Miguel Quiñones all set for Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals at Portimao


Flying all the way to the Kartodromo Internacional Algarve in Portimão, the now 5x karting champion Miguel Quiñones will be making his Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC) Grand Finals debut this weekend. He’ll be up against some of the best karters in the world for the annual showdown to see who really is the fastest of them all.

A total of 396 entries from more than 60 countries are expected to take part in the week-long event that stretches from the 19th to the 26th of November 2022. Miguel in particular is competing in the ultra-competitive 125 Senior Max category as the lone Filipino entry amongst the 71 other drivers.

While this is going to be his first official competitive outing at Portimão, Miguel is no stranger to world championship events. He took part in last year’s IAME Warriors Final last year in Italy and has earned an invite to the Rok Cup Superfinal for 2 years in a row. It was only last October when the 18-year-old last raced overseas at the South Garda Karting Circuit in Italy where he placed in a respectable 17th in the Finals.

Miguel has been training heavily on-and-off the track in preparation for the RMC Grand Finals. His recent experience at the Rok Cup Superfinals also helped improve his race craft, specifically on data analysis thanks to his team Zanchi Motorsports.

In the RMC Grand Finals, however, everyone will be racing on a level playing field. The event adopts an ‘arrive-and-drive’ concept so that only driving skill (not machine or team advantage) will shine. All the engines are provided by BRP-Rotax while Sodikart supplies the chassis in the Rotax 125 Senior MAX category.

The Portimão Circuit is one of the longest kart tracks in Europe stretching 1.600 km long and provides plenty of opportunities for overtaking, which means the racing will always be exciting. Free Practice officially kicks off on the 21st of November (Monday) with the Qualifying Heats starting on the 23rd (Wednesday). Pre-Finals are on the 25th (Friday) followed by the all-important Finals on the 26th (Sunday) where Miguel aims to finish on a high note.

Miguel Quinones: “As this will be my first race at Portimao, my goal is to learn the track as quickly as possible. I’ll try to do my best and get better at each session to hopefully getting a good spot in the Finals. I want to thank all those who supported me, especially the hard work of everyone who helped me in becoming a 2-time karter of the year.”