RaceBox Show – 15/02/19: IAME Winter Cup, SKUSA Winter Series Reviews + Lonato Winter Cup

RaceBox Show – 15/02/19: IAME Winter Cup, SKUSA Winter Series Reviews + Lonato Winter Cup


Hello everybody I am Guillaum Alvarez and I’m happy to have you back for this week’s
episode of the “RaceBox Show” to keep
you updated with the latest from the
world of karting. In today’s program, we’ll
bring you the latest from the third
edition of the IAME Winter Cup in
Valencia, we get back on the Round 3
and 4 of the Superkarts! USA Winter
Series in Miami, Florida, we take a look
at the upcoming round 2 of the Florida
Winter Tour as part of the ROK Cup USA and
will preview the 24th edition of the
Winter Cup taking place in Lonato, Italy.
Let’s start our press review with Zane
Maloney who’s gonna be making his big
move from karting to single-seater this
season after signing with Trident in
the British F4 championship. That’s
refreshing news for the young Barbadian
of 15 years old after making some good
progress over the years in karting. His
latest performance included a brilliant
second place in the Senior category of
the SKUSA SuperNationals 22, a third
place in the German kart championship,
a fourth place at the WSK Champions Cup and a fourth place in the FIA
Karting European championship. So,
that’s a brand new adventure for Zane
and we wish him the best. Two other news regarding former karting drivers now.
Last week, some of you might have
seen Lando Norris testing with his
former team Ricky Flynn Motorsport on the South Garda circuit of Lonato. That might
be a good occasion to read, if you
haven’t yet, the Special interview that
we did with in where he talks about is early years and the challenges that he has faced
going from Karting to F1. That’s always
nice to see older drivers getting back
to their karting roots. We’ve seen that
recently with Nick De Vries, George Russell
and Alex Albon who were spotted doing
some laps around the South Garda karting
circuit as well. And talking about
Alexander Albon, this is no longer a secret
that he will be driving in Formula One
in 2019 in a car that the Scuderia Toro
Rosso has just revealed earlier this
week. If you didn’t know yet, we had the
pleasure of interviewing Alex Albon in
this exclusive two-piece article that
you can find right now on theracebox.com. Next in the news, you may remember this
article that we published last month
about the new regulation from the CIK-FIA
prohibiting the warm-up of engines in
the karting paddock. This is a change
that has led to some critics from our
readers but the news is the rule has
been applied for the first time last
weekend at the IAME Winter Cup in
Valencia and while it wasn’t strictly
followed and that no penalties were given in
the end, it still worked for most of the
part in creating a silent paddock for
everyone. Of course, there’s room for
improvement especially in the Shifter
categories using the 175 CC engines that
actually require more time for warming
up because of a bigger displacement and
a specific type of carburetor.
And talking about gearbox classes, the
Shifter category has tested in Valencia
a new type of carburettor similar to
the one developed by Superkarts! USA.
