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Historical Finale of X30 Euro Series

  • Titles for Lulham, Besler, Garcia and Oberg
  • – Successful season debut of a prosperous Series
  • – Planning for 2017 in full Swing

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.

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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.

Sernior start

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.

Junior Pre Final winner and Champion Chris Lulham
Junior Pre Final winner and Champion Chris Lulham

In the Pre Final, 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 Pre Final, 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.

Junior Final winner Louie Westover
Junior Final winner Louie Westover

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.

Senior Final winner Carlos Leon
Senior Final winner Carlos Leon

Pole Sitter Mauricio van der Laan set the pace in the first laps of the Pre Final. 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 Pre Final 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.

Senior podium
Senior podium

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.

Shifter Final winner and champion Eduardo Garcia
Shifter Final winner and champion Eduardo Garcia

In the Pre Final 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.

Shifter podium and champions
Shifter podium and champions

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.

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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.

Shifter Pre Final winner Gerard Cebrian
Shifter Pre Final winner Gerard Cebrian

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.

Senior heat winner Mauricio van der Laan
Senior heat winner Mauricio van der Laan

 

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The 2016 X30 Euro Series kicked off it’s two weekend championship at the 7 laghi circuit in Italy with three classes taking part, including the Junior’s, Senior’s and Super X30 class. This was the first ever X30 Euro Series event which meant there were plenty of unknowns as to who might be quick, which made the racing ever more exciting.

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Junior – Brits share the spoils

Although the title may hint this was a weekend dominated by British drivers, a huge chunk of it in fact saw the French man, Milan Petelet look an unstoppable force! Friday’s qualifying saw Chris Lulham take pole with Callum Bradshaw 2nd then came Petelet in 3rd. The top 15 at the end were covered by just 0.5 seconds!

But as we moved into the heats Petelet hit some form and took the first two wins with ease as others started to fall off and run into trouble around him. In heat three he seemed happy to let Ben Wooldridge take the victory as he cruised home in 2nd to take pole position for Sunday’s Pre Final. He would be surrounded by Brits though with Bradshaw, Lulham and Wooldridge rounding out the top four.

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The Pre Final saw a mixture of tyre strategy. Bradshaw and Wooldridge went new with Petelet and Lulham going old. Unsurprisingly Wooldridge cleared off to win by just under three seconds with Bradshaw hitting terminal engine problems on lap five. Behind Petelet did a sterling job to hold on to 2nd with Ethan Hawkey in 3rd unable to pass despite being on new tyres.

Petelet looked in good shape for the final but the front row had not faired well for Bradshaw up until this point. As expected the drivers on the inside got the better of the starts and it was Lulham who looked quickest early on passing Wooldridge with ease who looked to lack some pace. Petelet eventually got through to 2nd with Spaniard Killian Meyer going with him.

Milan Petelet
Milan Petelet

The duo were within a second of the Brit and the chase was now on! Meyer was patient but after successive laps with no impact made on Lulham’s lead he went past. Further back Wooldridge was flying with the new tyre effect wearing off and he was chasing Petelet hard! Up front despite Meyer’s best efforts Lulham held on to victory, but behind Petelet lost a podium spot going into the final chicane with Wooldridge coming through and taking fastest lap!

Lulham now leads the championship with 85 points with Wooldridge just one behind! In 3rd on 83 points is Kilian Meyer with Milan Petelet on 82. Rounding out the top five is Oscar Palomo Oritz on 76 points.

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Senior – Hard work pays off!

From the start of the weekend it became clear that this was going to be a two horse race between Turkey’s Berkay Besler and Great Britain’s Brett Ward. Although in fairness other drivers featured very strongly throughout the weekend! In qualifying the afore mentioned pair were split by just 0.009 seconds with Ward taking pole. On row two for the heats would be Greek driver Efstratios Galanopoulos and David Beaumann from France. Two Brits formed row three in the shape of Hugo Ellis and Sam Marsh.

