Niklas Krütten second-best German racer at WSK Season Opener

9. February 2016

Sensational start for Niklas Krütten at the season opener of the WSK Champions Cup at the Adria Raceway (Italy): Great lap times secured him consistent rankings in the Top-10 during free practice and great hopes for a promising weekend. But an accident not of his fault during qualifying hindered the young racer from a better result. But he fought his way back through the field to become the second-best German racer of the weekend.

The elite of kart racing all came together at the Adria Raceway last weekend and with a total of 216 competitors from 32 countries taking part, the season opener was a great spectacle. Niklas Krütten started in the class OK Junior and was able to fight off 68 starters in his category with competitive lap times in all free practice sessions.   

The qualifying on Friday did also go to plan for the young pilot, who joined Ricky Flynn Motorsport this year. His best lap times saw him in the Top-3 and with only three minutes to go, he had a safe position in the first two front rows for the pre-runs. But another, overly eager driver ran into the back of Niklas´ kart without breaking, forcing the 13-year-old to retire.

This retirement threw Niklas back into 42th place in the overall standings and it was now down to him to make up as many positions as possible on Saturday – a difficult task taking into consideration the permanent fights for positions and the limited driving experience of some of the back markers. A 15th and 16th place in two pre-runs were immediately overshadowed by two non-faulty accidents in the other two races.  

The conditions were not any easier for Niklas on Sunday with changing weather with wind and heavy rain. Niklas started from P60 and had to put in all his efforts in order to secure a place in the final of the best 34 drivers.

And the young driver talent really showed his best performance: The Trier-based driver made-up ten positions in the pre-run. However, due to a penalty given for a damaged front wing, Niklas missed the entry into the final by a fraction. “It was a very tough fight this weekend”, said Niklas. “I fought hard, but when you have to start from the back, overtaking and going for positions is like a lottery.

“But I am very optimistic for this season. We suffered a lot of bad luck and had the qualifying gone better, we could have competed right at the front. My speed has definitely improved and working with my new team Ricky Flynn Motorsport is going really well. The hard work over the winter is now paying off.”

Niklas finished in P37 overall from 60 in total and was the second-best German racer at the weekend. The next stop for the young racer will be in two weeks with the traditional Winter Cup of South Garda Circuit in Lonato (Italy) is taking place.