From karting to carracing: Kraihamer back to where it all started
Published by Bas Kaligis 11 september 2009 11:53 - Print
|This weekend will be the first time the newly introduced Formula Le Mans Cup series is being hosted by the historic Silverstone circuit, but for 19-year old Dominik Kraihamer it means a welcome return to the track where he made his Motorsport debut into cars at the beginning of the 2008 season at the European GT3 Championship.|
The move from racing karts to cars as one of the youngest in the FIA series proved to be extremely encouraging for the Austrian driver, displaying his ability to adapt without hesitation, which has now lead to him competing in the Formula Le Mans Cup as part of the Thierry Boutsen Energy Racing team.
Kraihamer is competing in the number 5 car together with Gary Chalandon, who he partnered at the 24-Hours of Le Mans earlier this year in the curtain-raiser event to the most famous endurance race in the world. The French driver has incidentally been on the podium twice since their first race together. The pair are in fact one of the youngest driver line-ups in the FLMC field and share a short racing history in Karting and minimal time in cars. This hasn’t stopped them gaining considerable attention and no doubt their potential to be more successful doesn’t go unnoticed.
“I'm really happy to be able to drive the race in Silverstone. It's definitely one of my favourite tracks. I've only been there once, driving a race in the GT3 Euro Series which for me was really a wonderful experience to drive on the circuit. I was quite impressed by the configuration of the track and it was very fast! My person goal as always is to do the best I can, hoping of course to display a perfect performance. The result is important, but not the most important thing in my first year in this series!”
Silverstone, regarded as the ‘birthplace of modern motor racing, sees the Silverstone 1000km race of the Le Mans Series as the main feature, supported by the Formula Le Mans Cup amongst other classes. This will be the last race of the championship; however another FLM event also follows the British round just a week after at the Magny-Cours circuit.
For latest news and updates about Dominik’s Formula Le Mans campaign – www.racetogetthere.com
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