During the heats Ward hit some tremendous form making some fantastic starts to go on and win all three by a minimum of a second. Besler seemed to struggle on the outside at the start and had to work very hard for his two 2nd’s and a 3rd. He was replaced in 2nd by Sam Marsh in heat one. Also picking up good points in the heats were Ellis and Ollie Varney who would start 3rd and 5th for the Pre Final with Marsh splitting them.

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The Pre Final cooked up what was the closest race of the weekend! Ward got away once again at the start, but the longer race distance allowed Besler to close in forcing Ward to defend on the last lap to hold onto his victory. Ellis took a creditable 3rd with Marsh 4th and the French pair Loussier and Beaumann were 5th and 6th on new tyres.

Ward was definitely worried about Besler’s pace for the Final and for the first time all weekend he was unable to escape at the start with Marsh and Ellis both briefly leading. All this allowed Besler to catch up to make it a four-way scrap for the win. It took Besler two attempts to take the lead, but once he got there he was never seen again as he cruised off in the distance to win by 3.7 seconds.

Brett Ward
Brett Ward

Ward managed to hold onto 2nd despite the pressure from Elis behind. Unfortunately, Marsh had a problem on the left front of his kart which saw him retire mid race. Saul Robinson took 4th despite missing qualifying on Friday for an exam and a mention must go to Alessandro Di Cori who gained seven places to finish 5th.

That leaves Besler in the lead of the championship on 88 points, two points behind is then Ward with Ellis on 82 and well within the fight. Beaumann sits on 4th on 76 points with Robinson in 5th on 75.

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Super – PDB Racing come through when it matters!

The Super X30 class threw up a weekend which was turned on it’s head in terms of the battle for the lead come Sunday where the points are distributed. On Friday nine drivers were left scratching their heads when Rinus van Kalmthout set pole by a staggering 0.392 seconds with the Swede Viktor Oberg next along. His PDB Racing team mate Taylor Greenfield from Peru was a further 0.1 seconds back.

Saturday saw no real changes to proceedings although Oberg and Greenfield closed the gap to van Kalmthout to almost nothing. But despite that the Daems Racing driver still took all three heats with relative ease with Oberg the best of the rest. Next along in 4th was Giacomo Rossi with Constantin Schoell rounding out the top five.

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Oberg and Greenfield revealed they were working together to try and close van Kalmthout down and that work paid off come the Pre Final on Sunday. Overnight the pole sitter seemed to lose some pace and a poor first half of the race saw him drop to 6th before he eventually recovered to finish 4th. That left Greenfield to take victory up ahead with Oberg just in behind and Rossi pedalling the Zanardi in 3rd.

Everyone was now questioning if van Kalmthout even had the pace to challenge the PDB Racing team mates, but those thoughts were quickly silenced as the three broke away at the start of the final. They were also being joined by Schoell, van Kalmthout’s team mate but his inclusion was short lived as he then dropped back.

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It was the next lap where the race defining moment came though! Van Kalmthout’s move on Taylor Greenfield cost him 1.2 seconds on the leader, which with Oberg’s pace was always going to be hard to close down. Van Kalmthout gave it his best shot though and got within half a second of the Swede but he couldn’t get any closer and had to settle for 2nd with Greenfield finishing 3rd. Finishing 4th was an improving Schoell with Rossi recovering to snatch a top 5.

So that leaves Oberg in the championship lead four points ahead of Greenfield. A further point back is van Kalmthout and Rossi and Schoell round out the top five with 80 and 79 points consecutively.

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The second and final round of the 2016 X30 Euro Series takes place at the Zuera circuit in Spain on the 14th – 17th of July and ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN! Head to www.x30euro.com for more information. To catch all the action from the weekend head to www.telemundi.com where you can also read our ‘Paddock Magazine’.

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It was yet another glorious day at the 7 laghi circuit and the scene was set for finals day where the points for the weekend were to be distributed. Up to this point none of the weekend’s events had counted for any points so a good or bad day here could really turn a weekend around.

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Juniors – Lulham wins the tyre strategy

One of the big talking points of the day was tyre strategy and to bring you up to speed here’s how it worked. Two sets of tyres were given to each driver at the start of the weekend and they of course would use one of those for qualifying and the heats. But the second set could be used at anytime on Sunday, so you could do the Pre Final on an old set and save new for the final or vice versa.

