Rotax Max International Open Preview

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Location: Adria Raceway, Italy

The Rotax Max International Open heads to Adria this weekend for what is the very last chance for drivers to win tickets to the Rotax Max Grand Finals which takes place just two weeks after the conclusion of the event.

One ticket is up for grabs in each class and in this preview we’ll talk through who the most likely to take each one. Of course many drivers in each class already have a ticket so I’ll be taking that into consideration over the preview.


Junior Max

With most of the Junior front runners already qualifying through I see two main contenders to take the ticket this Sunday. They are:

Dylan Buys
Lazlo Toth

I was very surprised to not see Dylan’s name on the entry list for Sarno. Every time I’ve seen him on track he’s been right at the sharp end, but for whatever reason it has not happened. However, he is the in form man after winning everything bar the Pre Final at Salbris!

Dylan’s biggest challenger in my opinion will be Lazlo Toth. He was impressive at Salbris, he didn’t quite have the pace to challenge Buys but he won’t be too far behind this weekend.

In terms of the win the other names to look out for are Axel Charpentier, Mark Kimber, Olli Caldwell and Lukas Dunner.

Junior final winner Dylan Buys
Dylan Buys

Senior Max

The Senior class is arguably the hardest one to call with lots of drivers looking for a ticket who you’d guess had already qualified. In my opinion the ones to watch out for are:

Jordan Brown-Nutley
Lars Lamborelle
Scott Symons
Harrison Thomas

Jordan Brown-Nutley & Lars Lamborelle
Jordan Brown-Nutley & Lars Lamborelle

Since joining the DHR team Jordan has found a real turn of pace and just missed out on a ticket in this years BNL Karting Series. He won the Zuera round of the Euro Challenge and will be eager to get himself to Sarno. His teammate Lars Lamborelle has returned to racing this year and looking quick in the second half of this season. There’s a chance it could be a straight fight for victory between the pair.

Harrison Thomas came close to getting his place in Super One and told Karting magazine he is going to Adria for “nothing less than a win.” His performance at last years Grand Finals was seriously impressive, but will that approach affect his race craft? Scott Symons returns to the Euro Challenge and should not be counted out. On his day he can beat anyone on the Senior entry list, will that day come this weekend though?

Last but not least we have the reigning World Champion, Alex. He won at Portimao last year despite his lack of experience in the Rotax classes. He’ll want to return to the World stage to defend his title on home soil!

Of course likely race winners could be Berkay Besler, Denis Mavlanov and this years Euro Challenge champion, Nicolas Schoell

Alex winning last years Grand Finals
Alex winning last years Grand Finals


DD2 is another class where most race winning favourites already have tickets, but in my opinion there are three drivers who are more than capable of winning a place at this years Grand Finals. They are:

Andreas Backman
Jessica Backman
Jordi van Moorsel

Andreas Backman
Andreas Backman

Andreas Backman did this last year after turning up and cleaning up in the DD2 class, he then went on to become the Vice World Champion so you’d have to say he is a major favourite for this event.

His sister, Jessica has had a good season and has showed fantastic pace in the Senior class this year. I’m not too sure what her experience in the DD2 class is, but I can’t imagine she’d be down the field. A Backman showdown at the front of the field would certainly make for an exciting race.

Jordi van Moorsel won the Junior Max Grand Finals in 2010. Well he did on the day after Martin Rump but that decision was overturned a whole 11 months later making Rump the shortest Rotax World Champion and everyone remembering Van Moorsel as the winner. It’s great to see Jordi entered, although he’s applied his trade in KZ2 recently I think he’s got all the tools required to win this event.

Written by Chris McCarthy


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