Bosses of the Little Green Man series say its surge in early entries for this season’s IAME Cadet championship will produce some of the best racing on the calendar after 93 drivers confirmed their registration.
Due to difficulties in accommodating a three-digit numbering system, entries have been capped at 99 drivers. There were 69 drivers entered into last season’s successful maiden IAME campaign, with a maximum grid of just under 60.
“The momentum has really taken off since the 2013 season,” LGM’s James Mills said. “It’s an unbelievable amount of entries at this stage. We originally capped the entry numbers at 60, but when 30 drivers signed up on the opening day of registration, we had to quickly adjust that figure. These are record numbers and will probably force us to stage a D Final at each round. That hasn’t been seen in Britain since the class 100 Britain back in the 1980s.”
LGM organisers JM Racing will also schedule the newly launched IAME X30 classes on the same calendar as the cadet series. “Both the Super One and LGM titles went down to the wire last season,” Mills added, “and with the increased number of registrations for this season, the racing is going to be even more competitive. It was the standout class in the UK last year and other classes are going to have to do well to beat it again.”
Motorcycle Racers Take To Four Wheels
Professional motorcycle racers Casey Stoner, Chaz Davies and Leon Camier swapped two wheels for four when they stopped off at Xtreme Karting on the Gold Coast of Australia to try out their Praga rental karts. Stoner, a two-time MotoGP world champion has retired from motorcycle racing and now races Aussie V8s. He was joined by Factory Ducati World Superbike rider Chaz Davies who was in Austrlia for the opening round of the World Superbike Championship. Davies’ grew up with karts, his parents run the Kinsham Raceway in Herefordshire. The pair were joined by also Leon Camier, a former World Superbike rider and British Superbike champion. The three stars took to Twitter to rave about how good the Praga rental karts were, with Stoner hailing them as the fastest rental karts in Australia. No-one posted any lap times though, shame.
Webster Returns To International Racing
Sam Webster will make a return to British and international racing this year in the MSA British KZ1 and CIK-FIA KZ2 European Championships with the ART GP squad.
The 17-year-old, who raced alongside Ben Barnicoat and Ricky Collard in KF2 with the Italian squad as part of the Racing Steps Foundation in 2012, has previous experience of gearbox racing having competed in last season’s British KZ1 class.
Webster will compete with the Zip Kart outfit in Super One, and will once again share the team awning with fellow Brit Ben Hanley at the full ART GP outfit in European KZ2 and a single round of the Italian domestic series. He will also drive in test sessions in Sarno in Italy.
“Although I only raced in the three KZ1 rounds in the UK last year,” Webster said, “it took me a while to get used to the gearbox after being used to the KF2 kart. I lacked the kart fitness due to my lack of seat time, but I’m not massively more mature than in 2012. It was a huge learning curve to be with the team at the Under 18 World Championship that year.”
The Weymouth-based racer said rejoining the ART GP team and Hanley will provide much needed continuity as he races in the international class for the first time.
“I’ve worked well with the team before and not racing in Europe last year hasn’t had much effect. The team are all the same and Ben has vast experience in motorsport, not just karting. He’s a known leader and we got on well last time.”
Webster will also assess a possible entry into the World KZ Championship in Sarno in October: “We’ll consider that closer to the time, it would be nice to race at the pinnacle of KZ. The ART kit will be good enough to take the title so it’s up to me to get the best results and do myself justice.”