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BirelART S9 – Review

The 2018 BirelART S9 is the latest chassis from the famous Italian manufacturer, we tested the 2018 model thanks to Jade karts who sell the chassis with Andy Cox Racing (ACR) being the sole importer.

Birel, now BirelART as of a few seasons ago, have always been one of the most popular chassis manufacturers, especially on the European and world stage. They have had a lot of success with drivers using their chassis, most recently with Oliver Hodgson who in 2017 finished  2nd in the British X30 championship, won the British Kart Grand Prix in senior OK, and became IAME international champion in senior X30 as part of the team PFi on the BirelArt S8 chassis.

To test the 2018 chassis Jade provided a race ready kart in senior X30 trim at Whilton Mill on a beautiful spring day, perfect to get a feel for how it handles on circuit.

The BirelART front ‘wing’

The most obvious thing that is different about the BirelART is the new for 2018 front nose cone. Closer resembling a wing than a bumper it is designed to be aerodynamically efficient and creates downforce in higher speed corners increasing front grip without disturbing the air to the brakes and airbox.

The BirelART S9 going well in X30 Junior at Super1

Jade put the kart down on their stock setup and immediately it felt great. My first impressions were that the kart has a positive front end and the steering felt precise making it very intuitive to drive. Taking the difficult Christmas corner at Whilton is done with no more than a hint of steering, and the kart glides effortlessly through the corner.

The Free-line braking system on all BirelART models is very good, full floating disk as standard means you can be sure of consistent braking at every corner. The feel of the brakes is very solid, as the pads pinch the disk the brake pedal stiffens and any further pressure gradually increases the braking force applied to the rear axle. I found myself being able to threshold brake and hold the pressure right to the apex even at the notoriously difficult downhill off camber Ashby hairpin. This ease and positivity on the brakes will I’m sure make overtaking and big lunges down the inside feel like second nature.

Very clever solution to changing steering height

Away from the circuit there were some very neat and clever additions to the chassis which I particularly liked. The steering column on the BirelART has an ingenious parallel tube and clamp system meaning adjustment of the steering wheel height is as easy as loosening and tightening two bolts, and the number of positions for steering wheel is much higher than usual meaning the chassis will suit any driver from Mini X30 all the way to the tallest Senior driver.

After close inspection, I noted another very clever addition, on each rear bearing carrier there are the standard four bolts to locate the axle bearing in the chassis, but the BirelART also had an extra optional bolt hole at the bottom of the carrier, which when inserted adds an extra stiffness to the rear of the kart for use on a green surface or in wet conditions.

Taking kerbs isn’t smooth but is still fast

Comparing the BirelART to other chassis I have driven, it felt a little stiffer than most which contributes towards the precision of the front end. There was no bouncing or ‘pogo-ing’ that you can sometimes experience with a softer chassis and personally I liked that it was that little more solid. The stiffness gives a very neutral and stable base especially in the higher speed corners, and the chassis responds well to precise driving. The only potential issue I found because of the stiffness was that the kart didn’t glide easily over kerbs, for example using the kerb into the boot at Whilton mill makes for a bumpy ride.  As a senior driver this is only a minor issue and very manageable as you can use your body to absorb the energy, it just may take a bit of getting used to for a smaller or junior drivers. Despite this the kart handles the bumps of Whilton mill very well, with the attitude of the kart not being affected by the bumps in the corners.

Due to the chassis’ inherent front end grip the kart rotates well in the middle of corners and therefore releases very well off the corners. Throughout the day as the track temperature rose and the rubber went down I experimented with the setup a little as the rear tyres began to go off just a little towards the end of a session. After lowering the rear ride height the kart settled down and began to conserve the rear tyres over a stint, and the braking stability also improved.

Every setup change we made had a noticeable and direct effect on how the kart handled which will make taking this kart to new circuits easy. According to Jade, everywhere they take the kart the setup is almost identical with minor caster adjustments using the asymmetric caster ‘pills’ normally being all that is needed to get the desired attitude through each corner.

