The fourth and last IAME X30 Euro-Series Kart Prix of 2017 took place in Castelletto 7 Laghi, in the region of Pavia in Italy, just south of Milan. The weather was predicted wet, but eventually it remained mostly sunny, with the heavy rains coming only overnight, leaving the track wet for the early sessions of Saturday and Sunday.
There was a lot to play for in all categories, as the championship standings were pretty open. While at first sight the championship leaders looked set, with the drop-points system anything could have happened following the outcome of this race.
The event concluded with Laurens Van Hoepen, Chris Lulham and Mark Kimber the winners in X30 Mini, X30 Junior and X30 senior respectively, and the series crowning Laurens Van Hoepen, Angus Moulsdale and Brett Ward as the 2017 X30 Mini, Junior and Senior champions.
The race started with Diego Laroque setting the fastest laptime in Qualifying Practice on Friday, while the championship leaders found themselves a bit out of place: Laurens van Hoepen, Bart Ploeg and Maximus Mayer, the points leading trio, only managed fourth, sixth and second respectively. Nathan Ottink managed to get himself in between, in third place.
Following the night rain, Saturday’s first heat took place on a still very wet track, which saw a good recovery from Van Hoepen and Ploeg finishing first and second, with Kimmy Abraham third right behind them. Poleman Laroque fell back in fourth, and Maximus Meyer fifth. Van Hoepen’s good recovery continued in the following heat with another first place ahead of Laroque and Ploeg, and the same three were again in front for the last heat, but with Laroque this time ahead of Van Hoepen and Ploeg. This put Laroque on pole position for Sunday’s prefinal ahead of Laroque and Ploeg in third.
Once again on Saturday night there was heavy rain that left the track wet for the first sessions on Sunday, resulting in the mini prefinal to take place in full wet conditions. Van Hoepen once again showed his speed finishing first, a full 7.8” ahead of Laroque in second and Ploeg in third. Meyer’s difficulties worsened as he finished the prefinal down in 9th position.
The track had dried and the sky was clear for the final race. As soon as the race started, Ploeg challenged for the lead, but a mistake soon saw him drop to fourth, quite some distance behind the leader Van Hoepen who had already opened up a gap from the second and third. However Ploeg fought his way back, overtook, and closed the gap to 3.8” from the leader, but didn’t have the speed to challenge for the win anymore. Laroque finished right on his tail, only 0.055” behind, in third place. Meyer who had started from ninth came all the way back to third, and collected the necessary points to maintain his championship standing.
Having missed last race in Salbris, Chris Lulham hit the track determined to make up the lost ground and straight away showed his speed by setting the fastest lap time in Qualifying Practice. Second on Friday was the Frenchman Enzo Joulie, while third went Georgi Dimitrov.
Saturday morning’s changing conditions, a result of the night’s heavy rain, meant that several drivers left the tire decision until last minute so that they could make the best choice for the quickly drying track. Several drivers got caught out, with most notable the poleman Lulham not making it to the grid on time to take part in the heat. A mix of tire strategies found Tijmen Van Der Helm winning, Shibab Al Habsi second and Joulie third. In the second heat however things got back to normal, with Lulham winning, Van Der Helm second and Dimitrov third. Lulham won again in the last heat of the day with Van Der Helm once again second, and Van T’hoff grabbing the third place this time. This left Van Der Helm in first place for Sunday, Dimitrov second, and Angus Moulsdale in third. Lulham, as a result of the first heat DNS qualified down in 6th place.
Once again on Sunday morning the drivers found themselves having to make a difficult tire choice on a quickly drying track, but this time they made a strategy gamble, rather than leaving it last minute and risking again getting left out. This made for a prefinal split in two halves, where in the first few laps the drivers that had chosen to drive on wet tires pulled away, but as soon as the track dried, the drivers on dry tires started lapping more than 5 seconds a lap quicker, and regaining positions. The winner of this prefinal was Moulsdale, with Joulie second and Ali Akabi third.
The karts were put on the grid for the final, and the race got going back on sunny and dry conditions. Moulsdale took the lead with his teammate Kai Askey quickly overtaking Joulie and going on his tail. Askey challenged for the lead while the two were pulling away from the rest of the field. Lulham however determined to make up the lost ground quickly made positions from 7th place, passed to third by lap nine and soon caught up with the leaders. An intense battle of the three saw Moulsdale lose the lead and dropping to third, with Askey capitalizing on the opportunity and getting second position while Lulham got the win.
A full grid for the X30 senior category saw the drivers divided in two Qualifying Practices and 4 groups. Mark Kimber was quickest in the first qualifying practice, with Thanapongpan Sutumno second and Brett Ward in third. Joey Van Splunteren was the fastest in the second Qualifying Practice, with Yarne Goovaerts and Ben Wooldridge in third.
Senior’s Qualifying heats, in contrast to the other two categories, all took place in a completely dry track. Ward showed dominant pace winning all three of his own heats, this way qualifying first for Sunday, while Kimber won two of his own and getting second, and Van Splunteren won one and qualified third.
