While most Dubai school kids were holidaying during the summer break, nine year old Repton student Jamie Day was racing with the cream of the crop karting drivers in the European Micro Max Final at Speedworld Track, in Austria and returned he home with the Vice Champion trophy in his kit bag.

 

PVE_1099Day who races for Energy UAE Kart Team, is the reigning UAE Rotax Micro Max champion, faced the top young kart drivers from Europe on their turf. He had his work cut out throughout the weekend in mid-August and in the end delivered when it mattered.

Out of 42 Micro drivers Day was constantly among the front runners, thus after several heats was ranked fourth overall. In the Pre-Final, in which he started from fourth on the grid, he dropped down to 11th after an early race melee but fought his way back to an eventual fourth place.

In the final that the Dubai school boy really rose the occasion, battling for the lead with a group of the best drivers to emerge over the weekend. There was little to separate the pace setters during the 15 lap finale. In the end Mateusz Lenart claimed victory with Day a mere 0.083 of second adrift in the runner-up spot and the European Micro Max Vice Champion trophy in his hands and claiming the fastest lap of the final race.

Speaking afterwards Day said, “It was tough competition all weekend, with some very tough drivers out there. Fourth to second in the final is a good result. I am happy and proud to take home the trophy.”

Day returned home to Dubai this week for the start of school, and with it preparations for the 2015-2016 season where he will move up to the UAE Rotax Max Mini class.

PVE_1074Day explained, “With my team Energy being based at the Kartdrome I have the opportunity to test at the track when I need to, which is very useful. And I am sure the next season will be a big challenge, because the UAE drivers are proving that they can be as good as the best in other countries.”

 

The 2015-2016 UAE Rotax Max season begins with the non-championship round at Al Ain Raceway on 25 September, followed by the season opener at the same venue on 9 October.

Kartdrome hosts two Rotax Max double header weekends on 20-21 November and 12-13 February. Also on the calendar at the Dubai venue is the international O-Plate race day on 22 January.

Ben Potter
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