Niklas Krütten continues charge ahead

23. February 2016

The young kart driver Niklas Krütten underlined his ambitions for this season with an impressive strong performance at the second race of the season last weekend. At the traditional Winter Cup held at the South Garda Circuit in Lonato, he was consistently the best German racer in all sessions. The 13-year-old was running in a promising podiums position, but a mistake by a slower driver meant the end to a third place finish.

Whilst rain dominated during the first test day, the early spring sunshine shone for the rest of the weekend. 268 elite drivers from a total of 34 nations came together to participate in the traditional Winter Cup in Lonato, the second international high-quality race of the still young season.

Niklas Krütten demonstrated great speed in the free practice sessions. The young gun was competitively running in the front positions with his good lap timings, fighting against 69 starters in the class OK Junior. A 12th place in qualifying on Friday confirmed the strong performance by the young driver talent. Niklas started from sixth on the grid into the first Heat, but a problem with the carburetor and the result in the dropping speed saw him cross the finishing line in only a 15th place. The technical issues were all sorted out overnight and Niklas captivated with a third and ninth place on Saturday. The combined result was a 13th place in the overall rankings in this international top-event, underlining the progress of the young pilot of the Ricky Flynn Motorsport squad is taking.

Niklas had a Top-5 finish lined-up and showed once again an impressive performance for both his team and fans on the final day of racing. Coming from seventh on the grid, Niklas made up place after place thanks to his driving skills and was soon running in a promising third place. But a slower driver crossed Niklas´ plans and following a battle for positions, he drove into Niklas´ kart, spinning him around and refusing a podium finish.

“We are on the right track and for the first time, I was able to be competitive right at the front”, says Niklas. “The team did once again a great job. With a little bit of luck, we would have ended up on the podium today. But we are very close. It is a great feeling to be the quickest German driver in the entire field and being able to mix up the front.”

The young driver from Trier is now heading to tests in Castelletto die Branduzzo in preparation for the opening race of the WSK Super Masters, taking place on 6th March at Circuit 7 Laghi.