Frankfurt am Main. A long winter break comes to an end next weekend for the German Kart Championship. In Muelsen, the three categories DJKM (OKJ), DSKM (KZ2) and DSKC (KZ2) will start into the new season. In the supporting program, the young drivers of the Mini 60 Series by Chrono Karting will compete.
Last year, the DKM ended with an exciting finale at Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. Since then, the organization have been working on an attractive program for 2023. "We have had busy months and have put a lot of energy into the new season. The good numbers of participants in both DSKM and DSKC shifter kart classes are confirmation of this; with 60 drivers there, we are exceeding the already good figures from 2022. In contrast, there is still a negative development in the OK categories," explains DKM series coordinator Stefan Wagner.
The Arena E in Muelsen is one of the fastest race tracks on this year's racing calendar. This is the third time that the circuit has been included in the DKM program and it has always offered exciting races so far. In the DSKM, several champions will again be taking to the track, including Jorrit Pex (SP Motorsport). The Dutchman won his eighth title last year and has an unassailable lead in the rankings. But the competition is once again strong with 28 entrants.
The cards will be reshuffled in the DSKC: 32 drivers will be on the grid and, as in previous years, the top five from last season will not be eligible to start. This means that there will again be a new balance of power. One of the favorites is the reigning DKM champion Maxim Rehm (Rehm Racing) - the rookie moves up to the shifter karts this year and already convinced with strong results in the last weeks at other international events.
Young racers will also be promoted again. In addition to the German Junior Kart Championship, the youngest drivers from the Mini 60 class will be represented for the first time this year. The Dutch promoter Chrono Karting announces the Mini 60 Series within the framework of the DKM and is pleased to welcome 19 participants at the start. In addition to the event in Muelsen, the Minis will also be competing in Genk and Kerpen.
Live timing, live stream and social media accompany the DKM
In 2012, the DKM was the first race series worldwide to start with a live stream and, eleven years later, is once again presenting extensive coverage. Starting with qualifying on Saturday, all events will be live-streamed at www.kart-dm.de. At the same time, the social media presence will be expanded this year. To this end, there will be live timing as early as midday on Friday - also at www.kart-dm.de.
Late deciders can still register after the start of the season.
Drivers who enter the season opener in Muelsen as a guest driver can still decide to enter a full season after the race weekend. In case of a later registration in one of the four categories, the entry fee from Muelsen will be offset against the registration fee. Participants will also be credited with the points from the first round after the event.
On Saturday, qualifying will start at 11:40 am. After the lunch break, the heats will take place, which will determine the starting grid for the finals on Sunday. Here the starting signal is given at 09:40 with the DJKM.
DKM race calendar 2023:
21.04.-23.04.2023 - Muelsen incl. Mini 60 Series by Chrono Karting
26.05.-28.05.2023 - Genk (Belgium) incl. Mini 60 Series by Chrono Karting
25.08.-27.08.2023 - Wackersdorf (Germany)
22.09.-24.09.2023 - Kerpen incl. Mini 60 Series by Chrono Karting
27.10.-29.10.2023 - Franciacorta (Italy)