Second after the heats – with two 2nd and two 4th places – 20-year-old Joey Hanssen from Holland is the surprise winner of the 2011 KZ2 World Cup after dominating both prefinal and final. Let’s take a quick look at Joey’s profile.
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Despite never being the fastest driver on track - the favourite drivers for the title were only left to set fastest laps in the middle of the field – Joey took a well-deserved title following two faultless races. Even when Habulin sneaked in to grab the lead in the early stages of the final, Joey stayed cool, took him back in lap 2, and steadily built a 2.5” lead by the chequered flag, showing great maturity besides good driving skills.
Ten years of karting - with several national titles under his belt -, two seasons in single-seater with Formula Gloria Netherlands title in 2007, and one season in Nascar make of Joey a truly experienced driver.
“After eight seasons in karting and two in single-seater, in 2009 we tried the Nascar Canada series without much luck – says Joey at the press conference. Unfortunately we didn’t get the results we hoped for, and after running out of budget we decided to get back to karting.”
And well he did! In fact, in 2010 he had a great weekend at the Thomas Knopper Memorial Race in Kerpen where he finished 2nd in KZ2 behind De Conto after winning the prefinal. Also noteworthy, Joey finished 12th in the 2011 European KZ2 Championship in Wackersdorf after taking twice 4th and twice 5th in the heats, but a retirement in the fifth heat compromised his weekend.
In Genk, Joey has certainly shown his full potential