Starting on pole for the Pre Final was Milan Petelet from France. He got his race off to go a good start before Ben Woodridge was past after his charge through from 4th on the grid. That was the last anyone ever saw of Wooldridge as the British driver, who’d opted for new tyres, drove off to win by a comfortable 2.9 seconds.

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Ben Wooldridge was on fire all weekend

Behind Petelet did a good job to hold onto 2nd on old tyres with Ethan Hawkey on a new set trying everything he could to get past. Killian Meyer who finished 4th and Chris Lulham 5th, both also saved a new set for the final. Going backwards unfortunately was front row starter Callum Bradshaw after his engine seized on lap 5.

As the final got underway Lulham quickly took advantage of his new tyres to shoot his way up to the lead in just over two laps with the last man on his list being Ben Wooldridge. The latter than went backwards as Petelet, Meyer and Oscar Palomo Oritz all came through in quick succession.

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Milan Petelet struggled on the new tyre in the Final

The new tyres were clearly working for Lulham as he was clearing off in the distance but Petelet was struggling to show the same kind of pace and lost 2nd to Meyer on lap 10. Behind Wooldridge was starting to find the kind of form he showed in the Pre Final as he was now passed Palomo Oritz and was after a podium.

At the front despite Meyer’s best efforts he could not get closer then four tenths of a second to Lulham and had to settled for 2nd with the Brit taking victory. Behind there was action on the last lap with Wooldridge passing Petelet on the exit to steal a podium setting the fastest lap in the process. Palomo Oritz took 5th and credit has to go to Callum Bradshaw who came from 15th to 6th.

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Junior X30 podium celebrations

Seniors – Besler takes long awaited victory

Most drivers opted for the old tyres in the Pre Final bar one or two. Berkay Besler got another poor start from the outside of the front row dropping to 5th with Hugo Ellis and Ollie Varney coming through.

The Turkish driver quickly got himself back on his feet though and passed Varney the next lap before passing Ellis five laps later. This left him within half a second of leader Brett Ward and seven laps to make a potential pass but despite his best efforts he could not find a way past the Brit who had to defend on the last lap. Ellis held onto 3rd and 4th after a bad start was a recovering Sam Marsh for Dan Holland Racing.

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The top four were all on old tyres, but behind were the first on new tyres in the shape of Paul Loussier and David Beaumann who passed Ollie Varney on their way to a top six finish, with Varney on an old set.

As the final got underway yet again Besler was hung out to dry at the start and was as low as 5th before quickly recovering to 4th. Up ahead Sam Marsh was flying and passed Ellis and Ward in quick succession to take the lead. Behind Ellis saw a gap on Marsh and took it but in going forwards he quickly found himself back in 4th with Marsh, Ward and Besler all coming back through.

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Besler celebrates long awaited victory

It was apparent the Brits surrounding Besler were worried about his pace as in his first attempt to take the lead he was passed straight back by Marsh. Besler then took a lap to prepare himself before going back in on the DHR driver being successful this time with Ward going through a lap later.

Things got worse for Marsh as he retired with a problem to the left front corner of his kart which allowed Ellis and Saul Robinson, who was flying, to all gain places! Up ahead and now in the lead Besler cleared off to win by 3.7 seconds with Ward simply having no response. Ward in the end had to defend his 2nd from Ellis with Saul Robinson taking 4th. A good result considering he missed qualifying on Friday due to school exams. In 5th was another hard charger in the shape of Alessandro Di Cori who gained seven places.

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Senior X30 podium

Super X30 – Perfect day for PDB Racing!

If you had followed the weekends action you would not have believed your eyes whilst watching the Finals on Sunday. Rinus van Kalmthout was unbeaten to this point but things fell apart by his standards during the Sunday finals.

In the Pre Final things got off to a good start for van Kalmthout who held his lead on the opening lap, but it wasn’t long before he was going backwards and in the space of five laps he lost five places dropping to 6th. Up ahead PDB Racing team mates Taylor Greenfield and Viktor Oberg were making the most of the situation by clearing off in that order.

