Fusion at Front in IAME Open

Fusion at Front in IAME Open

Fusion at Front in IAME Open

Double podium for Fusion with Thompson and Askey

Date 16/04/17

Event IAME International Open
Track Castelletto, IT
Weather Hot
British Cadet Champion Harry Thompson and Kai Askey, in his first race in Juniors finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the overall standings in the IAME Open, winning 2 races each before being narrowly pipped for the overall honours.

Following his recent successes in Europe in OKJ, Harry was expected to be at the sharp end in the one off IAME Open event, whilst Kai, the youngest driver on the grid, was the major surprise, qualifying 2nd overall and winning 2 of his heats in great style.  Team mates Georgi Dimitrov and Matias Zagazeta suffered mixed fortunes, with both qualifying outside the top 10 it made the heats difficult, but Georgi enjoyed a great drive in heat 1 to finish 7th from 19th whilst Matias had a superb run in his second heat, running as high as 2nd before eventually finishing 4th.

 With Harry scoring a win and two seconds in his heats, it would be an all Fusion front row, as Kai’s double victory coupled with a 4th in his first heat secured an unexpected but well deserved pole for the first of the all important Finals on Sunday.
In Final 1, Harry found his way round the outside of turn 1 and slotted into the lead, building up a decent advantage in the first few laps, but before long Belgium driver Handsaem caught the Brit and took over at the front.  Meanwhile, Kai was battling hard for 3rd with another Belgian, Goldstein.
A crash caused a red flag, and at the restart Handsaem oiled up, as Harry shot passed and defended from Goldstein.  Goldstein found a way past but with only two laps to go, the Fusion driver pulled of a neat cut back to retake the lead, with Kai following him through.  Harry made the break as Kai defended and a robust Goldstein forced his way through on the last lap, dropping Kai to 3rd.  Georgi had stormed from 21st to 5th with some superb overtaking but eventually finished 10th after a collision on the final lap.
The overall winner would be determined from the points scored in Final 1 and 2 combined, so Harry needed to finish ahead of Goldstein to win.  At the start in looked promising as he built up a small lead from pole, but before long Goldstein showed his pace and as he took the lead Harry had no answer, struggling to match the power of the Belgian driver.  Meanwhile Kai had lost places at the start and was battling hard to regain them.  Once he found a way into 6th his pace was impressive but he ran out of laps to make any progress.  Matias enjoyed a good drive to 11th with some positive overtaking whilst Georgi’s luck didn’t improve with a crash at the start dropping him down the order to eventually finish 14th.
 The overall results saw Goldstein take a narrow victory from Harry with Kai a fantastic 3rd and despite disappointment having missed the overall victory Fusion were by far the most successful team, taking a total of 4 wins out of 8 races and two drivers on the podium.