2016 season summary and 2017 plans

2016 Almost Iame X30 Domination
A year that always looked to be good did not fail to deliver. With a long results list,

  • Vice European Champions
  • Vice British Super 1 champions
  • 3rd Junior x30 Super 1championship
  • 4th Senior x30 European championship
  • Qualifying 4th and 15th in World Championship from 142 karts!
  • Hkc senior x30 champions
  • 3rd British kartmasters GP
  • 14national podiums.

Not only have the results been great so has the growth of the team and the great
family spirit. People seem to forget that the sport we all love is supposed to be

What will 2017 bring?
With preparation already well underway. The team will again focus on the x30
classes and push to secure both the british and European titles. Driver line up
looks to be strong with the return of nearly all drivers and a few key new

An investment in a new race truck and large wrap around awning will allow us to
provide a better and much larger working environment and now means we can cater for
2 further drivers.

We will continue our partnership with Paul Carr for engine support and work along
side him to develop this area and to provide the best possible product and track
side support.

The Mach1 kart again will be the product of choice after a great 2016 a few tweaks
over the winter look to strengthen its position as arguably the only real “other

To arrange a test or find out more information on how we can help you with your
racing feel free to contact us.

Call: +44 (0) 7701065325
Twitter: @mlcmotorsport
Facebook: MLC Motorsport

Iame X30 International Final Le Mans 2016

Le Mans x30 world finals.

With good testing before the event showing great speed the teams hopes were rightly
high when arriving in le mans for the race.

And as the test days unfolded this proved itself with pace that would see us right
at the front from both Brett Ward and Ollie Varney. With other senior drivers Davey
Shepherd and Luke Van Harwarde gradually improving session by session.

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Qualifying saw this continue with Ward taking p2 and varney p4 in group. Which would
mean Ward would start pole for most of his heats and varney on row 3. Not bad from
144 drivers. Shepherd and Van Harwarde would secure mid pack starts.

The heats started well with Ward never out of the top 4 and Varney a few places back.

First race friday saw Ward get hit clean off at the start resulting in a Non finish
which would in turn cost him a front 2 row start in the grand final. Varney
continued with solid finishes. Shepherd at time just outside the top 10 but also at
times becoming involved in incidents, a similar story with van Harwarde.


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Ward would line up 17th in the main final and varney right behind.

In finals day warm up ward was p2 so hopes were still high. But in the pre final
both droped to nearly last after a crash at turn 1. Then a great drive back to 17th
and 18th with 2nd and 3rd fastest lap times still on old tyres when many had gone
new meant there was still a chance.

Ward in the grand final was again driven over at the start and damaged his exhaust
meaning a retirement. Varney had a good start but the new set of tyres just not
working well he eventually finished a creditable 14th.

Who know where Ward would have finished if he had started further forward as his
results and speed deserved. Certainly in the race thats for sure. But thats

Also mention for Rached Ghanhem in juniors from lebanon who improved greatly through
testing. Qualifyied mid pack a had some great heats at times with pace inside the
top 5.

Overall a credit to the team and Mach1kart. To again run right at the front as we
have done all year.

Junior X30 and Senior X30 Podiums at LGM Round 1

The first round of the LGM Series at Pfi was to be one of the biggest events the UK has seen for some time. With Over 80 entries in both the Junior X30 and Senior X30 classes showing the Iame engine is now the engine of choice in the UK. The entry list was something to behold with the senior grid boasting world champions, European champions and British champions.

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The Mach1 UK team had been in fine form building up to the event and infact collected trophies all but one weekend since the turn of the year! and on the podium at every race at PFI. Early testing confirmed the speed with Brett Ward instantly on the pace if not setting the pace in Senior X30. Team mate Patrick Kibble doing the same in juniors and at times in the wet sessions seemingly in a class of his own. The Mach1 product powered by Paul Carr engines working well in the wet and the dry.


Qualifying was set to be important with such large grids, and the pace continued for Kibble in Juniors putting himself in the right place for a good last Lap and qualified 4th in his group 10th overall. Similar story with Ward although in the hardest group with the 3 drivers we considered to be main competitors again 4th in group and 9th overall. although a better last sector on the final flying lap would have put him 2nd.

The rest of the team had mixed fortunes, Tom Douglas in juniors coming straight back after breaking his arm had engine troubles similar story for Davey Shepherd and Gus Lawrence having to use a spare motor to bolt on last minute to qualify on. Rino Russo had a steady run in the middle of the pack a vast improvement for him from 4 months out of the kart.

The Pre Finals were great races in juniors Kibble finished 3rd after a great race, and Ward again finishing 3rd after trading places for 2nd most of the race.



this left both drivers starting 8th for the main event. Kibble in juniors had a pretty good start up to 5th and gradually caught the leading pack after trading a few places the race settled down with him in a comfortable 4th place but by this point the lead 3 had broken away leaving him with a lonely last few laps but lapping at the leaders pace.

In Senior Ward had to do it a little harder, dropping to 11th after the first lap, gradually picked his way through the field up to 4th where he would remain by this time to much to do to catch the leader but again with great speed.


Overall A great team effort and the Mach1 the ONLY kart to place in the top 4 in juniors and seniors. A true testament to the product and the team.

Any teams interested in becoming a re selling agent and start winning please get in touch.

Interested Drivers please get in touch to arrange a test.

Drives available for the IAme X30 European Open and Euro Series.