2019 IAME International Final Preview
15 drivers - including SKUSA and USPKS champions - set to represent North America in France
The eighth edition of the IAME International Final is set for October 13-19 at the Le Mans International Karting Circuit in France. The event welcomes drivers from all over the world to compete for the IAME titles, with numbers continuing to increase with each season. The 2019 edition has expanded to seven categories with the addition of the MiniMe Cadet division for the youngest drivers in the sport.
Competitors began practicing in France over the weekend, with official sessions set to begin on Tuesday, October 15. Two practice rounds and qualifying take place before heat races began on Wednesday, October 16. They continue through Thursday and Friday before the B-Main and C-Main events take place. Saturday, October 19 is the Prefinal and Final events for all seven categories. A total of 15 drivers in four classes will represent North America at this year’s event.
Live timing and video will be available throughout the event at the IAME website
X30 Mini (70 entries)
One driver has won the first two IAME world titles in the Mini category – Brett Crews. The USA driver is not competing this year, signaling the chance for another driver to add their name to the list of champions. The driver to win the Euro title, along with the SKUSA Pro Tour X30 Junior championship in the USA was Freddie Slater. The British driver is not old enough to compete in the Junior division, thus remains in Mini. Slater was runner-up to Crews last year by seven thousandths of a second.
Representing the USA are United States Pro Kart Series champion Christian Miles and Sunshine State Karting Championship title winner Max Garcia. Both will be racing under the Kart Republic tent as they have with KartSport North America all season long. Canadian Ian Qiu is hoping to improve on his results from last year, finishing 69th after the heat races. Joining them is Florida driver Miguel Costa, coming off a solid 16th-place finish in Italy this past week for the ROK Cup Superfinal Ivanna Richards is the lone Mexican driver in the field, making her first start at the event.
#802 – Ivanna Richards (Mexico) – Parolin
#806 – Freddie Slater (GBR) – Kart Republic
#839 – Ian Qiu (Canada) – Parolin
#858 – Christian Miles (USA) – Kart Republic
#859 – Max Garcia (USA) – Kart Republic
#860 – Miguel Costa (USA) – Kart Republic
X30 Junior (108 entries)
Only two drivers will represent North America at this year’s event. The lone USA driver is Kyffin Simpson, earning his ticket through the Sunshine State Karting Championship. Simpson was 13th in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings in X30 Junior and was runner-up in KA100 Junior division. Ian Aguilera spent the summer racing the IAME Euro Series, and finished 31st in the point standings, set to make his first IAME International Final start. The top finish last year was 2018 USPKS champion Nick Terlecki with an 18th in the B-Main. The first USA driver to win at the IAME International Final was David Malukas in 2015.
#3 – Ian Aguilera (Mexico) – Exprit
#23 – Kyffin Simpson (USA) – Exprit
X30 Senior (135 entries)
One of the top drivers in the United States Pro Kart Series program over the last two seasons has been Zach Hollingshead. The Florida driver was able to clinch the KA100 Senior championship in 2018, while also placing sixth in the X30 Pro standings. This past season, Hollingshead focused his efforts on X30 Pro, earning a second career victory at the opening event. With top-five results at the finale, Hollingshead propelled himself up to second in the standings, only 17 points back of now three-time champion Brandon Jarsocrak. At the awards ceremony, Jarsocrak passed on the IAME International Final ticket, thus handing it over to Hollingshead, who is making his first start at the event. He will not be alone with west coast star Edward Portz. The two will be the lone USA drivers in the field with Mexico’s Ricard Escoto completing the North American contingent.
#203 – Ricardo Escoto (Mexico) – Parolin
#228 – Zach Hollingshead (USA) – TB Kart
#252 – Edward Portz (USA) – Tony Kart
X30 Master (59 entries)
Two champions from the United States are making their debuts at the IAME International Final in the Master category. United States Pro Kart Series champion David Galowina is joined by Superkarts! USA Pro Tour title winner Matt Johnson. Galowina has been a regular at the New Castle Motorsports Park and jumped into the full season of the USPKS program this year. He secured victory in his series debut in Ocala. In total, he stood on the podium three times with two victories to claim the series championship and ticket to France. Johnson, a veteran who has won in nearly every program created over the past three decades, earned his first SKUSA Pro Tour title with four victories in six rounds of racing in 2019. Mexico drivers Gerardo Maya and Carlos Frigolet join them to make it four North American drivers competing in France.
#402 – Gerardo Maya (Mexico) – Kart Republic
#403 – Carlos Frigolet (Mexico) – Tony Kart
#468 – Matt Johnson (USA) – Tony Kart
#469 – David Galownia (USA) – CompKart