By the end of the test day I felt comfortable in the kart and driving it felt natural, I was able to lap with just a few hundredths over a session proving how easy it was to get to grips with.

The BrielART S9 is without doubt one of the best chassis I have driven, and would definitely be in my short list of favourite chassis. Jade karts are the UK importers and will be happy to answer any questions about the chassis, or anything else. The BirelART TKM chassis has taken off with a large proportion of the Super1 TKM grid now using it to great success, I can see this X30/OK/Rotax equivalent doing something very similar in the coming months/years.

Thanks to Jade Karts for supplying the chassis and Engines for the test.

 

Photos courtesy of BirelART, and Chris Walker 

Written by Piers Prior 

Club73 – 73 more ways to have fun karting

Last week I was invited to the fourth round of the Club73 karting championship. For those who aren’t familiar, Club73 is a 10 round series that travels to circuits in the south east and midlands. It is organised by current senior race director at Buckmore park Clinton Bell and is designed to give fun, competitive racing on a budget. Coincidentally Clinton was the first person who taught me how to drive a kart almost 12 years ago.

Professional race director Clinton Bell enjoying his own series

Round 4 of the championship took take place at the awesome Ellough Park circuit in deepest Suffolk, a really fun circuit that has previously hosted the Formula Kart Stars series.

The format of the series is unique, each race is 30 minutes long and each driver will compete in one of the A, B, or C races. The grid for each final is set by championship order, then each race’s grid is reversed e.g. 1st in the championship will start at the back of the A final. This poses a unique scenario where you will always be placed near your series rivals, however to win you will need both speed and race craft to pick your way through the drivers starting ahead of you. Drivers score championship points based on their ‘class’ (Super-pro, Pro, and Clubman) which is decided by the series organisers based on previous karting experience and ability. Drivers also have the opportunity to race for the team championship by joining one or two other drivers meaning there are even more chances to win a trophy.

Drivers Briefing at Ellough park on a beautiful May evening

Arriving on the day I could immediately tell I was going to have a great time, I was welcomed and many introduced themselves as they had heard I was coming, I even spoke to some people I haven’t seen for years who are now racing in the series, it was great to chat to everyone about their experiences of Club73. The atmosphere was very informal and everyone was ready for an enjoyable race, and the pre-race banter was flying. It felt more like a friendly social gathering than a race meeting, this is one of the main reasons this series has become so popular with on average over 60 drivers at each round.

Conversing with Clinton and eventual winner Danny Hurlock

Down to business, the race. As a new driver you are allocated a class, Super-pro for me, and then you’re placed at the back of the appropriate final. Starting last in the A final I would be mixing with the leaders of the series.

Making my way to the grid in the Custom Racewear Karting mag suit

After the manic start in the very equal Sodi karts supplied by Ellough park, the race settled down with recent Dayton 24 hour race winner Jack Goldsmith, current championship leader Danny Hurlock (someone I used to race against when I was 9 years old), and I fighting for the lead. We found ourselves together from the second lap, and swapped positions frequently as we fought our way through the 17 other karts. The further through the field we got the closer the racing became, with the order between us never remaining for more than a few corners. During the final 15 minutes of the race we managed to break free from the pack and had one of the best races I have ever been a part of.

Considering the full wrap around bumpers of Ellough’s Sodi rental karts, the racing was squeeky clean, changes of position came with no more than a kiss of side pods. Ellough park’s layout lent its self to the awesome racing with almost as many overtaking opportunities as corners. With our fastest laps separated by just a tenth or so it was impossible to break away, thus a tactical race ensued. If any of us gained even a couple of kart lengths it would be disappear in a matter of corners.

