DKM awaits record field in Genk

13.07.2016

Next weekend, things are going to get heated in Belgian Genk. The German Kart Championship is going to take place with a record field of participants of 197 drivers. The fight for the Championships is still open in all classes and thrilling races can be awaited once again.

After the first two events in Southern Germany, the German Kart Championship is going to take place abroad in Belgian Genk with its four grade series DKM, DJKM, DSKM and DSKC. The 1.371m long track belongs to the international top tracks and has already been an inherent part of the DKM for six years.

Two weeks before the finale of the CIK-FIA European Kart Championship at the same location, the fields of participants are going to be strongly manned. The DKM is going to make history with a record field of participants of 197 drivers from more than 25 nations. Great suspense is expected regarding the individual fights for the titles. No drivers have considerably set themselves apart in any class.

The field of the German Kart Championship is presenting itself in a very balanced way this year. There have been four different winners in four ranked races so far: Finn Paavo Tonteri (CRG TB Racing Team), Karol Basz (Kosmic Racing Department) from Poland as well as Tony Kart duo Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (Tony Kart) and Bent Viscaal (KSM Schumacher Racing Team). After his success in Ampfing Simmenauer is now aiming for the Championship: “I’m going to fully attack at the upcoming races and fight for the title until the end.” From a German perspective, rookie David Brinkmann (KSM Schumacher Racing Team), currently on sixth place, is on his way to achieve the jump to the top five.

Tony-kart spearhead Charles Milesi already has an impressive result. So far, 120 points have been dealt and he has already scored 115 and won three races overall. He is therefore among the big favorites in Genk. With 67 juniors, the field is really filled up though and it’s going to be important to achieve entering the finals unharmed. His first pursuer regarding the championship is Dennis Hauger (CRG Holland). The Norwegian achieved his first victory of the season in Ampfing and has a lot in store until the finale: “We were really fast throughout all weekends, but not everything went according to plan. I’m now hoping for a change of trend due to the victory in Ampfing.” Also close by is Petr Ptacek (Formula K Racing Team) on third place. Best German is still Luka Wankmüller (Solgat Motorsport) on a strong fifth place.

Four-time champion Jorrit Pex (CRG Holland) was already back at the top of the shifterkarts in Wackersdorf and tied in with this during his second race in Ampfing as well. With his second season victory, he increased his overall lead to 30 points. “I take things weekend to weekend and always want to try to win”, Pex explained his tactics. Patrik Hajek (Kosmic Kart Racing Department) is on second place in front of multiple Kart World Champion Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart Racing Team). All in all, the DSKM field is one of the hardest since the existence of the Championship. All in all, Ardigo, Pex and Davide Foré (Gold Kart Racing Team) share eight World Championship titles. The German drivers experienced a difficult start. Best driver is Daniel Stell (CRG TB Racing Team) on 11th place.

After two events it can be said: The DMSB Shifterkart Cup is a huge success. It’s already filled to the last place again for the race in Genk with 34 drivers. Symen Wiggers (CRG Holland) from the Netherlands is going to start as the overall leader. Despite changing conditions, he celebrated a double victory in Ampfing and tied in with his fellow countryman Max Tubben (CRG Holland). “The change from wet to dry suited me well. Now it’s important to use the good starting position for the upcoming events”, Wiggers says confidently. Dresden resident Maximilian Paul (Team NKS for Racing) is currently on fourth place and therefore the best German driver.

Free trainings are already going to start on Friday for the almost 200 drivers. Qualifying and the heats are then going to take place on Saturday. The 34 best respective drivers are going to enter the final races on Sunday. The fans at home can expect more than 16 hours of live images (www.kart-dm.de) from Genk again.