The 329 drivers contesting the 4th edition of the IAME INTERNATIONAL FINAL in Le Mans practiced on Wednesday and Thursday. The competition began with the spectacular night qualifying sessions on Thursday evening from 20h00 to 22h30. On Friday, 24 qualifying heats took place in the four categories. Track conditions were changeable during the course of the day with light rain in the morning and a shower in the afternoon.
X30 Junior (13-15 years old)
The best Junior driver so far is David Malukas who travelled from the USA to set pole position and win two heats out of two at the wheel of his BirelART chassis. Brandon Lemke, also from the United States of America, Milane Pételet from France, Ugo de Wilde from Belgium and four British drivers (Tom Wood, Alfie Brown, Callum Bradshaw, Ben Wooldridge) are the other members of the heat winners club.
X30 Senior (15 years old and over)
In this class, several drivers proved competitive around the 1384-meter track. Belgian Polesitter Maxime Drion came home 1st once and 2nd twice and also recorded a 7th position in his second heat of the day, but he was satisfied overall. Frenchman François-Xavier Venet and Vincent Fraïsse have had ups and downs but were the only drivers to win twice. Unfortunately last year’s winner François Bécamel retired from the meeting.
X30 Master (30 years old and over / Veterans: 45 years and over)
Briton Graham Hill and Australian Kip Foster who were crowned equal last year in the Master category took a win and a second place respectively today. Jeremy Peclers from Belgium was impressive, scoring a 1st and a 2nd place, while Gary Turkington won once. The favourites for the inaugural X30 Veteran title are Tino Donadei, Christophe Adams, Pierre Allemand and Jacky Foulatier.
X30 Super Shifter (gearbox 175cc karts, drivers 15 years old and over)
Top Kart Italian driver Matteo Vigano set pole ahead of Sean Babington but the UAE driver is the provisional leader in the X30 Super Shifter category as he recorded a 1st and a 2nd-place finish. Portuguese Henrique Chaves won the second heat after failing to finish in the first one.
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