TEAM USA WINS THE NATIONS CUP!
Team USA outfitted by K1 Race Gear wins the Nations Cup!
Mathias Ramirez started the final from seventh and led a majority of laps. Falling to second in the closing laps, Ramirez looked to make the pass for the lead, but fell short by 0.050 seconds to claim the Rotax Junior MAX Grand Finals Vice-Championship. Parity of the Rotax equipment was evident in the Junior final, as the top-ten ran nose to tail. The remaining Americans, Michael Michoff, Trenton Estep and Darren Keane would end their Grand Finals 13th, 14th and 15th respectively.
Team USA secured their second Rotax Grand Finals Vice-Championship title via Rotax Senior MAX pilot Luke Selliken. Starting from fourth, Selliken looked strong from the start and found speed when needed the most. Unable to close the gap to P1, Selliken claimed second place in the 20-lap race, the best ever finish by an American in the category. Kyle Kirkwood was one of the fastest karts on the track and just missed the championship podium in fourth. Matt Solarczyk finished 21st and Christian Brooks 28th to complete the Team USA Senior contingent.
In what can only be called heartbreak, starting the week in Portugal so strong, the two American Rotax DD2 MAX Masters drivers ended with disappointing results. After earning pole position and a heat race win, Derek Wang ended his run at the 2015 RMCGF with a 27th place result. Luis Schiavo would cross the line in second, but a technical flag put him at the bottom of the results.
In Rotax DD2 MAX, Jake French was the highest placing American earning a hard-fought eighth place result with Nathan Adds in 28th.
With their strong showing and two second place podium results in Portugal, Team USA was honored with the coveted Nations Cup award. Team USA also won the award in 2013 when MAXSpeed hosted the world competition at the NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana.
Story via GoRotax.com