Probably the largest gap between Danny, Jack and I all race

After half an hour of hard racing Danny managed to pull a gap at the critical moment of about half a second with a lap to go, just enough to maintain his lead. I managed to narrowly hold off Jack Goldsmith for second place in a race for the line coming down to less than a tenth of a second.

I loved my first taste of the Club73 championship, this is potentially the friendliest championship around, ideal for any fairly new kart racers looking for a slightly more competitive series, or those who haven’t got a large budget.

The series is welcoming, visits 7 great circuits, is great value for money and will provide great competition whatever your ability, what more could you want. The banter doesn’t stop at the circuit though, their Facebook group is full of information and good spirited banter.

I would highly recommend Club73 to anyone especially those who are getting into their first race series, you can tell everyone loves the series and all that goes with it.

Thanks must go to Clinton Bell, the series organiser, Ellough Park, and Andy from Sprocket Photography for the images.

 

Written by Piers Prior

Photos courtesy of Andy – Sprocket Photography

F100uk – 20k revs and a whole lot more

Since my experience of the F100 festival at Fulbeck back in 2017 I have craved getting behind the wheel of a 100cc rocket again. Thanks to Jay Fairbrass who leant me his pride and joy, a 1994 Tonykart Esprit along with an ex Bobby Game IAME TT75 engine, I was able to take part in round 1 of the F100UK championship at Llandow in the Pre95 class a week ago, and what a weekend it was!

The ‘F100 – spirit of the 90s’ is a championship run by 100cc karting enthusiasts who loved the era of the late 80’s and 90’s. Walking around the paddock you can really feel the passion for the sport, and speaking to the drivers everyone is in love with their light, 100cc, 20k rev screaming karts. The combination of, the light and nimble chassis, the hours spend restoring their equipment, combined with the simplicity of the direct drive engines gives them the same excitement about karting that many of them had at the time – something few get from modern karting.

FormulaA world Champion Colin Brown finding the limits, and looking awesome!

I arrived at Llandow, a new circuit to me, on Saturday morning where I was introduced to the team once again for the first time since Fulbeck, and the excitement ahead of the upcoming race weekend was palpable. Chris Derrick, 2017 Pre95 champion and a competitor of mine for the weekend was quick to offer me a track walk to help me get my eye in. Moreover a few words of wisdom from Formula A world champ and all round legend Colin Brown meant I was as prepared as I could be.  My Tonykart had been prepped beautifully by GMS on behalf of Jay and looked as ready to get on circuit as I was.

The Pre95 Tonykart felt great during testing

Warm temperatures and sun bathed the Welsh circuit as I got to grips with the kart in the morning. The Pre89 & Pre95 class run on Mitas SRC slick tyres, a fairly hard tyre designed to be usable for hundreds of laps, and this seemed to be the case. Once I got my eye in I was able to lap within just a couple of tenths of champion Chris Derrick on tyres nearly a year old. The Pre2000 class run on the popular Komet K1H tyre used in X30 both for performance and availability giving great grip and performance similar to the tyres of the Formula A era.

This was not the first time I’d driven Jay’s beautiful Pre95 Tonykart…

If you’ve seen the article I wrote from the F100 festival you will know how much I enjoyed driving these karts, and for me this weekend was a huge treat. I love driving karts, and kart was an absolute pleasure to drive; nimble at just 148kg in race trim, the kart glides around the circuit effortlessly, it felt like the kart was encouraging me to back it into every corner – of course I obliged, would be rude not to wouldn’t it…

The kart encourages pushing hard into the corners

Cold, windy and wet, Sunday was to be a very different day. First practice was just about dry enough for slick tyres, however for heat 1 the Komet K1W treaded tyres were certainly needed. My first lap on wets was the formation lap, and add to that, I was starting from pole position, I was being thrown straight into the deep end.

Pinching the fuel pipe while rolling up to keep the engine clear

After nearly falling flat on my face while trying to bump start, and taking my mechanic Dave Wooder with me, I had a guess at the wet line. The lights went out and away into the unknown I drove. Miraculously I held the lead until lap two when whilst hitting approximately 18k revs the big end on my ex Bobby Game IAME motor let go and ended my race practically before it had begun.

