Kas Haverkort without throwing any meters to the lions

Published by Greenhouse Haverkort op 15 October 2020

MONTMELÓ - Race car driver Kas Haverkort had an excellent debut in the Formula Renault Eurocup 2.0L. The sixteen-year-old talent from Heemserveen raced on Sunday at the circuit of Montmeló (near Barcelona) to a very handsome fifth place. The day before, he had debuted with a neat ninth place.

Without having run a single test meter before, Kas was thrown to the lions last weekend during the sixth round of the prestigious championship, with some riders racing for two or even three seasons. His team MP Motorsport, for which TeamNL's KNAF talent normally competes in the Spanish Formula 4 championship, had a seat available for the Formula Renault race in Spain and Kas was more than happy to get in.

“It's a great car. It goes 250 kilometers per hour and gives a lot of downforce ”, Kas looked back on his Formula Renault Eurocup participation in Spain. “It is a real race car. I really enjoyed racing in a car like that. Getting from F4 to F3 is a big step. The Formula Renault 2L is then a good intermediate step. ”

That made the race a good preparation for Kas for 2021. “Then you know what to expect. I had never driven a Formula Renault before. On the first day of the race weekend, I was in the car for the first time. I had four sessions of ten rounds. During the first training session, I was seven tenths of a second short of the fastest rider. As the weekend progressed, the gap narrowed. ”

On Saturday Kas drove qualifying on a dry track. He had a good speed in it. “I had a very good fast lap. I had taken my distance, but I got into traffic anyway because guys were waiting for me. As a result, my sector was destroyed. ”

The race was then held in the rain. A big challenge for Kas: “I had not yet driven this car in the rain. I had never done a start in this car, but I had one

good start. Unfortunately, a rider stopped in front of me. I barely managed to avoid him and then saw nothing through the spray for the first few laps. I had no idea where to brake, I didn't even see the lights of my predecessor. That took some getting used to. ”

Still, Kas drove a solid race. “Unfortunately the tire pressure was a bit too high. My tires also got too warm, but I still kept David Vidales (leader in the rookie classification, ed.) Behind me. So I still finished ninth. ” During qualifying for the second race of the weekend, Kas finished eleventh. “I had to let myself down, cool the tires a little. In my last lap I set my fastest time. ”

During the second race, Kas had a mega start, overtaking no fewer than three drivers. Once again he managed to stay out of trouble. “A crash happened in front of me that I had to avoid. Then I was on P6. The speed was great. ”

Moments later, Kas outwitted the number five and quickly came closer to the rider in fourth place. With three laps to go, the safety car appeared on the track. When it had left again, there was only one more lap to be done. The fast Overijsselaar finished fifth. He was very satisfied with that. “The pace was very good. I went for a place in the top 10. Then I would be happy. That I immediately end in the top five is great! ”

Kas will now focus again on the Spanish Formula 4 championship. There are still races waiting for him on the circuits of Motorland Aragón, Montmeló and Jarama. “The F4 season is going well. I am fifty points ahead of number two. Too bad I dropped out three times, but I was on the podium eight times, of which I also won seven races. I've won more than half. ”