Despite missed Final entry, Niklas Krütten with great performance

2. November 2015

The up-and-coming Karting Talent Niklas Krütten proofed once again this past weekend that he can competively compete against an international field of Top-Drivers. 153 international Top-Drivers from a total of 28 nations took part in the WSK Final Cup at the Adria International Raceway for the final showdown on European ground for this year. The Trier-based driver was consistently setting lap times comparable to the front runners, although the final results did not underline his great achievement.

Having had only three test-days in wet conditions, Niklas Krütten celebrated his race premiere on the Adria International Raceway. Just in time for the weekend, sunny and dry weather dominated, meaning completely new track conditions for the young Karter. He adapted extremely well to these new circumstances and lacked only 0.25 seconds of Pole Position in the qualification, setting the 23rd fastest time being the second-best and youngest German driver in the field of 60 competitors in the KF Junior class.

The young talent started in all four pre-rounds from ninth position on the grid and set respectable lap-times, keeping pace with the international Karting Elite. However, in three from four races, luck was not on the side of the young Thierer. Due to a time penalty because of a damaged front wing, Niklas was only classified as 16th in the first Heat. A puncture and P18 were the results of the second round on Saturday morning. Despite having to “limp” behind the field, he was only running one seconds per lap slower than the leading group – an impressive achievement!

The third pre-run was very tough and Niklas demonstrated a solid performance with ninth place. Just after the start into the final heat, he was forced to avoid a collision, losing a lot of time and positions to other drivers. In the end, he fought his way back up into P17. The total and overall ranking following the pre-races saw Niklas in 39th position, not the place he had hoped for.

Niklas was fully concentrated and motivated to attack again on Sunday, when he started into the pre-final from P19 on the grid. All he had to do was finish in 17th to secure a place in the final. Unfortunately, another German driver hit him that hard after the start that Niklas had to go offline and losing once again many important positions. On his way back up the field, he was hit without his own fault. During this collision, Niklas suffered a minor injury on his arm and shoulder and was forced to finish the race after a few laps.

“The end results of this weekend were a catastrophe. We should have been much better considering our Speed”, said Niklas. “Disappointments and some misbehaviour of the one odd driver on as well as off track are part of the game and make you only stronger in the end. I would like to congratulate my Team Forza Racing and my team-mate Frederik Vesti to the phenomenal win. I will try and forget about this weekend very quickly and looking ahead with joy and confidence to the SuperNationals in Las Vegas.”

The European Kart Season has now come to an end for Niklas this year. But there will be another highlight happening in three weeks, when Niklas will race in Las Vegas (USA) for the SKUSA SuperNationals, taking place from 18th until 22nd November.