Micro MAX: Double win for Mees Houben
In the junior category Kai Rillaerts (JJ Racing) was in brilliant shape from right from go. The local hero from Belgium was fastest in qualifying and defended the lead after the heats. But in the first rainy final, William Macintyre (Sodi Vitesse) rocked the boat. Starting the race from sixth on the grid, he fought his way to the top and crossed the finish line with a clear gap. However, a disqualification followed shortly after the race, as the youngster from the UK had forgotten the mandatory weigh-ing. In the end, Rillaerts inherited the race victory. In the second final, Tim Gerhards (SP Motor-sport) took the triumph. With a strong performance, he quickly took the lead which was never in danger until the chequered flag. Behind the Dutchman, Rillaerts had to admit defeat in P2, which nevertheless was enough for him to win the RMCET event by securing the most points out of both finals. Gerhards took second place on the podium in front of his compatriot Bruno Mulders (CRG).
Defending champion Mathilda Olsson (Strawberry Racing) was the benchmark as the weekend got underway. The Swede set the pace in the 51-driver field by leading the classification in qualifying and total ranking after the heats. Yet the champion could not tie in with her speed on the rainy final day and slipped back to fourth place in the official results. Alternatively, Dylan Lahaye (GKS Lem-mens Power) made his way up the order. The Belgian seized the home advantage and won both fi-nals in a dominant manner. As a result, he climbed to the top of the podium, while Dutchman Storm Broer (SP Motorsport) and Mads Riis (Daems Racing Team) from Denmark completed the top three.
The DD2 class opened the weekend with a turbulent qualifying: almost half of the field ended up without a timed lap, as numerous drivers missed driving onto the track within the permitted time lim-it. Sebastian Janczewski (Tony Kart) was clearly unaffected by the situation. The Pole was the fast-est in qualifying and remained undefeated – even after the heats. Only the rain on Sunday made for a change at the top. Janczewski dropped back in both races and had to acknowledge the Austrian Manuel Tenschert (KSM Racing Team) and the Belgian Glenn van Parijs (Bouvin Power) as the final race winners. In the day's standings, it was ultimately local hero van Parijs prevailing with the most points, followed by Tenschert. Third place went to Silas Rytter (RS Competiton), who originally won the first race, but dropped back to sixth due to several time penalties.
Christophe Adams (Sodi) set the benchmark in the DD2 Masters. On his home circuit, the Belgian was not only fastest in qualifying, but also won all of the heats. However, the experienced driver could not capitalize on the pole position on Sunday. On the wet track, he suffered a technical prob-lem in the first final and ended up in seventh place. Meanwhile, Polish entry Slawomir Muranski (46Team) and Germany’s Sebastian Rumpelhardt (RS Competition) proved their skills in the wet conditions. Both shared the victories, with Rumpelhardt winning the higher rated second final, thus rewarding him with victory over Muranski. Third place went to Thomas Schumacher (KSB Racing Team) from Germany.
Meik Wagner, organizer of the RMC Euro Trophy, drew a positive conclusion: “We experienced a really varied start to the season. The weather was extreme in all ways, which made the competition even more exciting. I would like to express great thanks to everyone involved for the exemplary ad-herence of our COVID-19 measures. The situation is difficult for everyone – we as series organizers are no exception, if you look to the limited number of participants. However, it is in everyone's inter-est that we can finally race again and I'm already looking forward to the next rounds now."
The next stop of the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy will take place in Germany. The ProKart Raceland at Wackersdorf will host the half way event from September 4 to 6, 2020. The Micros and Minis will skip the guest performance in Bavaria, making room for the DEKM eKart series, which will undoubtedly enrich the program of the innovative BRP-Rotax electric kart “Project E20”.
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