Beautiful victory for Mavlanov in Senior Max at Sarno
Russia’s Denis Mavlanov is this year’s Senior Max “World Champion” after dominating the class in this year’s Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals at Sarno.
The track was very wet at the start of Prefinal A for Max Senior. Five drivers were missing from the grid after a delay in Parc Ferme. Denis Mavlanov took control, but Christopher Dreyspring puts the pressure on. Joao Rosate was 4th ahead of Felix Warge, Petr Bezel and Marco Di Leo. Mavlanov accelerated while the rain became even heavier. Warge went into 3rd position. Starting 22nd, Jack McCarthy was on the attack in 8th position. The rain stopped after the halfway point, but it hardly changed the state of the track. Mavlanov won against Dreyspring and Warge, who posted the best lap. My Carthy finally finished 4th after a rise of 18 places, and Lluc Ibanez was 5th.
It was a very good start for Adrien Renaudin who took a slight advantage from the 1st hairpin at the end of the straight against Noah Roovers, Cody Gillis and Nikolas Szabo. Berkay Besler fell to 23rd on the first lap. The Frenchman accentuated his lead impressively by linking the best laps with clockwork regularity. Koki Mizuno went up to 3rd position ahead of Gillis, but then Ruben Kverkild was returning strong on 2nd, Roovers, before halfway. Later, Glenn van Parijs reached 5th position. Renaudin finished his winning demonstration over 7s ahead of Kverklid and Van Parijs, with Gillis 4th and Rasmus Tuominen, ultimately the holder of the fastest lap, 5th. Besler managed to qualify in 11th position.
Mavlanov made all the running in the lead, with Renaudin very threatening in his wheeltracks, thanks to his high speed on the straight. Bezel and Gillis were fighting for 3rd place while approaching the leading duo. Further back, Warge got the better of Kverkild and Dreyspring. The laps continued and we waited for an attack on Mavlanov by Renaudin. It was a long two laps until the Frenchman went into action, but the Russian resisted. He was back in contact on the last lap while Mavlanov flew to victory. The battle for 2nd place intensified, Renaudin had to give ground in 4th position and ended up hitting Gillis coming off the track. Bezel finished 2nd, Besler 3rd, Warge 4th and Kverkild 5th.