The prefinal took place in a dry but slightly humid track, which made it slippery in the very beginning, but clean with good grip after a few laps. Van Splunteren got the best out of the early conditions while Ward tried to defend from Kimber and Wooldridge. Eventually Ward came out of this battle and as soon as he found the grip he started setting fast lap after fast lap, catching and overtaking Van Splunteren, and finishing almost 5 second ahead, while Van Splunteren finished second with Kimber right behind him.
As soon as the final got underway another intense battle started taking place between Ward, Kimber, Van Splunteren and Wooldridge. The four changed positions several times, with Ward, Kimber and Van Splunteren all taking turns for the lead. A slight tangle saw Van Splunteren dropping out of this battle and back to sixth place, while Kimber only needed to find himself in clear air to pull away as Ward was busy defending from Wooldridge. Kimber crossed the line in first, with Ward second and Wooldridge third.
Euro Series Crowns
The 2017 X30 Euro Series concluded after the winter cup and four Kart-Prix, crowning Brett Ward the X30 Senior Champion, Jordan Brown-Nutley second and Oliver Clarke third. Angus Moulsdale became the X30 Junior champion, with Lulham second after missing one round, and Evan Spenle third. X30 Mini champion was Laurens Van Hoepen, with Bart Ploeg in second and Maximus Mayer third.
Live Streaming, Highlights, and media galleries.
The X30 Euro Series had all-weekend coverage all season long, which was available to stream worldwide, provided by Telemundi Media. All races were made available on youtube as well as interviews and highlights on Telemundi Media’s channel https://www.youtube.com/telemundimedia
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See you in 2018!
With 94 entries – the highest so far in its young history – the third Kart Prix of this year’s X30 Euro Series took place in Wackersdorf, located in the region of Bavaria, in Germany. Despite several of the main competitors missing this race due to conflicting racing obligations, the meeting still got a record attendance in all three categories, with the X30 Senior being the most contested one with 54 drivers. It comes to show how the combination of the IAME X30 engine run in the X30 Euro Series by RGMMC can quickly attract a great amount of current and new talent to the track! As usual the race was broadcasted and commentated live and complemented by additional recorded footage by Telemundi Media, and all material can be found on http://www.x30euro.com/ and http://www.telemundi.com/ .
In mostly dry conditions but with a sudden storm during the prefinals that spiced up the racing, the race winners were Nicolas Schoel in X30 Senior, Georgi Dimitrov in X30 Junior and Ugo Ugochukwu in X30 mini. At the end of the meeting, Brett Ward leaves as the series leader taking over from Brown-Nutley previously first in the X30 Senior standings, Moulsdale takes the lead from Lulham in X30 Junior, and Van Hoepen takes over from Ploeg in X30 mini.
The first official sessions, took place on Friday at the qualifying timed practice, with Ugochukwu showing his intentions with the fastest lap in X30 mini ahead of Laurens Van Hoepen and Diego Laroque. In X30 Junior Kai Askey claimed the first-place starting position ahead of Caeson Gibson and Luca Griggs, and in the crowded X30 Senior the local Valentino Fritsch showed well prepared positioning himself ahead of Mark Kimber and John Norris.
On Saturday’s qualifying heats, Ugochukwu was undefeated in X30 mini, winning all 3 heats ahead of Van Hoepen in second, while Arthur Tohum claimed third place after one fifth place and two thirds. Sita Vanmeert who had started well on a third-place finish in the first heat couldn’t manage to repeat the result, dropping down to a 5th place classification for the prefinal grid. Askey had a good run of two wins and one third place in the X30 junior qualifying heats, while the rest of the field behind him battled, with Gibson eventually slotting in second place and Dimitrov in third. X30 Seniors had the most qualifying heats – being divided in 4 groups – with Schoel claiming the first place with 0 points after winning all his heats, overtaking front starter Fritsch who had one win and two second place finishes in his groups. Third was Brett Ward who came from a 7th place qualifying to get three second place finishes.
There was little change in X30 mini on Sunday’s prefinal as Ukuchukwu once again beat Van Hoepen and Tohum. However the weather held a nice surprise for the X30 Juniors as the skies opened and the storm came the moment the karts hit the track for the formation lap, with the slow procedure coming in, and eventually the session being red-flagged temporarily to allow for a change of tires. This allowed for a big shuffle, with Dimitrov claiming the win in the wet conditions, Sean Butcher coming second and Evan Spenle third, all making up position while Askey dropped to 6th. The X30 Seniors prefinal also took place under wet conditions, with Norris winning this time ahead of Ward and Kimber, however the biggest surprise was that for the first time this year, until-now series leader Jordan Brown-Nutley could not make it into the final-34 drivers grid after being eliminated in the second chance heat. Also the favorite until now this weekend Fritsch lost 16 positions to finish in 18th place! The Sunday morning prefinal results were setting the scenery for a good battle in the final that would shakeup the series standings!
