Schumacher still racing karts even with F1 drive

AJ Allmendinger in seatMichael Schumacher competed in the first round of the German Winter Series at his home track of Kerpen and was 2nd in the first final after dropping back at the start and gaining back many places. In the second race he fell victim to a technical problem and dropped down the field. The race winners were Arjan Kievitsbosch and Marvin Meindorfer.

Schumacher’s son Mick Betsch was competing in KF3 for one of the first times and finished 3rd and 2nd, putting him 2nd in the championship. The next round was due to be at Genk on 6th February and there are rumours that one or both of them will compete in the Winter Cup at Lonato on 13th February.

Florida Winter Tour Formula Kart Round 1
Zack Meyer was quick from the opening session and ended the double race weekend with two poles, two pre-final wins and two final wins. On Saturday, Meyer dominated the class, and repeated the performance again on Sunday with none other than Williams F1 driver Rubens Barrichello taking the runner up spot. “It was great to have a F1 driver – Barrichello – in the race today. I just had to keep pushing hard for the win.”

In TAG Senior Alessandra Madrigal stole the show with a fantastic win over the strong TaG Senior field which included the likes of NASCAR star A. J. Allmendinger.

For Barrichello, qualifying started with his kart being moved from the front of the grid to a position that had him going out behind his KZ2 competitors because he had not participated in an earlier practice. For Allmendinger, the adversity was a little more serious as he suffered a DQ after the TaG Senior Final for a kart that was just a fraction too wide. When asked about the incident, FWT tech director John Motley said he hates bumping anyone, let alone a NASCAR star, from a race, but the rules apply to everyone. Both drivers took the incidents without a problem. They both came to work on their fitness and have fun and thats exactly what they both achieved. With all this in mind, the lesson here is that the next time someone encounters a situation like this, instead of grousing about their misfortune, perhaps they should grin and remind them self they just got treated like a superstar!

The event was followed a week later by the Rotax Max event on which we have a report on.