Next weekend the last decisions regarding the German Kart Championship are going to be made. The highest German kart racing series with its four grade series is going to take place on the South Garda Circuit in Italy for the first time. The response is overwhelming: With 187 participants from more than 20 nations all classes are filled up to the last place.
After four exciting races in Ampfing, Kerpen and twice in Wackersdorf the DKM is now going to travel to Italy for the first time – the last championship points are going to be dealt out in Lonato. The season could hardly have been any more exciting, the fight for the title is still open in all four classes. The season finale is also going to be a highlight apart from the championship decisions though. The participants’ interest in the DKM premiere on the South Garda Circuit is impressive. All four classes DKM, DJKM, DSKM and DSKC are completely filled up and there even had to be waiting lists.
Traditional track welcomes DKM
The location for the last ranked races of the year couldn’t be any more historical. The then 1000m long track close to the Lake Garda was opened in 1988 and has been the central point of international kart racing since then. All big events have already taken place in Lonato. Two years ago the track was extended to 1200m and is going to be the venue of a European Kart Championship again next year.
Live preview-show on Friday evening
Another premiere is going to take place in Lonato. There is going to be a live preview show for the first time on Friday evening at 7pm. The DKM presenters Jenny Wade and René Köhler are going to present the South Garda Circuit to the viewers at home, are going to show the title favorites and talk about the DKM 2018 with DKM-series coordinator Stefan Wagner. Additionally the DKM fans can look forward to the usual live-program. From qualifying on Saturday morning to the presentation ceremony on Sunday evening, more than 15 hours of live images await on www.kart-dm.de. The program is going to be completed by a DKM-highlight magazine on November 5th 2017 at 1:10pm on the German automobile-, engine- and motorsports-channel MOTORVISION.TV.
All title decisions are yet to be made
There is still excitement in the individual championships. All titles haven’t been won yet before the finale in all four classes. Things seem most clear in the German Kart Championship. Reigning junior champion Dennis Hauger (CRG Holland) is the leading driver with an advance of 48 points. Considering the void results, his only pursuer David Schumacher (KSM Schumacher Racing Team) still has realistic chances of winning the title though.
Two brothers, Jorrit and Stan Pex (both CRG Holland) are fighting a duel for the title at the German Shifterkart Championship. While it would be the sixth success for Jorrit, his younger brother Stan would stand on top of the podium for the first time. The two Dutchmen are 34 points apart before the finale in Lonato.
The drivers of the two other grade series are considerably closer together. At the juniors, there is only one point separating the leading driver Kas Haverkort (CRG Keijzer Racing) from the Netherlands and the German Hugo Sasse (CRG TB RacingTeam). Both drivers are confident before the finale. “The racing weekend in Wackersdorf went perfectly for me, I won both races and took the lead in the championship”, Haverkort says contently. Sasse travels to Italy in the best mood as well though: “Even though I didn’t win in Wackersdorf, I was able to gain important points and stayed close to the top.”
At the DMSB Shifterkart Cup four title favorites are going to start: Germans Julian Müller (Mach1 Motorsport) and Lucas Speck, David Detmers (MSR Motorsport/WST-Power) from Austria and German Alessio Curto. There are only nine points between leading driver Müller and third driver Detmers. Curto on fourth place still has chances of winning the title with a backlog of 34 points as well. Overall leading driver Julian Müller is starting into the races contently, despite the pressure by his pursuers: “I managed to celebrate a double victory on Sunday after a difficult Saturday in Wackersdorf. That gives me a lot of confidence for the championship fight.”
Prominent guest starters at the finale
Among the 187 drivers are also two prominent kart returnees. 2014 junior champion David Beckmann (CRG Keijzer Racing Team) is going to start at the German Shifterkart Championship. Beckmann switched from kart to Formula racing and started at the FIA F3 European Championship these past two years. Next to the German, Nicklas Nielsen (KSM Schumacher Racing Team) is also going to start as a guest at the German Kart Championship. The Dane finished the Kart World Championship 2015 on third place and switched to ADAC Formula 4 the following year, where he succeeded David Beckmann in being the best rookie.
The nearly 190 drivers are already going to start the first free trainings on Friday and can get used to the South Garda Circuit. Things are going to get serious on Saturday morning (from 10:55am) at qualifying and the following heats. The best 34 respective drivers are then going to start into the ranked races. These are going to start on Sunday morning from 9:40am with the first final race of the German Junior Kart Championship