Protrain Racing driver Kaan Onder won last weekends prestigious annual International Open Championship at Zuera, Spain, in impressive style. Competing in Junior Rotax Max against the world’s leading drivers from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America Kaan was the one to beat from the moment his Borusan Otomotive Motorsport sponsored Tony Kart touched the Tarmac.
In incredible form Kaan totally dominated the talented field in practice posting the fastest time in the dry and when the wet weather arrived no other driver got to within a second of him. Protrain Racing were so pleased with the set up of the kart and the amazing times Kaan was achieving they even managed to leave practice early for some well deserved relaxation, rarely an option at such a high level.
By driving with great maturity combining speed, utilising the excellent kart set up and clever slipstreaming on the extremely fast Zuera Circuit Kaan claimed pole position in timed practice coming in .11s in front of his nearest rival.
The Zuera circuit, host to the recent KF European Championship, boasts a brilliant 13 second flat out section which provides a strong slipstream for all drivers, this cost Kaan a position in one of his heats but still did not prevent him coming first in two other heats, putting him in pole position for the pre final.
Kaan got a great start but after a couple of laps it became obvious he had a kart problem which eventually forced him to retire after only four laps. Cruelly this meant that he would have to start the final at the back of the grid.
Once again showing the maturity that had earned him his place at the highest level of Junior Rotax Max, Kaan was positive that he could win knowing he had the fastest kart on the track provided by Protrain Racing. In an immense drive Kaan drove an action packed five laps and took the lead, he then spent a few laps pulling away, eventually gaining a one second lead. However the talented competition were never going to give in that easily and with just a few laps to go the second place driver took advantage of the slipstream and took first place. Kaan was in inspirational form though and brilliant positioning on the last lap saw the Protrain Racing driver claim victory in an almost photo finish across the line. He had timed and actioned his move to perfection and claimed the title.
Afterwards the Protrain driver said, “I knew I could win even from the back of the grid, I just needed a strong start and anything was possible”. Kaan’s mechanic Jim Jones forecast before the race proved to be correct, he said “Even starting the final last we will lead the race at some point, it just depends on the slip streaming whether it will be at the chequered flag, we have the kart and driver to do it with”.
The entire Protrain Racing Team are thrilled with this brilliant victory and wish Kaan well with his BMW duties and are confident that he will be remain one of the drivers to beat in Junior Rotax Max in 2012.
Protrain is one of the most successful UK team running drivers in Europe with an impressive record of European Championship wins. Gary Chapman of Protrain commented “I am thrilled for Kaan; his win further demonstrates our strength in developing drivers at the highest level. 2011 has been a very exciting year for us with several promising new drivers joining our racing team in both the UK and Europe. The future for Protrain is filled with success.”