News Archive: August 2013
X30 World to be seen in the UK
The “X30 World” concept is based on the engine X30 125cc and it can be summarized in few words as “real Karting at hand”. Thanks to the characteristics of the engine of simplicity, immediate feeling, reliability, performance and ease of use, with the concept of X30 World, IAME offers a full program for Karting drivers from the age of 11/12 with an engine that can virtually accompany them
along the whole career. Since the very first introduction on the markets, the X30 has quickly and constantly grown, in the beginning as an engine dedicated to regional series, up to commercial classes promoted under the name of “X30 Challenge”, then introduced as Federative class by federations willing to replace the unsuccessful international classes and recently landed at international level with a European Challenge and an International Final usually held in central Europe. The success of the X30 categories, basically distinguished in X30 Junior, X30 Senior and X30 Master, comes from the stability and solidity of the engine and from IAME’s constant aim to provide
detailed regulations and low management costs of both the vehicle and the race meetings. In 2013 the X30 is present in more than 15 countries and beside the commercial classes, it can boast Federative classes run by the following ASNs:
FPAK – Portuguese Federation – IAME has been chosen as the main supplier of 5 out of 6 stock
categories of the Portuguese Championship, the X30 is the power unit of the JUNIOR and the X30
WKA – World Karting Association (USA) – the X30 has been recently approved for the TAG
SENIOR and TAG MASTERS classes and the PARILLA SENIOR class has been implemented with the option to race the X30 together with IAME Leopard.
FFSA – French Federation – IAME has been chosen as the supplier of the MINIME and CADET
categories. Beside the Puma, the X30 is the a very popular commercial class at regional level, with important events like the French National Final and the French Cup. The official French Championship is also scheduled for 2013.
RFEA – Spanish Federation – The X30 is raced as a Federative category in the Spanish Championship and the X30 JUNIOR class is raced at regional level in Catalunia.
ADAC – Germany – the X30 is recently been selected as the power unit of the X30 and X30 JUNIOR categories, expressively wanted by the ADAC to be raced in the ADAC MASTERS Championship and in the four ADAC regional series.
JAF – Japanese Federation – the X30 is an official Federative category and it is developed all over the country with many regional series.
RACB – Belgian Federation – the X30 is raced in the Belgian Championship in the X30 JUNIOR and X30 SENIOR classes and is also raced in the X30 CADET class at regional level.
ASS – Swiss Federation – the X30 engine has been recently chosen by the Auto Sport Suisse to create the IAME X30 stock class category, raced within the Swiss Championship and replacing the KF2.
Beside the above mentioned, the X30 is present in Peru’, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Finland, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, Denmark, Ukraine, Malaysia.
Our aim is to progressively promote the X30 classes at Club Level, setting the bases for the natural evolution into the “X30 Challenge UK”. Thanks to the simple concept of unique regulations for all countries, with only minor differences according to specific
national regulations, the best X30 drivers from UK will be eligible to race against their worldwide mates in the two international races promoted by IAME and without any modification to the equipment they race with in the UK.
The X30 project provides the drivers with real racing atmosphere, keeping in mind the original aspects that have always characterized Karting.
Edgar’s Hyundai MSA Super One Series: Round 4 Clay Pigeon 24/25 August
After a long break the MSA series returned to action at the hill top circuit in Dorset, where the sun failed to shine until late in the afternoon. There was even a brief rain shower for the last morning heats. It’s the shortest circuit visited, only a 33s lap for the fastest class, so the pressure on the drivers was unrelenting.
Alex Quinn led much of the first final, briefly succumbing to Tom Wood until a frantic last lap. Whilst those in front over-defended, William Pettit picked four karts off for a magnificent win over Jonny Edgar and York. Wood had a five place penalty elevating Alex Quinn to fourth. Wood then had an excursion at the start of the second final, whilst Pettitt was delayed by a spinner leaving Quinn with a large lead. Despite a broken seat stay, York hauled in the leader and won with Kiern Jewiss up to third. “Alex defended hard at the first turn and didn’t get a good run down the hill so I got him and defended to the end. A big thank you to my Dad and Rocky.” said York.
Results Final 1: 1 William Pettitt (Zip); 2 Jonny Edgar (Zip); 3 Oliver York (Zip); 4 Alex Quinn (Zip); 5 Teddy Wilson (Zip)
Results Final 2: 1 York; 2 Quinn; 3 Kiern Jewiss (Zip); 4 Wilson; 5 Zachary Robertson (Zip)
X30 TO BE RACED IN UK,2014
(Subject to final MSA approval)
We are extremely privileged to have been given this opportunity to bring the X30 to the UK market. The X30 engine is produced by the renowned Italian engine manufacturer, IAME, who have over 40 years experience within the Karting industry – winning several World titles along the way.
Our goal was to bring to the market an affordable and reliable engine built for one purpose – kart racing – giving the competitor, whether they are a leisure or professional driver, the utmost enjoyment, knowing they’re using a dedicated kart racing engine.
The X30 engine is already enjoyed in over 15 countries throughout the World with international series taking place already. The UK will see the possible introduction subject to final MSA approval, of both the Senior and Junior X30 engines. Essentially the same engine will be used for both the Senior and Junior categories with the only difference being the addition of an exhaust restrictor for the junior. This simple solution will allow an easy and cost effective transition from junior to senior.
