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Euromax Round 2 Casteletto

Round 2 at Cateletto on the 31st of May marked the halfway point of the championship for all four classes with drivers looking to solidify or improve on their championship positions. For some that’s exactly what they did, however for some it turned into somewhat of a disaster, here are the main stories from the event.

Disaster for McCarthy

In the Juniors championship favourite Jack McCarthy had somewhat of a disaster only finishing 16th in the Final dropping him to 4th in the championship. From the outset McCarthy never looked his usual self he qualified 22nd place before going on to finish 4th, 11thand 9th in his heats putting him 11th on the grid for the Pre-Final. He could only convert that into 9th before dropping to 16th in the Final. Whatever happened to Jack that weekend he’ll need to put right before Wackersdorf in July if he is to remain a title contender. At the front Dean MacDonald did the unthinkable by going unbeaten all weekend! In what is an extremely competitive field it was a seriously impressive performance by the Scot and looks like he’s now fully settled in to his new team Aim Motorsport. Behind Charpentier has now firmly put himself as a serious title contender as his 2nd place has made him the championship leader whilst Keneally’s 3rd launched him up to 6th in the championship and within 21 points of the leader Richard Verschoor takes suprise victory Richard Verschoor was my tip for the victory before the weekend but after being excluded from qualifying you would have expected him to finish in the top 10 at most! Verschoor drove a good setoff heats and Pre-Final to put him 8th on the grid for the

Final but even from there you would have not put money on him to win especially as he was starting from the outside! But you have to take your hat off to him as he was able to not only win but win comfortably with a 1.3 second gap to Van Kalmthout across the line. Speaking of this I believe is a really a turning point in Rinus’ Euromax career taking is maiden podium and moving up to 6th in the championship. Rinus knows his way round Genk very well which is coming up later in the year after success at the BNL and could potentially be inline for a maiden victory and a ticket to the Grand Finals in Portimao later in the year. Lennox-Lamb donehis job of causing a disturbance to the championship finishing 3rd, Webb had his best result of the year in 6th and Lehane his most disappointing finish in 7th. Another major talking point was the number of non finishers with 12 in total! Askew, Timmermans, Grice, Varley, Donnelly, Ward, Mavlanov, Stewart and White were all involved.

Anthony Abbasse title dreams crushed!
The big news from DD2 came from Anthony Abbasse and unfortunately for him it was not good news! Abbasse was excluded from the Final due to a ‘technical non conformity’ which means he will now have to count a 0 score towards his Championship total. At the end of the Championship each driver is able to drop their lowest Pre-Final score and Final score however Abbasse will not be able to drop this zero score as he was excluded for a technical reason. This ultimately means Abbasse championship challenge has ended and he can only hope for a top 5 finish at best!

Abbasse finished 4th track which left Marcel Schirmer inherit his position. At the front De Conto did what MacDonald did in Juniors by going unbeaten all weekend but it’s fair to say De Conto was slightly more dominant winning by 3.3 seconds. Ferenc Kanscar finished 2nd but with Kevin Ludi also
being excluded he now sits more comfortable in his championship lead with De Conto and Schirmer his nearest challengers 16 points behind. Rasmus Markkenen finished 3rd taking what was his first podium and in the Masters Morgado took the spoils with Mukhin and Pierce joining him on the podium.

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