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2009 Rotax Max Grand Finals - Official Discussion Thread
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Jeff Grist



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:41 am    Post subject: 2009 Rotax Max Grand Finals - Official Discussion Thread Reply with quote

Folks:
We are just days away from the start of the RMCGF in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt. EKN.ca will be reporting Trackside Live from the Ghibli Raceway with onsite reports starting Monday.

EKN.ca will we covering all the North American drivers from both Team USA and Team Canada. We will be providing live updates after each sessions highlighting all the North American drivers.

Egypt is seven hours ahead so we willbe well underway even before the fine folks in PEI sign on. So jump on with your questions. Let's pump up of Team USA and Team Canada drivers.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Jeff,

When are you guys leaving for the big trip?

Best of luck to all of Team Canada, we're pulling for ya'!!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Stephen,

Jeff is leaving today bound for Egypt. Not sure on the time but of course with all the time zone changes, it may not be until Friday that we get our first update from him on his travels or when he settles into his hotel.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went to the airport in Orlando this morning Smile to see part of our TEAM USA off - - they were soooo happy, excited, and eager. Have a photo of the happy group and will post it. We'll be waiting and then watching - - - Good Luck to all our drivers - - Go Nick and Victor - - be safe.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks David,

I didn't realize they were leaving today.

Looking forward to the updates and news.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some photos of the Ocala Gran Prix crew today making their way to New York from Orlando and while waiting to board the flight to Egypt:

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From Wesley Boswell

Victor and I had a wheel chair race. I set fast time by 4 seconds!!! LOL We also had a limbo with the wheel chairs going on while we were waiting for the ticketing counter to open.







































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Elena Maurini



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been texting with Mike all day (he is tuning for Victor Pedrosa with the OGP crew). After leaving New York yesterday evening around 6:30, they arrived in Cairo today at 2:30pm Egypt time and then had a short plane ride to Sharm el Sheikh. They settled into their rooms, and I have just been informed they enjoyed a "scrumptious" dinner of (I am going to use this term, not sure what they call them in Egypt) Rocky Mountain oysters, liver, lamb and chicken along with some Egyptian wine. I added in the scrumptious...although Mike said it was very good! Tomorrow they will be heading to the track to get their credentials in order. Hopefully I can post some photos once Mike gets his internet connection sorted out at the hotel.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elena Maurini wrote:
Rocky Mountain oysters, liver, lamb and chicken along with some Egyptian wine.


No McDonalds or Burger King??? Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

David Cole wrote:
Elena Maurini wrote:
Rocky Mountain oysters, liver, lamb and chicken along with some Egyptian wine.


No McDonalds or Burger King??? Wink


I doubt it...and now pigeon for lunch! You would die there I think! Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EKN Trackside Live: We Have Arrived!

Reporting live here from SES and Ghibli Raceway. Finally up and going with internet connection. It's Sunday morning and the trip in was great. All of our luggage arrived, which by all accounts was a miracle. The Launis and the Szigetis are sitll waiting on their luggage.

The track is amazing. Very cool layout and very fast. Lots of drivers hit the track yesterday in the rental karts to get in some laps. I saw lots of the Team USA drivers yesterday including the huge entourage from OGP. Looks like most of Team Canada are arriving today.

If you have any questions, jump on and ask away. I will be filing my first report tomorrow after the drivers draw for their karts and start working. Luckily for me, Team USA and Team Canada are across from each other in the paddock. It will keep me from wearing out my shoes.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More from Wesley Boswell:






















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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EKN Trackside Live: Day One Activity

Finally back on line. As happens at large events like this, they had to change up the password for the media center. The password spreads quickly in the paddock and slows the network down a ton. Drivers picked up their karts today and the paddock was going crazy with activity. Kart assembly, scrutineering and inspection all done today. All the Team USA drivers are on site and got through scrutineering with no problems. All the Team Canada drivers were also on site and completed all their kart setup and inspection.

Bill Wright will MC the MOJO World Tire Changing Competition at the Welcome Party tonight.

Check for my full report on todays activities coming soon. And be sure to get on and cheer for your favorite driver.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pictures from Sunday by Rotax photog and American Ken Johnson: http://www.maxchallenge-rotax.com/event2009/Gallery/RMGF_061209/index.html
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Day One Report: http://www.ekartingnews.ca/news_info.php?n=5547
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GOOD LUCK Team Canada! Drive safe and have fun.
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