Race Reports

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
racing…

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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

info@mlcmotorsport.co.uk

 

Iame X30 World Finals Le Mans 2015

The Mach1 UK Factory team MLC Motorsport travelled to Le Mans for the 2015 X30 World Finals with four drivers and with high hopes after topping some of the time sheets the year before.

Initial testing looked positive on the weekend before with all drivers showing good pace. This continued into the official practice sessions with both the senior and junior drivers posting times towards the front.

In timed qualifying MLC junior driver Cameron Boedler was topping the time sheets right through the session, looking good for P1 until the dying seconds, getting caught in traffic and dropping to a respectable 4th in group.

In Seniors it was a similar story with Australian Driver Paul Pittam posting times towards the front of the 128 kart grid!Eventually qualifying 6th in group only to receive a exclusion, which lead to him overtaking a total of 62 karts over the five heats.

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The heats were mixed for all drivers. Boedler making straight through to the Grand final in 14th from the 78 kart grid with team mate Sam Cornwell starting on the front row of the B Final, of which he lead for some time eventually finishing 3rd. The seniors had a little too much to do after the exclusion and finished in the middle of the 128 kart senior grid.

The Junior X30 grand final was a hard battle, MLC driver Boedler didn’t have the best start but made up places to eventually finish 14th posting lap times capable of the podium - if not better. A great achievement for the 13 year old.

Again the MLC team proved the they have what it takes to compete at the highest level and that the Mach1 Kart is the perfect choice for the Iame X30 classes.

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, info@mlcmotorsport.co.uk

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.

Feel free to get in touch if you want to test the 2015 Mach1 Kart that is taking the Iame X30 Class by storm.

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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.

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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.

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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.

For a Test in Iame X30 or to arrange yourself some race winning support please feel free to get in touch to find out how we could help your racing in 2015.

Junior And Senior Iame X30 Success in the Toughest UK grids so far at PFI

With the biggest and probably most competitive grids of X30 that the UK has seen
the MLC Motorsport team had a strong line up in both the junior and senior class.
“We had every confidence in our preparation for this race off the back of our senior
victory the month earlier, but it’s always going to be tough against this type of
competition, it was not you average small club grid so competition would be strong”

 

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35 juniors lined up for timed qualifying and MLC pair Cameron Boedler and Jake
Bowman both only doing two days ever at the track nearly secured a front row lockout
for the team eventually ending on pole position and fourth respectively
In the pre final both juniors were running in the top three from the 34 kart field
unfortunately towards the end of the race Bowman suffered some damage and dropped to
10th with Boedler holding strong for 2nd to start his first ever UK race and first
race at PFI ever on the front row.

 

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In the final Boedler drive away with the lead pack of 5 ending in a great battle in
the last few laps eventually finishing 3rd. Bowman was not so lucky getting caught
in huge crash first lap ending the expected charge back to the front.

In seniors it was not as plain sailing an engine misfire meaning senior driver Ollie
Varney had to make a charge from the back in the final carving through the quality
field to eventually bag a another podium for the team. Making it a double podium for
the MLC team in the best grids so far the UK has seen.

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Dominating July For The Team

The MLC team continue to be at the front and July was no exception, some dominating results in various classes

The HKRC meeting at Kimbolton was host the LGM series including the New X30 tour. The team showed front running pace all weekend in both the seniors and junior X30 class. Eventually finishing 3rd in juniors from the strong 25 kart grid, having lead most of the final, Just missing out in a great battle.

This was followed by a great Win in Minimax and from a large and strong grid and fastest lap to top it off.

Two weeks later at Whitlon Mill for the Stars of Whilton Mill Championship, the whole team had blistering pace all weekend, fast enough to take the win in every class the MLC team were represented in.

Again IAME X30 juniors was completely dominated by the MLC team with the Mach1 Kart and Grice Racing Engines power, Winning all of the heats, with fastest laps in them all, winning the final with the fastest lap and breaking the lap record 3 times!!

Also At times posting fastest laps in Iame X30 Senior with a very inexperienced driver eventually ending a great 3rd, showing great progress from the driver and the Mach1 Package being the perfect choice for the new to the UK class.

Junior Rotax again some fastest laps in the 25 kart field, leading the final twice just unfortunately missing out in a great last two lap battle.

Minimax again really fast all weekend never really out of the top 5 pace just incident filled race day deprived the driver and team the result that was rightly deserved.

Tests are available in all classes, and any drivers wanting to test the ultimate X30 package should get in touch.

Results Keep Coming…

The teams recent success over the winter has continued into the spring with numerous wins trophies and fastest laps.

In the New IAME X30 Class senior driver Josh Hatton continues to set the pace wherever he goes on his Mach1 Chassis. Including winning the LGM Senior race at Larkhall on a track he had never driven until the Saturday morning. Then followed this up with a solid 4th at GYG including a fastest lap, again a track he had only driven 5 year previous in a Mini Max. Proving the Mach1 chassis and X30 engine to be the perfect combination.

Joining Josh is a new team mate, Max Clarke, making the switch from Rotax Max to X30 and in the process testing both his existing Tony Kart EVK and the Mach1 chassis with the X30 and Komet tyres. After trying both Max decided the Mach1 delivered the best performance and traded his Tonykart in for a new white machine. In his first race Max had a brace of fastest laps at Whilton Mill and was in the leading group of three in the final which traded places throughout the race.

Also in IAME X30 is Todd Hatton showing great improvement only a tenth off the leaders pace in his last outing and improving every race. Lewis Kent in Junior X30 had a brace fastest laps at various events, with some bad luck denying him an overdue win.

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In Rotax classes the team’s drivers have carried on their great form, especially in Minimax and Junior Rotax.

Numerous fastest laps, race wins and trophies in these classes with some blistering pace from Minimax drivers Rowan Bailey and Samuel Cornwell. at Whilton Mill and Kimbolton meetings.

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Huge step forward for Junior Driver Angelo Parodi after a hard few months getting him and his equipment back on track after joining the team a few months ago, a good solid couple of results with front running pace, and podiums are set to follow.

Ryan Gillespie is also back in form with a good 5th last weekend at Kimbolton from a strong 26 kart grid and with speed to finish higher just a puncture in an early heat meant he was left with a lot of ground to make up.

for more information on how the MLC team can help your racing or to arrange a test, in Iame X30 or Rotax please feel free to get in touch.

 

 

October Trophy Run

With the team out the first two weekends of October our hopes were high for collecting some silverware.

The first weekend at Rye House five drivers were racing within the MLC Awning. From the total of five drivers the team ended up with four trophies. The highlight of which was the first podium for Rowan Bailey in minimax not long off of his novice plates. Rowan showed good speed all weekend regularly in the top three lap times, and deserved the result, with good consistent racing. Bradley Kent continued his and the teams success in the Iame Cadet Class with another victory and fastest lap.

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Also on the first weekend the Team had Angelo Prodromou racing in Junior Rotax at Pfi international amongst a grid of fifty drivers. in his first Junior Max race at the track, his pace was solid and gained himself a place in the main final although a collision in the opening laps ruined his race and lap times.

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The second weekend saw the team racing at Kimbolton kart track in the HKRC club championship. with a total of four drivers racing, all four of which finishing in the top ten and two of them collecting trophies, Bradley Kent again continuing the Iame Cadet success with a second. at only his first visit to the track for two years! and good drive for Ryan Gilespie in Minimax for a forth place in a tough thirty kart grid. Moving him within the top three in the championship.