At European Top Level After his recent victories in the Belgian and German Championships, as well as in the WSK, Junior Nyck De Vries achieved his fourth success in a row in the very hard-fought KF3 category. On the Genk track (Belgium), on 3...
At European Top Level
After his recent victories in the Belgian and German Championships, as well as in the WSK, Junior Nyck De Vries achieved his fourth success in a row in the very hard-fought KF3 category. On the Genk track (Belgium), on 3 May, the Dutch kartman dominated his rivals. For Nyck, this new international success had a special taste, since it was the qualifying round for the European Championship.
Due to the high number of enrolled drivers in the KF3 catego- ry in Europe, the International Karting Federation has organ- ised, for several years now, a series of qualifying meetings divided according to geographical areas (north, west, and centre). The best drivers reach the European Championship final, which this year will be held at Zuera, near Zaragoza (Spain). Nyck De Vries moved to Genk (east from Brussels) together with the drivers of the Northern region. "My number 1 objective was to be in group of the first 28 at the end of the two finals, in order to secure my presence in the European final. But during free practice, I often set the best times and naturally I began to think I could win", Nyck confessed.
Indeed, Nyck soon confirmed his good feeling with the track. "The week- end of 12 April, I came to Genk to race in a round of the Belgian Champi- onship, which I won. At the time we collected a lot of precious technical data, which proved to be very useful here, on the track". During timed qualifiers, Nyck De Vries went straight to pole position at the end of a perfectly managed session. In the qualifying heats, the Dutch driver showed a per- fect performance, without hitting any wrong note: four starts, four victo- ries, no mistake and performances that were equally successful and reg- ular, at the wheel of his Zanardi-Parilla.
However, he had a little annoyance at the start of Race 1. "Speed is checked electronically on the departure line, where drivers must not exceed 50 km/h. Everything was fine during the heats, but then I passed at 52 km/h. So I knew I would suffer a 2-sec penalty. I pushed at maximum to gain an advantage of more than two seconds, but I missed the first place for just 12 hundredths/second".
In Race 2, Nyck regained the lead of the pack on the very first bend. But a few laps later, he was hit from behind and finished out of the track. "So I fell to third. Then, I managed to overtake my two opponents, I defended my place from their attacks and I won again". Unbeaten throughout the weekend under the chequered flag, the driver from Chiesa Corse Team is therefore the great winner of this European round.
"Last year in Sweden, in the same race, I was already in a position to win, but I was heavily penalised and had to content myself with the fourth place. It is a great revenge and a superb reward for the whole team. Dino Chiesa, my team manager, was there and we really worked hard on the equipment throughout the weekend". After this new victory Nyck De Vries is now one of the favourites of the European KF3 Championship. In few days, the talented Dutch driver will also defend the colours of Zanardi at Suzuka (Japan), where he will race in the Yamaha category.