sep 23 2014

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Keijzer Racing fights for DKM title

An exciting weekend lies behind the Keijzer Racing Team. At the next-to-last race of the German Kart Championship in Kerpen, their drivers drove in the forefront once again. Despite some bad luck, the Zanardi team is still in the title race in two of the classes.

The German Kart Championship keeps being exciting for the Keijzer Racing Team. Dutchman Martijn van Leeuwen travelled to Kerpen as one of the biggest title favorites. Due to three season victories, he was leading the overall list of rankings and was able to tie in with his performance during the heats. Martijn won both heats and was on pole position for the first final race. At the beginning of the race, Martijn was able to increase his advance, but things got close again in the end. After a thrilling fight, he came in second. Martijn then had to deal with a severe setback during the second final. After just two laps he had to end the race prematurely due to a damaged chain. “Something like this is extremely annoying and brings back memories from 2013. Back then, we also had a falling out due to a broken chain during the fight for the title. We’re now going to have to really attack in Genk”, explained team leader Willemjan Keijzer.

Brazilian Sergio Sette Camara ended up in the top five twice again. Just as in Oschersleben, he drove on the challenging track in Kerpen for the first time ever and was able to close the gap to the leading drivers quickly. Team novice Marco Paul gathered momentum even more quickly. After a disastrous weekend in Oschersleben, Paul was able to show his skills during the final races on Sunday. During the first final, he was able to fight his way forward from 31st to 8th place. After the start into the second final he was even on fifth place, but a collision cost him important ground and he only came in 18th. Maik Wieneke started as a guest driver. After a quite long kart racing break, he was back to his old game quickly and finished the final races on 17th and 24th positions. “The three guys have shown great performances. Marco has especially learned a lot and now knows how to move a Zanardi chassis”, commented Willemjan Keijzer.

At the juniors, Michael Kuiper started as one of the big title favorites. The youngster was on third place before the races in Kerpen. He then already had to deal with a slight setback during the heats though and not everything went according to plan during the races as well. He showed a great catching-up race during the first final race and fought his way forward from 26th starting position to sixth place. Unfortunately he was victim of a collision during the second race once again and dropped out on 31st place. Regarding the Championship, he’s still keeping the connection to the top drivers and is currently on the sixth overall place.

Rookies Max Weering and Rinus van Kalmthout experienced a good weekend. After a top ten result during the heats, Rinus van Kalmthout drove in the front during the final races as well. By coming in ninth at the second final race, he drove his best race at the DJKM so far. Max Weering was on ninth place after the heats and drove in the front during the finals as well. On Sunday evening he had achieved 15th and 12th places.

“Even though things got quite turbulent temporarily, the youngsters can be very content. Michael now has to fully attack in Genk – then he can surely end the year among the top five”, Willemjan Keijzer praised his young drivers.

The team is already going to start at their next race in a couple of days. The Kart World Championship is going to take place in French Essay.