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Max Verstappen leader in CIK-FIA European KF2 Championship

Published on 11 June 2012 by Niels Hendrix

Over five days the CIK-FIA European KF2 Championship was contested on the Prokart Raceland track in Wackersdorf, Germany. As frequently in karting, there was a great spectacle, with thrills and excitement high on the agenda. Max Verstappen took the lead in the championship after the first two races in the program.

Fought over two races, the European KF2 Championship began in Wackersdorf and will conclude in Brandon, at the PF International circuit, on 22 July next. Two races are on the program at each of these venues and three results out of the four will be taken into account to determine the final classification.

Max Verstappen on his Intrepid kart with TM engine

Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen and Benjamin Barnicoat

Arch-dominator of the qualifying heats, Max Verstappen (Intrepid-TM) took the lead in race 1, run on a soaked track, and rapidly escaped the pack. But although he was almost five seconds ahead, he made a mistake causing a high-speed 360° spin. Overtaken by Charles Leclerc (ART GP), Max was unable to get back in front of the Monaco Driver. The Dutchman took his revenge however in the second confrontation, this time on a dry track, with a lead of practically six seconds. That enabled him to leave Germany leading the competition.

"I was really very fast all weekend," Max explained. "I should have won both Races, but I touched the kerb in race 1. It was the mistake of an amateur ... but more importantly I scored the points and this evening I'm leading the Championship."

Niels Hendrix