It's hard to avoid superlatives when talking about a Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final. The 2023 edition was no exception, with an exceptional welcome and venue in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Regulars were impressed by the phenomenal layout of the Bahrain International Karting Circuit and the numerous night races, while newcomers we're wide-eyed in wonder at the perfectly organised Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals.
The competition was extremely close over the six days on track. 394 drivers, nine categories, 62 nationalities - the figures speak for themselves. The only thing that needs to be added is that the spectacle was grandiose at every stage of the event, both on-site and remotely, with online broadcasts available at all times. The suspense was maintained right through to the Finals, where there was no shortage of twists and turns.
Sodikart can be proud of its major contribution to the success of this 23rd edition. The French company's chassis once again rose to the occasion, as did the particularly meticulous service provided by the team on site.
Bertrand Pignolet, Managing Director of Sodikart, shared his thoughts after a week of intense competition:
"The collaboration between BRP-Rotax and Sodikart is not new, but it is as satisfying as ever for us to verify each year the strength and effectiveness of this collaboration. As well as supplying the E20 Senior and E20 Masters chassis, this year we were responsible for supplying the MAX Senior karts. As everything had been impeccably prepared several months in advance at our production unit in Couëron near Nantes, we weren't worried about any unpleasant surprises.
"Nevertheless, the recognition and congratulations from the drivers and teams at the end of the competition are always very much appreciated. 2023 was no exception, and we received a lot of positive feedback about the quality of our Sigma RS3s and the pleasure of driving them. As part of Sodikart's DNA, the on-site sporting and technical support provided by our team contributed to the overall satisfaction of our customers.
"In the purest spirit of fairness at the RMCGF, the quality of our products and services actively contributed to the success of this 23rd edition with competitors who were as experienced as they were demanding. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Sodikart staff for the quality of our performance in Bahrain. It's clear to me that all the staff working in our factory have their share of responsibility for this success, which is repeated year after year.
"We also appreciate the international showcase aspect of the event, which enables us to demonstrate the high standard of our production in a racing situation. This often results in new competition customers, sometimes from very distant horizons."
The Rotax MAX 125 Evo engines were once again able to demonstrate their exceptional level of efficiency in an extremely hotly contested world competition in which the drivers had to use every ounce of their talent, well beyond pure speed, to achieve flattering results. In these extreme circumstances, the synergy between BRP-Rotax and Sodikart really comes into its own.