US GRAND NATIONALS / US OPEN REPORT
The much-anticipated staging of the Rotax US Grand Nationals / US Open 2018 brought together a strong depth of competitors to contest each of the Rotax categories, where 120 drivers lined-up on the grid in the battle for the USA and Open titles, plus the chance to qualify to represent their country at the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in Brazil this coming November.
Right up until Sunday’s finals, the action on track intensified as the excitement of some impressive and dramatic racing unfolded in front of the supporters, to eventually crown the new champions.
The initial expectations of the newly-introduced lottery engine format were met with lots of praise, providing some excellent and close competition overall. The 1 mile long (1600 metre) New Jersey Motorsports Park event also welcomed the introduction of the new MOJO D5 regulation tyre for the first time in the USA, which was very well received and proved to deliver the confidence of a more consistent, stable race tyre with competitive laptimes and the desired grip level to meet the demands of the Rotax MAX (Senior) and DD2 gearbox classes.
“In New Jersey we had an exciting field of starters with very experienced racers. The raffled engines provided a great opportunity to demonstrate the evo engine technology in terms of parity, ease of use and durability. The result was excellent and confirmed our expectations. The feedback was extremely positive. Now we will continue to build what we have restarted within the US region”, said Stefan Gruber, Manager Rotax Karting & OEM Business, RPS Business.
Congratulations are extended to all the winners and place-getters including the new champions of the US Grand Nationals and the US Open titles for 2018, in addition to all the competitors who participated at NJMP together with their technicians, teams, crews and the many supporters.
All results from this event can be found online at – https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/155491