ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE GRAND FINAL 2019
am Hugh Barter, 13
year old Australian-
Japanese go kart racer.
I have been racing
since I was 5 and my dream is
to be an F1 champion.
I really would like to give a big thank
you to everyone who has jumped on
board to support me on my journey
to Italy to represent Australia at the
Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final.
Very special thanks to my special
sponsor's that keep me going
around the track. Many people has
supported, encouraged and taught
me to be a good go kart racer.
Without you all, my achievement
would not be possible. Thank you all
for your support.
My race in this year finished. I will
race Elite junior class – KA2 & Rotax
J max for next year in go karting as
well as I will start to practice
I know you’ll be with me at every
apex and every straight as we
endeavor to bring another success!
Please follow my progress and
journey as I establish my motor
racing career. I hope you enjoy the
Hugh Barter racing race report.
N O T E
F R O M T H E
R A C E R
Driver, Hugh Barter and Team have been focused to getting to the
RMCGF since first round of Rotax Pro Tour and have encouraged
Hugh to work hard, enjoy his racing and appreciate the people
Hugh put an enormous effort into developing his physical and
mental ability as well as driving technic and has been focusing on
muscular strength and endurance weekly at the gym. Psychological
enhancement has also been a feature through breath technics as
has a rigorous diet for achieving high performance.
Chris Schofield from CS Pure racing has been looking after Hugh as a
driver coach. His extensive eyes analysed Hugh’s kart set up and
driving. CC racing has been looking after Hugh’s engine. Clint &
Peter at CC racing put enormous time to develop his engine and the
results were always top notch. Mechanic, Colin has been looking
after Hugh’s kart and kart parts before every race making sure
mechanical issues are covered during the race.
It is great pleasure to have the sponsors, partners and people who
have shared the ride Hugh's racing carrier.
The ticket to the World wasn’t just for Hugh, but also for the people
who involved, supported or encouraged Hugh’s race journey.
The 20th Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final (RMCGF) in
Sarno, Italy was held from 19th to 26th October, 2019.
The Rotax® MAX Challenge™ is a professional kart racing
series established, owned and organized by BRP and its
Rotax kart engine distributors.
RMCGF was one of the most prestigious and biggest race
events in the world. In 2019, 360 racers from about 60
countries are racing at the Grand, its inaugural year.
It is a "one-make-engine" formula: only Rotax kart engines
that are checked and sealed (for equal performance) will be
used. In the RMCGF, the same chassis, tyres and Rotax
engines are used in each racing class, meaning that each
participant has an equal chance of winning.
The success in the competition is mainly up to the skills of
the driver. The RMCGF are unique as driving ability is all
that counts. The most talented drivers in the world are
competing against each other in this unrivalled event,
demonstrating their excellent driving skills.
Circuito Internazionale Napoli is a Kart track located in
Sarno, Italy - about 40 km southeast from Naples and
opened in the 1990′s. It has since held several World
Karting Championship events and the European Kart
Championships. In 2016 the track changed its face and
majority of Sarno’s iconic straights and corners are retained
in a new layout. The circuit figures a length 1547m, 9
straight, 13 corners with different radius and 1 light chicane
between the two segments of the Sarno’s power main
straight. The average speed is 94 km/h.
Hugh raced in Sarno in 2016 and he was one of the more
competitive racers. This year, Hugh was qualified as an
Australian representative in Junior Max class. The Chassis
partner of junior max class is Praga, IPkarting, which Hugh
was using in Australia and was looking forward to racing
and achieving high at this event.
fternoon on Friday 18th
October. Hugh and team
arrived at Naples
International Circuit at Sarno
in Italy, where is at the foothills of Mt.
The circuit features a long straight
and wide-open circuit, big grand
stadium and impressive facilities.
The view from the grand stadium was
amazing, with green and grey contrast
colour of asphalt and grass lawn laid
in front of the rocky mountain hill and
blue sky. It was great feeling to race
Firstly, Hugh had to do driver
registration and collect his name &
kart number stickers.
After registration, Hugh got on a
Rental kart and analysed Naples
International Circuit with Chris
Schofield - who was his mechanic as
well as driver coach. They discussed
driving technic, racing strategy as well
as basic kart setting.
In the evening, we joined the Team
Australia dinner where Hugh was
presented with his Team Australia
Race Suit. It was a proud moment for
Hugh to wear this suite as an
It was a chilly morning on Saturday 19th of October and Hugh
and his team came back to track to scrutineer his racing gear;
race suit, helmet, gloves, shoes, rib protector and neck brace.
All gear had to be passed by FIA regulation for safety and his
racing gear and all passed with flying colours.
