Race Report: 2021 IAME Warriors Final

Edition 2021 of the IAME Warriors Final successfully ended at the Adria Karting Raceway on Saturday, October 23 after four days of intense competition and a participation of 300 of the best drivers of the national IAME series from 29 countries. These drivers have been competing among the fields of the strongest teams in categories X30 Mini, X30 Junior, X30 Senior, X30 Master and Z-I.

The much awaited finals in Adria elected the winners of this important event at the end of exciting races run against all the excellent drivers partaking in this world-class event. The list of winners that are now part of the prestigious IWF Hall of Fame follows:

X30 Mini : Lewis Wherrell (GBR)

Z-I: Moritz Ebner (ITA)

X30 Master: Thomas Ricci (FRA)

X30 Senior: Danny Carenini (ITA)

X30 Junior: Gabriel Stilp (GBR)

X30 Best Lady: Luna Fluxa (SPA)

X30 Mini – Final Sprint and victory to the Brit Lewis Wherrell.

The youngsters of X30 Mini battled out the first final of the day. Among the 64 competitors, the pole position and best position after the heats went to the Irish driver Daniel Kelleher (#152 Fusion Motorsport/KR-Iame-Komet), who also led most of the Final, with the Swiss Kilian Josseron (#162 Team Driver/KR-Iame) and the Brit Lewis Wherrell (#119 Oliver Rowland Motorsport/KR-Iame) chasing him. The three drivers dominated the scene until the closing stages, but in the closing lap Lewis Wherrell completed a perfect overtaking move and took the win from Daniel Kelleher to Kilian Josseron, that ended second and third in the order. The fourth place went to the Italian Filippo Sala (#145 Team Driver/KR-Iame-Komet), who proceeded the Dutch Dean Hoogendoorn (#164 Kidix/Alonso Kart/Iame). The Swiss Tiziano Kuzhnini (#163 Spirit Racing/Kosmic-Iame) was also among the quickest and closed his effort in sixth place, leading the Spain’s Luna Fluxa Cross (#103 Fusion Motorsport/KR-Iame). The top ten was rounded off by the teammates Zac Drummond (#115 Fusion Motorsport/KR-Iame) from Great Britain, the Romanian David Cosma Cristofor (#157 Fusion Motorsport/KR-Iame) and the Brit Noah Wolfe (#118 Fusion Motorsport/KR-Iame).

The other British driver Roman Kamyab (#102 Fusion Motorsport/KR-Iame) was penalized instead and lost P8.

X30 Mini Final Classification:

  1. Lewis Wherrell (GBR)
    2. Daniel Kelleher (IRL)
    3. Kilian Josseron (CHE)
    4. Filippo Sala (ITA)
    5. Dean Hoogendoorn (NLD)

Z-I – Moritz Ebner triumphs in the Final.

In the shifter category Z-I the duel on top between the two Italians Moritz Ebner (#706 Tec Tav/BirelART/Iame-Komet), who posted the pole position in qualifying and won the Prefinal, and Mauro Simoni (#717 OK1 Racing Team/OK1-Iame-Komet), who claimed two wins as Ebner in the heats, continued. Moritz Ebner took the lead of the final early on and was chased by Mauro Simoni and the Swiss Thomas Cypers (#705 Cypers/Mach1-Iame). In the closing stages of the Final, Mauro Simoni had to retire due to a technical problem while Moritz Ebner was crossing the finish line as the winner. The second place was therefore inherited by Thomas Cypers and the third by the Swede Albin Karlsson (#711 KH Racing/BirelART-Iame). The fourth place went to the Italian Matteo Franco Segre (#719 OK1 Racing Team/OK1-Iame), who led the Belgian  Sam Claes (#713 Claes/Sodi-Iame). The latter was followed by the Dane Thomas Hamann Dam (#707 Dam Racing/Sodikart-Iame) and the Norwegian Christoffer Schwabe (#700 Schwabe/KR-Iame). The eighth place went to the Italian Marco Cecco (#720 OK1 Racing Team/OK1-Iame).

Z-I Final Classification:

  1. Moritz Ebner (ITA)
    2. Thomas Cypers (BEL)
    3. Albin Karlsson (SWE)
    4. Matteo Franco Segre (ITA)
    5. Sam Claes (BEL)

X30 Master – The French Thomas Ricci dominates the rivals.

