Rotax MAX Challenge 2022 Grand Final: mission accomplished for Sodikart
Rotax MAX Challenge 2022 Grand Final: mission accomplished for Sodikart

Rotax MAX Challenge 2022 Grand Final:...

Rotax MAX Challenge 2022 Grand Final: mission accomplished for Sodikart

Rotax MAX Challenge 2022 Grand Final: mission accomplished for Sodikart

This year, the collaboration between Sodikart and BRP-Rotax was again successful for the 22nd edition of the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final, which took place in Portugal, at the Kartodrómo...
BRP-Rotax announces results of the successful Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 in Portugal
BRP-Rotax announces results of the successful Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 in Portugal

BRP-Rotax announces results of the...

BRP-Rotax announces results of the successful Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 in Portugal

BRP-Rotax announces results of the successful Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 in Portugal

Portimao, BRP-Rotax is proud to announce that the 22nd edition of the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) successfully took place in Portimao, Portugal at the Kartodromo International Algarve...
We crowned the Champions of the RMC Grand Finals 2022!
We crowned the Champions of the RMC Grand Finals 2022!

We crowned the Champions of the RMC...

We crowned the Champions of the RMC Grand Finals 2022!

We crowned the Champions of the RMC Grand Finals 2022!

We can‘t believe that the week is actually over now, as today we crowned the champions of the 2022 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals and there was simply incredible racing action out on track.
And who are the winners of the 2022 Rotax MAX Grand Finals?
And who are the winners of the 2022 Rotax MAX Grand Finals?

And who are the winners of the 2022...

And who are the winners of the 2022 Rotax MAX Grand Finals?

And who are the winners of the 2022 Rotax MAX Grand Finals?

The ‘best of the best’ in each of the Rotax classes will ensure the race action will be sensational as ever once the competition gets underway mid-week, following the initial practice...
Saturday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit
Saturday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Saturday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge...

Saturday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Saturday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 has kicked off and 396 enthusiastic Rotax competitors from over 60 countries, plus their technicians, teams and supporters, are ready for the ultimate showdown of...
BRP boosts its kart portfolio with new entry-level ROTAX E-powertrain
BRP boosts its kart portfolio with new entry-level ROTAX E-powertrain

BRP boosts its kart portfolio with new...

BRP boosts its kart portfolio with new entry-level ROTAX E-powertrain

BRP boosts its kart portfolio with new entry-level ROTAX E-powertrain

BRP Inc. is proud to announce the launch of a new e-powertrain, the Rotax E10, bolstering its electric offering for karting. The new product was presented today at the Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC) Grand...
RMCGF 2022 - DAY 6 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)
RMCGF 2022 - DAY 6 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 6 Kartdromo...

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 6 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 6 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

What a lovely sunny day in the mountains of Portimao at the Kartodromo Internacional Algarve. The sun was shining the whole day and gave us beautiful weather for the traditional Drivers picture before...
Friday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit
Friday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Friday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge...

Friday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Friday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 has kicked off and 396 enthusiastic Rotax competitors from over 60 countries, plus their technicians, teams and supporters, are ready for the ultimate showdown of...
RMCGF 2022 - DAY 5 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)
RMCGF 2022 - DAY 5 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 5 Kartdromo...

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 5 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 5 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

Today the Kartodromo Internacional Algarve welcomed us in the morning shrouded in fog what prompted a fifteen-minute delay to the start of our on-track action. But this did not lower the spirit of our...
Thursday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit
Thursday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Thursday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge...

Thursday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Thursday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 has kicked off and 396 enthusiastic Rotax competitors from over 60 countries, plus their technicians, teams and supporters, are ready for the ultimate showdown of...
RMCGF 2022 - DAY 4 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)
RMCGF 2022 - DAY 4 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 4 Kartdromo...

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 4 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 4 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

Yesterday saw the first real part of the full-throttle action that is experienced by the whole paddock, as all 394 drivers would brave the changeable weather conditions that saw the final part of...
Wednesday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit
Wednesday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Wednesday Live Stream:Rotax MAX...

Wednesday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Wednesday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 has kicked off and 396 enthusiastic Rotax competitors from over 60 countries, plus their technicians, teams and supporters, are ready for the ultimate showdown of...
RMCGF 2022 - DAY 3 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)
RMCGF 2022 - DAY 3 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 3 Kartdromo...

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 3 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 3 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

After very changeable conditions during yesterday’s first on track action with a hint of sunshine from time to time, all 394 competitors from the 60 nations represented here this week would head...
Tuesday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit
Tuesday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Tuesday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge...

