Saving the best for last, the Rotax DD2 class closed out Wednesday’s Qualifying sessions. The sun came back out but the temperatures were much cooler than the previous two days, with wind also a factor. The closest group in regards to lap times through practice had everyone buzzing in the paddock as to who would earn the pole-position in the two-speed DD2 class that is packed full of talent.
Unlike the other classes, both groups were very fast on track, but nobody was faster than the United Kingdom’s Sean Babington. Blistering off a lap time of 55.19 seconds he earned the pole position over Ference Kancsar of Hungary by a mere 0.08 seconds. Spain’s own Javier Rodelas was the third fastest while Finland’s Rasmus Markkanen and another Englishman Adam Glear completed the top-five.
Canadian Jeffrey Kingsley just missed the top-five, placing sixth overall only 0.181 seconds back with Ben Cooper, another Canadian, completing the top-ten. Making it three drivers from Canada in the top-fifteen, Fred Woodley was fourteenth in his RMCGF debut. All four drivers in the category for the United States qualified within a tenth of each other with Gavin Reichelt 29th, Nick Neri 33rd, Jonathon Kotyk 34th and Michael Illavia 37th. After practicing inside the top-half of the group for most of the week, Canadian John Buzza wound up 54th.
Drivers will now be divided into four groups for the heat races. The respective group for each driver is listed below.
North American Rotax DD2 Qualifying Results:
6. Jeffrey Kingsley (CAN) +0.181 (B)
10. Ben Cooper (CAN) +0.263 (B)
14. Fred Woodley (CAN) +0.347 (B)
29. Gavin Reichelt (USA) +0.509 (A)
33. Nick Neri (USA) +0.547 (A)
34. Jonathan Kotyk (USA) +0.560 (B)
37. Micheal ILavia (USA) +0.597 (A)
54. John Buzza (CAN) +0.971 (B)