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Race Report 2019 Issue 5

Rotax Max Challenge World Grand Final

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Race Report 2019 Issue 5

  2. 2. 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 Formula 4. 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
  3. 3. 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 around him. 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. INSTAGRAM @hughbarterracing Facebook @hughbarterracing Twitter @Hugh Barter WEBSITE Email: Phone: 0430329911
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Day 1: RMCGF Registration fternoon on Friday 18th October. Hugh and team arrived at Naples International Circuit at Sarno in Italy, where is at the foothills of Mt. Vesuvius. 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 for Hugh. 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 Australian representative.
  6. 6. 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. DAY2SCRUTINEERING
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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 practice sessions. 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 process. 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 lap time. DAY 4 Non- Qualifying Practice 1-3
  9. 9. DAY 5 Non- Qualifying Practice 4-6 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 was 4th 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.
  10. 10. 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 play with. 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. GHJ DAY6QUALIFYING&HEAT1
  11. 11. 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 on the second lap. On lap 8, he gained one position and was able to fight his way through to 2nd 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 finished 15th . 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
  12. 12. 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 brilliant 2nd place in front of an enthralled crowd. DAY 8 PRE-FINAL
  13. 13. 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 to 3rd . 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 and 9th 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 applied.
  14. 14. AFTER THE WORLD’S 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 level. 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. Thank you!
  15. 15. nyone whose come into contact with Hugh Barter will realise this little dynamo represents a unique opportunity for companies and global brands. 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: SPONSORSHIP
  17. 17. 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 Raj Singh Page Tasman Freight Jumpei Morita Global Hub Richard Goldsmith Carroll Goldsmith Lawyers Robert Amato Jr Amato-Design Scott Finney Nucifera Products Organic Coconut Oil Spray Kosi Kalaitzidis Brighton Volkswagen Mark Campbell Xenon Technologies Pty Ltd Jim Fritz – JIM FRITZ ELECTRCAL David Willett Brett Hiscock Cecelia Shannon
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