The track had dried up in time for the final, and X30 minis hit the track. Ugochukwu lost the lead to Van Hoepen at the start but soon regained it and went on to win the race, while Van Hoepen continued in second, taking over the series lead. Maximus Mayer had a good start from 6th to 5th and quickly made two more passes to 3rd place where he would eventually finish the race and complete the podium.
Next category on track was X30 Juniors with Dimitrov continuing his great morning showing taking the start, but not being unchallenged, as Spenle and Butcher took over the lead for a few laps. Dimitrov managed to get away while Spenle and Butcher kept swapping positions in the battle for second, a place that would go to Moulsdale who managed to overtake both of them and catch up Dimitrov, only to finish 0.020” behind the winner. Butcher finished managed to hold back Saturday poleman Askey who was only 0.133” short of a podium finish. After this result Moulsdale now leads the series standing, taking over from previous leader Lulham who was absent this race.
Last category on track, X30 Senior, promised to be also the most exciting. Norris got the best start, ahead of Kimber and Schoel. Schoel quickly made a move to second place and Ward to third. Norris would hold his lead until lap 9 when he gave in to the pressure from Schoel, and a few laps later was also overtaken by Kimber. In the meantime Oliver Clarke had taken over second place from Kimber and Ward, but a hard maneuver on Kimber would penalize him sending him back to 11th place while Kimber finished second and Ward third. Ward now takes over from Brown-Nutley in the series standings.
The following Kart-Prix will take place on the 14-17 September in Castelletto, Italy, and as always will be broadcast live from Telemundi media. Official results as well as videos from the broadcast of this race can be found on the official series website http://x30euro.com/ and http://www.telemundi.com/
We have had multiple questions over the exhausts which are mandatory to use in the X30 Euro Series.
It is mandatory to use the Silencer as the picture shows.
In a race meeting that started with rain and finished in blue skies, the changing conditions of the qualifying mixed up the order for what would be a thriller come Sunday’s finals. Many of the series front-runners, found themselves qualified in the very back and offered a good spectacle as they made their way through the field during Saturday’s qualifying heats.
In X30 senior the winner was Kimber, with Clarke second and Van Splunteren third. Moulsdale took the win in X30 Junior from Lulham and a nice surprise third place for the first-timer in this series podium, Al Habsi from Oman. Van Hoepen won X30 Mini ahead of Mayer and Laroque.
Starting on Friday the track was wet when the karts joined for the first qualifying practice, but through the four sessions it kept drying. X30 Mini went on full we conditions with Ploeg getting the pole position, Van Hoepen second and Laroque third. When juniors started their session the track had started drying but all the top qualifiers were out on wet tires. The X30 junior pole position went to Spenle, second to Moulsdale and third to Dimitrov, making it a full Fusion Motorsports top-3 qualifying. Seniors were split into two groups, with the two Signmind karts of Van Splunteren and Koolen taking the risk to go out on slicks and making it to first and second in their group. However the entire second group went on slick tires while the track surface improved and their lap times were almost 8 seconds faster, meaning that by the 101% rule the two groups merged by qualifying positions and not by lap times. This put Kimber on pole position, but Van Splunteren maintained second, with Hernandez slotting in in third.
On Saturday despite the dark sky, the conditions were almost dry but cold. In X30 mini Laroque dominated, winning all three heats, with Van Hoepen finishing second in all. Ploeg was third with two third places and one seventh. X30 junior saw Moulsdale jumping to pole position for Sunday by winning two heats after a seventh place on the first heat. Spenle got a win, a third and a sixth but that was not enough for him to keep the pole position so he had to settle for second. Dimitrov maintained third place. In X30 seniors Kimber and Van Splunteren maintained first and second respectively, but right behind them there were several good comebacks after a mixed up qualifying, with most notable the ones of Brown-Nutley in third from 12th in qualifying – also winning two heats in the process, Ward fourth form 24th and Clarke fifth from 34th.
Come Sunday, the prefinals showed what each drivers race pace was in full dry conditions, with Van Hoepen winning in X30 mini ahead of Laroque and Mayer. In X30 Junior Dimitrov won ahead of Moulsdale – continuing the trend of a front-row lockout for the team, with Dufek right behind. Lastly X30 Seniors the big comeback drivers Brown-Nutley, Clarke and Ward finished in the first three positions, demonstrating how out of place they were after qualifying practice.
X30 Mini final result might not be a big surprise, with Van Hoepen winning, Mayer in second and Laroque in third, but it was far from a procession race: the three of them, joined by Ploeg in fourth swapped positions several times with the third placed Laroque setting consistenly the fastest laptimes!
X30 Junior took off exactly in the same way as the karts were lined up, but soon after it turned into a rollercoaster, with each one of the top-6 starters leading the race at times. First leader was Dimitrov, who could only hold his place for 2 laps before he started losing positions. Next to lead with a surprise move was Al Habsi, who couldn’t hold more than a lap but he did manage to score a podium position. Right after the lead went to Moulsdale who swapped places several time with Lulham. During their battles, Spenle managed to jump in the lead for 2 laps, however dropping quickly to second and receiving a 5-second penalty on the way that dropped him to 5th. The final classification top-3 was Moulsdale in first, Lulham in second and Al Habsi in third.
