Od 3. do 5. září se závodní trať Prokart Raceland ve Wackersdorfu stala dějištěm napínavého závěru sezóny Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy 2021. Po závodním klání v Genku (BEL), Adrii (ITA) a Mülsenu (GER) bojovala evropská elita RMC o poslední body do šampionátu v německém Bavorsku. Závodu se zúčastnilo přes 100 jezdců v kategoriích Junior MAX, Senior MAX, Rotax DD2, DD2 Masters a Rotax Project E20 Tour. Slunný a teplý víkend zajistil skvělé podmínky pro závod.

Co se týče celkových výsledků mistrovství, první rozhodnutí padla již v předposledním závodě v  Mülsenu: Britský Callum Bradshaw (Strawberry Racing) získal titul Senior MAX, zatímco Paul Louveau slavil vítězství v DD2 Masters. Situace byla stále otevřená ve třídě Junior a DD2, ve které měli největší šanci na vítězství vedoucí Kai Rillaerts (JJ Racing) z Belgie a Čech Petr Běžel (KSCA Sodi Europe).

DD2 / DD2 Masters: Ragnar Veerus a Michael Becker vítězí v posledním závodě, Petr a Jakub Běželové vybojovali 1. a 2. příčku v šampionátu

Ragnar Veerus (BirelART Baltics) z Estonska zanechal na posledním závodním víkendu svou stopu, když nastavil laťku v kvalifikaci a v rozjížďkách. Ale v prvním finále musel Estonec přenechat cestu svým protivníkům. Dva piloti soupeřící o titul, Petr Běžel (KSCA Sodi Europe) a Ville Viiliaeinen (RS Competition), se probojovali na vrchol. Souboj mezi těmito dvěma však trval krátce; nešťastná srážka přiměla oba dva jezdce zajet do boxů kvůli poškození jejich strojů. To znovu uvolnilo cestu Ragnaru  Veerusovi, který si nakonec zajistil vítězství s náskokem přes čtyři sekundy před Jakubem Běželem (KSCA Sodi Europe) a Němcem Mikou Metzem (Dörr Motorsport).

Druhé finále bylo nenápadné: Ragnar Veerus nezapochyboval a získal bezpečné vítězství.  Následující pozice opět obsadili Jakub Běžel a Mika Metz. Nakonec to také odpovídalo pořadí v denním žebříčku. Poté, co ve druhém finále Ville Viiliaeinen nezískal žádné body, bral korunu evropského šampiona s celkovým počtem 107 bodů Petr Běžel. Pro českého jezdce je to vůbec jeho první celkové vítězství v RMC Euro Trophy. Na druhém místě s 95 body skončil jeho mladší bratr Jakub Běžel a bronzovou příčku s 90 body uhájil Ragnar Veerus.

Bratrům Běželovým patří veliká gratulace! Přejeme hodně úspěchů na Rotax Grand Finals, které se pojede 11.-18. prosince v Bahrajnu.  

V hodnocení DD2 Masters triumfoval v denní klasifikaci Němec Michael Becker (CompKart). O konečná vítězství se podělil s Denisem Thumem (Kraft Motorsport), který skončil druhý. Třetí na stupních vítězů byl šampion 2021 Paul Louveau (Redspeed).

Junior MAX: Victory for Rennhofer – Title for Rillaerts

Championship leader and title defender Kai Rillaerts (JJ Racing) didn’t want to leave anything to chance at the season finale. The Belgian made his ambition clear in qualifying with the definite best time, but in the heats the competition stepped up. In each of the three races there was a different winner with Kai Rillaerts, Raphael Rennhofer (FM Racing) from Germany and Ethan Jeff-Hall (Strawberry Racing) from Great Britain being successful. The defending champion, however, stayed at the top of the rankings and was able to start the first final from pole position.

The first race became extremely exciting! Up to seven drivers fought for victory and changed the lead several times. In the end there was a photo finish between Kai Rillaerts and the Dutchman Matthijs Terlouw (Tony Kart), which the Belgian won with a “gap” of 0.005 seconds. But the bad news followed after the race: Kai Rillaerts received a bumper penalty and slipped back to ninth place. In the meantime, Matthijs Terlouw inherited the victory in front the two Germans Farin Megger and Raphael Rennhofer.

