The IAME European Open is a 4 day event, where competitors from all over Europe race for the IAME Open Title...
Solid showing at the IAME European Open Championship
PF International hosted the prestigious IAME European Open Championship event, where competitors from all over Europe, race for the coveted European Open Championship title. Josh Irfan was back in action for Aim Motorsport for the 4 day race event for the 28 drivers competing in IAME Cadet.
Josh Irfan began the weekend by qualifying in 15th position in the first of the timed qualifying sessions on Friday, setting a time just 0.5s off pole position, in a very tight field.
The opening heat was difficult, as he was knocked back from his starting position into the chasing pack. Many rivals working together down the long straight managed to slipstream past the Aim Motorsport youngster, before he clawed back some ground in the latter stages of the race, finishing in 19th.
Irfan made a great start in the second heat, crossing the line in 14th position and in the thick of the action. On the third lap however, he was forced wide out of the hairpin and lost vital ground on his competitors. Unable to make further progress due to some robust defended, Irfan finished in 19th once again.
Qualifying 2 took place on the Saturday, where Irfan suffered with a loss of performance compared to Friday, leaving him 0.8s off the pole time, and 22nd overall.
Starting from 22nd on the grid, on the unfavoured outside line didn't stop him from gaining 6 positions on the opening lap! Irfan maintained this position before being passed by his teammate Alex Dunne. After working together for a lap, another driver put a lunge on Irfan, which dropped him back three positions. Irfan managed to regain the lost ground to the drivers infront, but was unable to get close enough to make a move, finishing the heat in 19th position.
The final heat saw Irfan again make up ground from the outside of turn one during the opening lap, gaining 3 places early on. One lap later he made further progress through the field, as he locked into a battle with two other rivals for the remainder of the race. After swapping positions from the middle of the race, Irfan took 18th at the finish line.
When the intermediate classification was taken from the results of the heats and qualifying sessions, Irfan would start the Pre-Final from 20th position.
A difficult start in the Pre-Final dropped him back a position, but within 4 laps he was back up to speed, and up to 17th position. The 8 year old YRDA driver made more progress as the race wore on, showing a much improved pace as he faught through the field. A well judged move on the final lap saw Irfan take 14th in the Pre-Final.
This was the start of Irfan's first ever European final, a very unfortunate start, with everyone fighting for the advantage saw Irfan taken off the track, dropping down too 26th position at the end of the first lap! Determined to make amends, he got his head down and began to gain ground from the next lap onwards!
By half distance, Irfan made his way up to 22nd position, after hauling in over 5 seconds on the train of rivals infront in 9 laps.
On the twelfth lap, he took advantage of his rivals infront going defensive into the hairpin, and switched back underneath them to take 20th position, which he held too the finish line.
A series of consistent results for Irfan at the European Open, against some of the best cadet talent in the country was a solid performance for the young 8 year old, who moves onto the next round of the Super One Series at Buckmore Park in just one weeks time.