X30 Seniors concluded the day with a thrilling battle between the top-7 of Brown-Nutley, Clarke, Ward, Van Splunteren, Kimber, Schoel and Ferreira. Brown-Nutley took the lead with Ward and Van Splunteren close behind him. Ward having set the event lap time record seemed to have the speed to challenge, but quickly after he found himself in clear air in third he couldn’t catch up with Clarke and Brown-Nutley, while Van Splunteren made several overtake attempts right behind him. This gave Kimber the opportunity to jump in front of both of them to second and close up to Brown-Nutley. Clarke took the lead for a lap before being overtaken by Kimber for the win, and so having to settle for second. Van Splunteren finished third, leaving Brown-Nutley in fourth and Ward in fifth.
After the race, at the midway point of the series, the classification sees Ploeg leading in X30 Mini, Lulham in X30 Junior, and Brown-Nutley in X30 Senior.
The following Kart-Prix will take place on the 20-23 July in Wackersdorf, Germany, and as always will be broadcast live from Telemundi media. Official results as well as videos from the broadcast of this race can be found on the official series website http://x30euro.com/ and http://www.telemundi.com/
IAME X30 Euro Series 2017
Genk, Belgium – March 24-26, 2017
The opening edition of the official IAME X30 Euro Series 2017 attracted drivers from almost 30 nations for the first of the four-round European-based championship, where the winners confirmed their early season victories in nothing short of dominating style in Belgium. In all four categories the Kart Prix #1 honours went to the drivers who also won the pre-finals; although they all claimed their success was not made the least bit easy by their rivals.
With the impressive and somewhat challenging Karting Genk circuit selected by event organisers and promoters RGMMC as an ideal venue for the X30 warriors to do battle in the Mini, Junior, Senior and Super Shifter classes, the beginning of the campaign for the 2017 title has been met with increasing interest supported by a truly international line-up.
Estonia’s Ken Oskar Algre (AIX Racing Team – Energy) set a best lap of 1.01.777 to secure pole position Friday by 0.038 over X30 Winter Cup champion Maximus Mayer (Fusion Motorsport – Tony Kart) in the youngest of the X30 classes where the average age is 11 years. Less than one second separated the closely competitive field of a dozen drivers in timed practice. Following the three qualifying heats, Mayer secured pole for the pre-final by consistently finishing on P2, while Laurens van Hoepen (WJS Racing – CRG) would join him on the front row having taken one race win, as did Agre ranked 3 with Bart Ploeg (CRG/Keijzer Racing – CRG) next to him on row 2. Diego Laroque (PDB Racing – Falcon) won the last heat, but a DNF left him starting down on grid 6.
The first final became a three-way dice eventually won by Dutchman Ploeg over Mayer and Agre. However, the deciding race unfolded over the 12 laps into a nail-biting dash to the flag, as the lead changed between the front-runners and a train of eight karts pushed the limit nose-to-tail from half-race distance. As strategic driving came into play, Mayer appeared to be preparing for a move on Ploeg since regaining P2 from Agre. He didn’t count on American champ Laroque pouncing in the final lap though, seeing he started on the last row. Unfortunately, the pass resulted in contact so both drivers spun off the circuit and out of podium contention. Ploeg went on for the win with a gap of 3-tenths to fellow Dutch driver Lukas Blomgren-Dahl (PDB Racing – Falcon), who set a new best lap for the Mini class in the final. Third place was narrowly clinched by local Amaury Meertens (MGR Racing – Kosmic) from Van Hoepen and Agre in fifth, who now sits third in the points standings behind Ploeg and Blomgren-Dahl.
Bart Ploeg – “It was very difficult to be on P1 because the other drivers were so strong and of a high level. I enjoyed the racing very much – it was hard, but fun! I’m very proud to have won today and want to say thank you to my parents for making it possible for me to race.”
Belgium’s Tuur Stalmans (EGP Racing – CRG) lost his front row start for the heats when his two quickest laps were removed from the time-sheet for a bad manoeuvre during the qualifying session, dropping him to P12 and handing Matias Zagazeta (Fusion Motorsport – Exprit) pole position. The Peruvian driver was joined by Joseph Taylor (Fullerton) on the front row of the grid for the qualifying heats. The defending European champion Christopher Lulham (Piers Sexton Racing – Tonykart) soon made up for a similar penalty when it came to Saturday’s racing, winning all three heats and showing why he’s the one to beat in Juniors. Elie Goldstein (Kosmic) ranked 2 to start the pre-final alongside him after taking second place in each of the qualifying heats behind the #1 kart, with Enzo Joulie (CBK – Kosmic) and Stalmans securing grids 3 and 4.
