2018 IAME International Final – Saturday Report

Crews remains perfect in Mini, Nienkotter to start P10 in Master

(Photo: E. Jarsocrak)

Saturday was decision day at the 2018 IAME International Final, as the final heat races of the event would take place at the Le Mans Karting International circuit in France. What began on Wednesday, all came down to earning the right amount of points to qualify into one of the top-33 positions for the Sunday Prefinals, or work your way through the B-main or C-mains.

Live timing and video will be available throughout the event at the IAME website

Time Table

Entry List

IAME Senior

Things did not pan out as hoped in the Senior category with five drivers taking part. Leading the way after the heat races is Texas ProKart Challenge champion Alejandro Jamaillo, who will start the B-Main from the 23rd position. United States Pro Kart Series two-time champion Brandon Jarsocrak did what he could to better his position for the B-main. He placed second in his final heat, only to lose seven spots for a pushback bumper penalty, ending up 27th on the grid for the B-Main. Three-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Ryan Norberg did what he could after his qualifying misfortune, ending up P6 to start the C-Main. WKA ticket winner Josh Green and Florida driver Kai Palomino saw their events end with the final heat races.

#242 – Josh Green (Kart Republic)

Qualifying Combined: 78th – Group F (Row 10)
Warm-up (Group 4): 32nd – 55.606
Heat AvsF: 29th +5-second penalty
Heat BvsF: 26th +5-second penalty
Heat Points: 103rd – 174 points

#309 – Brandon Jarsocrak (Kart Republic)

Qualifying Combined: 24th – Group H (Row 3)
Warm-up (Group 3): 22nd – 55.204
Heat BvsH: 23rd +5-second penalty
Heat DvsH: 7th
Heat CvsH: 9th +5-second penalty
Heat Points: 60th – 123 points

#318 – Alejandro Jaramillo (Exprit)

Qualifying Combined: 37th – Group E (Row 5)
Warm-up (Group 1): 28th – 55.883
Heat CvsE: 14th
Heat AvsE: 12th
Heat Points: 56th – 117 points

#334 – Kai Palomino (Birel ART)

Qualifying Combined: 141st – Group F (Row 18)
Warm-up (Group 1): 35th – 56.561
Heat AvsF: 28th +5-second penalty
Heat BvsF: 29th +5-second penalty
Heat Points: 132nd – 206 points

#348 – Ryan Norberg (Birel ART)

Qualifying Combined: 81st – Group A (Row 11)
Warm-up (Group 1): 3rd – 55.319
Heat AvsF: 14th +5-second penalty
Heat AvsE: 19th +5-second penalty
Heat AvsG: 11th
Heat Points: 72nd – 131 points

IAME Junior

While the previous heat races were improvements, the final two for Nicholas Terlecki were not. The United States Pro Kart Series suffered pushback bumper penalties in his final two heat races to lose five places in one, and five in the other, which nearly took him out of the B-Main and into the C-Main. Thus, he will start tomorrow’s second feature from the tail of the field. Canadian Jason Leung ended his heat races with two solid finishes, only to miss the A-Main by four positions. A win in the B-Main will move him into the big show, needing a solid race Sunday morning.

#188 – Nicholas Terlecki (Kart Republic)

Qualifying Combined: 97th – Group F (Row 14)
Warm-up (Group 4): 16th – 55.507
Heat AvsF: 29th +5-second penalty
Heat BvsF: 26th +5-second penalty
Heat Points: 66th – 121 points

#189 – Jason Leung (Kosmic)

Qualifying Combined: 51st – Group B (Row 8)
Warm-up (Group 1): 10th – 55.262
Heat BvsG: 7th
Heat BvsF: 7th
Heat Points: 37th – 70 points


Defending race winner and SKUSA Winter Series champion Brent Crews has yet to relinquish the top spot after each session. After missing out on the overall top spot in qualifying by two hundredths, Crews has finished the remaining session in P1, including each warm-up session. With his third heat race win, Crews ended with a perfect zero to earn the pole position for the Prefinal on Sunday. Sunshine State Karting Challenge ticket winner Jeremy Fletcher continued moving forward, and will start the Prefinal from P9.

#831 – Brent Crews (Kart Republic)

Heat Group: B (Row 1)
Warm-up (Group 2): 1st – 1:01.360
Heat BvsD: 1st
Heat Points: 1st – 0 points

#832 – Jeremy Fletcher (Kart Republic)

Heat Group: C (Row 6)
Warm-up (Group 2): 14th – 1:01.908
Heat AvsC: 8th
Heat Points: 9th – 18 points

#866 – Yuchen Qiu (Falcon)

Heat Group: A (Row 16)
Warm-up (Group 2): 35th – 1:03.502
Heat AvsC: 33rd
Heat Points: 69th – 97 points

IAME Master

SKUSA Pro Tour champion Leonardo Nienkotter secured his best finish of the three heat races in the final moto, putting him on the outside of Row 5 for the start of the Prefinal. United States Pro Kart Series champion Laurentiu Mardan did not improve his spot in the final heat thanks to a pushback bumper penalty, missing out on the big show by 14 points.

#441 – Leonardo Nienkotter (CompKart)

Heat Group: D (Row 1)
Warm-up (Group 2): 13th – 55.731
Heat BvsD: 3rd – Leonardo Nienkotter
Heat Points: 10th – 24 points

#482 – Laurentiu Mardan (Tecno)

Heat Group: A (Row 10)
Warm-up (Group 1): 16th – 55.811
Heat AvsC: 25th +5-second penalty
Heat Points: 44th – 67 points

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