WhatRotax Max Grand Finals Long Preview 1
WhereSarno, Napoli, Italy
When19-26 October 2019

Rotax Max squad of champions set for Sarno

South Africa’s champion Rotax Max karting team is all set for the Olympics of Karting, when the 20th annual Rotax Max World Finals goes down in Sarno, Italy from 19 to 26 October. Very much the champion of karting champions, the Rotax Max Grand Finals see the six Rotax Max national class champions from over 80 countries around invited to fight it out to crown the best Max karters in the world every year.

The Rotax Max Grand Finals always produce the closest and most competitive possible racing — Rotax and its global Max Karting partners hand the 360 drivers across the six classes, identical and brand new ready-to-race karts, engines and all necessary equipment free of charge. All racing is then run to global Rotax Max regulations, with only minor set-up changes allowed to ensure a level playing field for all drivers in all classes.

The South African team comprises only national champions and African Open winners, or the next in line in each class, with SA DD2 champion Benjamin Habig heading to Italy to compete in the top class alongside Jonathan Thomas and Wayland Wyman. Brett Brito, Jonathan Pieterse and Max 175 champion Nic Verheul will race DD2 Masters and SA champion Charl Visser is SA’s man in Senior Max. 

The school kid classes will see SA champion Troy Dolinschek and African Open winner Aqil Alibhai racing in under-15 Junior Max, while SA under-13 Mini Max champion Troy Snyman and SA under-11 Micro Max champion Reese Koorzen will compete in the primary school classes. Unlike many other international karting contests where anyone can enter, each team member earned the right to represent the country by first beating the cream of South Africa’s Rotax Max kart racers in their respective classes. 

Team South Africa is out to build on a proud history of success in the twenty years of the Rotax Grand Finals, where local karters have won fourteen Max titles over the past two decades. Cristiano Morgado is a five time champion, Caleb Williams, Wesleigh Orr and Leeroy Poulter won twice each and Mark Cronje and Gavin Cronje, Claudio Piazza-Musso and Jayden Els also Rotax Max Grand Final champions.

The team will arrive in Italy on 19 October, when all the racing equipment is distributed before they are allowed time to fettle their new machinery in testing. Then it’s straight into qualifying before a series of heats that will see the 33 top champion drivers from around the world into the finals in the classes, with the winner of each final crowned champion Saturday 26 October.


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