Overall, while the system seemed to be
faster, the drivers didn’t find it quite
easy to set up for reliable running. So,
most of them prefered to use the older
generation of Dell’orto carburettor. It seems that for the time being both options,
so the old and the new one, will be more allowed in the future but we’ll keep you up
to date with that. Let’s kick off the
reviews of the week with the IAME Winter
Cup of which you can find our complete
report on the racebox.com for Friday,
Saturday and Sunday. The third edition of
the event organized by RGMMC took
place last weekend on the Kartodromo Valencia in Spain and once again RGMMC,
that you know as well from the IAME X30 Euro Series and especially the FIA Karting
European and World Championships, put on a great effort to welcome teams and
drivers in a pretty nice warm and festive paddock that featured for the
first time this year a latin-themed hospitality with fresh paella and a
variety of dishes that were served that added to the nice atmosphere during the
four days of activity. Over the years
more and more drivers considered the
IAME Winter Cup as a perfect opportunity
to get some serious pre-season racing and
the third edition of the event has
proved it by beating its own entry
record with 200 drivers from 16
countries on track. One of them, the
Spaniard Carles Martinez welcomes you on
the Kartodromo Lucas Guerrero of
Valencia in Spain. Here he comes for an onboard lap around
the twisty and challenging circuit with
the commentary of Jake Sanson. Let’s ride
onboard with Carles Martinez for Praga
Espana for a lap of the Lucas Guerrero
kartdrome in Valencia. 140 kilometers down the straight then down to third gear,
a whisker over 70 K, stay off the curbs
throughout for a smooth run. Down to
second gear blipping the throttle at 60
turn in to the right and hunt the apex
but these ships the karts can’t be riding
the curbs you’re hitting 2.5 G with
the runs of a tight right-hander, second
gear for both right and left hairpins
and now you’re back on the power and
you’re flat
through each of these three left-hand apexes. Placing the kart in the middle of the road for the
best grip and power advantages. Heavy
braking now dropping down to 46
kilometers, the slowest corner on the
circuit in second for both the left and
right, you have time to come up to third
in between. Now back on the power but as
you turning for the fourth gear
right-hander, just a subtle lift will get
you through. Now you can get on the gas, you’ll just have it i n six gear and 136 km/h
before your genuinely swift to the right sweeper and then brake, cuts the kart
in for the final chicane but again stay
off the curbs in second gear for the
first ride
you can stand on the throttle again for
a brilliant lap. A few adjustments
have added to the top-level quality of the
event. First, as we mentioned, the
regulations followed in line with the
new standards of the CIK-FIA to prohibit
the warm-up of engines in the karting
paddock and put only the tires for all
international events. Also the IAME X30
technical specifications were updated to
include the new carburettors for the Shifter
class and revised exhaust systems for
the Juniors and Seniors. And , ll in all,
those changes proved to be successful by
creating a nice and peaceful atmosphere
in the paddock while ensuring a top -level quality of racing on track. Racing-wise, let’s start with the Mini class
where British driver Freddie Slater from Fusion motorsport has produced
a nearly-perfect weekend in Valencia. First in Qualifying, winner of two Heats,
winner of his Pre-Final and he concluted his weekend as he entered it: in front
of the field after dominating the final
race from pole to the flag in front of
Tiziano Monza and Leo Robinson. In the Juniors now, another driver from Great
Britain who found his way around the Kartodromo Valencia is Oliver Bearman from KR-sport. On Friday, he was fourth in the Qualifying session and leader of his
group. On Saturday, he finished first in the
provisional ranking with 3 Heats won and on
Sunday, he fought hard to win both the Prefinal and Final against a stronger
opposition. In second place we had Alex Ley before he was penalized with a 10-second
penalty but one was considered by the
marshals as a bad manoeuvre on track. He
finished 19th overall in the ranking and
actually allowed Josh Rowledge to
recover second place in front of Oli Pylka. As for his two fellow countrymen
Slater and Beaman, Dean MacDonald hasn’t missed the opportunity either to make the Union
Jack colors shine in the Senior class. With Pole position on Friday, four Heat
victories on Saturday and the victory as
well in the Prefinal and the final on
Sunday, the driver from Strawberry Racing
hasn’t done things by half this weekend.
