Mach1 and Iame X30 the perfect combination in May

May was to be non stop for the Mach1 UK Factory team MLC Motorsport with five races over five weekends. This to include 2 rounds of the Little Green Man National Championship (LGM)

The first weekend saw the team at Pfi Kart circuit for the May club meeting, and the MLC team hit the ground running, with drivers Ollie Varney and Gus Lawrence setting some of the fastest times wet and dry in testing. Business continued on Sunday with a one two in one of the heats, and most of the fastest laps as well. A non finish in a heat meant Varney had some work to do in the final, but charged through from 8th to take the win, Lawrence catching the leading pack when he had to retire with a broken side pod, even though catching the battle for 2nd whilst holding it up with one hand!! Varney also securing the fastest lap by a dominating margin.

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Larkhall round of the LGM series was on the third weekend, considering the track is 7 hours from the workshops the team hit the track setting some of the fastest times in Junior and senior X30 on the official practice day. Come race day the changeable weather conditions made things very tricky with showers all day. But the same great pace continued through the heats, the team scored fastest laps in junior x30 and race wins in seniors. The result of which meant a Pole position start for senior driver Josh Hatton. Hatton lead the opening laps before dropping to 2nd and then remaining there for the rest of the race finishing behind Rotax world champion Oliver Hodgson, a great result from the nearly 50 kart field and the most competitive grid in the UK.

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The following weekend it was the Juniors time to shine at the Whilton Mill club round. Great pace from the relatively in experienced Davey Shepherd on Saturday testing, left the team with good hopes for the racing the following day. Shepherd having mixed heats including a non finish left him on grid 15 from 34 for the main final. The race that followed was great to watch as the MLC Mach1 driver came through with overtake after overtake to take the Win!! and with the fastest lap along the way. The first of many to come no doubt.

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The Final weekend of the month again at Whilton Mill for the LGM tour, had big and strong grids for both junior and senior x30. the test day again saw the MLC drivers both junior and senior posting some of the fastest times. Race day saw mixed fortunes for the drivers, Senior drivers Hatton and Lawrence had good solid heats including a win, and would line up 3rd and 5th for the final. The juniors however were involved in incidents leaving them with much lower grid positions than deserved with 19th 21st and 30th for Davey Shepherd, Samuel Cornwell and Jake Bowman respectively.

The senior final was always going to be a great spectacle with Multiple British champions, world champions, GP winners galore lining up in the top ten. MLC Mach1 UK drivers Lawrence and Hatton made their way to the front and running 1st and 2nd for a fair period. Hatton then got pushed wide and into the battle of the pack, But Lawrence continued to charge on, leading 3/4 of the race only for a technical problem slowing his progress in the later laps, eventually holding on for a well deserved 4th place, from the strong 45 kart grid. Hatton eventually recovering to finish 8th.


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Juniors saw Unbelievable speed from the Mach 1 Drivers, with Davey Shepherd coming through to 4th from 21st and Jake Bowman all the way from the back to take 8th place!! with great pace. Cornwell also having the same speed but getting caught in a mid field battle which he eventually cleared to finish mid pack.

May has proven even further that the Mach1 Kart is the perfect choice for the Iame X30 class, taking 16 fastest laps, 2 wins, 6 podiums. for more information or to arrange a test please feel free to get in touch,

Mach1 UK Team Setting the Pace Everywhere In Iame X30

April and May have been busy months for the MLC Motorsport team, with busy regular club meetings along with two rounds of the LGM Series for X30.

In the first round of the LGM series at Pfi, the teams senior drivers were impressing with great pace three of them in the top 10 form the 72 kart field, qualifying saw Mach1 UK driver Gus Lawrence put it on the front row, with the rest of the team not far off, the racing was tough and saw Lawrence having a bad start in the final eventually finishing 11th with team mate Josh Hatton coming through to 12th after technical problems in the heats.

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The following week saw the team straight to Kimbolton for the second round, where again 60 kart grid in senior x30 the biggest races the UK has seen for a long time. What was about to occur is un heard of at this level, Gus Lawrence was to post fastest laps in every single race!! clearly the fastest kart on track, only a poor start in the final dropping to 18th cost him what should have been a drive away win, he eventually raced back through to a creditable 6th passing various champions along the way and again posting the fastest lap.

Two weeks after at Whilton Mill it was the juniors time to shine, with Davey Shepherd setting essentially fastest laps and driving some great heats against much more experienced drivers to give him a well earned 5th grid position for the A Final from 47 kart grid, unfortunately on a second slow roll up lap his engine oiled up, meaning starting way off the back of the pack. The Essex based Shepherd kept his head down to drive back to a mid pack finish with great pace. Jake Bowman also showing strong pace eventually finished 13th having to race a damaged kart from an earlier incident. It seemed like the results were eluding us, even at times being in a class of our own..

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Then came Pfi, again the blistering pace continued the MLC Mach1 drivers Gus Lawrence and Ollie Varney Posting fastest laps between them a 1st and 2nd in a heat, they really were commanding the grid. A wet final saw Varney make his way to the front and then just drive away to win by 6 seconds! Lawrence running 5th and 2nd fastest on track at that stage only to his team mate, had to retire with a broken side pod, else a double podium would have been the result. However a dominant win from Varney was a great result.

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Pfi Iame X30 Podium Starting to Feel like Home


The March TVKC club meeting at the Pf international circuit once again hosted arguably the best x30 grids so far with nearly 40 drivers in both the the senior and junior class, both bigger than the Rotax grids.

Off the back of our previous months success our hopes were rightly high, and Saturday testing proved to be strong, at times posting fastest times and looking good for the Sunday.


In timed qualifying the senior drivers putting themselves 5th and 7th far enough forward to race for the win, in Juniors 5th and 8th in group was solid and again close enough to the front for a good result.

The Senior Pre Final was fairly un eventful with the drivers ending up where they started with good pace, after discussing through the data some small changes were made to chassis setup and the final was a different story with Ollie Varney storming through to finish 2nd and battling for the lead and Josh Hatton a creditable 4th in his first race for three months.


This also secured Victory in the TVKC Winter championship, “we deserved the Championship but had to come from behind after an engine failure in the first round left us with a non finish, without this we would have won it with a big margin but kept us on our toes, and a credit to the whole team and a great double podium again” Said team Manager Lee Murray.

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The juniors not so lucky in the racing good overall pace but seemed to be involved in every incident on track. Leaving a mix of non finishes and battling back up through the pack.

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