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Max Smart and his co-driver Cameron Fair finished a commendable 9th overall and 3rd among the 6 FIA Rally Star crews vying to secure a seat in the Junior World Rally Championship in 2024 at the Lausitz Rally in Boxberg, Germany. The event attracted a strong field of over 60 entries.

The event was the final one of the FIA Rally Star training season, in which Max secured a place amongst the other Continental final winners, by winning the African final hosted by Motorsport South Africa at Zwartkops.

The biggest positive for Max and Cameron was that they were able to restart at the pace they had at the previous event in Spain and were able to demonstrate continuous improvement throughout the rally with an error free run to the finish.

Max has shown continuous improvement in the three rallies which he has contested after taking a “back to basics” training and development break in the programme after his campaign initially got off to a rocky start, demonstrating the same sort of determination that he displayed in the series of challenges which formed part of the MasterDrive and ATK supported local South African part of the programme. That determination earned him a place in the national final and from there into the continental final which he won against strong competition. There is an anxious few days ahead as Max waits to hear whether he has been selected to be among the fortunate four who will earn a fully sponsored drive at the next level of this ambitious 5 year programme, the JuniorWorld Rally Championship 2024.

MSA are proud to offer their congratulations to him for his impressive achievements up until now and are keeping their fingers crossed for him as he continues on his journey.

If Max is successful,  he will be looking for key sponsors to support him in his endeavor. With the right sponsors by his side, Max hopes to make the 2024 season one of the most exceptional yet.

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