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ROTAX MEETING IN MIZUNAMI

Rotax Max Challenge Japan Series

Festika Circuit Mizunami, March 24th/25th

Karting was the protagonist in Japan in the Festika Circuit Mizunami. The Rotax Max Challenge Japan Mizunami Series took place on March 24th for round 1 and on March 25th for round 2. A total of 127 drivers took part in the races, including Thai, Chinese and Australian drivers. In addition to the great show on track and the numerous races of the seven categories (Micro, Mini, Max Novice, Max Novice Gentleman, Junior, Max Masters, Senior Max) the organizers were very happy to have Mr. Alex Wandl of the After Sales Department of Rotax headquarters, an opportunity to study the Japanese karting market, provide advice on Rotax engines and understand the philosophy of racing in Japan.

Challenging stages of the race for Kikuchi (81), Okuda (6), Endo (5) and Tomita (13).

Micro Max Race 1 -Twenty-five drivers took part in the opening round, with half the grid from overseas. Griffin Peebles from Australia grabbed the pole. Next to him was Kanato Lee. Shota Fujii and Xiao Yu qualified on the 2nd row. As the red light goes off, Xiao Yu made a fantastic start from 4th to secure the lead. Unfortunately, a huge incident on turn 2 involved a third of the group. The top 8 drivers escaped, the 2nd tier made it, but with a considerable gap. The Chinese driver Xiao Yu was quick and setting a good pace to the top group, but his rivals all wanted to be the leader. Toward the end of the race, Xiao Yu could not contain Griffin and Kanato’s assault, and started to fall back. Sho Momose worked his way up and stationed himself in the top 4. Only 2 laps to go with poleman Griffin and Kanato engaged in the ultimate fight for victory. On the final lap, Griffin launched his attack while Kanato, trying to be defensive went wide. On leaving his racing line, he tried to correct and minimize his mistake, but they both made contact. Kanato spun out. Sho quickly got close and tried his luck to grab the lead, without success. Griffin finished 1st, Sho 2nd, Xiao yu 3rd. The stewards had determined that Griffin was at fault on the final lap incident. Sho was declared the winner, with Xiao yu and Shota completing the podium. All drivers were required to use the same set of tires and surrender all engines and have it reshuffled for round 2. Mechanics had a really short time to rest.

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