IAME International Final 2016 Preview – Part Two

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In part two we will be previewing the X30 Senior class ahead of next weekend. Part three tomorrow will see a preview for all the remaining classes.

Click here to read Part Three of the Preview

Seniors

There are over 140 drivers entered into the fiercely competitive Senior class. In my opinion the British drivers are going to be very tough to beat, but if anyone else is to win I think it could be one of the following five who do it…

Diogo Pinto

Diogo drove very well in last year’s final to finish a very impressive 6th place. He just missed out on bagging himself a trophy and with last years’ top four all moving on to different classes for this year you’d argue he would theoretically be a favourite.

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David Malukas

The American burst onto the European scene last year after taking a clean sweep of victories at this event, a race that has changed his career. He moved into the OKJ category this year competing in the CIK championships and struggled to adapt to the higher demands of racing, but I think he’ll be desperate to repeat last years result in the Senior class this time round. I imagine many mechanics will have the stop watch on him during practice.

David Malukas
David Malukas

Brandon Lemke

Brandon had an impressive outing at last years’ event finishing 9th in the final. He followed the likes of Dan Harper and Tom Wood home and now in the Senior class there’s no reason why he can’t run in the top ten again.

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Joel Deputch

Joel raced in the Rotax Max Euro Challenge this year and was arguably the most improved performer over the season. He came close to a podium at the final round and had he not of missed the first round I think he would have finished a lot higher than 12th overall. On home soil he could be a serious threat!

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Florian Venturi

Florian surprised many last year when he won the Rotax Max Grand Finals in Portimao. He never looked like a favourite but he stayed out of trouble all weekend and came good when he needed to. I’m not too sure what he’s been up to this year, but he knows how to win a World Finals and shouldn’t be overlooked next weekend!

Florian Venturi
Florian Venturi

The Brits

There are lots of Brits who have the potential to win this event, but when it comes to experience and performances this year the five that stand out to me are Oliver Hodgson, Brett Ward, Mark Litchfield, Danny Kierle and Hugo Bentley-Ellis. All are serious contenders who have given each other plenty to think about on circuit this year.

Danny Kierle at last years World Finals
Danny Kierle at last years World Finals

However, we then have the Super One champion Matt Davies who cannot be overlooked. Josh Skelton, Jordan Brown-Nutley and Ollie Varney have all gone well oversees this year and a driver who I often pick out as one to watch is Josh Collings and I think that’ll be no different next weekend!

Good luck to all 27 Brits next weekend, as ever the 17 I didn’t mention please prove me wrong!

Josh Collings
Josh Collings

Click here to see all the Brits entered into the Senior class

Written by Chris McCarthy

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