Hugh found his name sign board "No. 222 HUGH BARTER"
with other Aussie karter's inside the huge tent, which
featured a pit area for 360 karters from all over the world.
ugh and team arrived 8am
on Sunday 20th October and
the view of 360 karts were
setting up in the circuit and
was just amazing. Micro Max and
Hugh’s kart for Junior Max class
were Praga (Blue) while Mini Max
class was Compkart (fluorescent
yellow). Senior Max and DD2
Masters class were Sodi (Orange).
DD2 class was Birel Art (Red).
The Australian team photo session
took place at 9am and as soon as we
returned to the pit area, all the
Aussie started decorating it with
Aussie icons and flags – it was
something we’d never forget.
Then, kart raffle was due at
11:00am for Junior Max Class.
Hugh got No. 53 kart so the team
set about checking all bolts and
installing seat, engine, pedal and
ancillaries. Because Hugh is a
short/small, we had to use peddle
extensions, modified brake rods,
and put 19kg weight onto the seat
- all of which had to be sourced
from Rotax or kart manufacture
merchandise. These processes
took so long, but lucky enough
Hugh was using same Praga kart in
Australia, so we measured the seat
position in Australia and installed
his position quickly. We completed
the kart around 5pm with hopes of
qualifying on top.
DAY 3 KART RAFFLE
onday 21st October was
sunny. Junior class featured
72 entries and divided into
2 groups (odd & even
group). Hugh was No. 222 and placed
in the even group – completing 3
The first 15 minutes was a controlled
session with rear sprocket gearing
(13-76) and jetting (130) for running
in engine. Hugh was around 20th
position when the team found that
Hugh and his kart were 8kg heavier
than minimum weight (145kg) after
the first practice – having a significant
affect on lap time.
8 minutes second practice session
wasn’t the best result for Hugh.
While very confident in the kart
response and speed from beginning
of lap, he was punted off from behind
at lap 3. He only completed 2 laps -
causing unnecessary delays to our
The last practice session on Monday
was the last chance for proper
practice. Hugh completed the session
at the correct weight, finishing 11th
fastest within his group and 18th
position overall, but Hugh needed to
find 0.5 seconds to match the fastest
n the previous day, 360 karts ran 3 times a day, laying copious
amounts of rubber on the track. Hugh felt more grip than he had
ever experienced in Australia.
Hugh and Chris Schofield worked through different settings such as rear track
width, front alignment (caster, camber, toe in/out), tyre pressure and drive.
In the fourth practice session, Chris made the rear track wider and added
extra negative camber to reduce rear grip and give more front steer. Hugh
fastest with 1:00:963 on the track and only 0.087 seconds margin
from fastest lap time.
In the fifth practice session, Chris loosened the rear bumper and reduced tyre
pressure. Hugh was 6th
fastest and 0.184 seconds margin from top. Hugh felt
the kart was really good, but he knew that his driving needed to improve.
In the last practice session, Chris added more extra caster to reduce rear grip
while Hugh focused his driving. Hugh was 13th fastest. Hugh didn’t like the
feel of kart, which front steer made heavier; however the team was happy
with productive practice.
At the end of day, Hugh and Chris
went to track walking and analysed
how Hugh was driving on the track
and tried to find the way to
succeed for qualifying on next day.
ednesday morning, 23rd October. The road on the way
to track was slightly wet from previous night’s rain. The
weather forecast said 1-5mm, 60% chance of showers
in the morning around 9am and everybody paid careful
attention to cloudy sky since early morning. Then the sun was
coming out at the time of practice session, however the track was
still dump – with every class before J max was slower lap time than
previous day. The rain however never came.
In the last non qualifying session, Hugh was 15th fastest (but ideal
lap time was 9th
fastest) due to bad track position. Despite of result,
Hugh was confident for qualifying when he’d have new rubber to
8 minutes Qualifying – A massive slip-stream effect was the key to
success qualifying. Hugh waited while the other drivers went out on
track for 3 minutes, then he went out qualify for 5 minutes. Hugh's
track position was good enough to get slip stream and his pace was
fast enough to retain the lead position for much of the session.
Hugh eventually secured 3rd position out of 72 drivers. After
qualifying, drivers divided 4 groups (A, B, C & D). Hugh and other 2
Aussies belonged to C group.
Qualifying Heat 1 (C x D group) - Hugh started from pole position
and won. Hugh fought hard and smart with other Japanese drivers
for first 2 laps and then run away from behind.
n the morning, there was warm up session, and we tried one teeth bigger on
the rear sprocket gear. It worked well so team decided to keep the gearing.
