STUARTFIELD driver Kyle Fowlie made a lasting impression on his European senior karting debut at the Rotax Max Euro Challenge held in Genk, Belgium over the Easter weekend.
The race, held on Wednesday, March 27, was Kyle’s first senior competitive race for Strawberry Racing.
Kyle, 17, posted the sixth fastest out of 84 senior competitors on his qualifying lap and after the four qualifying heats he earned 16th place on the grid for the Grand Finals.
He raced against competitors from 37 countries in what is regarded as the most competitive karting event in the world.
Drama ensued in the Pre Final when an incident at the start knocked Kyle out of the race, resulting in him starting at the back of the grid in 34th place in the Grand Final.
What happened next was described by RGMMC TV commentators, Ken Walker and Chris Hartley, as “a stunning drive” as Kyle passed through the field to take a remarkable fifth position overall in the Grand Final.
RGMMC TV covered the whole meeting live and will cover all four rounds of the European competition.
Kyle’s team mate, Charlie Eastwood from Northern Ireland, is the current world champion and took first place on the podium.
Kyle said: “It has been a fabulous week with Strawberry Racing at Genk.
“It was a huge learning curve for me as I was driving a new Kart setup for the European competition and despite a setback in the pre-final, I was delighted with my performance overall and thrilled with the frive in the Grand Final.
He added: “I would like to thank Strawberry Racing, Team Fowlie and all my supporters.
“I look forward to the next round in Italy in May.”
All of the results from Genk and the competitor’s standings in the Rotax Max Euro Challenge can be found on www.rgmmc.com.
Kyle was signed by Strawberry Racing to run a domestic and European campaign as part of the Senior Max Team for 2013.