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Daems Racing team mates Rinus van Kalmthout and Constantin Schoell

Behind it wasn’t long before van Kalmthout was coming back through, first taking Marnik Battryn and then his team mate Constantin Schoell a few laps later. Filling 3rd place in all of this was Giacomo Rossi and he was able to hold the position despite van Kalmthout setting fastest lap. Up ahead Greenfield and Oberg took the flag in that order separated by just 0.2 seconds across the line.

In the final van Kalmthout got a good start and moved straight into 3rd place passing Rossi who was hung out to dry. Up front things also changed with Oberg moving past his team mate on lap four.

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Viktor Oberg celebrates a hard fought victory

It was the next lap where the race defining moment came though! Van Kalmthout’s move on Taylor Greenfield cost him 1.2 seconds on the leader, which with Oberg’s pace was always going to be hard to close down.

Van Kalmthout gave it his best shot though and got within half a second of the Swede but he couldn’t get any closer and had to settle for 2nd with Greenfield finishing 3rd. Finishing 4th was an improving Schoell with Rossi recovering to snatch a top 5.

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Super X30 Podium

Round 2 of the championship will take place at the Zuera circuit in Spain on the 14th – 17th July and entries are now open! You can enter via http://www.x30euro.com/ All the action from this weekend, including extra videos, can be found at http://www.telemundi.com/

 

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It was a glorious day the 7 laghi circuit and ahead of us were nine heats between three classes to set the grids for tomorrow’s finals.

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Juniors – Brits closing in on Petelet

Most of the day was all about French driver Milan Petelet. His day got off to a perfect start in heat one where he cruised away to take victory by 2.5 seconds over Bradshaw who got hung out on the outside at the start with fellow Brit Ethan Hawkey 3rd.

Considering the French man started on the second row this came as a surprise to some but those thoughts were quickly silenced in Heat two as the Driver on the Praga driver repeated the result all be it by only 0.8 seconds this time.

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Finishing 2nd in Heat two was British driver Chris Lulham. The Fusion driver had a fairly poor result in the first heat by his standards finishing 6th, but an incident free race saw him take a good haul of points. Behind him was another Brit, Ben Wooldridge who had been involved in an incident in Heat one with Lulham which left him down in 16th. The driver making his appearance in a European championship for the first time took fastest lap and was closely followed by two more Brits in the shape of Hawkey and Bradshaw.

Heat three then saw Wooldridge’s pace confirmed as he picked his way through to the lead at a frightening rate of knots unsurprisingly taking fastest lap along the way. Finishing 2nd Milan Peletet who looked happy to see Wooldridge win, 3rd was Bradshaw with Kilian Meyer and Royce You both gaining two places to finish 4th and 5th.

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So the heats leave Peletet and Bradshaw on row one with Lulham and Wooldridge just in behind. Next along is Spaniards Oscar Palomo Oritz and Killian Meyer, Royce You and Ethan Hawkey form row four with Thomas Mialane and Sam McDonnell completing the top 10.

On his pole for the Pre-Final Milan Peletet commented: “It has been a very good day and I’m pleased with the result. The first two heats were especially good as we won them both from third position. The plan for tomorrow is to just try and get away from pole. I’d like to say a huge thanks to me team Praga and my mechanic.”

 

Seniors – Ward cruises to pole

From a distance it looked like a very easy day at the office for Brett Ward who took three victories with a combined victory of just over 4.5 seconds!

The MLC Motorsport driver started that in heat one by beating his country man, Sam Marsh, by just over a second. Marsh had a solid race by all accounts gaining three places, one of those being on Berkay Besler who finished 3rd. The biggest mover in the race was Saul Robinson who gained 11 places to finish 6th.

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In terms of the lead heat two was exactly the same although the action behind unfolded slightly differently. Berkay Besler was able to hold on to his front row start to finish 2nd with Hugo Ellis making good progress behind to finish 3rd. Galanopoulos and Marsh completed the top five with Alessandro Di Cori and Paul Louissier both moving forward nicely gaining six places.