Heat 2 (A x C group) - Hugh started 2nd and held position, but dropped to 4th
second lap. On lap 8, he gained one position and was able to fight his way through to
on the last lap. However he ran wide at last second corner and had to settle for
3rd. Hugh's race results were changed to 2nd after a post-race penalty was applied
to 2nd placed karter.
Heat 3 (B x C group) - Hugh started 2nd
, but lost 5 positions at the start. Hugh
followed starting procedure to the letter, but the pole sitter wasn’t following the
same script. He gave chase, but he was bumped off from behind on last corner on
lap 1, dropping to16th. Hugh only gained one position despite racing hard and
. After penalties were applied to other racers, Hugh’s final result was
12th position. Hugh was upset what had transpired but was immediately focused on
the next day.
DAY 7 HEAT 2 & HEAT 3
Hugh completed only 2 full laps in the
warm-up in order to conserve the
tyres. However, Hugh mentioned his
engine wasn't performing as well at
the end of long straight, which was
critical issue. We analysed the data
and could see we were losing top revs,
so adjusted the jetting setting.
Pre final position was determined by
points in the first three heats.
Hugh started 3rd and finished 2nd.
Hugh, New Zealand driver, Osborne
and European number one polish
driver, Pilka frequently changed
position each other, and however
Hugh's engine was still lacking horse-
power on the straight. Maximizing the
sections on the track where he was
strong, Hugh took over the leader in
the middle of the track and put in a
massive fight, with his but driving skill
and racing smarts earning him a
place in front of an
Day 9: RMCGF FINAL
Before warm up session, we asked Rotax’s technical engineer about engine issue, but
we could only change the rear sprocket gearing and jet for carburetor. Hugh did only
2 full laps with little improvement on the straights from the previous day.
Final starting position was determined by points of three heat races and pre-final race.
Hugh started in 5th position, lost one position at start, but was able to fight his way up
. Hugh raced hard but without enough power to fight on the straight was a
sitting-duck for those behind, Soon he began to struggle with under-steer at front and
sliding at rear. He fought with a pack running from 6th
for 10 laps but was
punted from behind on last lap. He dropped to 15th,
but put his head down and fought
back to 12th
in the space of one lap His final result was 9th
after post-penalties were
It was a great trip and pleasure to meet people from all over the world.
Hugh has made friends and connections and team brought home a positive
attitude and a lot of good memories. Whilst Hugh and team could not get
what he wanted at Rotax World Grand Final, it was tough race with best
racers from the world and this is the motor sport. Luck may not have been
on his side, but Hugh was very proud of the job team Australia did. Hugh
proved that he could mix and compete with world’s top racers and his
commitment, dedication and effort this year were paid off. Hugh has learnt
a lot and he will be stronger and faster when he comes back to the Rotax
Grand Final in next year with the goal of being world No.1!
Hugh and team hope the year of 2020 will be his stepping stone to the next
Thank you, Chris Schofield for being our mechanic and driving coach at
Rotax World Grand Final. Unfortunately we missed the podium but you
showed your excellence.
Thank you all for support Hugh. Without your encouragement, support and
sharing the ride of Hugh's motor racing carrier, it would not be possible to
achieve what we have so far.
nyone whose come into contact with Hugh
Barter will realise this little dynamo represents
a unique opportunity for companies and global
Hugh has been racing karts for last 7 years and trains
every day on his simulator with a view to improving his
race results at every event. He is technically very strong
and continually hones his race craft in the knowledge
that winning World championship means self-discipline,
commitment, hard work, dedication and persistence.
Hugh is completely focused on his goal to reach the top
level and succeed.
Hugh’s talent, enthusiasm and results in racing have not
gone unnoticed. Being coached by one of top kart
drivers, Hugh’s great temperament and infectious
personality has attracted private sponsorship and over
200 thousand Facebook followers.
But to win championship he need help and support, so
is currently seeking sponsorship and financial support
from business, corporate and multinational companies
to form long term relationship.
For more info on Hugh contact:
A very special thanks to my sponsors that keep me
going around the truck and chasing my dream.
TRYDEL – UP & GO
IPKARTING - PRAGA
888 PROPERTY GROUP
BRIGGS & STRATTON
CAM BOX - MECA
ZIPPY TIE MAN
THE GLOBAL LOCAL
AWC MOTORSPORT ACADEMY
CS PURE RACING CC RACING
Very special thanks to all people in the back ground that
support and encourage me on and off the track.
N E W S P O N S O R S
& P R T N E R S
N E W S P O N S O R S
& P A R T N E R S
Page Tasman Freight
Carroll Goldsmith Lawyers
Robert Amato Jr
Organic Coconut Oil Spray
Xenon Technologies Pty Ltd
Jim Fritz – JIM FRITZ ELECTRCAL