Tuesday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Tuesday Live Stream:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 has kicked off and 396 enthusiastic Rotax competitors from over 60 countries, plus their technicians, teams and supporters, are ready for the ultimate showdown of...
Live timing and Results:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit
Live timing and Results:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Live timing and Results:Rotax MAX...

Live timing and Results:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Live timing and Results:Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 at the Portimão Circuit

Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2022 has kicked off and 396 enthusiastic Rotax competitors from over 60 countries, plus their technicians, teams and supporters, are ready for the ultimate showdown of...
RMCGF 2022 - Day 2 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)
RMCGF 2022 - Day 2 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

RMCGF 2022 - Day 2 Kartdromo...

RMCGF 2022 - Day 2 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

RMCGF 2022 - Day 2 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

We look back at yesterday, when the 2022 RMC Grand Finals were truly opened via the Welcome Briefing in the morning. 394 drivers received their brand new karts through the customary raffle on the main...
Sodikart - Official chassis supplier for four categories of the 2022 Rotax Grand Final
Sodikart - Official chassis supplier for four categories of the 2022 Rotax Grand Final

Sodikart - Official chassis supplier for...

Sodikart - Official chassis supplier for four categories of the 2022 Rotax Grand Final

Sodikart - Official chassis supplier for four categories of the 2022 Rotax Grand Final

The 22nd edition of the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals will take place this year in Portugal, at the Kartodrómo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão from 19th to 26th November, with 394 drivers from...
RMCGF 2022 - DAY 1 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)
RMCGF 2022 - DAY 1 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 1 Kartdromo...

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 1 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

RMCGF 2022 - DAY 1 Kartdromo Internacional Do Algarve (KIA)

Bem vindo and welcome to the 22 nd edition of the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) being hosted at the Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão. Once again, the bond that stretches...
Historical milestone achieved: 125.000 Rotax Max Engines
Historical milestone achieved: 125.000 Rotax Max Engines

Historical milestone achieved: 125.000...

Historical milestone achieved: 125.000 Rotax Max Engines

Historical milestone achieved: 125.000 Rotax Max Engines

Another milestone in the long-lasting history of Rotax Karting took place this week: the 125.000th edition of a Rotax 125 MAX engine left the assembly line at BRP-Rotax in Gunskirchen, Austria....
Unpredictable weather makes it an action-packed weekend at the RMC Euro Golden Trophy
Unpredictable weather makes it an action-packed weekend at the RMC Euro Golden Trophy

Unpredictable weather makes it an...

Unpredictable weather makes it an action-packed weekend at the RMC Euro Golden Trophy

Unpredictable weather makes it an action-packed weekend at the RMC Euro Golden Trophy

The Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Golden Trophy took place once again last weekend at Karting Genk in Belgium. 181 competitors from 26 nations dueled at the demanding ‘Home of Champions’ and...
4th Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy: A great moment of karting competition in Le Mans

Published on Tuesday, August 2, 2022

4th Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy: A great moment of karting competition in Le Mans

At its fourth edition, the Rotax MAX Challenge International Trophy confirmed all the qualities that have built its reputation since its creation in 2019 while advancing its development in the light of experience in the Rotax spirit.


Enthusiastic participants
The main criterion, the enjoyment of the competitors and their companions, was once again the order of the day. Coming to Le Mans is always a pleasure, the legendary setting of the 24 Hours leaves no fan indifferent. The atmosphere in the RMCIT paddock is rarely found elsewhere: everything is pleasant, flowing and well-managed so that the five days of racing leave only good memories and the desire to return.

Breathtaking races
The Le Mans karting circuit is very popular and its overtaking possibilities were put to good use during exciting races. In line with the performance of the Rotax engines, the track also allowed for some impressive recoveries that thrilled the spectators and gave amazing opportunities to the most determined drivers. The respectful but firm management of the technical and sporting aspects contributes greatly to the enjoyment of all the competitors. The aim of offering high-level races in a friendly atmosphere is one of the great successes of the RMCIT.

Great winners
There is no doubt about the talent of the drivers who win in the RMCIT. However, the race's progress, from complete domination to the greatest uncertainty to the chequered flag of the Finals, the talent of the winners is indisputable. A good result in the RMCIT is an important entry on a CV.

Valuing the teams
The success of the RMCIT also owes much to the quality of the teams that participate. The event has many loyal followers among professionals who have understood that the quality of the setting, the organisation and the races are important factors for their clients who sometimes come from the other side of the world to take part in this new great classic of the Rotax universe.