In the first of Sunday’s finals, Goldstein’s confidence of having the home game advantage came out when he managed to take the lead from Lulham temporarily, until the pole-sitter fought back to claim yet another victory at Genk with one race remaining. Joulie failed to maintain his top 3 position as Stalmans stepped up a place for third ahead of Fusion Motorsport team-mates Evan Spenle and Angus Moulsdale (Kosmic). Lulham surrendered the lead yet again in the final, but this time it was the other Belgian Stalmans who took P1 until the half-way mark of the race. In true Lulham-style, the 2016 champion reclaimed the lead then kept his head down to push hard for the unchallenged win. Goldstein had fallen several places in the early stages and managed to come back to P4, while setting a new event best laptime of 56.066 in the process. It was Stalmans in second across the line from Joulie, Goldstein and Zagazeta fifth.
Christopher Lulham – “I’m surprised that I was able to dominate in all the races this weekend; it wasn’t that easy though. It’s my first time at Genk and the track is quite challenging and dynamic. I would like to thank team manager Piers Sexton, my mechanic Ollie, Macaulay and my parents.”
It’s been a brilliant start to the race season for Jordan Brown-Nutley (FA Kart – DHR) and Genk was no exception. The recently crowned Winter Cup champion blitzed the time set by Yarne Goovaerts (P1 Racing – Exprit) who led the first group of seniors in qualifying, to take pole position for all of Saturday’s races. Last year’s Euro Series runner-up Brett Ward (Evolution – FA) was also in group 2 and posted second fastest lap overall, while Goovaerts would only rank 4 behind Milan Petelet (Praga – Praga) who had featured strongly in the Winter Cup in Spain.
With just over 40 drivers in the class, Brown-Nutley remained unbeaten in Saturday’s heats, taking three from three wins. Mark Kimber (Strawberry Racing – Tonykart) was also a race winner with 2 times 2nd place to start on row 1 of the pre-final. Ward’s victory and twice 3rd secured grid 3, while Goovaerts won another race to rank 6. Former European title holder Joey van Splunteren (Gillard – Signmind Racing) had good enough results to join Ward on row 2.
Sunday’s pre-final and final saw a repeat performance for pole-man Brown-Nutley, getting a clear start to lead the field from the lights to the finish and take maximum points for the series. Second and third places were Ward and Goovaerts in the same order, but it was class rookie Kimber who looked likely to be on the podium, getting amongst the front-runners to challenge for the win. A technical infringement excluded him from the prize-giving ceremony though. In fourth was Van Splunteren up 9 places and fastest all day, then Portugal’s Joao Ferreira (Croc – Dinamica Paralela).
Jordan Brown-Nutley – “We’ve been working hard all weekend to get a good set-up. I’m really happy with the result and hope to continue it throughout the year. A big ‘thank you’ to Dan Holland Racing and my mechanic Russell Carter; they’ve done a great job this weekend. Thanks also to my grandad for his support.”
X30 SUPER SHIFTER
In the most powerful class of the event, Sten Dorian Piirimagi (AIX Racing Team – Tonykart) posted best lap of 52.474 during the 7 minute qualifying session ahead of double IAME World number one Thierry Delré (Mach 1 Motorsport/Delré Racing – Mach 1) of Belgium. The Estonian continued to lead the way during Saturday’s heats by taking two wins and a third, therefore securing pole position for the pre-final. Delré also had one race victory to join Piirimagi on row 1, with former Margutti Trophy winner John Antoniadis (Daems Racing – Tonykart) and team-mate 18-year old Constantine Schoell on row 2.
Adapting to the change to softer tyres this season was one aspect the smaller of the X30 classes had to manage at this event, which Delré mentioned during his Telemundi Media live interview. Choosing to replace one tyre for the pre-final, he took control of the race in the #611 kart and held P1 to the finish. Pole-sitter Piirimagi was a close second place and set the pace from the less experienced Schoell in third. With some fresh rubber all-round, Piirimagi pushed to grab the lead from Delré in the early stages of the final, but failed to have the speed or optimum performance to keep the lead. Antoniadis overtook Piirimagi and closed the gap to be just 0.002 seconds off the laptime of Delré, but not able to catch him before the chequered flag. Schoell finished the 15-lapper in P4 while rounding out the field was class newcomer Mikko Laine (Haase – Haase).
Thierry Delré – “At the start of the final the kart wasn’t 100% so I was passed by Piirimagi, but it got better and I could get back in the lead to take the win. The quality of the drivers is a good level and now I’m looking forward to the race season… hoping that we have more drivers on the grid too.”
The next round of the official IAME X30 Euro Series on the RGMMC calendar takes place at the famous Sologne Karting International Circuit of Salbris in France on May 18-21.
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IAME X30 WINTER CUP
THE FIRST EVER IAME X30 WINTER CUP CHAMPIONS ALL DECIDED ON LAST LAP
Valencia, Spain – February 16-19, 2017
The inaugural IAME X30 Winter Cup concluded with some excellent racing and action-packed finals Sunday, where the eventual winners were only confirmed in the very last moments of the race to the chequered flag to officially crown the 2017 champions in 3 classes – Maximus Mayer (SPA) in X30 Mini, Mari Boya (SPA) in X30 Junior and Jordan Brown-Nutley (GBR) in X30 Senior.
