Luck abandoned Team Bahrain drivers Mohamed Matar and Luca Houghton in their final two qualifying races of the 2019 Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC) Grand Finals at Circuito Internationale di Napoli in Sarno took place yesterday.
After finding strong pace on Wednesday, Matar was confident and it showed when he delivered one of his best drives in the Senior MAX Qualifying Race 2. Overtaking numerous rivals as he found a scorching pace and maximised it on track.
From near the back of the grid, the Bahraini ace was scything his way through the field and looking good for a top ten finish when he was twice crashed into by an errant driver.
He recovered and did well to continue. Nevertheless, he will have his work cut-out in today’s Senior MAX pre-finals which will determine the grid for the Grand Finals tomorrow.
Ten-year-old Luca Houghton who shone a day earlier in the Micro MAX class was again as quick as the pacesetters and looking for a strong finish. However, it was not to be as the youngster was punted off in the late stages of the second Qualifying Race.
Despite this, he is well-positioned in 15th for the pre-final where his speed, which is as good as the top five, will be crucial to ensure a good starting place for tomorrow’s finale.
Bahrain team manager Hasan Al Shehabi summed up: “Racing can be cruel and today our driver were victims of some bad luck. However, the last four days have shown that both Mohammed and Luca have the speed to run among the frontrunners and this is what they need to do tomorrow in the pre-finals and I am sure if luck is kinder we can get a good result.
“The RMC Grand Finals pits the best drivers from 60 different nations, all of them champions whose talents are of the highest order. But in the end, you also need some luck, and this is what we are hoping for in the next two days.”
The pre-finals will be held today, followed by the Grand Finals tomorrow.