Callum Bradshaw has begun testing in Le Mans for the 2019 IAME International Final. Racing in the World’s biggest Karting event for the fourth consecutive year, will see Callum race in a fourth different class as he looks to add to his two podiums so far. Callum stood on the podium in 2016 in Junior X30 before repeating that success last year in the X30 Super class. In-between Callum finished seventh in the Senior class and has decided to swap to the Pro class for 2019.
Over the years Callum has built up a big reputation at the event. Racing against the best drivers in the World, he made a big entrance into IAME International racing with his second in 2016 and has since kept up a level of performance which has seen him as one of the most consistent performers on the World stage. However, last year Callum fell short of victory in the final after an almost perfect weekend and he has come back in 2019 more determined than ever!
Callum comes into Le Mans the Vice-European champion in the Senior X30 class. Racing with Fusion Motorsport for the first time, Callum came so close to winning the title before a disastrous third round in Germany would see him just miss out on the title in France a few weeks later. It left Callum disappointed, but also proud of what he had been able to achieve with Fusion on their first year in the class.
Winning in Le Mans would certainly make up for any disappointment hanging over the European result and Callum has decided to take on biggest challenge for himself. Having been entered into the Senior category Callum has decided to make a late switch to the new X30 Pro class. Although a diluted grid, the overall standard is much higher than that of the Senior category. The only difference between the two is the soft tyre that will be used by the Pro’s, making them faster around a lap and also giving them the challenge of having to preserve the tyre throughout the weekend.
Callum is not alone in his choice of moving to the Pro class, its inception was to invite the very best all to be on one grid racing only against each other. With over more than 100 Senior’s one technical problem will see your weekend destroyed, but in Pro’s that will not be the case and it will give the closest and toughest racing the event has ever seen.
There will be an element of tactics introduced with the soft tyre in use, which will ensure that only the very best driver over the weekend will win! It’s going to be a fascinating watch and one that Callum is relishing to take on! The grid is set to be full of domestic, European and World Champions with Callum included amongst those being a former CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy champion.
Testing has already begun for the event with proceedings officially kicking off on Tuesday where qualifying practice will take place. Heats will run through Wednesday to Friday before the all-important Final on Saturday 19th.
The event will be available to watch from Wednesday via the Telemundi Media YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPniEg2QAOkBndJW0nGQ2zg/featured
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