Colin Brown showing us how bump starting is supposed to look

One thing I especially liked about the karts was how amazingly simple everything was, the only setup changes we made from full dry to full wet was a small increase in front width, a few extra teeth on the rear sprocket, and of course wet tyres. The karts are much stiffer with fewer adjustments than a modern kart meaning it is harder to get lost with setup.

Heat 2 I was to start from 7th on the grid, the was track still wet, new engine bolted on in a hurry, I had an awesome race. After a good start, I made it into 2nd position and I was closing the leader, meanwhile Alistair Topliss was closing on me fast. A Three way fight ensued with Alistair making it past me before passing the leader in the very next corner, which also allowed me to follow him through; 2nd place is where I would finish.

Alistair looking fast in testing, adding to the already competitive field

This is quite a convenient point for me to talk about an observation I made from the viewing gallery and on circuit. Everyone at F100 is there to race, however every overtake, battle, and move I witnessed was carried out with not only respect for the other driver, but also the equipment. Whether this is because everyone knows how much time and effort has gone into each kart’s restoration, or the lack of bumpers making the risk of a move higher, or the respect shown is higher overall, I’m not sure but the fact its there is important.

Close, hard racing but with respect between drivers and their restored equipment

Heat 3, A choice had to be made, slicks or wets. The track was drying, dark clouds were overhead, it’s would be a gamble either way. I decided on slicks to save my only wet tyres for the final. Wets were the tyre to have, with only my last couple of laps being faster than any wet tyre runners, however I enjoyed having a play sliding the kart around in the greasy conditions.

Shortly after our final Pre95 heat the Pre2000 grid were all lined up and waiting, the majority on slick tyres. The heavens preceded to open triggering a frenzy of tool wielding and nut running. The whole grid lending each other tools, an extra pair of hands, all to make sure everyone made the grid. The community spirit meant everyone could start on wets and a great race it was too!

Chaos on the dummy grid as the rain fell, but everyone was keen to help each other

The time had come for the final race of the day, this time there was no doubt about tyre choice, it would be wets for all, despite some having severely worn their only set out in the previous heat. Starting 7th once again the start was going to be crucial, however a situation I have never experienced meant I lost a little ground over the line due to my toes getting caught under the bumper of the kart in front (no pods here remember).

Around the outside of row 3 I gained two positions at turn 1, then one more place further round the lap; the kart was on fire and I felt I could place it wherever I wanted. My master mechanic and former British/European karting champion Dave Wooder had given me the perfect setup, tyres, gearing, front width were all spot on. I had great pace in the early stages allowing me to pick off the drivers ahead one by one as I went. I’ve rarely felt so at one with a kart as I did during this final, before I knew it I was tucked up behind leader and No.1 kart Chris Derrek, ‘how have I got here’ I asked myself. After sitting behind Chris for a lap or so I made my move and was able to drive away and extend the gap to about 3 seconds by the flag.

The karts are just as fun to drive in the wet as the dry

From the outside, the last few laps may have looked fairly eventless, however having had my motor go pop from the lead once, and my revs hitting 19k and above twice a lap I was far from chilled. Choking at every opportunity, I wound the jet out further and further in the hope of prolonging the ticking time bomb by my right hip as I felt the heat radiate on the side of my seat. Thankfully I could bring it home, and in first place! What a buzz, I did not expect to be fighting for a win in my first race in the series, and I was delighted which was fairly obvious from my face for about half an hour after I stepped out the kart.