The last heat saw Brett Ward run away at the front againand he was briefly being chased down by his team mate Ollie Varney. But as we entered the second half of the race Varney was passed by Besler and Ellis but was still able to hold on to a very creditable 4th.

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So the grid for tomorrow’s Pre Final will look like so, forming the front row will be Ward and Besler, with Ellis and Marsh on row two. Row three consists of Varney and Galanopoulos with Carlos Leon and Guillaume Barbarin just in behind and rounding out the top ten is Allesandro Di Cori and Saul Robinson.

On his pole position Brett Ward commented: “Today was fantastic, I couldn’t really ask for much more with three wins. I’m just looking to carry this form into the finals tomorrow. Towards the end of the day I was saving the tyres slightly as I’m not too sure on our plan tomorrow yet so it was just about controlling the gap. I’ve raced here for the last four years and there’s plenty of places to overtake so we’ll just have to keep an eye on that especially if Besler can get a good start. I’d like to say a huge thank to everyone at MLC Motorsport for a great job today!”

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Super X30 – Rinus untouchable

The PDB Racing team mates of Viktor Oberg and Taylor Greenfield seem to be running out of ideas in their attempts to beat Rinus van Kalmthout after trying and failing in all three heats, although they came very close on one occasion.

In heat one the Daems Racing driver unsurprisingly took fastest lap on his way to a 2.4 victory where behind the PDB Racing drivers were having a battle of their own. There was nothing to split Oberg and Greenfield who eventually followed each other home in that order.

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Heat two was a slightly different story. With van Kalmthout dropping back at the start, Oberg was allowed to lead for the first time and did so for some time! But eventually after five laps van Kalmthout took the lead back from him. But the Dutch man was unable to break clear and the PDB Racing team mates stayed with him although they never quite found a way past. Post race Greenfield was given a penalty which promoted Jeoffrey Rouchy to 3rd.

However, in heat three it was back to square one for PDB Racing with van Kalmthout taking a lights to flag victory with fastest lap. In 2nd was Oberg with Greenfield 3rd.

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So that unsurprisingly means our top three will van Kalmthout, Greenfield and Oberg in that order but who is next along? Well completing the second row is Giacomo Rossi who’s been impressive all day. Row three see’s Constantin Schoell and Bruno Ponte, who’s also been impressive coming through. Row four contains Jeoffrey Rouchy and Marnik Battryn with Eric Chapon and Giueseppi Pierotti rounding out the field.

On his pole for tomorrow Rinus commented: “I’m very happy, I had a perfect day with three wins and three fastest laps! The kart felt great and I was able to take the lead straight back anytime I lost it. Although the grid this weekend is small there is some very experienced drivers who will be hard to beat tomorrow. This is just my second race in X30 and I really like the class! I’d like to say a huge thanks to my team, Daems Racing, who have done a great job for me today!”

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All the action tomorrow can be seen LIVE via http://www.telemundi.com/ with grid walks for the finals also included! There are plenty of other videos on the website for you to enjoy including the new ‘Pint in the Paddock’, driver interviews, mechanic interviews and also an inside exclusive on a driver’s preparations before qualifying which features Super X30 driver Rinus van Kalmthout.

 

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On what was a glorious day at 7 Laghi International circuit, 45 drivers prepared for qualifying which would set the grids for the three heats tomorrow. Up first was practise with each class getting three sessions each.

Being the first event it was hard to call exactly who would end up on pole, but in the end we were treated to three very exciting and interesting sessions.

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Junior’s – All to play for

First to qualify was the Juniors where 17 karts were preparing for the seven minute session. Unfortunately, only 16 of them would set a time as Brit, Sam McDonnell failed to complete a lap after his engine failed to start.

The first five minutes saw the provisional pole spot change on a number of occasions between British drivers Callum Bradshaw and Chris Lulham. They were quickly under the 51 second mark and were threatening to go under 50.5 seconds.

