Niklas Schaufler, the new karting is on the move!

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The Austrian driver has already made a name for himself after the first two season races, animating the new karting from the Junior category, with a dose of retro-style as well. (sc)

The beginning of the season has often accustomed us to those 'stars' who are born right from the start and then shine throughout the season. A process that has not always had this exact function in recent years, but which could return for 2024. In the first two international races on the programme, the sole and undisputed master of the stage, as well as double winner, was Austrian Niklas Schaufler, class of 2010. The last year, above all, has been of great benefit to the driver who has always been linked to the Fernando Alonso-branded chassis. A 2023 of apprenticeship, as is often the case, where he put together kilometres, experience and totally different struggles from those he was used to in the 60 Mini where he already stood out among the others. The start of this season seems to have dictated a seemingly physiological but astonishing change of pace. Two races and two victories, never trivial but rather fought from start to finish, demonstrating speed and aggressiveness. Key elements that the Austrian will want to keep and develop in view of the races that will count for the European and World Championships.

- Niklas did you expect to win the first two races of the season this way?
«You beat the World Champion and above all you have shown yourself to be very mature compared to 2023. Of course everyone is working to win, but you can’t really tell before the race who is going to win. Dries and I have had a hard and also really fair race, but anyway I want to win against anyone, and I don’t care who I am racing against».
- What are your goals this season besides the WSK?
«I can say that I want to give my best in all of the races and for sure the goal is to be World Champion».

That Beta-branded livery
Schaufler has always been known for totally different liveries from his teammates, exactly like this latest one that sees his kart in a totally orange look with the Italian brand in full view. A glimpse that for the more experienced will certainly bring to mind the historic livery of Vittorio Brambilla's March Formula 1, which he won in his career and precisely in the 1975 Austrian GP.
- Everyone notices your Beta livery. How did your agreement come about? Are you aware that Beta was a historic livery many years ago in F1?
«Beta Austria is a sponsor since I am 6 years old, and I’m super happy that for this year Beta International is going to be my main sponsor. Yes of course I know the Brambilla and Beta story and they also had won a race in Austria! In 2023 we got Beta Utensili, based near Monza, also as a team sponsor and now in 2024 as my personal main sponsor.»
- How do you think you have improved compared to last year?
«I think I improved the most about my confidence».

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Created by: fmarangon2 - 02/02/24

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