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Minimax Testing in Europe

Getting physical with the MiniMax

We have just had a great week testing in Europe at Kerpen in Germany and Genk in Belgium.

Having only been out in the MiniMax on the day I was fitted for it, I have had a lot to learn and get to grips with. At Kerpen, the track had a race meeting the weekend following our 3-day test so the track was extremely busy. We found ourselves on the track with the Juniors and Seniors so I needed to get up to speed quickly!

Whilst we had open 45 minute sessions, I could only manage 15 minutes at a time as driving the MiniMax is much more physically demanding than the Honda and I was running out of steam. I enjoyed every minute of it though and learnt a lot as Kerpen is a bumpy, tight technical track.

Speed, speed, speed!

From Kerpen, we then moved onto Genk in Belgium, which is a much faster, more flowing track which gave me the opportunity to really see the speed difference between a Honda and the new MiniMax kart. Again, a lot was learnt and I experienced a very busy track similar to how it will be when I’m racing.

I can’t wait to get out again and I’m looking forward to the next chapter.

MiniMax Facts

  • The MiniMax is a class of kart used in the UK.
  • Its raced by kids aged 11 to 15 years.
  • Its powered by a restricted version of the Rotax Junior Max engine (another karting class!).
  • This powerful liquid-cooled 2-stroke engine is equipped with an electric starter.
  • Its also known for its reliability, with the engine developing 15 hp and having a top speed is around 100 km/h.
  • Minimum weight for the kart is 135kg, with the driver needing to be at least 39kg of that.

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