Vinnie Phillips 3rd in IAME Euro Series

August 31, 2021

Karting

It was a weekend with a lot of expectation building up to it and with Vinnie Philips only points away from the championship podium all was to play for in the 2021 IAME Euro Series. 

The weekend bought a close to what has been 4 incredible weekends of European racing and competition and all eyes were on the #VP87 crew heading into the weekend. With the series being filled with ups and downs, injury and triumph, the outcome was special regardless, but with a chance to earn a top 3 result, Vinnie only had one mission. 

The season kicked off in Belgium at the Mariembourg circuit where the best young drivers in the world took to the track to see who was the real favourites in the championship. The first round was a solid showing from Vinnie, with great results all round and a 9th place finish kept Vinnie comfortably in the running. Round two saw a trip to sunny Spain and the Zuera track where Vinnie would spend two weeks one warming up and winning in the process and then round 2 of the Euro Series and claim a maiden European championship podium and assert himself as a championship hopeful. Round four saw the drivers head to Italy and to Castelletto, where Vinnie would once again score strong with 5th in the final and head into this weekend's race on the brink of the top 3. 

With the BLN round and practice going strong, Vinnie was confident heading into the all important qualifying session in Genk and was ready to lay down his pace on the Belgian soil. A solid lap almost saw Vinnie take group pole, but it would be top 3 in group and 5th overall heading into the heats. 

The first heat saw the dream start for young Vinnie as he took the lead and never looked back claiming a win and maximum points to start the weekend of racing off. Heat two continued the dream start as Vinnie soon led after starting 4th and claimed another comfortable win. The first hiccup came in the third and final heat, where Vinnie suffered contact and a front fairing penalty, undoing his good work and resulting in a 9th place finish. 

This meant after the heats Vinnie was placed 3rd overall, a fantastic result and putting him in prime position to take a top 3 in the championship with only the pre-final and final to go. The pre-final saw a highly intense race from start to finish with no one leaving anything to chance in the last round. Vinnie drove a stellar performance and would improve by one on his starting position claiming 2nd at the flag and securing a front row start for the final. 

The final was the only race that counted and with the time counting down, Vinnie was prepared for war. Lights went out and the racing began immediately. Vinnie was class, displaying his incredible talents from start to finish, constantly in the fight for the win. The flag would fall and see a 3rd place finish for Vinnie and a 3rd place in the championship secured. 

A fantastic result for the #YRDArmy driver who continues to impress in 2021 with his Strawberry Racing team. Now eyes turn to the next challenge and as always its time to #PrepareForWar