hamilton (NZ) followed by Austrian Robert Pesevski and South Africian Stephen Michael.

Heat 3 – A+D- Cristiano Morgado was able to back up his previous win with another as he led an again charging Robert Pesevski.

Heat 3 – B+C – Matthew Hamilton (NZ) was able to claim his second win of the day, however this will be more vital for him following his bad result in his first heat yesterday. The first race of the week to be Red Flagged following an incident, a single file re-start saw Michael Stephen and Antti Ollikainen drive a sensible heat race to finish 2nd and 3rd. Etienne La Salle was involved in the crash which lead to the red flag but he could restart to finish 18th, a step of 10 positions form the start.

After the heats, La Salle is 34th and will race in prefinal B.

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Heat 2 – A+C – It couldn’t have been closer over the line between Xen De Ruwe and Daniel Formal to make it 2 heat wins for either driver, but it was the driver racing for Solvenia De Ruwe that got to the line only 0.007 ahead. Jonathan Buxeda from New Zealand improved one position to cross the line in 3rd.  No Canadian in that heat. 

Heat 2 – B+D – Team USA took a win in the second DD2 heat with Taylor Greenfield beating the pole man Claudio Pagliarani and Team Australia’s Ryan Wood who races with a New Zealand licence secured another 3rd place to match his performance yesterdayDavide Greco (CAN) had a tough heat and finished 19th.

Heat 3 – A+D- Daniel Formal got the second Heat win he only just lost out on earlier today when he beat Ryan Kennedy (AUS) and Taylor Greenfield (USA) over the line.

Heat 3 – B+C – Securing three heat wins to get the pole (not accounting for any time penalties) for his Pre-Final tomorrow was Xen De Ruwe. The Italian Claudio Pagliarani came 2nd and Ryan Wood eventually finished 3rd after leading the heat for a couple of laps early on. Davide Greco ended 13th.

After the heats, Greco is 19th and will race in prefinal A.

Today drivers will have one warm-up and will race in a prefinal race (A or B). After the prefinals, a new ranking will determine who will race tomorrow in the final race. Half of the drivers will be eliminated at the end of today in the Junior, Senior, DD2 and DD2 Masters.

There is several ways to be informed of what is happening here.

Max Challenge Canada FB page:

Make sure also to visit Cody Schindel is posting additional information and, of course, great pictures!

You can access live timing through the website:

Follow Team Canada adventure to the Grand Finals on our website or our Max Challenge Canada Facebook page:

Starting with the qualifying sessions, the official sessions will be available in web livestream here:

  Photo Credit: BRP-Rotax


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