Kooijman and DINO in top 5 at DSKM 2015
The DINO Racing factory team attended the German Championship (DSKM and DJKM) in Wackersdorf with 3 drivers. Dutch driver Finn Kooijman was best in the team, when he took a 4th place in Race one and is now no. 10 in the championship.
Finn Kooijman (#209) did a really good job in his first race for DINO Racing.
Shifting weather and tough competition with 51 participants in the KZ2 class and 25 competitors in the KF Junior class
The KZ2 class in the German DSKM Championship (Deutch Schalt Kart Meisterschaft) is a very strong and competitive class with many international top drivers among the competitors. Also the Junior class offers a strong competition although the number of drivers is only 25.
The championship is held over 5 rounds:
1-3. May in Wackersdorf
12-14. June in Genk
1-2. August in Ampfing
4-6. September in Oschersleben
2-4. October in Kerpen
There were 51 KZ2 drivers at the first round of the championship in Wackersdorf. DINO Racing entered the championship with Finn Kooijman from Holland and Jonas Hansen from Denmark in KZ2 and Kaj Schubert from Germany / Denmark in KF Junior.
The race started with official practise friday, where it rained most of the day. Saturday each driver participated in warm-up, qualifying practise and two qualification races. The warm up was on a wet track but the rest of the day stayed dry.
Sunday there were a warm up and two final races for each driver. The 28 best KZ2 drivers went directly to the final, while the 23 last drivers had to fight for the last 6 final places in a second chance heat.
Finn Kooijman was best of the DINO drivers from start to finish - and only an accident prevented him from finishing both final races in top 5
Kooijman started with a P10 in the qualifying practise. He also finish at P10 in both the qualification races, which gave him a starting position as number 12 in the first final race. Here he did a really great job and finished on P4. It was a wet race, but the track was drying up and became 8 seconds faster per lap during the race.
With trophies to the 5 first drivers in each of the finals, Kooijman collected his first trophy for DINO Racing, and 16 good points for the championship.
In the last final race the track was now completely dry, so everybody was on slicks again. Kooijman got a good start, and after a few laps he was on P3, but there was a tough battle for position 3-6. With around 6 laps to go in the race he was on P6, still fighting for a top 3 position. The two drivers in front of him hit each other so he couldn't avoid to drive into the rear of one of the. It was not a real chrash, and all 3 kept their positions, but unfortunately Kooijmans front whent loose so he had to go out of the race.
Above is the mechanic of Kooijman, Dutchman Erwin Van Veen, preparing Kooijman's TM engine for a race. Van Veen is a very experienced mechanic, who also worked many years for TM Engines.
Here is Kooijman at his kart before a race. With his accident in race 2 he unfortunately not only lost the chance of another top 5 position, he also lost good championship point.
Kooijman is currently number 10 in the championship, and with 4 more rounds to go, he is absolutely still in the game.
Jonas Hansen just came from two podium places in the first rounds of the Danish KZ2 Championship (DSK), but he never really found the rythm in Wackersdorf
Hansen is definitely used to fight for top positions in his races, and he also previously raced at Wackersdorf with good results. This weekend however, he never really found the rythm. The qualifying practise gave him a P32 and a row 9 start in the qualification races. He did improve in the races, so he went directly to the finals with a P27 after the qualification races. In Race 1 he finished as no. 17, but got a 5 sec. penalty, so he ended on P21. In Race 2 he went out as number 31 after a technical defect.
Here is Jonas Hansen on the wet track at Wackersdorf. Many of the corners at Wackersdorf requires a special technique for driving on the curbs when the track is wet.
Kaj Schubert had a hard time in his first KF Junior race, but he improved a lot during the weekend and is looking forward to the coming races
Schubert unfortunately had been unable to participate in any of the "warm-up races" in the beginning of the season. Therefore he started the official practise at Wackersdorf friday not only as his first KFJ practise outside of Denmark, but also without any real experience with driving the KFJ on a wet track.
In spight of these difficult circumstances he managed to improve all weekend, and to stay on track in all 4 races - which can be difficult starting in the back of the grid. Therefore he also managed to finish the two final races as no. 18 and 19.
Here is Kaj Schubert with wet tires on an almost dry, but very slippery track. The track conditions changed a lot between all sessions in Wackersdorf.
Now the team is looking forward to the next round of the German Championship in Genk on June 12-14 - next race for the team though will be the European Championship in Zuera, Spain on May 21-25
In Zuera Henri Kokko from Finland will participate in KZ, while Nikolaj Rasmussen from Denmark will participate in KZ2.
You find live timing and all results from the German Championship at kart-dm.de
You find live timing and all results from the European Championship at cikfia.com
Here from DINO we congratulate Finn Kooijman with the good results, and hope for the best at the coming races.