Cape Town's Rising Star on the Karting Scene Heads to Egypt for the 2009 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals

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Raoul Owens is the only Capetonian in the team selected to compete in Egypt this weekend in the 2009 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals.

Raoul Owens is 15 years-old and hails from Cape Town. In terms of karting experience he has only been racing for four years so his rise to the top in the Junior Max series has been really impressive.

"I started racing at the Killarney circuit in Cape Town, but in 2009 I did my racing in Gauteng because of the extra competition. I also raced in Europe this year, where I raced in the Rotax Junior Euro Championship and I finished eighth, out of 50 drivers."

Raoul has a regional Mini Max title to his name in the Western Province Championship and went into the 2009 finals weekend at Zwartkops lying only ninth in the Junior Max series, after various hiccups in the season-long qualifier rounds.

"But we won the pre-final, and we had top-three finishes for both finals, so we scored enough points to finish second overall in the championship, and that puts me in the team for Egypt.

Raoul goes into Grade 10 at Reddham House in Constantia, Cape Town, next year.

"I think it's great to go to the Grand Finals, because it's my last year in Junior Max. I think there'll be about 70 drivers in my class. I think it will be similar to the Euro series, but in the Grand Finals you all run the same karts, the CRG chassis, and the engines are all brand new. You draw for those in the days leading up to the event, so it's all as equal as you can make it, equipment -wise.
"The Grand finals, it's all about driving skill. My dad Gary's going along, and he's been my major support all along."

We wish Raoul and the rest of the team all the success they deserve. South African drivers have enjoyed impressive successes in the past and we have no doubt they will keep the flag flying high.

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