- Sodi ME Racing Team coach shows his talent on the international stage
- Fraisse drives great tactical race to win thrilling Grand Final at Le Mans
Dubai based karting driver, 23 year old, Vincent Fraisse claimed the 2015 IAME X30 Seniors World Championship title by powering to victory in a nail biting Grand Final at Le Mans in France on Sunday, 18 October.
Fraisse, a multiple French karting champion, overcame a tough field of 123 drivers in the Senior category – featuring the top IAME X30 drivers from around the world – and delivered a masterclass of tactical driving to turn third place on the grid for the Grand Final into top spot on the podium at the end of a thrilling 21 laps race which saw the top three cross the finish line nose to tail – a mere 0.158 of a second apart.
Action started on Friday at Le Mans, adjacent to the venue of the historic 24 hours race, with several qualifying heats for each driver. Fraisse was at the sharp end of proceedings constantly throughout the weekend and in the final delivered a gutsy display to snatch victory from Belgian ace William Godefroid and French star Kevin Breysse, the pair finishing second and third respectively.
Fraisse said afterwards: “We did it! Thank you everybody in Dubai for your support. I am so happy because it was a hard race with very tough and fast drivers. I tried to make a gap but they would not let me go so it was very close at the finish. The Sodi team support has been great and together we did it. We will come back next year and do it again.”
“With the Ludo Racing team led by Ludovic Veve, we managed the event very well,” confirmed Fraisse. “The material was top class, so the goal was to position ourselves among the frontrunners at the end of the heats, which were numerous and where we needed to avoid making mistakes.”
“During the Prefinal, where I moved up from 9th to 3rd place with the fastest lap, I definitely knew the Final was within my reach. My Sodi Sigma RS proved to be more effective as the laps went on, which was crucial to win.”
Fraisse has been in Dubai since August, ahead of the UAE karting season, as part of the Sodi Middle East Racing Team where he coaches young drivers.
Other Dubai based drivers to excel in France this weekend included Tom Bale who delivered what was one of the performances of the IAME 30X Senior Grand Final by finishing fourth and in touch with the leaders having started 13th on the grid. He simply ran out of laps to get the job done in the end despite setting the fastest lap of the race.
In the IAME X30 Shifter category Sean Babbington, a Kartdrome regular, was the class of the field, stamping his authority on a quality field as he sped to a dominant victory by over three seconds to the next best.
Sodi ME Team boss Nico Fargeas said: “Vincent has established himself here in Dubai very quickly. He is a knowledgeable and tough coach, but the kids thrive under his supervision and now of course we are all very proud of having the IAME X30 World Champion in our team.”
“Having the likes of Vincent on hand shows Sodi’s commitment to developing karting and young drivers in the UAE. His performance will no doubt inspire drivers who know him and have the opportunity to work with him.”
Fraisse returns to Dubai on Tuesday (20 October) and back to work at the Kartdrome from where Sodi run their team operations, and on 29-30 October he will be at Al Forsan coaching and overseeing the Sodi ME Racing Team drivers in action on the national scene.