Just when we thought that Team Canada was complete, it appears that one more driver will fly the maple leaf next week in New Orleans, USA at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals.
We have been informed today that Canadian Rotax DD2 pilot Alessandro Bizzotto has been awarded a ticket to race at the Grand Finals after an issue with a driver from another country meant the forfeiture of their ticket. Rotax in turn awarded this ticket to the Rotax Pan American Challenge, where Bizzotto finished fifth and was the highest placing driver not already qualified for the Grand Finals.
This is great news for Team Canada, as it adds a fifth member in the Rotax DD2 class, onto an already stacked Canadian team that consists of Ben Cooper, Pier-Luc Ouellette, Brendon Bain and Marco Di Leo.
“It honestly feels surreal. I couldn’t believe the news when I heard it and it took a few days for it to actually sink in as reality. One moment I’m getting ready to put everything away and look back at my season and see what I can do to improve for next year, and the next I received a call saying that I have the opportunity to represent my country. It’s a real honour and is something that every karter has as one of their ultimate goals.”
– Alessandro Bizzotto