With the Spanish weather favouring the X30 warriors at the Kartodromo Internacional Lucas Guerrero near Valencia over the weekend, the new event organised and promoted by RGMMC attracted 65 entries coming from 13 countries in the latest initiative to the early season calendar.
The most recent addition to the X30 categories was dominated in the results by local drivers on the podium, although they did have some competition all the way from northern Europe. Qualifying pole-sitter Sergio Ruiz (FA Kart – FA Racing Spain) ended on equal points with fellow countryman Maximus Mayer (Tony Kart – MarlonKart) following one win each in Saturday’s three heat races, with Miron Pingasov (FA Kart – AC Motorsport) taking a win also, ranking third. It was Ruiz who started on pole for the pre-final, where he was narrowly beaten across the line by the British-born Mayer. Casper Jansson (Falcon – PDB Racing Team) won the dash for third place.
After leading for the majority of the final, Ruiz fell out of contention as the dice for P1 got serious in a four-kart battle during the closing stages. In a display of race-craft maturity, 11-year old Mayer allowed Jansson to overtake him as they approached the last corner before the flag, only to put pressure on the Swede and repass him for a well-deserved win. A front fairing penalty left the PDB driver out of the podium ceremony, so it was Ruiz second ahead of pace-setter Pingasov.
Maximus Mayer – “It is a brilliant feeling to win the Winter Cup! [Casper] Jansson was pushing me in the last lap and I knew he would get through if I defended, so I let him overtake me because I knew I could get my place back in the last corner. I want to thank my team and family for their support.”
An obvious fact in Valencia was the sheer confidence and track knowledge that gave the Spanish drivers a clear advantage at the X30 Winter Cup. This was definitely the case in the X30 Junior class where the experience of Ruben Moya Lopez (FA Kart – Teo Martin Junior Team) assisted in the official timed practice to secure pole position for the qualifying heats, and winning the first race on Saturday. However, it was Isidro Callejas (FA Kart – Unomatricula K-Team) seemingly surprised with his results, who made the unexpected manoeuvre of the race on Angus Moulsdale (Exprit – Fusion Motorsport) in the last heat, last lap, to claim pole position for Sunday’s pre-final.
Moya Lopez stole the lead from Callejas in the pre-final and led the race from there on, also setting best laptime after making the less popular choice of using a new set of tyres for the first of the finals. He managed to keep Moulsdale from taking P1 in a challenge to the finish. In the deciding final, rookie Mari Boya (FA Kart – Kids to Win) won the dice for second with Joshua Rattican (Tony Kart – Coles Racing) and took the lead on lap 3 from Moya Lopez. With one to go, the pole-man pushed and regained first, but it was short-lived as Boya played out his own race strategy to overtake his fellow Spaniard at turn 9 and seal the 2017 Winter Cup victory. Rattican was held at third place in the lunge for the line in front of the Peruvian champ Matias Zagazeta.
Mari Boya – “We had some hard races Saturday and the final was a really tough race. It took a lot of concentration. After Ruben [Moya Lopez] passed me in the last lap, I saw the gap at turn 9 to overtake and made the move, which I was pleased with. It was really good to win! Thanks go to my family and team, my mechanic and coach for all doing a great job for me to win.”
Boasting a competitive line-up of former and current champions plus international newcomers, the level of drivers was encouraging, and provided some intense racing across the weekend. Jordan Brown-Nutley (FA Kart – DHR) continued his dominance of 2017 Winter Cup success in Valencia, overpowering the highly-determined local driver Carlos Leon (FA Kart – FA Racing Spain) in qualifying before securing pole in the pre-final by just one on point over the Spaniard. Both drivers each won two heat races Saturday, with the deciding factor in the fight to rank first down to a daring overtaking move by the Brit Brown-Nutley on Leon in the remaining race when they eventually met. In the field of 42 drivers, Arnaud Malizia (Sodikart – Trefle Racing) and Dean MacDonald (Tony Kart – Strawberry Racing) featured as well in the heats with one race win each.
In the pre-final, it was Senior rookie Mark Kimber (Tony Kart – Strawberry Racing) who led 9 laps of 12 in total, assuming the lead from Brown-Nutley in the early stages. A fantastic pass by Leon on the outside relegated the Englishmen to P2 and 3 as the FA Racing driver took the honours. Oliver Clarke (Tony Kart – MSport Karting) and Jenson Butterfield (Tony Kart – Strawberry Racing) made up the top 5.
The best was yet to come though, as the full grid of X30 warriors went into battle over the 15-lap final and didn’t disappoint the fans watching trackside or via the Telemundi Media Livestream.
Poleman Leon duelled with Kimber and then with Brown-Nutley non-stop into the second half of the race, before running wide and allowing race pace-setter Milan Petelet (Praga) to take the lead. The French driver led up until the last chicane, but Brown-Nutley executed a perfect cross-over pass from the outside line to seal the title and cross the line celebrating. MacDonald was classified second due to Petelet receiving a front-fairing penalty, which meant Kimber was promoted to third ahead of team-mate Butterfield and Enric Bordas (FA Kart – Kids to Win) fifth.
