With Max Challenge Titles and World Finals trips up for grabs, the Rotax Pro Tour Grand Final was always going to be a tough event for everyone.
First up was Mini MAX where Tony Kart pilots, Jaiden Pope and Luke Pink qualified in position 2 & 3 for the heat races. After consistent heats from both drivers and Jaiden having the fastest lap in heat 2, they crossed the finish line in the final in position 2 for Pope and 4th for Pink.
2015 has been the year of Zane Morse in Junior MAX. Zane won 5 from 7 Pro Tour events, came 2nd at Todd Rd at the start of the year and had a DNF at Puckpunyal. Zane qualified on pole position with fellow Tony Kart driver Tomas Gasperak on grid 2 for the heats which were to be divided up due to the class being over-subscribed. With alot of hard racing in the heats and pre-final, the final was won by the 2014 Junior MAX Australian Champion Zane Morse in his Racer 401 chassis. Zanes brother Alec had a fantastic final coming from grid 24 to finish in 7th position. 2nd place qualifier Tomas Gasperak had to come from grid 43 in the final where he finished the race in 17th position, also taking the fastest lap of the race in his 401 chassis.
With Zane's dominace of the year he was crowned 2015 Rotax MAX Australian Challenge Champion in Junior MAX and also securing him a seat in Team Australia at the Rotax World Finals in Portugal later in the year.
Local Tony Kart driver Nicholas Dalton looked like he might be the driver to stop Euro Max Champion Pierce Lehane in Rotax Light after qualifying in 2nd position just over a tenth away from Lehane. After securing top 3 finishes in the 3 heats, Nicholas started off grid 2 for the pre-final only to be pushed off the circuit at the start and falling down the order. He managed to get back to 8th position. Again at the start there was an incident that dropped him from 8th to 28th, he again worked his way forward but could only mange a 19th place finish. A similar series of events happened to Nathan Tigani throughtout the race meeting with Nathan finishing the final in 11th place.
It was a Tony Kart 1, 2 for most of the weekend in Rotax Heavy. Local drivers Regan Payne and Chris Farkas qualfied 1st and 2nd with Payne going on to win every heat with Farkas in second aparts from heat 2. However in the pre-final Farkas moved to the front and went on to win with Payne 2nd. In the final it was again Chris Farkas that claimed the win by over 3.8 seconds ahead to Regan Payne. Chris also had the fastest lap of the race by 3 tenths on the next fastest which was Payne.
It was this fantastic driving that saw Chris Farkas claim the Rotax MAX Australian Challenge in Rotax Heavy.
In DD2 Masters, Karting World driver Adam Hunter was looking to keep his number 1 plate and that is exactly what he did. After qualifying in 5th position, Adam won the first heat, 4th in the 2nd and had a DNF in the 3rd. Due to his good results he started the pre-final from grid 6 and went on to the win and place himself in pole position for the final. Adam won the final by almost 2 seconds and along the way won the QLD State Title, the Rotax MAX Australian Challenge for DD2 Masters and secured his seat to represent Australia at the Rotax Grand Finals in Portugal.
Tony Kart won the manufacturers cup again for 2015 to make it 2 in a row for the green machines!
Tony Kart Australia would like to thank ALL of our dealers and ALL of the drivers that choose to drive Tony Kart chassis in helping the brand claim another manufacturers cup and hopefully we cna do it again in 2016!
Also congratulations to all the class winners and the best of luck to Team Australia at the Rotax Grand Finals!
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