Petr Ptacek Jr crowned his impressive development in karting’s KZ2 category by winning both of the event Finals at the second round of the Weiss-Blau Kart Trophy in Germany on Sunday.
Petr put the bitter disappointment of having a promising first Weiss-Blau round of the season ruined by contact in April firmly behind him behind him as he dominated the second round from start to finish.
The 14-year-old topped KZ2 qualifying by two tenths of a second to secure Pole for the first Final. A slower than expected getaway from the line meant experienced driver Stefan Haak initially led the race but Petr soon caught and passed his rival with six laps to go and cruised to his first outright victory as a KZ2 driver.
And Petr followed up that result by being even more dominant in the second Final that followed on Sunday afternoon. He led the race from start to finish to take a clean sweep of race wins in Ampfing.
“It’s fantastic to win again and be back on the podium,” beamed Petr who was a regular race winner in the OK Junior category during 2016.
Petr recalled his determination to take victory in the first Final – despite dropping back to P2 for the early laps. He said: “I had a bit of a problem at the start of the first Final and Stefan took the opportunity to lead. But then with five or six laps to go, my chassis was behaving a little better than his and he made a small mistake in the chicane. Going down into the last corner I managed to pass him and made a gap for the win.”
With the second round of the German Kart Championship (DKM) next on Petr’s busy schedule, he’s keen to continue his strong form at Kerpen this weekend. However, he knows the competition will be tough and he’ll be facing another track where his experience is limited.
“I drove Kerpen in OKJ but this will be my first time in KZ2,” he explained. “I hope I can get used to the lines and braking points as soon as possible and be ready for qualifying. It will be tricky but I’m up for the challenge. I love winning and that’s the only thing I work for.”