Dutch Rotax Max Challenge
What is Dutch Rotax Max Challenge
Starting 1998, Rotax has caused a true revolution amongst go-kart lovers with its FR 125 Max motor. Since then, hundreds of these silent two-stroke engines have been sold in the Netherlands. The tremendous utility comfort thanks to a built-in starter and water pump is being combined with a sensational power and exceptionally long lifespan. It is the two-stroke engine that enables you to race more than you repair.
A fully geared up Rotax Max competition kart costs approximately 5000 Euros. All engines are being sealed in order to prevent anyone from making power alterations, which guarantees a long lifespan and honest competitions and makes expensive tuning programmes superfluous. It has never occurred before that a specific kart engine became so popular in such a short period.
In order to offer the kart drivers a competition element with the non-homogenised Max motor, Rotax introduced a worldwide competition round by the end of 1999: the Rotax Max Challenge, a number of events in more than 30 countries over the world with a joint world final for the best drivers. The Olympics for karting, so to speak.
The MicroMax class is suitable for the little ones among us, who have the idea of going on to the popular Rotax Max classes in the future. This class is organised world-wide and intended for children in the age of 7 up till 11 years old.
Yet again the reliable and low-maintenance Max class will distinguish itself from all other mini classes. The mini kart is equipped with a specially sealed and restricted 125cc Max motor. The championship for this class includes eight races that are being competed on various circuits in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Olympic class – entry class (from 15 years up)
This class matches the Rotax Max Seniors for another target group: it is organised for drivers who want to race with a limited budget or drivers who choose recreational participation and might consider the current Senior circuit too hectic.
One important detail is that the organisation decides whether a kart driver can participate in the Olympic class. Racing experience and performance are decisive factors in this conclusion. If a kart driver appears to be strong in the Olympic class he will be transferred to the Seniors.
The karting success: Chrono Rotax Max Challenge
Chrono Karting has taken the challenge for the Netherlands and smoothly arranged a racing programme, together with Kombikart, the official Rotax Distributor. And this is the source of the Dutch Rotax Max Challenge 2000. The events have been organised on various outdoor karting circuits in the Netherlands.
The formula of this concept is to combine maximum enjoyment and low costs in accordance with the participants, which has resulted in a championship where safety, quality and sportsmanship are of major importance. The quality growth was accompanied by an increase of the number of participants. The Shakedown started with 12 competitors in 2000, but last summer more than 170 kart drivers competed for the highest positions.
Coming season the number of participants will probably increase even more. The success of these series may lie in the honesty and comparatively low costs combined with the commitment of Chrono Karting towards the participants.
To put it shortly: a terrific atmosphere, a very professional organisation and a spectacular sports event are all gathered on the circuit.
The target group is very wide: from beginners to far advanced kart drivers. For both recreational racers and (semi) professionals this championship offers more than enough challenge and competition.
The races are being competed in different classes:
- Junior max
- Senior max
- Olympic max
- Olympic max master
- DD2 master