EN EPIC VICTORY FOR NOAH ROOVERS TO WIN KART PRIX #1 BELGIUM
ROTAX SENIOR MAX – EN EPIC VICTORY FOR LOCAL HERO NOAH ROOVERS TO WIN KART PRIX #1 BELGIUM
Jordan Brown-Nutley (DHR / FA) continued his successful campaign this season with quickest lap in timed practice ahead of fellow Brit Johnathan Hoggard (KR Sport / Kosmic), both qualifying in group 2 of the Seniors in the competitive field of 40 drivers. The 2017 Winter Cup champion who claimed he was feeling quite positive about his pace and the DHR kart package, also took pole position for the pre-final having won two heats Saturday, as did Belgium’s Max Timmermans (KMS Europe / BirelArt) to start beside Brown-Nutley on the front row. Hoggard was a race winner to secure grid 3 alongside Frenchman Arnaud Sarrazin (PKS / Sodikart). Local hotshot Felix Warge (Tys Racing Team / OTK) had one heat victory… after a morning to forget.
Following rain showers the day before, Sunday was dry and drenched in sunshine that brought out the race fans. Racing with a strategy, Timmermans snatched the lead in the pre-final hoping to get the break before being hunted down by the pole-man. Unfortunately, he’d been hit from behind in lap 1 and had to retire as the exhaust came loose. Brown-Nutley stretched his lead to remain unchallenged, although Hoggard reduced the gap and posted best lap of the race. World #3 Berkay Besler (Bouvin Power / Tonykart) also looked good for a podium chance in third ahead of Warge, with Daems Racing driver Moulin Baptist (Tonykart) fifth.
The final saw a changing of the British guard when local hero Noah Roovers (Daems Racing Team / Tonykart) fought back from starting the pre-final on grid 27, to raise his hands in elation for an epic victory as Kart Prix #1 Belgium champion and winner of ROTAX Euro round 1. Besler set out to chase Brown-Nutley at the start, but soon Hoggard grabbed P2 and moved in on the leader until he was overtaken by Roovers just over half-race distance. With only three laps to go, the Belgian made his intentions clear and took first, followed by Hoggard into P2. Brown-Nutley attempted to have his shot at regaining second place in the last corner, but made contact with Hoggard and was given a time penalty relegating him to fourth. The English duo now ranks 1 and 2 in the championship standings with Brown-Nutley trailing by 2 points. Warge was classified third and German talent Robert Kindervater (Woik Motorsport / Tonykart) P5 ahead of Besler.
Noah Roovers – “I’m happy to win today. I told Jordan [Brown-Nutley] that I wouldn’t let him win this time, so I have done it! Today was a good result for me, also for the European championship. Since being on pole for my pre-final at the ROTAX Grand Finals in Sarno 2016 against many good drivers, I am confident that I can win the title this year. Thanks go to Daems Racing and my parents.”