A coveted prize
The possibility of winning tickets for the 2022 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, which will take place in Portimao from 19th to 26th November, is one of the attractions of the RMCIT. The Croatian Leon Zelenko, and the Frenchmen Nolan Lemeray, Paolo Besancenez and Vivien Cussac-Picot, winners of the Junior Max, Senior Max, DD2 and DD2 Masters Finals, did not hide their joy at having obtained the longed-for ticket. The Micro Max and Mini Max winners Senn Lindeman (NLD) and Paul Schoen (CHE) were all smiles at the prospect of soon riding their Can-Am DS 90 Quad. The 2nd-placed drivers in each category were awarded a Rotax MAX engine in their category and the 3rd-placed received Rotax vouchers worth €1000. The long awaited draw for the Ryker Rotax BRP Can-Am went to Chloé Cannard who was already delighted with her 9th position in Senior Max after an 18-place climb.

Micro Max: Lindeman on the top step
After the victory of the Lithuanian Majus Mazinas (Parolin/Rotax/Mojo) in the Prefinal, the Final was full of surprises. The leaders followed one another at a frenetic pace. Mazinas started the last lap in the lead, but the British driver Albert Friend (Tony Kart/Rotax/Mojo) managed to get through the last few corners and crossed the line 1st, before being disqualified for a technical problem. Dutchman Senn Lindeman (Birel ART/Rotax/Mojo) was then declared winner ahead of Frenchman Léni Robillot Lagache (Tony Kart/Rotax) and Mazinas.

Mini Max: big Final victory for Schoen
One year after his award in Micro Max, Swiss driver Paul Schoen (KR/Rotax/Mojo) won the Mini Max Prefinal and Final in Le Mans. The leader from start to finish, he won by more than a second over Latvian Toms Strele (LN/Rotax/Mojo) of the Dan Holland Racing team who had lost places at the start. Frenchman Luka Scelles (Sodi/Rotax/Mojo) was 3rd. Austrian Ivonn Simeonova (Parolin/Rotax/Mojo) made a 13-place comeback, which was worthy of praise.

Zelenko rewarded in Junior Max
Croatian driver Leon Zelenko (Exprit/Rotax/Mojo) of the JJ Racing team took the lead in the Junior Max Final on the second lap. After three laps under full race yellow, the young Lebanese Christopher Fegalhi (LN/Rotax/Mojo) of the Dan Holland Racing team moved back into 1st place. Zelenko regained the lead and resisted the growing tension of the last few laps to win against the Briton Scott Marsh (LN/Rotax/Mojo) of the Dan Holland Racing team, while Feghali, the Mini Max winner in 2021, took 3rd place.

Senior Max: Lemeray wins a very lively race
Poleman and heat leader, Belgian Kai Rillaerts (Sodi/Rotax/Mojo) of the JJ Racing team disappeared in a collision a few metres after the start. Frenchman Nolan Lemeray (EOS/Rotax/Mojo) of RM Concept seized the opportunity to take 1st position and never let go. He showed his worth by setting the fastest time and building up a 4.8" lead over Britain's Lewis Gilbert (Tony Kart/Rotax/Mojo). German Janne Stiak (Kosmic/Rotax/Mojo) Kraft Motorsport was 3rd fastest. Frenchman Jules Roussel (Sodi/Rotax/Mojo) had made up 11 places in 4th position ahead of Italian Andrea Giudice (Energy/Rotax/Mojo).

Incredible winning comeback by Besancenez in DD2
Frenchman Paolo Besancenez (Birel ART/Rotax/Mojo) of the KMD team was no longer one of the favourites after the incident that pushed him back to 12th place in the Prefinal. Frenchman Antoine Barbaroux (Sodi/Rotax/Mojo) was no longer as competitive as he had been in the previous stages and it was Danish driver Mathias Bjerre Jakobsen (Tony Kart/Rotax/Mojo) with RS Competition who led the majority of the race, followed by Belgian Maxim Dirickx (Birel ART/Rotax/Mojo) Schepers Racing. Besancenez went on a surprisingly fast pace. After six laps he was 5th, and with five laps to go he moved up to 2nd and attacked Bjerre Jakobsen on the penultimate lap. Dirickx completed the podium.

DD2 Masters: Clear round for Cussac-Picot
Frenchman Vivien Cussac-Picot (Tony Kart/Rotax/Mojo) totally dominated the over-32 category. After his victory in the Prefinal, he won the Final with the fastest time against his compatriot Romain Mangé (LN/Rotax/Mojo) Malevaut Sport. Slovenian Primoz Matelic (Praga/Rotax/Mojo) from Team SSC was 3rd.

See you in 2023 for a new edition of the Rotax Max Challenge International Trophy.

 

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