By: CKN / Photo by: Deutsche Kart Meisterschaft, http://www.kart-dm.de
It has been a great start to the season for Deer Run, Alberta’s Parker Thompson. Making the transition and moving to Europe to compete a full season with the Energy Corse factory racing team, Thompson has endured a very challenging new life experience. Taking it all in, Thompson has kept his focus on the task at hand, racing, and this weekend broke out with his first victory.
Competing at the Deutsche Kart Meisterschaft, a German national championship, Thompson steered his Energy Kart towards the front all weekend long. Qualifying third, a couple solid heat races ranked him second and on the front row for first final of the weekend. A solid run, would see Thompson finish on the podium in third place while battling with the leaders all race long.
On Sunday, Thompson returned to the track focused and ready to attack for the top of the podium, and he did just that, crossing the line first to earn his first victory of the season.
“I’ve never been happier to win a race in my career,” exclaimed Thompson when CKN caught up with him after his win. “It felt amazing to hear the Canadian National Anthem while atop the podium. It’s been a huge learning curve with Energy Corse and we are really starting to make some progress. I’ve given up on a lot to come race in Europe, and it feels as if it is really starting to pay off. I can’t thank the Energy Corse Factory team enough for everything they’ve done to get me to this point in my career. Also a huge thanks to GFR Engines and all of the partners of Parker Thompson Racing, this couldn’t have been done without everyones support.”
Also competing in Germany was Canadian Devlin Defrancesco. A tough weekend for the youngster would see him score 13th and 23rd place finishes in the two finals.
Both drivers will be back in action next week as the WSK Euro Series hits the track in Sarno, Italy.