Across three sectors we had three different fastest drivers with Brit, Ben Wooldridge quickest in the first, Bradshaw fastest in the second and Spaniard Oscar Palomo Oritz quickest in the third. But despite Palomo Oritz’ quick pace in sector three, he struggled elsewhere and ended up in 11th place.

Chris Lulham
Chris Lulham

Up the front it was Lulham who took pole with a time of 50.627. Half a tenth behind was Bradshaw with French driver Peletet and Wooldridge rounding out the top four. British driver, Ethan Hawkey was 5th with Spaniard Killian Mayer 6th. Completing the top 10 were Royce Yu, Ethan Tan, Alexander D’Arcy and Leon Schuetz.

It was close to say the least with the top 10 covered by just 0.265 seconds and the top 15 covered by 0.569 seconds. There’s no doubt we’ll be in for some close racing over the weekend!

On his pole position Chris commented: “I’m very happy with pole and I think looking at the times the plan is to just try and get a gap in the heats as it’s very close! I decided to give myself some space in qualifying which allowed me to set my quick lap early. Callum Bradshaw seems to be my closest rival at the moment but the times speak for themselves, there’s lots of people who can be up there. I’m confident in our race pace, Fusion have done a fantastic job with the kart setup.”

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Senior’s – Besler piped at the post

British driver, Brett Ward left it late set his eventual pole time of 50.626 after being out the top three for the first six minutes of the seven minute session.

The Brit had to beat a bench mark time of 50.635 which was set by Turkey’s Berkay Besler and it was over two tenths before third place driver Efstriatios Galanopoulos from Greece. No one ever really got close to the top two but there was some late movers in the shape of Ollie Varney. The Brit was in threat of dropping out the top 10 but shot up to 7th on his last lap.

Joining Galanopoulos on the second row is French driver David Beaumann in the 211 kart.  Sam Marsh may be slightly disappointed with his 5th place, his recent form elsewhere could have arguably made him a favourite for this round but 5th is by no means a disaster and he could easily move forward tomorrow.

Brett Ward
Brett Ward

In 6th was Hugo Ellis with the afore mentioned Varney and Stephen Letts behind and completing the top 10 is Manu Bejarano Campos and and fellow Spaniard Carlos Leon who ran into technical issues after four laps.

Just under a second completed the 17 drivers, we are yet to see Saul Robinson who did not go out for any of the practise sessions as he has back home doing school exams. He will join us for practise tomorrow morning.

On his pole position Brett commented: “Qualifying was very close and I didn’t realise how close until I came in! However, me and Berkay have a slight gap over the rest which is good. We’ve been playing around with setup and throughout practise we were concentrating on keeping pace over the race distance and we’re very happy with where we are. MLC Motorsport and doing a great job and the Mach 1 chassis is working brilliant. I’m expecting more people to be up there with myself and Berkay including Sam Marsh.”

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Super X30 – Rinus on fire!

There was always only going to be one man on pole position this afternoon in Super X30 and that was Dutch man Rinus van Kalmthout!

He’s been almost untouchable throughout most of practise and he only needed five laps to set his eventual pole time of 48.547 seconds.

The best of the rest was the Swede Viktor Oberg, who managed to get within four tenths of the Daems driver, but a front row start was the best he could do and he’ll be certainly looking to find some pace overnight and take the fight to Rinus tomorrow.

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Rinus van Kalmthout

Taylor Greenfield and Giacomo Rossi round out row two with Marnik Battryn and Constantin Schoell a perhaps slightly disappointed 6th place. Jeoffrey Rouchy was 7th with Giuseppe Pierotti and Bruno Ponte 9th. Back in 10th place was Eric Chapon who suffered from technical issues only completing two laps.

So it’s Rinus’ day on this occasion and there’s no doubt his competitors will be thinking of ways to try and close the gap overnight!

On his pole position Rinus commented: “I’m very happy with pole position especially being four tenths clear! I didn’t expect it as at points I was not quickest today so it did come as a surprise. It took me a couple laps to get my tyres up to temperature but once I had that the kart felt really good! I’m really enjoying this Super X30 class and the grid this weekend is full of good drivers. The grip should go up throughout the weekend which I think will suit me.”

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