Dutchman Martijn van Leeuwen achieved the overall lead of the German Kart Championship due to a double victory in Wackersdorf last weekend. Even under difficult conditions, the youngster was unstoppable and showed a strong performance.
The past weekends have not always been easy for Martijn van Leeuwen. The Keijzer Racing team’s driver experienced numerous ups and downs. Everything went perfectly at the second event of the German Kart Championship in Wackersdorf then, even though the conditions on the 1.222m long track couldn’t have been more difficult: On Saturday, the sun was the dominating factor of the events, while during the finals heavy rain demanded a lot of the drivers and mechanics on Sunday.
Martijn wasn’t impressed by this though. He got through qualifying highly concentrated and secured the overall third position, even though more would have been possible: “By the technical commissioner’s instructions we had to change the carburetors before the training. That didn’t really help and was a slight disadvantage – which is why I’m even happier now.”
The commissioner’s instructions proved to be wrong in the end and Martijn started into the heats with his usual setting. From the first starting row respectively he didn’t give his opponents any chances and crossed the finish line as the winner twice. That made him the best driver of the field consisting of 44 drivers in the evening and he started into the first final race from pole position. “Our kart and engine are working perfectly and I’m very excited for the final races”, the 15-year-old youngster summed up in the evening.
The racing Sunday was dominated by heavy rainfalls then. Despite the changed track conditions, Martijn van Leeuwen continued setting the pace. During the first final race, he achieved a slight advance right at the beginning and secured his first victory at the DKM. The second race was considerably more exhausting. Up to seven opponents were really close behind the reigning German Junior Champion temporarily. Two laps before the end of the race he then had to let his opponent pass him by and came in second. But a subsequent penalty for the winning driver pushed Martijn to the top of the podium. “Egor and I had a great and fair fight. I would have been content with second place too. The victory is even better of course and 50 Championship points are almost perfect”, the Dutch talent rejoiced on the winners’ podium.
He’s now taken the lead on the overall list of rankings and is looking forward to the second half of the season. “There are still three more races, in which lots of things can happen”, Martijn summed up. The next DKM event is going to take place in Oschersleben from August 16th-17th.