Thanks to a good start, MacDonald pulled away, controlled his
gap and led the race from start to
finish. Finishing in second place was Joe
Turney with his teammate and last year’s
class winner Clayton Ravenscroft behind
him in third. One thing to mention about Turney. The IAME Final winner has
certainly done one of the most
spectacular recoveries of the entire
IAME Winter Cup. Check this out: on
Saturday after the Heats, he was out of
the top 28, then forced to go into the
“Second Chance Heat” that he completed in
fifth position. A result that gave him
access to the Prefinal where he drove his
way from 32nd on the grid to fifth
position to finally access the last race
of the weekend where he eventually stepped on the podium. Another similar impressive
performance was pulled off by Joey Van Splunteren. The Dutchman came all the way
from the bottom after also missing on
the top 28 on Saturday. He was 20th on the
Prefinal grid then recovered to 13th to
eventually finish seventh overall on
Sunday afternoon. Finally, the Shifter Final turned into real chaos for Kasper Korjus
The Estonian driver had showed great pace
in Valencia with Pole position on Friday, one Heat victory on Saturday and
another win in the Prefinal on Sunday
morning. But is weekend fell apart in the
final start when a contact with Carlos
Leon sent in the barriers. But in the end
Korjus was not the only one having a
rough day. His strongest opponents on
track Carles Martinez also had to retire
just a few laps into the race after
fighting for the lead. A turn of events
that eventually opened the door for Brad
Benavides who won the Shifter Final in front of
Kevin Lüdi and Philipp Seewer. To
conclude on this year’s edition of the
IAME Winter Cup, it’s worth mentioning that
the four winners: Freddie Slater,
Oliver Bearman, Dean MacDonald and Brad
Benavides
will be all awarded a full IAME Series
entry fees that include the Thursday
of free practice fees but also
racing slick tires and one liter of
racing oil par race. Also, the other
podium finishers will receive one IAME Euro
Series entry fees that include as well Thursday free practice, race slick tires and
oil. This gives us a little break with
the IAME calendar. Next stop at the end
of March in Mariembourg, in Belgium for the start of the X30 IAME Euro Series. Now
over to Miami, Florida, to check out with
you the last two rounds of the Superkarts! USA
Winter Series. This is Lorenzo Travisanutto
doing what he does best on the Homestead
reversed layout for the SKUSA season Finale in Miami. A direct right-handed to start the
lap with plenty of runoff, then a medium
length straight to reach the braking zone
for two. Out of the right hander to
carry the acceleration through turn
three with lots of curve on the inside and
exit. Heavy braking required for the next
two turns, first the hairpin to the right
then again to the left but it
widens on exit and you can carry the
speed throughout the next left despite a
tight angle.
Carry lots more through the next right where you’ll need to come of the power, it’s a sharp breaking
point follows where the kart wants to get
loose. You’ll build up the speed for a
straight forward 180-degree hairpin to
the right and that sets you up for a
fine run to the next chicane. On the
brakes for the left hander but you’ve
slowed the kart enough to charge back
through the right, flat on the
throttle. You’ll only need a gentle dab of the
brakes heading into the final turn and
the instant you turn in your apply the
throttle once more to blast you back
down the home stretch One month after
Rounds 1 and 2, teams and drivers were
back on the Homestead-Miami Motorplex,
this time run in the reverse
direction to spice things up before the
conclusion of the series. In the Senior
class, the entire weekend turned into
demonstration for Ryan Norberg. After
winning Round 1, the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour
Champion took two more victories on
Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately for
him, reigning FIA Karting World Champion
Lorenzo Travisanutto finished twice a
the edge of the top ten after fighting for the lead. In the Pro
shifter class now, the leading man AJ
Myers had a rough Saturday with two DNF
for technical failure in the Prefinal
and the Final where billy Musgrave took the
win. But on Saturday, roles got reversed
when Musgrave had to retire for wrong
fairing and Myers bounced back to conclude the series on top. In that same race but
in the Master Shifters, Jordon Musser was
again untouchable with two wins in two
days. The Senior category smiled upon the
Canadian driver Mackenzie Clark who signed his
first national event victory after
passing Diego Contecha in the closing
laps of the Round 3. Second on Saturday, Luca Mars took his revenge the day
after by winning the last Final of the
weekend with Mackenzie Clark again on
the podium. Defeated by Rodrigo Piquet in Round 1, Renato David aligned
three wins in a row to claim the Master
category. In the KA 100 Junior class,
Santiago Biaggi emerged as the driver to beat and won both rounds while Nathan Martin
and Julia Boos shared victories in
the Senior classification. A quick word
now about the rest of the classes. In the Mini Swift, Christian Miles
took his first win of the Series on
Saturday before points leader Kai Sorensen
did the same on Sunday. In the Micro Swift, Matias Orjuela showed no mercy
for the opposition by winning both
rounds. Finally, Colin Warren and Jake
Copeland took one final each in the
Briggs 2016 Junior with the master
ranking going to Eli Yanko and Anndre Duek. Now that the Winter Series is
officially behind us, the Superkarts! USA
calendar is taking a little break before
the kick-off event of the 2019 Pro Tour
season. This will be the WinterNationals
to take place on the first weekend of
March on the Calspeed Karting Center of
Fontana, California. And that’s an event
that will review of course in one of our
next episodes. To stay an American soil,
the ROK Cup USA powered by Vortex
engines comes back this weekend with the Round 2 of the Florida Winter tour
taking place once again in the Hard Rock
Stadium of Miami. Compared to Round 1,
no South Garda layout this time but a
track featuring the same corners as
the circuit Alain Prost in Le Mans. We will also have nine categories, this time without
the Briggs 206 Junior and Senior but
well with the 100 CC Junior and the
tires provided by Bridgestone and the
fuel by Sunoco for the entire weekend.