What a buzz, awesome kart, awesome race, and a win! What a weekend

What a weekend indeed. Looking back now, I don’t think I could have had a more complete F100UK experience, I sampled it all; dry running at maximum speed, getting drenched in the rain, blowing and engine (a rite of passage from what I’ve heard), even driving on slicks in the wet. Every moment I spent on circuit I felt alive and with a smile on my face, and almost as importantly I had an amazing time off track, in the paddock, dummy grid, wherever I went everyone was there together enjoying the ‘golden era’ of karting, now. The atmosphere was amazing and not like I’ve experienced before and it’s a credit to everyone in the series, and the whole F100 team.

A huge thanks must go to Jay Fairbrass without whom this would never have gone ahead, he sorted everything from the kart, my mechanic, to the engines, as well as all of his normal duties leading up to and at the race weekend. He deserves a medal, but should you have the pleasure of knowing him, he will tell you he wouldn’t do it if it weren’t for the huge enjoyment and satisfaction he gets from being a part of the wonderful series.

Thanks of course must also got to the whole F100UK organisational team, Chris Derrick, James Fox, the scrutineers, marshals, Lee Crampton for his awing space and everyone I met throughout the weekend and made it so enjoyable. Finally, Dave Wooder who ‘spannered’ away on my kart all weekend giving me a great and sturdy machine to drive and putting up with my indecision and changes of mind when the weather looked changeable.

 

This series deserves every credit it given, everyone goes about their racing in amazing spirit and the feeling of community and belonging is what causes people to get hooked and want to come back, much like I now do…

Written by Piers Prior

Photos courtesy of ‘Jessica Maund – Busy Bee Photography’, F100UK, and Elizabeth ‘Mummy’ Guest (who’s son won Pre2000, congrats Glenn!)

 

 

 

 

…oh, and sitting at 20k revs before hitting some choke while backing it in, that’s pretty good as well.

All you need to know about this years FIA European Karting Championships

The Italian Kart Grand Prix will launch the FIA Karting European Championship, for the OK and OK-Junior categories from April 20th to 22nd at the Sarno circuit and will be a long-awaited rendezvous for RGMMC Group’s debut as CIK-FIA Competitions Promoter. The event is already looking promising with an entry higher than last year and constant confrontation is expected between the established stars and young hopefuls of the discipline.

The FIA and RGMMC Group wanted to make an impression by introducing new denominations for the CIK-FIA Championships for the general public and the media. Highly expressive and easy to memorise, the names “FIA Karting European Championship” and “Kart Grand Prix” will be used to promote an overall increase in audience. In addition to these first visible changes, the Sarno event will reveal the other updates to the 2018 season programme.

This year, the CIK-FIA European Championships for the OK and OK-Junior categories are organised over four events from April to August, in Italy, Great Britain, Germany and France. The first meeting shows the popularity of the series already with 85 entered in OK and 82 in OK-Junior, growth of more than 15% compared to 2017. 36 nationalities will be represented, with strong Italian participation, 27 drivers, ahead of Great Britain and Spain, with 16 drivers each, then France and Finland, 13 drivers each, and Germany and Russia, 10 drivers each.

In OK, the most experienced champions such as Pedro Hiltbrand (ESP), Tom Joyner (GBR), Danny Keirle (GBR), already holders of world titles, plus Nicklas Nielsen (DNK), Lorenzo Travisanutto (ITA), Noah Milell ( SWE) and David Vidales Ajenjo (ESP) are in danger of having to battle the younger generation of Dexter Patterson (GBR), the reigning Junior World Champion, Jonny Edgar (GBR), the previous Junior European Champion, as well as Callum Bradshaw (GBR), Harry Thompson (GBR), Hugo Sasse (DEU) and Zane Maloney (BRB) among a large number of other talents to be discovered.

