2013 KZ European Championship
The premier class of 125cc gearbox has once again lived up to its promises in a European Championship over two rounds, Germany and Belgium, where the greatest drivers in international karting clashed mercilessly but with exemplary sportsmanship. The coronation of the young Max Verstappen is a milestone in the winners of this competition.
Max Verstappen takes the ascendancy over the professionals
By winning two European finals in KZ, the Dutchman Max Verstappen (CRG-TM-B'stone) shook the hierarchy in this category that has so far been deemed advanced and the preserve of professionals with extensive experience. At 15, the son of the former F1 driver Jos Verstappen managed to win his first undisputed CIK-FIA title faultlessly. The second step of the podium went to the Italian Marco Ardigo (Tony Kart-Vortex-B'Stone), regularly at the front, while the French driver Anthony Abbasse (Sodi-TM-B'Stone) took 3rd place.
Return to an exemplary European circuit
At the first round in Germany, Max only conceded pole position when he set the second fastest time, and won all the races at the meeting, distancing his prestigious compatriot Bas Lammers (Intrepid-TM-B'Stone) by 3" in the final. In Belgium, slowed by a retirement in the second round after a clash, he showed that he knew how to fight back in the pack, finally beating the Belgian Champion Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter) with great panache, so that he could just take first place in the Championship.