Flying start KNAF Talent First-karting talent Martijn van Leeuwen
Leiden, March 12, 2015 – The 2015 racing season couldn’t have started much better for KNAF Talent First-karting talent Martijn van Leeuwen. At Adria International Raceway the 16-year-old Dutchman finished third in the WSK Gold Cup in a race where he had to start from eight position. One week later at the same Italian track the KTF-talent scored another podium finish with a third place in the first race of the extremely competitive WSK Super Master Series.
‘Never change a winning team’, but not for KNAF Talent First-karting talent Martijn van Leeuwen. Even after winning the highly-rated DKM (Deutsche Kart Meisterschaft) KF-title last year and a great fifth position in the official CIK-FIA World Championship KF, his team this winter switched to the new CRG-chassis. So it was interesting to see how competitive the new combination would be at the start of the new season. In February in Italy at La Conca (Champions Cup) and Lonato (Winter Cup) the 16-year-old karting talent immediately showed his speed, but was hit by bad luck and not rewarded with good finish positions. The first weekend in March, at Adria International Raceway, the WSK Gold Cup race was already the turning point and the CRG Keijzer Racing driver could show his pace. In the final Van Leeuwen had to start from eight, but in great style the 16-year-old talent could overtake five opponents to finish third, his first podium finish in the new season. Only one week later at the same track was the first race of the WSK Super Master Series. In the extremely competitive field Van Leeuwen finished third in the qualifying heats, was runner-up in his pre final, had to start from fourth in the final to finish third! The second consecutive podium finish for the 16-year-old KTF-driver.
So it won’t be a big surprise Van Leeuwen has a good feeling over the start of the season. “When you switch chassis after three years, everything is a bit different. I’m very happy with the progress we made in such a short time. CRG is also very happy with our latest results.” The CRG Keijzer Racing driver has a busy season ahead, as he will start in the three remaining rounds of the WSK Super Master Series, the DKM Championship and the CIK-FIA European and World Championship.