En plus du suivi habituel de ses pilotes en France, Ludovic Vève s'est tourné cette saison vers le championnat d'Espagne Rotax avec un succès certain. C'est avec lui que Carlos Gil a été titré en Rotax Max, Lisard Santos en Junior et Diego Rodriguez en DD2. Et hop, trois champions d'un coup !
Voilà pourquoi Ludo se trouve à la Finale mondiale Rotax pour veiller au bon fonctionnement des machines de Carlos, Lisard et Diego.
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Hello and welcome to the 15th anniversary of the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals held in Valencia, Spain.
Although the weather report indicated the first few days of the Grand Finals were to be wet, we saw warm and sunny weather. Sunday was the first day of registration for the 288 drivers that have travelled from across the world to compete in this prestigious event for the top step of the podium.
On Monday, drivers attended a kart raffle where they were assigned to their future go-kart chassis and corresponding Rotax engines. Simultaneously, mechanics were provided with hardware from Rotax to begin assembling the go-kart chassis for the first practice day held Tuesday. In addition, Monday hosted the first driver's briefing, introducing the competitors to the Grand Final race procedures.
Rotax would also like to extend a warm thank you to the following chassis partners who have worked very hard to contribute to the making of the 15th annual Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Final: Birel, Praga, CRG, and Sodi Kart
Remember to stay alert for our next updates, extending the intense action of the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals to you.
The Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC) is a professional kart racing series established, owned and organized by BRP and its Rotax kart engine distributors. Approved by and in compliance with CIK / FIA, the RMC is a "one-make-engine" formula: only Rotax kart engines that are checked and sealed (for equal performance) are allowed. The success in the competition is mainly up to the skills of the driver.
BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3 billion from 105 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,100 people worldwide.
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In Senior, here called Max 125, the British are a very serious threat to every other competitor. Harry Webb and Guan Yu Zhou finished 1st and 2nd in the Euro Challenge with the Strawberry Racing team. Webb won the Rotax Junior Finals in 2012 and Zhou finished third last year in New Orleans. Joseph Reilly and Josh Price have proven their potential repeatedly. An eclectic driver, the Swede Viktor Öberg took 4th place in the Euro Challenge 2014. The Estonian Aavo Talvar is very experienced in this category and scored a 2nd place in 2013. The Canadian Zachary Claman Demelo also has good rating after a varied career in Europe and North America. The Spaniard Carlos Gil, brilliant last year in Louisiana, has also showed his prowess in CIK-FIA racing. Nicolas Picot and Jules Cousin hold the far from negligible French chances in their hands.
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The Rotax Juniors went into action first on Tuesday morning at the Kartodromo Internacional de Valencia Lucas Guerrero. Some teams had worked late into the night before to complete the installation and set-up of their equipment, but the impatience to begin testing was palpable. However the track was not yet providing the best conditions, with small dust clouds accompanying the passing of the first competitors. Drivers were not to heavy on the throttle pedal in order not to damage the tyres early on.
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Handisport tennis world champion Stéphane Houdet, winner of Roland Garros in 2012 and 2013, who is the sponsor of the Handisportauto project to construct the first car for teaching handicapped children road traffic rules, came to test an F4 and did a day's driving on the legendary Le Mans Bugatti circuit.
Thanks to the partnership with transmission specialist, the GKN Driveline Company, which supplies the Auto Sport Academy F4s, Houdet enjoyed a full day's running in a single-seater with the future ASA trainees during their winter tests. Sébastien Ménard instructed the handisport tennis champion who spent all day at the wheel of an F4 and discovered a host of new sensations and feelings.
Once again the Auto Sport Academy has shown its ability to adapt and supply an F4 which can be driven by everybody adding another string to its bow.
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