ASIAN KART DRIVERS GET A TASTE OF ANOTHER EXCITING RACING SEASONPOSTED BY Ian Jerome Leong ON 08 February 2018
With more than 40 kart drivers hailing from countries such as India, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Japan and Malaysia, the 2018 Rotax Invitational held on 20 and 21 January was a colourful and exciting affair.
The event was held as a precursor to the Rotax Asia Max Challenge 2018 – a regional racing series that runs throughout the year, eventually pitting national and regional Rotax Max Challenge champions against one another at the Rotax Grand Finals.
As the race results did not offer any points for the official racing season, it was an excellent opportunity for teams to test out various race setups and gauge their race speed against their future rivals.
This, however, did not mean that the drivers were going to take the event lightly as spectators who gathered at the Sepang International Kart Circuit saw drivers posting competitive times lap after lap throughout the weekend’s qualifying and heats. Even the brief rain that fell on Sunday afternoon before the race finals was not enough to slow the drivers down.
In the Micromax category, Ranvir Singh in kart 44 of India had a convincing win ahead of kart 20 piloted by Adam Mikail Mazrul Haizad and Sachen Michael Smith of the Philippines in kart 88. Riky Ng Ka Tung in kart 86 and Aldrin Jiacheng Foo in kart 10, however, were the ones who stole the show, coming from 11th and 12th on the grid to finish 4th and 5th respectively. It was all the more exciting as Aldrin was the only one on track with a set of slick tyres on what was still a very damp track.
Ananthorn Tangniannatchai in kart 177 took the chequered flag in the Juniormax category, with a significant gap between him and 2nd place finisher Sergio Noor in kart 137. Another Thai driver Thanakrit Metheevuttikorn came in 3rd.
The DD2 race was won by Eshan Pieris of kart 330 in the Senior category while Ong Chee Ming in kart 412 aced the Masters category and Lee Lung Nien took the chequered flag in the Veteran category.
With the weekend over, teams will no doubt review their performance and be better prepared for the upcoming season opener in March.
About Rotax Max Asia 2018
The Rotax Asia Max Challenge is a kart racing series featuring the most popular and highly successful Rotax Max 100cc karting engine. With a successful kart racing history, Rotax developed the Max engine in 1997 that continued to prove its worth in international competitions. Rotax’s own racing series was then introduced in 1999, drawing the best drivers in the karting world. After the gruelling season, national and regional champions of various Rotax Max Challenge will eventually race to be the best in the world at the Rotax Max Grand Finals that will draw up to 300 drivers form over 50 countries and held towards the end of the calendar year. Micro Max, Junior Max, Senior Max and DD2 categories serve to separate the many drivers based on their age.
The Rotax Max Challenge and Asia Max Challenge is organised by Kartmore Racing Services, the official distributor of Rotax and Mojo products throughout Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, China, Macau, the Philippines, Laos and Hong Kong.
For more information of Rotax Max Challenge 2018 and Asia Max Challenge visit rotaxasia.com