Birel ART is proud to announce that it has signed Martijn van Leeuwen as a driver for the 2016 season in the new OK (KF) class and in KZ2.
The Dutch driver, who was born in 1998, finished in the top 8 of the CIK-FIA World KF Championship this year in La Conca (Italy) and in the top 5 last year in Essay (France). Van Leeuwen also stood out in the 2013 CIK-FIA European KFJ Championship, finishing third overall, as well as coming home second in the 2015 DKM championship, in addition to taking the DKM title in 2014 (KF) and 2013 (KFJ).
Martijn van Leeuwen: “Birel ART is a very professional team and it’s always nice to be part of a major outfit. It is exciting for me to be joining the Birel ART family and to be able to work with their engineers and mechanics. It will be an interesting challenge too, since next year we’ll be seeing several technical innovations in the KF class, starting with the new OK engine. I know it won’t be easy, but I am very optimistic and confident that we’ll be able to achieve excellent results together.”
Ronni Sala, President: “I am happy to welcome a fast and experienced driver like van Leeuwen to the team. I believe his contribution will be of tremendous help as we strive to reach the goals we’ve set for 2016.”
Gianluca Beggio, General Manager: “Throughout the season we kept a close eye on several drivers and in the end we chose van Leeuwen because of his speed, talent, and achievements, seeing in him next year’s potential star. Martijn will be our lead driver in KZ2 and in the new OK category. Thanks to his experience, I am sure he will be a huge asset for the Team, both in terms of chassis development and track results.”
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