Close fight for the DEKM championship title
03. August 2021 Back to news overview »
  • Victories for Jens van der Heijden and Theo Kekati
  • Frenchman Oscar Pellemele defends overall lead
  • Only event abroad of the DEKM in Genk

In Belgian Genk, the German Electric Kart Championship started into its second half of the season last weekend (July 30th – August 1st). At the only event abroad of the year, drivers from eight nations started at the Electric kart racing series. The winners were Jens van der Heijden and Theo Kekati.

Start of the second half of the season of the German Electric Kart Championship (DEKM). After the first races in Wackersdorf and Mülsen, Oscar Pellemele led the Championship. The Frenchman proved himself to be a constant collector of points so far, but now also wanted to celebrate his first victory of the season in Genk.

The Project E20 Electric kart by BRP-Rotax caused lots of excitement during the races again. The very high power density made narrow racing decisions and numerous overtaking maneuvers possible.

Narrow final decisions on Saturday

On racing Saturday, Dutchman Jens van der Heijden already proved his ambitions by gaining pole position and had a great fight with Oscar Pellemele during the Pre-Final. The Frenchman won the start and defended his position until the finish line against his direct pursuer from the Netherlands. On third place followed Luca Nieuwenhuizen with a considerable backlog.

From pole position, Pellemele also won the start into the final race and tried everything to keep his competition at bay. Jens van der Heijden and Theo Kekati stayed close to the leading driver though. The decision only came during the last bend: Van der Heijden had the most reserves and passed by the leading driver on the finish straight – he won by a historic advance of seven thousandth of a second. „I knew I had to take that chance and am very happy about my success. Genk is my home track and therefore this victory is all the more wonderful“, said a happy Jens van der Heijden in his winner’s interview. Pellemele came in second and therefore has to keep waiting for his first victory of the season. There were some more changes in the field of pursuers as well. Kekati fell out of the top three due to a spoiler penalty and his place went to Nieuwenhuizen.

Second victory of the season for Theo Kekati

After the thrilling kick-off on Saturday, it was a clean slate on Sunday. Van der Heijden secured pole position again though. The Pre-Final was similar to the one on Saturday too. Pellemele took the lead, drove off from his pursuers this time though and celebrated another pre-final-success.

At the final race, Pellemele wanted his first final-triumph in the DEKM to finally happen. But with Kekati, there was a driver who knew how to prevent it this time too. The duo switched the lead numerous times at the beginning of the race. In the end, Kekati prevailed though and celebrated his second victory after Mülsen. Pellemele was his first pursuer in front of van der Heijden. „It was a really good race, I really enjoyed it. I’d like to thank my supporters, it’s a great feeling to take the victory to the United Arab Emirates. The power density at the DEKM is very high and every success is hard fought“, said Kekati proudly after the race.

Final sport in Mülsen in September

The DEKM is going to be back in Mülsen for the season finale, where the final races seven and eight will take place in the Arena E. From September 10th – 12th, the final decisions of the fourth DEKM season will be made not far from Zwickau. Excitement is guaranteed as the first drivers are only a few points apart on the overall list of rankings.

DEKM championship ranking after 6 of 8 finals:

1. Pellemele, Oscar (FRA) 191 points
2. Jalava, Aleksi (FIN) 157 points
3. van der Heijden, Jens (NLD) 131 points
4. Nieuwenhuizen, Luca (NLD) 130 points
5. Spiezia, Ellis (USA) 92 points