Despite an initial rain on the first practice day, the International Games run under warm and sunny weather while Campillos Karting Circuit proved to be a great venue for racing. Many of the international IAME drivers and teams were present, as it was a great opportunity to prepare for the 2023 season for newcomers and drivers jumping to higher categories!
Mini was the first category to qualify on track. Dan Allemann (spirit-racing.ch) put a blistering lap, almost 3 tenths faster than anyone else to claim pole position for the heats. Nicolas Garcia Diaz (Monlau Compecion) was second and Andrea Manni (Jana Racing) third.
While Allemann fell back a few positions in his first two heat, Manni grabbed to opportunity to top the points with Jesse Phillips (Fusion Motorsport) and Daniel Miron Lorente (DML Motorsport).
Miron claimed the win in the Superheat and with it the pole position for the final. Jesse Phillips stayed in second and Zdenek Babicek (TEPZ Racing) made up a good 10 positions to get a third place but it was Garcia who would get a second row start with Maxim Bobreshov (GGM) on the other side after the calculation of the heat points.
A great final battle saw Jesse Phillips claim the win, Zdenek making another great comeback of 8 positions to finish second and Miron completing the podium!
Aaron Garcia (MDC Racing) put in a great qualifying lap, over 3 tenths ahead of Raul Zunzarren Perez (Kart Republic), the second driver in his qualifying group, however he was barely faster than Ismael Fuentes Luque who had already topped the first qualifying group.
While both Garcia and Fuentes won most of their heats, it was Garcia who came out on top in the heat with each other, giving him a 2 point advantage heading into the Superheat. Marc Granada Ferrero (Mol Racing) and Hugo Marti (Parolin Spain) classified just behind them in third and fourth.
One more win for Garcia in the Superheat gave him the definitive pole position for the final. Behind him Granada and Tyron Kinard (Pantano Racing Team) finished second and third. That would put Fuentes on the front row for the final with the second row occupied by Granada and Marti.
Garcia completed a dominant weekend with the final win, while Kinard made a great appearance to finish second, turning his strong pace into a good result with Granada third.
Riccardo Cirelli (VictoryLane Karting) started his X30 Senior debut with a pole position, a superb result for the young Italian. Ruben Moya Lopez (Pantano Racing Team) qualified second, Lewis Bird (Croc Promotion) third and X30 Junior Champion Jules Caranta (Jana Racing) fourth making a great debut in the senior category as well.
After three heat wins and a third place, Cirelli maintained his lead heading into the Superheat. Gabriel Stilp (Croc Promotions) classified second, Daniel Briz Llull (GM-Fuel CRG) third and Moya Fourth.
Cirelli and Caranta were the two winners of the Superheats, but while Cirelli remained on top it was Stilp who would get the front row start position, with Ruben Moya and Eloi Gonzales Moreno (Monlau Competicion) in the second row for the final.
A spectacular final that saw the lead change several times found Eliska Babickova (TEPZ Racing) claiming the victory, ahead of Gabriel Stilp and Eloi Gonzalez!
Rendez-vous at the Winter Cup
Preparing for the 2023 Championship, the International Games winners were all handed a free entry and driver pack for the Winter Cup in Valencia, while second and third placed drivers received a free entry!
X30 Mini Podium
1- Jesse Phillips (GBR)
2- Zdenek Babicek (CZE)
3- Daniel Miron Lorente (ESP)
X30 Junior Podium
1- Aaron Garcio (ESP)
2- Tyron Kinard (BEL)
3- Marc Granada Ferrero (ESP)
X30 Senior Podium
1- Eliska Babickova (CZE)
2- Gabriel Stilp (GBR)
3- Eloi Gonzalez Moreno (ESP)
Photo/Report: The RaceBox