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In this Final part of the preview we will be looking at the Super, Super Shifter and Master classes
He was the Champion in the Senior class last year and earlier this year he won the X30 Challenge Europa. It’s fair to say he’s in pretty good form at the moment and I don’t think that’s suddenly going to stop now. Vincent may be into a quicker kart for this one, but I think someone of Vincent’s experience will be able to adapt quickly and I can’t imagine he’ll be coming in under prepared!
Last year Kevin won the X30 Challenge Europa and finished 3rd at the World Finals in the Senior class. Earlier this year he won the X30 Challenge Europa in this class and also finished 9th at the WSK Night Edition in the KZ2 class. He’s very quick and will be hoping to stand higher on the podium at this year’s event.
I watched Viktor racing in this years X30 Euro Series and he was seriously impressive all the way through. He was a deserved champion and could arguably be considered a favourite for the Finals. The Swede will have his eyes firmly on a win!
William became the Vice World Champion last year in what was a very close run Senior final. Although I’m sure he would have been delighted with the result there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll be going for nothing less than a win this year. If he can be beat the three drivers above, then I think he’ll find himself the World Champion.
Joey van Splunteren
Here is a blast from the past! The 2010 Rotax Max Euro Challenge Champion has entered for this weekend into the X30 Super class. Of all my ones to watch Joey is certainly the one I’m most excited to watch. He was a driver I watched on a number of occasions when I used to race and to see him back will be awesome. How he’ll get on is another story, but winning the Euro Challenge in 2010 was no fluke…
In my opinion Tom has to the overall favourite for the event. His racing background and achievements speak for themselves and I think he’ll be very hard to beat next weekend. It maybe a different engine to what he’s used to but he was impressive at the IAME European Open earlier this year.
It was good to see a former team mate of mine entered into the Super class. He had his big TV moment last year when he was pushing Angus Fender out onto the grid for the final and in an attempted heel click ripped his shorts wide open. This year though, it’ll be serious business for Dean. He’s throwing himself into the deep end and a top ten result would be very impressive!
British born and raised, Sean Babington won the Finals in the Super Shifter class last year and I see no reason why he won’t be able to do it again this year. Now racing on a UAE licence I think Sean is an out and out favourite and I’d stick a lot of money on him to win if I could!
Lorenzo van Riet
Last year Lorenzo finished 4th in the Finals and was also the BNL Karting Series Vice Champion in the DD2 class. Coming in with experience under his belt will certainly help, but whether he can take the fight to Sean is another question. He’ll be there or there abouts.
He’s been second best to Kevin Ludi all year in the DD2 class, but towards the end of this season Constantin has been serious quick and I’ll be interested to see how he runs next weekend. I’m not sure what experience he has in this class, but either way I think he’ll be on the money come the final.
Matteo has established himself as one of the best in the KZ2 class this year after he finished 3rd in the CIK-FIA European Championship and 5th in the CIK-FIA International Super Cup. Last year he had an unlucky finals finishing down in 28th, but he may be Sean’s biggest threat this year.
The official British Champion is the sole Brit entered into the Super Shifter class this year. He ran in the top ten in the X30 Challenge Europa earlier in the year, and will be hoping to close the gap to the likes of Babington and Vigano next weekend.
Gerard will be looking to do the double next weekend in the Masters class after winning in 2015. He’s a driver that’s been around for a long time and was a top racer in the ICA class back in 2001.
Mikko became the Rotax Max DD2 Master World Champion back in 2014 and now is looking to tick the X30 class off his list. He came close in 2014 after finishing 3rd and was 6th last year, there’s a good chance he may get the job done this time around.
The man from Northern Ireland finished a very impressive 3rd place last year and kept the leaders very honest throughout. There’ll be many Brits cheering the ex Formula Renault driver on I’m sure.
Graham is the sole Brit entered into the class and has had a good year after winning the X30 Challenge Europa out in Castelletto. He was the joint winner of this event back in 2014 with Kip Foster and put on a good performance last year to fight back from 11th to finish 3rd at the flag before receiving a ten second penalty post race. This year he has been coaching for the IM Racing team in Germany and has raced as a guest in the ADAC Seniors with top three finishes at the rounds he raced.
Given Graham’s dominant performance at Castelletto I think he’s a nailed on favourite for the World title this time around.
Written by Chris McCarthy