Jordan Brown-Nutley – “I had a plan and was waiting to read what [Milan] Petelet was doing. I went over it in my head and knew if it went wrong, it would go really wrong. It worked! It’s a great feeling to win again in Valencia and I have enjoyed the racing here this weekend. Special thanks to Grice Racing Engines, Dan Holland Racing and my mechanic Russell Carter for getting the kart spot-on.”
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First time ever, X30 Winter Cup!
After much demand RGMMC and IAME have agreed to host a X30 Winter Cup in 2017. The event will take place at the Kartodrome International Lucas Guerrero in Valencia, Spain.
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From July 14th to 17th Zuera was venue of the finale of the X30 Euro Series, which made history by crowning its first champions ever. Following its successful debut in Castelletto Di Branduzzo in Italy the brand and highly prosperous series again welcomed about 50 drivers from almost 20 nations for the second and last stop of the year. The 1.700-metres-long Circuito Internacional de Zuera in Spain’s North, presented some big challenges to the drivers: on the one hand, hot weather demanded physical fitness from the competitors, while on the other hand the track’s special characteristics marked another task: many high-speed passages made the slipstream a decisive factor which determined victory or defeat. Talking about victory, it was not only the race wins, the drivers headed for but the championship titles! Consequently the tension was high in the categories of junior, senior and Super Shifter. The latter had not been available for sign up for the season opener but made its debut in Spain, equally replacing the Super X30 for the big showdown.
Junior: Win for Westover, Title for Lulham
Louie Westover (Fusion Motorsport) set the best time in the qualifying session on Friday. By only 0.004 seconds the Brit boosted himself onto the top while his teammate and championship leader Chris Lulham (Fusion Motorsport) followed in a promising second place. Behind the top two drivers, Ruben Moya Lopez (LTP Competicion), Oscar Palomo Ortiz (Team Ivan Racing) and Kilian Meyer (CRG SPA) formed a Spanish Armada by taking positions three to five.
The heats on Saturday mixed up the ranking again. In the end it was Kilian Meyer who conquered the lead. Though not winning a heat, Meyer showed a very solid and consistent performance in all three heats, which was enough to keep his opponents at bay. Title contender Ben Wooldridge (Vital Motorsport) from the UK improved to second place after he had been only in seventh place after the qualifying. Third place went to Chris Lulham who had to compensate a penalty due to unfair driving throughout the heats. Ethan Hawkey (Vital Motorsport) from the UK and Louie Westover followed on fourth and fifth spot before the prefinal.
In the prefinal, pole sitter Kilian Meyer could not tie in with his performance from the heats. After leading the race shortly, he dropped back one position after the other and ended up in sixth place only. On the top, Ben Wooldridge, Chris Lulham and Louie Westover were the pacemakers. The trio pulled away from the rest of the pack, settling the win in the very last lap – or more precisely – on the last metres. Side by side the three drivers crossed the finish line and by a gap of only 0.035 seconds it was Chris Lulham taking the win ahead of his title rival Ben Wooldridge and Louie Westover, who only missed the victory by 0.061 seconds. Fourth place went to Frenchman Milan Petelet (Praga) ahead of Oscar Palomo Ortiz, who in the end both were close at the leader’s heels, too, being separated by less than one second from the race winner.
After a close and thrilling prefinal, the championship was not decided between Lulham and Woodridge and the conditions before the all-decisive final could not have been more exciting. And indeed the spectators should not be disappointed. Ben Wooldridge, Chris Lulham, Louie Westover and Milan Petelet were the protagonists of the race. They pulled away from the rest of the grid and kept changing their positions permanently. Each of them was able to lead the race at least once during the race distance. But due to the leader’s fighting, another group of drivers caught up and stirred up the action. Finally the last lap developed into a real carnage, which Louie Westover mastered best. He took the win closely in front of Oscar Palomo Ortiz and Ethan Hawkey, while the championship contenders – Chris Lulham and Ben Wooldridge – had to be satisfied with seventh and eighth place respectively. Equally this result meant that Lulham took the overall victory in the championship ahead of runner-up Ben Wooldridge and Kilian Meyer in third place.
Senior: Berkay Besler first Champion
Although racing at Zuera for the very first time, that handicap did not bother Berkay Besler (Bouvin Power) much. The Turkish driver who headed for Spain as championship leader set the benchmark in the qualifying session. By a time of 1:04.478 minutes he was 0.101 seconds faster than the Spanish drivers Carlos Leon (LTP Competicion) and Mauricio van der Laan (LTP Competicion). Hugo Ellis (Vital Motorsport) from the UK and Taylor Greenfield (PDB Racing) from Peru completed the top five before the heats on Saturday.