The OK-Junior category, open to drivers aged 12 to 14, is filled with more talented hopefuls than ever before. Those with at least one year of experience have some advantage over newcomers. This is the case for Gabriel Bortoleto (BRA), Zak O’Sullivan (GBR), Dino Beganovic (SWE), Kirill Smal (RUS), Hadrien David (FRA), and Paul Aron (EST). However, we can count on a few rookies to disrupt the established stars, with drivers like Gabriele Mini (ITA), Taylor Barnard (GBR), Dilano Van’t Hoff (NLD), Jak Crawford (USA) and Thomas Nepveu (CAN). Note that two former Formula 1 drivers, Jarno Trulli and Juan Pablo Montoya, have chosen this category to train their sons, Enzo and Sebastian respectively.

 

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#PLD2018 Charity Event – Whilton Mill

The Paul Lee-Davis race is one of our favourite events of the year, its a mixture of fun filled racing, good spirited banter, and most importantly raising an incredible amount of money for the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). This year’s event, organised by Dan Underhill (pictured) was another success building on last year’s event.

Dan Underhill storming to a solid B final finish

Drivers and personalities from all forms of karting, largely the hire kart scene, come together to celebrate the life of Paul Lee-Davis who was a keen karter and member of Club100’s racing series. Paul lost his 18-month battle with Prolymphocytic Leukaemia in 2011 and this event is held annually to support the work of the ICR who will help people who suffer similar circumstances in future.

During the lunch break an auction was held for some desirable items and experiences from generous donors, as well as the traditional start line photo with all the drivers.

Class of 2018

This was my first experience a PLD event and I had a hugely enjoyable time, everyone was in great spirits despite the awfully wet weather which made for very tricky driving conditions. Whilton mill’s brand new Sodi RT8 karts were faultless all day, despite the awful weather and plenty of muddy moments around their international circuit.

The event was streamed for all to see via Alpha Live and many tuned in to watch the racing throughout the day. You can catch all the action again via the Alpha YouTube channel.

Results from the day can be viewed on Alpha timing.

C Final winner – Stuart Germon (HW)

B Final winner – Dante Dhillon

A Final

1st Piers Prior (Karting magazine)
2nd Joe Richardson (HW winner)
3rd Brandon Williams

Podium with organiser Dan Underhill (left) and commentator Andrew Mather (right)

We would like to thank Dan Underhill for organising this great event and for helping to raise over £4700.00 pounds for ICR! Thanks also to all those who participated in the event and donated. We can’t wait for next year!

 

Written by Piers Prior

Images courtesy of Toni Onions 

Check out our 2018 Custom Racewear Suit!

For 2018 Karting magazine have teamed up with Custom Racewear who have provided us with a brand new kart suit for 2018. The suit will be used by our official test driver, Piers Prior, in our upcoming event, track and chassis reviews! So be sure to keep an eye on circuit, as you can see by the images below you won’t miss us!

How to purchase your suit from Custom Racewear?

Being the 21st century thankfully you can get in touch via many routes, you can get hold of us through Facebook, Instagram and of course our website www.customracewear.co.uk. The best bet is through our website where you can e-mail us, or you can pick up the phone and give us a call. We will discuss your requirements, explain how the process works moving forward and take it from there.

What else can Custom Racewear do for you?

We cater to all the racers needs, whether it be Kart or Car suits, through to boots, gloves and racing undergarments, all of which are customisable.

Quotes:

Chris McCarthy – Editor Karting magazine

“Custom Racewear have done a fantastic job with the suit. Being racers themselves I was eager to work with them and see what they could do. We left the design down to them with the only instructions being what colours we wanted used and I think they have done a fantastic job. In the suit they have provided us what they have shown is creativity and customer awareness. They had clearly done their research and knew what would have made us very satisfied so I cannot recommend them enough to anyone looking to get a suit designed.”

Piers Prior – Karting magazine Test Driver

“The new Custom Racewear suit looks amazing, you can probably see that for yourselves. The colours and design are awesome and it stood out on circuit as much as it did in the paddock. Aside from the aesthetics, it’s so comfy, with a soft lining and breathable panels. The fit is probably the most impressive thing, using their sizing chart it fits like a glove and will be as streamlined as possible. I can’t recommend it enough!”

