Official Qualifying at the 2012 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals is finally underway at the beautiful Kartodromo Intercional do Algarve circuit in Portimão, Portugal. Wednesday’s sessions included a morning round of final practice before the all important qualifying sessions in the afternoon. Team Canada has been very strong thus far in Portugal and the team scored some great results in Qualifying. With the wind becoming a huge factor all day long, find a good draft down the long straights at Autodromo would be the key to getting the perfect lap.
Competing in his Rotax leading ninth Grand Finals, Scott Campbell lead the Canadian contingent in the Rotax DD2 Masters division. Campbell is seeking his second Grand Finals title, and posting the sixth best time in qualifying is a great start to his event. Luc Sauriol is also seeking his second Grand Finals title, and he will start from the outside of row four for each of his heat races after qualifying sixteenth. After being very quick in practice, a tough Qualifying session for Stuart Clark has him in twenty-fifth in the final rankings.
Argentina’s Henry Martin steered his Haase Chassis to the top of the time charts, while the UK’s Florent Lambert was second and Frances Guy Pansart was third.
After qualifying, drivers are divided up into four groups (A-D) for their heat races. On Thursday, drivers will have two rounds of heat races before the final heat on Friday, leading up to Saturdays pre final and finals.