Some of the other main features of the X30 engine are it’s comparable speed to other mainstream categories, it’s simple pump diaphragm carburettor (specifically developed for the X30 engine), it’s lengthy service intervals of around 50hr, its self generating ignition system and the external water pump.
IAME’s philosophy is to build engines with one purpose in mind- equal performance and the fairest possible racing for all competitors. This is achieved by their commitment to quality control with the focus on tight tolerances and use of the best available materials. This also results in being able to offer both Junior and Senior engines as unsealed units thereby giving the competitor more freedom to perform their own maintenance and help to curb running costs. This approach is backed up by their production of a comprehensive scrutineering kit that will be available to all clubs. This approach has already proved exceptionally successful with the newly established IAME Cadet engine , the Gazelle.
When it comes to the racing, we believe that the core of competition must be done at club level so as part of the homologation process we gained support from kart clubs that would host the class in their club meetings giving the competitor the opportunity to race at which ever level they wish. This support came from Kimbolton, Fulbeck and Rye House since then we have had increasing amount of interest from clubs such as TVKC, Whilton Mill, Wombwell and Shenington to name a few, all wishing to join us and actively promote the X30 at club level. We would also hope to gain permission to run the categories in the LGM Series to allow us to showcase these new classes to clubs all over the UK to help aid with its growth.
As we feel this engine has been developed with the needs of the competitor in mind, we hope that the X30 offers the sport of Karting the next generation of engine with the added benefit of a dedicated Kart Engine manufacturer.
LGM CHAMPIONSHIP Rd 6, SHENINGTON
Established 53 years ago, with a layout that hasn’t altered very much since, Shenington has witnessed many memorable races and one or two very tight finishes in its time. They haven’t come any tighter than the Little Green Man Final on August 18th which was decided by mere thousandths of a second.
Warm weather combined with 47 eager young contenders to provide the ingredients for some entertaining racing. Oliver York’s championship lead over Alex Quinn had been reduced to just eight points and we expected that competition between these two would be especially fierce. Saturday’s practice sessions had suggested that Quinn held the whip hand as York appeared to lack a bit of pace. Tyler Chesterton, Will Pettitt, Kiern Jewiss and Tom Wood also caught the eye by putting in some rapid laps.
Quinn started off the day with a well taken victory over Zach Robertson. Owen Byatt snatched 3rd place from Albert Carter on the last lap of this race. Carter faced further disappointment when he was docked five places for an earlier indiscretion. York won Heat 2 by a whisker from Quinn and these two shared the fastest lap-time of this race. Jewiss finished 3rd ahead of Dexter Patterson. Herbie Grout claimed victory next time out, although Sean Butcher pushed him hard all the way. Jewiss took 3rd place ahead of Ethan Hawkey.
Jonny Edgar won Heat 4 by a kart’s length from Chesterton. Hawkey fought off a determined effort by Tom Douglas to finish 3rd. Just half a second covered the top five finishers in Heat 5. Pettitt won this one followed by Wood, Quinn and Chesterton with Toby Stephenson just missing out by a coat of paint on the line. That left Quinn in pole position for the Final alongside Jewiss. Next up came Wood, Chesterton, York, Pettitt, Grout and Douglas. Luca Molinaro, Piers Henderson, Fraser Fenwick and Bailey Campbell all qualified via the “B” Final.
Quinn made a quick getaway but York was even faster as he immediately latched onto the leader’s rear bumper despite starting from grid 5. Jewiss settled into 3rd place with Wood dropping down to 6th behind Pettitt and Chesterton. Before a couple of laps had been completed Quinn and York had opened up a gap of more than 20 yards. Wood managed to get past Pettitt for 5th spot and then took 4th away from Chesterton. By this time, though, Quinn and York had just about doubled their advantage to around 40 yards. After climbing up to 7th Albert Carter suddenly dropped out of contention and retired several laps later.
By half distance Wood had moved ahead of Jewiss for 3rd position. Starting from grid 19 Lewis Thompson had made meteoric progress and was already up to 6th. Edgar, too, had climbed steadily forward and soon caught up with a group of half a dozen drivers contesting 5th position. York had been sitting benignly behind Quinn until, with 3 laps remaining, he spotted an opportunity to take control and grasped it eagerly. Had he made his move too early? Certainly many of us watching believed so as we waited for Quinn to pounce.
They began their final tour with York defending grimly and adding around 3 seconds onto his lap time as a result. Coming into the hairpin with just one more bend remaining Quinn went deliberately wide hoping for a faster exit speed. Out of the left hander York maintained an advantage of around half a kart’s length but Quinn’s wheels were turning faster. They crossed the line with York claiming victory by a hair’s breadth. Wood and Jewiss had been involved in a similarly hard fought contest although they completed their final lap at normal racing speed and consequently reduced the gap by 50 yards or so. Thompson headed a queue of half a dozen karts to take 5th place ahead of Chesterton, Robertson, Edgar, Butcher, Patterson and Douglas.
1. Oliver York (Fusion); 2. Alex Quinn (Fusion); 3. Tom Wood (AIM); 4. Kiern Jewiss (Next Gen); 5. Lewis Thompson (Private Team); 6. Tyler Chesterton (Privateer);
CHAMPIONSHIP PLACINGS (AFTER 6 ROUNDS)
1. York (564 pts); 2. Quinn (552); 3. Wood (536); 4. Pettitt (526); 5. Thompson (525); 6. Jewiss (508); 7. Edgar (503); 8=. Butcher (502); 8=. Chesterton (502); 10. Patterson (501).