Andrew & Ben Bishop – Custom Racewear, Directors

“We are super excited to be teaming up with Karting Magazine this year & cant wait for the new suit to be shown off out on track. We really wanted to take the existing design to the next level and give it that extra ‘pop’ and we are delighted with the results. It certainly won’t be hard to find you on track, that is for sure.”

“We’ve a super busy year ahead working more and more customisable racing products, many of which can be found on our website www.customracewear.co.uk If anyone wants to check out what we’ve been up to check out our all new gallery page & be sure to follow us on FB for regular updates!”

Images courtesy of Josh East

X30 Euro Series – 5 things to look forward to at Salbris in Senior X30

The time has come for the X30 Euro Series to get underway with day one of practice already completed out in Salbris for round one of the X30 Euro Series. There’s plenty to look forward to in the hugely competitive Senior X30 grid and here is our top five things.

1. 80 drivers expected at Salbris!

After a staggering grid of 87 drivers at Valencia for the Winter Cup, things have hardly slowed down for the championship with around 80 drivers entered for the championship opener this weekend. A quarter of that entry list is made up of British drivers including Winter Cup champion Clayton Ravenscroft! Mark Kimber was 3rd at the Winter Cup and won round two of the championship at Salbris last year. Joe Turney and Louie Westover were two more that impressed at Valencia and Jordan Brown-Nutley has a point to prove after an incident in the final saw him finish a disappointing 28th place.

2. The CIK-FIA World Champion will be present

The reigning CIK-FIA World Champion, Danny Keirle, has popped up on the entry list for this weekend and would certainly be an exciting watch. Racing with the HTP Kart Race Team, Danny took the Zanardi chassis to World glory and was perhaps one of the most popular winners of the event there has been in recent history. On the IAME front last season Danny also had a brilliant year becoming the British Champion and he finished 5th at the IAME International Final. The stopwatches will have been certainly on him all day!

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3. Winter Cup Qualifying statistics: How will they differ?

Looking back at the Winter Cup qualifying was hugely important with just one second covering 65 drivers. Tyre saving always means keeping laps down to a minimum and on a busy circuit, track position is crucial. Looking back through the figures at the Winter Cup we had:

10 drivers complete 3 laps
42 drivers complete 4 laps
24 drivers complete 5 laps
9 drivers complete 6 laps

With the rest completing two laps or less. So it’s clear the four lap strategy was the safest option, but four the top five drivers completed just three laps including pole man Turney. Rens van Pelt went for six laps and gained 3rd place but he struggled in the heats eventually going to finish 22nd in the final. The tow will be crucial at Salbris with the long back straight and a highly congested circuit makes maximising that very difficult.

4. Joel Deputch – One to Watch

It’s great to see Joel Deputch has entered the X30 Euro Series this season. It was a surprise to see him not enter last year considering he had come off the back of a 4th place at the IAME International Final. He started his 2017 season with 2nd at the IAME International Open but was not able to reflect that after struggling at the International Final. Now in the Euro Series I’m interested to see how he gets on.

5. Reigning Junior Champion up to Seniors for 2018

Angus Moulsdale was nowhere to be seen at the Winter Cup but finally the 2017 Euro Series Junior champion is back, hopefully for a full campaign! Remaining with Fusion Motorsport, I’m not sure exactly how Angus has prepared for the start of this season, but he showed impressive pace last year and will be amongst a number of familiar faces at Salbris this weekend. To go out and win might be setting his goals too high at this stage, but I think if he’d able to finish inside the top ten he’s done a good job.

How can you follow the action this weekend?

Live stream – https://www.youtube.com/telemundimedia/live

Results – https://www.iameeuroseries.com/results-2/

Downforce Radio – http://www.downforceracing.uk/

Click here to see full entry lists for this weekend

Written by Chris McCarthy

Images courtesy of The RaceBox

 

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