DKM stunningly starts into the new season
The German Kart Championship had a sensational start into the season last weekend in Wackersdorf. 140 drivers started at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf and showed thrilling races. More than 50.000 spectators followed the events live on the internet.
Kart racing fans had to wait more than six months for the new season of the German Kart Championship. Last weekend the time had finally come. The kick-off to the new season took place in Wackersdorf (Upper Palatine).With 140 drivers from 23 nations the four DMSB grade series experienced a strong upturn.
The DMSB Shifterkart Cup is new this season. Next to the German Shifterkart Championship (DSKM), the cup is the second league of German shifterkart racing and experienced a strong response and is filled up to the last spot with 34 registrations. The other classes are brilliantly manned as well. The field of the DSKM has been the strongest since the beginning of the Championship – Marco Ardigo, Davide Foré and Jorrit Pex alone have won nine championship titles all in all. The biggest field of the weekend was that of the juniors with 46 youngsters; the DKM was a little less strongly manned. Despite the smaller number of 19 drivers the quality was really high there too. Among the big favorites was reigning kart champion Karol Basz.
The Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf had gotten a new look during the winter months. In addition to a slightly changed roadway arrangement, the 1.190m long track was freshly asphalted and caused a lot of joy for the drivers. “The new asphalt provides a lot of grip and it’s a lot of fun to drive on it”, the multiple kart world champion Marco Ardigo commented on the new conditions. The weather caused a good atmosphere for the drivers, teams and organizers of the DMSB as well as the ADAC local club Würzburg e.V. It stayed dry during all racing days and the sun temporarily even caused spring-like temperatures.
The track provided a lot of racing action. There were multiple winners at the eight final races. Only Max Tubben achieved a double success at the DSKC and is now leading the championship. Next to him, Charles Milesi (DJKM), Jorrit Pex (DSKM) and Paavo Tonteri (DKM) travelled home as the leading drivers.
DJKM: Victories for Linty and Milesi
Guest driver Etienne Linty (Emila Kart) achieved the best start into the weekend at the juniors and secured the lead in a narrow qualifying – 38 of the overall 46 drivers ended up within a second of each other after qualifying. The heats weren’t any less spectacular: Charles Milesi (Tony Kart Racing Team), Charles Weerts (Kosmic Racing Departement) and Dennis Hauger (CRG Holland) won a heat each. In the end, Frenchman Milesi was the front driver in the evening and started into the first final race from pole position.
During this, Linty showed strong nerves. Right after the start, the Italian rookie took the lead and defended it confidently during the course of the race. Despite some hard attacks he kept his opponents behind him and won the race. Meanwhile the field of pursuers got whirled around. Pole-setter Milesi was able to fight his way forward again to second place. Dennis Hauger (CRG Holland) followed on third place in front of best German driver Luke Wankmüller. Man of the race was Spanish David Vidales (KSM Schumacher Racing Team): After his victory at the repechage, he fought his way forward from 27th place to the cup ranks.
The second final race of the youngsters started as a big chaos. In the first bend more than half of the field collided and caused a race termination. Biggest victim was kick-off winner Linty – as one of two drivers he wasn’t able to continue the race and had to watch as Milesi drove to a clear victory. “I had a perfect start and was able to set the pace throughout the entire race. It was a great start into the DJKM”, the Frenchman summed up. Behind him things didn’t calm down though – up to five drivers fought for the top ranks. Dennis Hauger (CRG Holland) finally crossed the finish line on the second place, but a time penalty threw him back to eighth position. New second winner was Vidales in front of Petr Ptacek (Formula R Racing Team), Christian Cobelini (EMILA Kart) and the most successful German driver Luca Maisch (CRG TB Racing Team).
Championship ranking DJKM after 2 of 10 races:
1. Charles Milesi (60 points)
2. Petr Ptacek (36 points)
3. David Vidales (33 points)
4. Dennis Hauger (32 points)
5. Luke Wankmüller (31 points)
DSKM: Jorrit Pex is back – victory for Foré
Brothers Jorrit and Stan Pex (CRG Holland) defined the picture of qualifying at the German Shifterkart Championship and also drove among the front during the heats. In the end, Jorrit Pex won both of his heats and defended his top position.
From pole position, Pex also won the start into the first ranked race. His opponents put a lot of pressure on him from behind though and passed by the Dutchman. Davide Foré (Gold Kart Racing Team) and Patrick Hajek (Kosmic Racing Departement) fought for victory, which caused a small collision. Pex and Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart Racing Team) used this and passed them by. The hoped-for duel between the two world champions didn’t happen though. Ardigo had to end the race a couple of laps before the end due to a technical defect. The road was therefore clear for Pex who achieved his first victory of the season. Foré ended up on second place in front of Finn Simo Puhakka (CRG Germany). Douglas Lundberg caused excitement at the Mach1 camp by coming in fourth. Fifth place went to Paolo De Conto (Renda Motorsport). Best German driver was Daniel Stell (SRP Racing Team) on the eleventh place. The CRG driver fought his way forward from 28th starting position throughout a strong race.
