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Multiple South African karting champion Nikolas Roos returned to international karting this weekend, competing in the WSK Open Series opening round in Franciacorta, Italy. Nikolas, who competes out of the CRG Holland stable, is in his second season of KZ2 competition, and his participation in this weekend’s event was outside his plans.

After numerous practice sessions and qualifying heats, Nikolas started Sunday’s 20-lap final from seventh on the grid. Not making the best of starts, the CRG driver dropped several places before an opening turn incident saw numerous drivers run off the circuit, allowing Nikolas to make up some of the lost positions. Running in 11th for most of the early race, he gradually dropped back to 17th, where he finished, which could suggest an issue. At the time of publication, he was not available to comment.

Having started karting at an early age, he claimed his first national title at age 11 when he triumphed in the Mini ROK class before claiming back-to-back OK-Junior championships in 2020 and 2021. Making his international KZ2 debut in 2023, the teenager underlines his participation in the KZ2 World Championship as a career highlight. After qualifying in 6th, Nikolas went on to win two heats before crashing out of the final while in fourth.

In 2024, Nikolas will focus on the German Kart Championship, which will host six championship rounds. The opening round will commence on 20-21 April in Mülsen. Other rounds will be held as follows:

Round 2: 11-12 May – Ampfing
Round 3: 15-16 June – Wackersdorf
Round 4: 20-21 July – Kerpen
Round 5: 10-11 Aug – Mülsen
Round 6: 21-22 Sept – Wackersdorf

While competing in Germany, Nikolas will also compete in two rounds of the FIA Karting European Championship, the first of which will be in Italy and the other in Spain. He ends his season with the FIA Karting World Championship in Portugal.

Published by: Motorsport Fanatix

Picture Caption: Nikolas Roos
Photography by: Sportinfo

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