Let’s give you now a quick reminder of
the previous winners. In Round 1 in
January, lady driver Chloe Chambers ruled
the first race in the 100 CC Junior
class. In the Seniors, Christian Brooks
won the final in impressive fashion just
like the Luca Mars did in the Juniors
after a crazy race that saw Brent Crews
lose his win because of a penalty. In the
gearbox categories, the Shifter victory
went to AJ Myers who will certainly be
motivated this week after his recent win
in the Superkarts! USA. Finally, the Shifter Master category was won by Renato David
while Kai Sorensen took the Mini class and Beckham Jacir the
Micro. If you want more information about
the past round of the Florida Wnter Tour of
the ROK Cup USA, don’t hesitate to go check the report available now on
theracebox.com. And to be complete about this preview, let’s also mention the schedule
with unofficial practice session on
Thursday, official practice session on
Friday followed by Qualifying Heat 1 then
Heats 2 and 3 for each of the
classes on Saturday to conclude with the
Prefinals and Dinals on Sunday. Now, we
head already to the last topic of this
week’s episode: the Winter Cup of Lonato.
The 24 edition of the race will kick off
this week the international calendar
of the South Garda circuit in Italy. We will
have four categories: the Mini ROK, the OK,
the OK Junior, and the KZ2. Notice that
the gearbox class appears for the first
time in racing conditions this year and
they will try to make the best use of
it before entering the WSK
Super Master Series one week later on the
same location. Regarding the drivers, we will have more than 320 names on the entry
list including some of the biggest
karting champions that we have today.
Let’s have a look, for example, at the multiple European and World Champion Paolo De Conto
but also the former World Cup winner Bas Lammers, the presence, and that’s
interesting, of Giuliano Alesi, the son
of the former Ferrari F1 driver Jean
Alesi and his son will be competing in F2
with Trident Racing this year. In the
OK class, the reigning FIA Karting World Champion Lorenzo Travisanutto will
be there of course against other former
champions including Dexter Patterson and
Pedro Hiltbrand. And the OK class
will feature another name of a former
F1 driver, David Schumacher, that we’ve
seen lately in the UAE F4 championship.
For this weekend of competition, fuel will
be provisioned by Panta, the tires by
Bridgestone for the OK, the Mini ROK and the KZ2 while the OK Junior will run
with Vega. About the schedule of the
event, this will go as follow: we’re gonna
have the Free Practice on Monday, Tuesday
and Thursday. The Qualifying session on
Friday followed by 36 Qualifying Heats from Friday evening to Sunday morning just
before the weekend comes to an end with
the Super Heats and the Finals on Sunday
afternoon. As usual, be sure to check out
theracebox.com to follow the event.
So, guys, that’s where we leave this week’s
episode of the “RaceBox Show”. Thank you
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I was your host, Guillaume Alvarez, and I will find you soon for the next episode.
Thank you very much, bye bye!

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