With nearly 450 entrants representing around 50 nationalities, the IAME International Final is one of the most important and competitive karting events of the season. For the 2018 edition, the famous Winfield Racing School will be at the Le Mans circuit to confirm its partnership with the event and present its activities. On Sunday 14th October during the prize giving ceremony, the Circuit Paul Ricard-based school is delighted to offer a full day’s driving course in a Formula 4 car.

A famous name, an exemplary school

Preparing and successfully moving from karting to car racing is a challenge that many young drivers face every year. With the Winfield Racing School, these motorsport hopefuls benefit from a unique training programme, which will make the difference when debuting in single-seaters.

“First of all I want to underline that we are very proud of this partnership with the IAME International Final, a major event in the world of karting. The main idea of our partnership is to ease the move to single-seaters for the drivers who wish to do so. Drivers and their parents don’t always realise the difficulty of leaving karting for single- seater racing,” commented Frederic Garcia, President of the Winfield Group. “The objective of the school is to help them negotiate this step whilst taking time to go through the basis of driving a single-seater, including weight transfer, braking and turning points, downforce, data analysis, video debriefing, all this with the support of experts in each discipline. The large number of laps offered on the short 2 km circuit allows a quality learning process, this alongside other Formula 4 tests on different tracks helps best prepare these youngsters before entering an FIA F4 series such as the French F4 Championship.”

A day in F4 offered

The partnership between Winfield and the IAME International Final means that the best driver, born between 1st January 2002 and 30th March 2004 and who finishes in the top five of the X30 Senior finale, will be invited to a day at the wheel of an FIA- approved Mygale F4 car, fitted with a 2-litre Renault Sport engine. The Winfield Racing School’s iconic track layout on the Circuit Paul Ricard will be used with various types of corners, including a tricky braking zone on the entrance to the chicane, a succession of down hill turns, and flat out corners that require high downforce. The lucky winner will benefit from a special package that includes nearly 80 laps of running.

Promoter of the finale in Le Mans, Olivier Cèbe, commented on the partnership for this year’s edition: “At IAME, we believe that karting is a discipline of its own where drivers compete for many years, but it is also a platform for young drivers who want to race in single-seaters at some stage. Unfortunately, too many of them enter a championship without any experience or are attracted by teams that do not take the time to form them properly. I think that by going through the Winfield Racing School, drivers will benefit from a quality environment to learn every aspect a young racer must know before entering their first race. We are delighted to welcome the Winfield team to our major international event on the Le Mans circuit and are honoured to see them involved in the X30 Senior prize.”

See you in La Sarthe throughout the week of 14 October 2018!