IAME karting series coming to PH

BY MIKE POTENCIANO

Asia’s exciting kart series, IAME Series Asia, with Petron Blaze 100 as its official fuel, is arriving in the Philippines with the first round to be held at the newly built Clark International Speedway Kart Track in Pampanga on March 23 to 24, 2019.

The international karting series was formerly known as X30 South East Asia and has been providing a well-managed platform for aspiring drivers to break into motor sports. With the increasing popularity of karting in the Philippines, Petron is pitching in to assure the success of the IAME Series’ first round.

round of the IAME Series Asia will be staged at the Clark International Speedway Kart Track on March 23 to 24, 2019. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Located within the Clark Freeport zone, the new Clark Kart Track is a 13-turn, high-speed circuit that boasts of world-class amenities. It’s only five minutes away from the Clark International airport and within the existing racetrack for cars namely the Clark International Speedway. The first kart race at Clark was held last December and it has become the karter’s choice after the Carmona Racing Circuit in Cavite was closed for renovation.

“We are expecting to see karters from all over Asia, from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea and of course, the Philippines,“ said KC Chong, head of the ISA organizing team. “This is going to be a very exciting race to kick start the season. With drivers from so many nationalities battling it out this year, we expect great battles in the respective categories in the championship.”

The winners of the IAME Series Asia will be given invitations to the IAME International Finals to be held in Le Mans, France, this year. The invitations include 2,000 euros and race tire packages for the contenders. The implementation of new technical regulations, like the newly developed exhaust system, will give the already potent X30 engines of the contending karts a further performance boost.

The complete the 2019 IAME Series Asia calendar is: Round 1, March 23 to 24 in the Philippines; Round 2, May 11 to 12 in Thailand; Round 3, May 25 to 26 in Thailand; Round 4, July 6 to 7 in Malaysia; Round 5, August 3 to 4, Malaysia; and Round 6, September 14 to 15 in Malaysia.