The latter was the dominant youngster of the second final. While Matthijs Terlouw dropped back place by place, Raphael Rennhofer boosted himself to the top of the pack and broke away by almost three seconds until the checkered flag fell. Farin Megger and the Dane Mikkel Pedersen (RS Competition) followed behind in the chase. Kai Rillaerts ended up in eleventh place after he received another time penalty. In the end, that was enough for the Exprit-driver to successfully defend the championship title. Raphael Rennhofer celebrated as well, gaining his first ever victory in the RMC Euro Trophy in the day’s ranking. Farin Megger and Matthijs Terlouw completed the podium.

Senior MAX: Callum Bradshaw wins the Finale

In the 31-strong field of seniors, Sean Butcher (KR Sport) set the pace in qualifying. But in the further course of the weekend, the Briton did not play a decisive role. That didn’t apply to Mathilda Olsson (Strawberry Racing) though. The two-times RMCET champion won all the heats to secure pole position for the first final. And here again, the Swedish racing lady was unbeatable. With a clear start-to-finish victory, she triumphed over the newly-decided champion Callum Bradshaw (Strawberry Racing) and Lewis Gilbert (Potenza Racing Engines).

The tide turned in the second final: Mathilda Olsson was overtaken by team-mate Bradshaw after a few laps. While the Briton was able to pull away, Olsson had to assert herself in a bigger fight and lost touch with the leader. Callum Bradshaw managed to keep his lead confidently over 16 laps, thereby taking a clear victory ahead of Mathilda Olsson, who reconfirmed her skills with the fastest lap. Third place again went to Lewis Gilbert from Great Britain. In the end, the same order applied to the day’s classification.

Rotax Project E20 Series: Hannes Morin takes Win and Title

In the electric kart racing series of the Project E20 Tour, it was Xen De Ruwe (SSC Intrepid), an RMC pro, who set the pace at the beginning of the weekend. The Belgian drove the fastest lap in official timed practice and defended the lead even after the heats. But in the first final, the competition got closer and ultimately the favourite was involved in a collision that threw him back to the end of the field, thus destroying all chances of a good result. Meanwhile, Hannes Morin (Sodi Vetisse) boosted himself to victory easily, an image that was repeated in Final 2, so that the Swede was able to clinch the day’s victory with the maximum of points. The best supporting roles in both finals were played by the Finn Aleksi Jalava and the Dane Victor Nielsen, who in the end also completed the podium in the day’s standings. In the overall ranking of the Project E20 Tour, Hannes Morin also prevailed. The following places went to the American Ellis Spiezia and Theo Kekati from the United Arab Emirates.

RMC Euro Trophy prepared for 2022 & special highlight event to end season 2021

In the evening, Meik Wagner, organizer of the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy, looked back at the season: “It was far from a normal season. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic impacted us for the second year now. Nevertheless, we were able to hold a full championship under these circumstances. The four events were internationally attended and we welcomed almost 400 different drivers over the course of the season. I would like to thank everyone involved for their trust and commitment. Equally, I congratulate all the champions on their success. We are already working busy on the preparations for 2022. The calendar has been set and includes races in Genk, Adria, Mariembourg and Wackersdorf. Ahead of the actual series, the RMC Winter Cup in Campillos will mark the first event in February. But there is even one more highlight coming this year: From November 5th to 7th we will be holding the RMC Euro Golden Trophy at Genk. It will mark a last-minute chance to grab tickets for the RMC Grand Finals. There are also other prizes with a total value of around 30,000 euros for the best-placed drivers. The Golden Trophy will open for the categories of Rotax Micro, Mini, Junior, Senior, DD2 and DD2 Masters. So I hope that many will join us for this special event.“

All information about the Rotax MAX Challenge Euro Trophy is available on the web at www.rotaxmaxchallenge-eurotrophy.com – including the link to the results and livestream race videos.