EBC Brakes-supported kart racing sensation, UAE’s Harry Hannam, added to his collection of trophies at the Rotax Max Challenge International Trophy held at Portugal’s Portimao Circuit recently.
Securing a second-place finish in the final race of the weekend despite a mixed bag of weather conditions thrown at him and the rest of the grid, Harry is pleased with the result and is looking forward to his next race in a few weeks’ time.
The weekend’s action is explained by Harry’s team in their own words below.
“With very mixed weather conditions all week, this race was not something that Harry was used to, but he still proved to be very quick in all weather conditions he faced.”
“Harry qualified in 5th. After struggling with traffic, this was a few positions back from where he hoped to be.”
“Wet conditions for the first race saw Harry starting in 5th and quickly getting into 3rd. With the top three getting away from the rest of the pack, Harry finished in a comfortable 3rd place.”
“Difficult conditions for Heat 2 saw a drying track, with Harry making the brave decision to go for slicks, with only one other of the 26 drivers making the same gamble.
“Starting from 5th again, and after some very careful first few laps, it turned out to be an inspired decision as Harry sped away from the front to eventually win by nearly 12 seconds, and deliver the fastest lap by over a second.”
“A dry race, with Harry again starting from 5th. A poor start saw him drop into 11th on the first lap, but a great drive back through the pack saw him finish in 2nd.”
“The grid here was decided by points gained in the heats, meaning Harry started in pole position. This lead was short-lived, as technical issues with the kart meant he was well off the pace and finished in 8th.”
“Starting in 8th on the outside, Harry was in a difficult position, and with a congested first lap couldn’t make much headway. He eventually managed to fight his way through the grid to secure 2nd.
“We are pleased with these results, and will be back in Portimao for the Rotax Grand Final race later in January, where we’ll be going for the biggest title in Rotax Mini Max racing…”