The kick-off to the German Electric Kart Championship (DEKM) took place last weekend at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. In temporarily changing weather, the international field of participants showed thrilling kart racing with close racing decisions. In the end, German Luka Wlömer and Lin Chen Han from Taiwan won. Drivers from seven nations started in Wackersdorf into the new season of the DEKM and experienced diversified races. The globally unique racing series impressed with a high power density. During the races, the drivers were closely together and fought narrow duels from start to finish line. On Saturday and Sunday, the DEKM consisted of qualifying, a pre-final and final respectively.
Luka Wlömer wins on Saturday
Saturday was dominated by the weather. Sunshine and rain alternated and choosing the right tires was difficult. Right on time for qualifying it started to rain. The entire field was driving with slick tires on the 1.190m long track though and had to show their driving skills. Luka Wlömer from Berlin dealt with the conditions the best and ended up on pole position. He was also able to prevail over his competition during the later pre-final and final and stood on top of the podium as the winning driver. His pursuers made things difficult for Wlömer until the end though. In the final race, up to five drivers had realistic chances of winning. The decision was only made on the home stretch in a photo-finish. Bradley Barrett from England came in second in front of German Joel Sturm.