Team UK dominate Rotax Grand Finals

Wednesday 13 December 2023

Three victories and four further podiums from Team UK at the Rotax Grand Finals in Bahrain saw Britain’s karters walk away with the Nations Trophy for the second year running.

Held at the Bahrain International Circuit, 384 drivers from 65 nations raced across eight different categories with Team UK dominating around the 1,414m circuit.

All equipment was provided free of charge by the organisers, with very limited changes permitted to the karts, ensuring a full test of driving ability across the event.

In the Mini Max, Rory Armstrong worked hard for his championship title as he explained on his Facebook page, “On track we had top five pace in nearly every session topping the times at points, but when a brake issue pushed me from P3 to P25 in Heat 2 I thought the dream was over.

“Thankfully with P2 in Heat 1 and P6 in Heat 3 and then a fifth in the Pre-Final we got our intermediate standings of P9 for Saturday’s Final and knew we still had a chance. The race was like a last lap battle every lap getting up to P2 at one point and back to P7 just as fast, but when the last lap fight really got going we were in the ideal position to take full advantage and the win.”

“When we started the season off this year my number one goal was to win a ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals to be able to join Jag Rotax and Team UK and race at world level. Just getting the ticket felt like such an achievement, but to experience my first Grand Finals at the fantastic Bahrain Circuit is an experience I will never forget.”

Jacob Ashcroft, third in the 2023 Wera Tools British Kart Championship, completed the Mini Max podium.

In the Micro Max, Jenson Chalk claimed the title and was followed by Edward Haynes. Team UK’s final championship topper came in the Junior Max as Timo Jungling walked away with the honours.

2023 Junior Rotax Wera Tools British Kart Championship winner Macauley Bishop made the step up into the Senior Rotax and in his third ever senior race, he came away with a third.

And in the E10 (Electric Senior) Spencer Boughton finished second overall.

Dan Parker, Head of Karting at Motorsport UK, commented, “This is an outstanding result for Team UK in a highly competitive field. The Rotax Grand Final Championship titles are highly sought after honours, so to win three of eight, and to secure four further podiums marks an outstanding return for our karters.”