The French Thomas Ricci (#605 Ricci/Tony Kart-Iame-Komet) kept his momentum in the Final after claiming the pole position in qualifying practice, and winning the heats and the Prefinal. In the Final, the Belgian Kevin Lemmens (#628 EGP Racing Team/Kosmic-Iame) and the French Maxime Bidard (#608 Bidard/Red Speed-Iame) closed in the order behind Ricci. The other two podium positions went to Ireland’s Richard Faulkner (#633 Faulkner/Tony Kart-Iame) and the French Eric Chapon (#611 Chapon/Alpha Karting-Iame), who managed to overtake the Norwegian Tommy Nordvang Kvakkestad (#600 Zanchi Motorsport/Tony Kart-Iame) in the closing stages. The top ten was rounded off by the Dutch Jim Ringelberg (#620 PDB Racing Team/Parolin-Iame), the Argentine Ignacio Vivian (#601 Vivian/KR-Iame), the Belgian Thierry Delre (#624 Delre/Mach1-Iame) and the Estonian Kenneth Hiltdebrand (#616 KH Racing Team/BirelART-Iame).

X30 Master Final Classification:

  1. Thomas Ricci (FRA)
    2. Kevin Lemmens (BEL)
    3. Maxime Bidard (FRA)
    4. Richard Faulkner (IRL)
    5. Eric Chapon (FRA)

X30 Senior – The Italian Danny Carenini claims a great win. 

In X30 Senior the Italian Danny Carenini (#473 Autoeuropeo/Tony Kart-Iame) claimed a great win as he managed to have the best of the driver that seemed to be destined to the win: the World Champion Callum Bradshaw (#408 Strawberry Racing/Tony Kart-Iame-Komet), who dominated qualifying taking the pole position and winning the heats. Danny Carenini took the lead a few laps into the Final and kept it all the way to the flag, while Callum Bradshaw lost some positions and crossed the finish line in third place at the end of a spectacular sprint to the line that was won by his teammate the Brit teammate Mark Kimber (#410 Strawberry Racing/Tony Kart-Iame). The fourth place went to Riccardo Colombo (#490 Autoeuropeo/Tony Kart-Iame), who proceeded Sebastian Hedin (#445 KH Racing/BirelART-Iame) and Elie Goldstein (#464 VDK/KR-Iame).

X30 Senior Final Classification:

  1. Danny Carenini (ITA)
    2. Mark Kimber (GBR)
    3. Callum Bradshaw (GBR)
    4. Riccardo Colombo (ITA)
    5. Sebastian Hedin (SWE)

X30 Junior – The Brit Gabriel Stilp wins a heart-pounding Final. 

The Final of X30 Junior was quite hard-fought after qualifying that proposed several contenders for the win. The final victory was battled out by 6 drivers in a highly-spectacular race. Eventually, the Brit Gabriel Stilp (#233 Stilp/Croc Promotion-Iame-Komet) had the upper hand after several position changes and took the win in a heart-pounding sprint to the line that involved also the Brit Oliver Stewart (#222 Jade Racing Team/BirelART-Iame). The third place went to the French Theophile Nael (#210 Nuvolini/KR-Iame). He proceeded the other Brit Marcus Luzio (#234 Strawberry Racing/Tony Kart-Iame), who led the race in the initial laps, while the Brit Bart Harrison (#204 Mick Barrett Racing/Red Speed-Iame) ended fifth after starting from the pole position. The British driver Harry Burgoygne (#229 Strawberry Racing/Tony Kart-Iame) ended sixth. The French Ethan Pharamond (#212 Pharamond/Kosmic-Iame), the Brit Leo Robinson (#226 Fusion Motorsport/Exprit-Iame), the Brit Vinnie Phillips (#206 Phillips/Tony Kart-Iame) and the French Paul Alberto (#215 Alberto/Tony Kart-Iame) rounded off the top-ten.

X30 Junior Final Classification:

  1. Gabriel Stilp (GBR)
    2. Oliver Stewart (GBR)
    3. Theophile Nael (FRA)
    4. Marcus Luzio (GBR)
    5. Bart Harrison (GBR)

Complete results are available at https://iwf.iamekarting.com/

Team USA Breakdown

X30 Senior

Alex Stanfield

#457 – Alex Stanfield (2020 USPKS Junior Champion)
Qualifying (Group 2): 24th – 51.498
Overall: 72nd
Heat Group: F (Row 12)
Heat EvsF: 17th +11.370
Heat DvsF: 15th +6.039
Heat BvsF: 31st +10 Laps
Heat AvsF: 12th +8.090
Heat CvsF: 27th +17.793
Heat Points: 60th – 102 points
Final B Grid: 29th
Final B: 18th +8.901

X30 Junior

#250 – Parker DeLong (2020 SKUSA Pro Tour Mini Champion)
Qualifying (Group 3): 18th – 52.031
Overall: 54th
Heat Group: F (Row 9)
Heat EvsF: 8th +3.422
Heat DvsF: 18th +10.565 (+5 PBB)
Heat BvsF: 14th +10.546 (+5 PBB)
Heat AvsF: 10th +7.174
Heat CvsF: 15th +8.071 (+5 PBB)
Heat Points: 36th – 65 points
Final B Grid: 5th
Final B: 3rd +2.226
Final A Grid: 34th
Final A: 31st +21.403

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