November 24, 2023
Introducing DD2M MAX Grand Finals competitor’s, Billy Cleavelin, Derek Wang and Ben Cooper who will compete for their respective countries. Billy and Derek will join Team USA while Ben will join Team Canada in Bahrain at the Rotax Grand Finals. Ben earned his spot thanks to his victory at the US Trophy Final event, while Derek won the championship at the Canada Final and Billy took the Trophy West Championship and then finished as the highest placing ‘Reserved’ driver at the US Trophy Final event.
<<Here are the details to get to know Billy, Derek and Ben before the event takes place from December 2 – 9, 2023>>
Q Karting Journey: How many years have you been karting, and what ignited your passion for this sport?
DW 18 years and I like to go fast
Q Early Days: Can you share a memorable moment from when you first started karting and what motivated you to pursue it further?
DW Being really terrible at karting and wanting to improve.
Q Grand Finals Aspirations: Beyond winning, what personal goals or experiences are you hoping to gain from competing at the RMC Grand Finals?
DW Just want to have fun.
Q Companions: Who will be accompanying you to Bahrain to support you during the event?
DW Stepanova Nekeel and Claire Cheng
Q Mechanic Marvel: Could you introduce us to your mechanic and tell us what makes your partnership D with them special?
DW He was there when I first started and felt that I was really terrible. He firmly believes that I’m just as terrible now as my first day.
Q Previous Grand Finals: If you’ve attended the Grand Finals before, could you share a memorable experience from a past event?
DW Yes. Qualifying on pole in Portimão then having the starter button wire break off during a restart.
Q From Where: Which part of the country will you be traveling from to participate in the Grand Finals?
Q Bahrain Excitement: Is this is your first time visiting Bahrain? What are you most looking forward to exploring or experiencing in the host country?
Q Hidden Gem: Share an interesting fact or a unique talent about yourself that many people may not know.
DW I like to build scale model cars.
Q Pre-Race Ritual: Do you have any special pre-race rituals or superstitions that you follow before hitting the track?
like to arrive at the track as late as possible.