After the lost victory at the first race, Foré evened out the balance of power during the second race. Due to a strong performance he drove back to the front and defended his position throughout the course of the 21 laps. At the finish line, the Italian’s joy was huge: “A big thank you to the entire team for the great cooperation. We already had the potential for victory during the first race. The championship is really strong this year, so every point counts.” The fight for second position was a lot narrower. Stell put pressure on the Dutchman, who kept his nerves and stayed at the front despite an attack. Behind the duo, Gary Carlton (Formula K Racing Team) and Hajek completed the cup ranks.
Championship ranking DSKM after 2 of 10 races:
1. Jorrit Pex (57 points)
2. Davide Foré (52 points)
3. Douglas Lundberg (34 points)
4. Patrik Hajek (31 points)
5. Daniel Stell (22 points)
DSKC: Double victory for rookie Max Tubben
At the premiere of the DMSB Shifterkart Cup, Austrian Christoph Hold (Maranello Kart) achieved the first pole position and defended this throughout the heats. But young Dutchman Max Tubben (CRG Holland) already got dangerously close to him during these. Just like Hold, he achieved a victory and a second place.
A group of three made up of Hold, Symen Wiggers (CRG Holland) and Tubben immediately drove away from the rest of the field during the first race. During the course of the race, Tubben had the most resources though and was able to break away. With a considerable advance he crossed the finish line on first place. While Hold defended his second place, Wiggers fell back to eighth place. Best German driver was Maximilian Paul (NKS for Racing) on third place in front of Nico Jöcker (Kartshop Ampfing) and Enrico Prosperi (Renda Motorsport). Fourth winner Jöcker got a time penalty though and only ended up on ninth place. Thereby, his team mate Tobias Mähler rose up to the top five.
Just like at the first race, Hold won the start and seemed to have everything under control up to the middle of the race. Tubben wasn’t so easily shaken off though and prevailed again in the end. During a great maneuver he passed by the leading driver and achieved his second victory in a row. “I wasn’t expecting a success like this, but things already went really well yesterday and I’m glad that I was able to tie in with this”, said the youngster in the end. After Hold, Tobias Mähler (Kartshop Ampfing) followed on third place. Swede Andreas Johansson (CRG Holland) passed Paul by during the last lap and achieved fourth place.
Championship ranking DSKC after 2 of 10 races:
1. Max Tubben (59 points)
2. Christoph Hold (52 points)
3. Maximilian Paul (37 points)
4. Tobias Mähler (33 points)
5. Symen Wiggers (27 points)
DKM: Tonteri and Basz share race victories
Even though only 19 drivers started at the DKM, the field impressed with its high quality. Finn Paavo Tonteri (TB CRG Racing Team) experienced a perfect Saturday. After a best time during qualifying he also won both heats and was very content on Saturday evening: “Everything went perfectly today, we had the speed and I really like the track.”
He confirmed this during the first final race on Sunday. Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (Tony Kart Racing Team) initially took the lead in front of his OTK-brand colleague Karol Basz (Kosmic Racing Departement) and Clement Novalak (Tony Kart Racing Team). Tonteri kept close though and took back the lead six laps before the end of the race. He was unstoppable then and crossed the finish line as the winner with a considerable advance. Things didn’t calm down behind him though – up to the end of the race the drivers fought for the remaining positions. First pursuer was Basz in front of Simmenauer, Novalak and Noah Milell (JP Racing). Best German driver was David Brinkmann (KSM Schumacher Racing Team) on eighth place.
Kosmic kart factory driver Basz struck at the second race. Only on fifth place after the start, he worked his way forward due to thrilling maneuvers and celebrated his first victory of the season. Right behind the Pole was British Novalak, who put Paavo Tonteri on the third place in the end. The KSM Schumacher Racing Team achieved a successful finish for the Germans. Reigning junior champion Bent Viscaal and David Brinkmann ended up on the strong fourth and fifth positions.
Championship ranking DKM after 2 of 10 races:
1. Paavo Tonteri (53 points)
2. Karol Basz (52 points)
3. Clement Novalak (41 points)
4. Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (35 points)
5. Bent Viscaal (28 points)
After the successful kick-off to the German Kart Championship, series coordinator Stefan Wagner summed things up positively as well: „We experienced really exciting races this weekend. Unfortunately we also saw some accidents. The drivers who were involved are all well as far as possible and the whole team wishes them speedy recoveries. The quality of the fields is really high this year, which makes us very happy and confirms the work of the entire team. We’ve found a great addition with the DMSB Shifterkart Cup; the feedback from the driver’s camps was very positive. I’d like to thank the entire team and the people responsible from the OC Würzburg e.V. for the outstanding work.”
The German Kart Championship is going to continue from June 10th – 12th. The southernmost station of the racing calendar awaits the drivers – the Schweppermannring in Ampfing.