The 18th edition of the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals returns to Portugal.

Portimão, the biggest town in the western Algarve at the Atlantic beach with its prestigious race track Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve will be the hotspot of the racing season’s highlight, the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in 2017. The week-long event welcomes 360 highly motivated drivers from more than 50 nations competing for the top of the podium from November 04 to 11, 2017.

Tyler Kashak (a friend of the Demaras Auto Racing Team) who helped Daniel Demaras achieve his 2016 CRKC Championships, is racing in top-dog DD2 class. Kashak is accompanied by his dad (and his dad’s lucky straw hat).


IndyCar driver Zachary Claman De Melo took a break from trying to find funding for another shot at the Rahal Letterman Lanigan ride he raced at Sonoma, to compete in Portugal as well.

Big Brian from Goodwood Kartways accompanied Mosport driver Joe Crupi. The Big man (seen below, giving the finger)  will definitely keep the wheels on the kart, but does not appreciate photographers.



To make sure all drivers have equal equipment, brand new BirelART karts (and Praga Micro karts) are provided to the competitors, assigned randomly by ‘raffle’. 360 karts lined up on track, at an average cost of $10,000 per kart (with a Micro being roughly $6,000 and a DD2 $12,000) works out to $3.6 million.



Good luck to all the Team Canada drivers at this year’s event!


Photographs from Canadian Karting News.

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