The heats did not go according to plan for the pole sitter: Berkay Besler did not call the tune anymore. Mainly a time penalty due to a misaligned front fairing cost him important positions throwing him back to fourth place. On the top Mauricio van der Laan did not leave any doubt. He won all heats thus taking the lead in the intermediate ranking. Behind him his teammate Carlos Leon followed in second place ahead of UK driver Brett Ward (MLC Motorsport). Being the runner-up in the championship table, Ward preserved his chances for the title, which applied to Ellis Hugo who complemented the top five.
Pole Sitter Mauricio van der Laan set the pace in the first laps of the prefinal. But the Spaniard could not keep up the speed and was pushed back a few positions, leaving the lead to his teammate Carlos Leon. But the win was not his to take. After some fighting he dropped back to fifth place behind Frenchman David Beaumann (Jacob Beaumann). Equally the championship contenders Berkay Besler and Brett Ward moved up the order and showed a breath-taking duel on the top. But in the last lap Mauricio van der Laan recovered, caught up and stole the show from the leading duo. By a last minute manoeuvre, Mauricio van der Laan won the prefinal in front of Brett Ward and Berkay Besler who consequently were separated by only one point in the championship table before the big final.
Mauricio van der Laan and Berkay Besler were the driving forces in the final. Both headed away from the grid and arranged the win amongst themselves. While Mauricio van der Laan led the race most of the time, Berkay Besler lurked behind, waiting for a strike towards the end of the race. Equally the chasers closed the gap, which suddenly made the race explode to life for the last two laps. Mauricio van der Laan could not defend the top any longer and ended up in fifth place, while Berkay Besler and Carlos Leon struggled for the win, which closely went to the Spaniard. But the Turk had reason to be happy, as well: he took the triumph in the championship ahead of vice champion Brett Ward, who saw the chequered flag in Zuera in third place.
Super Shifter: Eduardo Garcia wins on Home Soil
The gearbox category of the X30 Super Shifter made its debut within the X30 Euro Series. The honour of marking the very first pole position had Constantin Schoell (Daems Racing). The Austrian drove a best time of 1:00.712 minutes and was only a blink of an eye quicker than local hero Gerard Cebrian (LTP Competicion) from Spain who missed the top by only 0.013 seconds. Dutchman Rinus van Kalmthout (RR Racing) proved his all-round skills in karting and managed the third place of the shifters ahead of Belgium’s Frederic Op de Beek (Kart Club Sambrea) and Spain’s and Eduardo Garcia (LTP Competicion).
During the heats pole sitter Constantin Schoell was without luck. He had to retire each of the heats and consequently dropped back the order dramatically. On the other hand Rinus van Kalmthout was in good shape. After a third and a second place, he won the last heat and established himself on top of the heat ranking. Gerard Cebrian celebrated two heat wins but he had to retire in the last race. Yet he gained enough points to finish the day in second spot of the heat’s merge. The Spaniards Eduardo Garcia, Euripidis Hatzistefanis (Daems Racing) and Toni Forne Tomas (Toni Forne Tomas) followed in the chaser’s roles behind.
In the prefinal pole sitter Rinus van Kalmthout did not manage a good start, he lost ground and did not play an important role during the race. Right the opposite applied to Gerard Cebrian who boosted himself into the lead while Eduardo Garcia followed on his heels. Finally Gerard Cebrian did not show any weakness, he took the victory ahead of his teammate who defended his position closely against Constantin Schoell, being the fastest man on track. Frederic Op de Beek and Rinus van Kalmthout followed in fourth and fifth place.
Eduardo Garcia was the man of the final. By a brilliant start, he shot to the front. Lap by lap he was able to enlarge his lead, which he controlled easily up to the finish line. Thus the local hero did not only win the race but took the championship victory on home soil, too. In second place Gerard Cebrian completed the Spanish double success for LTP Competicion. Constantin Schoell made his way onto the podium in third spot ahead of Rinus van Kalmthout and Frederic Op de Beek.
Super: Viktor Oberg victorious
Not being offered at Zuera, the X30 Super class had already been decided during the round in Italy: Viktor Oberg (PDB Racing) gained the most points which granted him the championship title. Behind the Swedish driver, his teammate Taylor Greenfield completed a double triumph for PDB while Dutchman Rinus van Kalmthout (Daems Racing) took the third place in the overall ranking.
X30 Euro Series even bigger in 2017
After a remarkable season debut of the X30 Euro Series one is already looking ahead. RGMMC is proud to announce that the X30 Euro Series will continue in 2017 with an even bigger concept. ”RGMMC and IAME decided that the X30 Euro Series will be the official European Series for X30 IAME classes in 2017. We plan to set new standards to the Super X30 class and aim to create a platform for the Mini categories, too. All told the X30 Euro Series will comprise four races”, says RGMMC CEO Roland Geidel.
The season opener will be held from March 23rd to 26th March 2017, followed by round two from May 18th to May 21st. The second half of the season will start from July 20rd to 23rd while the finale is planned from September 14th to 17th. The dates are subject to the CIK/FIA and the world motorsport council approval. The tracks will be announced shortly. More information regarding reports, photos, results and videos are available on the official websites www.x30euro.com or www.telemundi.com.