Oschersleben-victory for Martijn van Leeuwen


Young Dutch talent Martijn van Leeuwen proved his qualities at the halftime-race of the German Kart Championship in Oschersleben once again. In thrilling races, he secured his third victory of the season and was able to strengthen his lead on the overall list of rankings.

A strong field of participants awaited Martijn van Leeuwen at the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. In addition to the regular drivers of the German Kart Championship, numerous other top drivers used this race to bridge the summer break. No reason to worry for van Leeuwen though. He was in an exciting fight for pole position during qualifying already. In the end, only a few hundredths of seconds separated him from the leading driver and he ended up on fourth place.

The first heat started with a setback though. Martijn had to forfeit the race prematurely and thereby gained full penalty points. He minimized the damage by winning the second heat though and was on the 19th overall position. “The falling out obviously wasn’t planned and threw me back considerably. Unfortunately things like this belong to motorsports”, the Keijzer Racing team driver explained in the evening.

From midfield, van Leeuwen was unstoppable during the first final race. Unerringly, he rushed through the field and finished the race on the great fifth place. He then did even better during the second race. The Zanardi driver took the lead during the third lap and was able to expand this throughout the race. At the finish line, Martijn had a considerable advance and was able to celebrate his third victory of the season. “We’ve been fast throughout the entire weekend. Unfortunately the falling out during the first heat cost me a lot of ground. Things are looking good in the Championship now; I have an advance of 18 points”, he rejoiced in the evening during the winner’s interview.

Before Martijn is going to start at the next DKM race, he is first going to travel to England in a couple of days for the finale of the CIK-FIA European Kart Championship.

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