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aug 18 2014

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Double victory for Keijzer Racing

Keijzer Racing belonged to the most successful teams at the third event of the German Kart Championship again. At the DKM, both victories were achieved by drivers of the Zanardi team and at the juniors, Michael Kuiper ended up in the cup ranks once again.

The third event of the German Kart Championship took place at the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. The fields were once again strongly manned, counting 128 drivers from more than 20 nations. All in all, six drivers started for the Keijzer Racing team.

At the DKM, Martijn van Leeuwen belonged to the top favorites and fought thrilling battles with his opponents during qualifying. Coming in fourth, Martijn had a good starting position, but then had to deal with a falling out during the first heat and fell back considerably. He was then able to celebrate a success again though by winning the second heat and was on the 19th overall position on Saturday evening. Eight places in front of him was Brazilian guest driver Sergio Sette Camara. Only 40th during qualifying, he fought his way forward skillfully and started into the first final race from 11th position. There was no stopping him during this race then. Due to great maneuvers he was able to drive to the forefront of the field and secured the victory at his DKM-premiere. Martijn van Leeuwen showed a well observed catching up race too. He gained important Championship points on fifth place and thereby created the basis for winning the second final race. Martijn took the lead during the third lap and was able to celebrate his third victory of the season at the finish line. “This was an amazing race and Martijn was able to expand his lead on the overall list of rankings due to his victory”, praised team leader Willemjan Keijzer. His team mate Sergio Sette Camara crossed the finish line on the great sixth place. A subsequent ten-seconds-penalty put him on 16th place though. “Sergio has convinced me; he used this race as preparation and drove really well. He had a slight disadvantage during the second race due to his used tires”, explained Willemjan Keijzer.

New addition Marco Paul’s performance was less successful. At his first race with a Zanardi chassis, he had slight difficulties getting used to it and had to bow out of the event after a collision during the repechage.

The juniors had the strongest field of participants this time, counting 44 drivers. After his top results in Ampfing and Wackersdorf, Michael Kuiper belonged to the favorites once again. He drove in the front during qualifying, the heats and both final races. On fifth and seventh places, he was in the cup ranks once again and is now on third place on the overall list of rankings, only five points behind the leading driver. Rinus van Kalmhout had his best racing weekend so far as well. He was on tenth place after the heats and was able to keep close to the leading drivers during the first final. After thrilling fights and numerous position changes he came in on ninth place. He tried to repeat this during the second race, but a collision threw him back considerably. Third driver Max Weering missed qualifying for the finals and had to bow out of the competition on Sunday morning. “The juniors did really well. Michael still belongs to the title favorites and keeps scoring points this season. There’s a considerable development in Rinus – he’s getting better and better every weekend and is able to keep up with his experienced competition”, Willemjan Keijzer summed up.

The team is going to travel to England in a couple of days to attend the finale of the CIK-FIA KF & KFJ European Kart Championship.