European championship record and national championship win for Nikolas Szabó
The young Slovakian firstly attended the last round of the Rotax Max Euro Challenge in Italy, and a week later he was at the final weekend of Slovakian Karting Championship in Trinec, Czech Republic, where he started the event as a championship leader.
Some say that the success achieved on the hardest way tastes the sweetest, and now Nikolas Szabó also can confirm it. Both at the Euro Challenge and in his national championship it happened like the quote says, despite all the difficulties in the end he finished both series with some really satisfying results. The mechanical failures and DNFs are now a thing of past, rather the great victories and lap records are what gives him the motivation for the upcoming challenges. As a Slovakian Champion the season is not finished for Nikolas, because with becoming national champion, he qualified for the Rotax Max World Finals, what will take place in Portimao, Portugal, in November, and he will be the only one in his category to represent Slovakia at the event. One thing is for sure: Nikolas will travel to Portimao with victory hopes!
Q: The Rotax Max Euro Challenge now got to its end, where we can say that you made history. And there was also the Slovakian Championship you became the champion of. What memories do you have from this two series?
“Sadly this year in the Euro Challenge I didn’t have much luck, I had some difficult moments. We had many unnecessary mechanical failures what made everything harder and effected our results. For example the one at the season finale in Italy, where I was running P5 in the semi-finals, and suddenly my engine started to turn off in the straights… However I think I’ve gained much experience among the best karters of Europe, and I can proudly say that with my 7th place overall I achieved Slovakia’s best ever result in the championship!”
“The Slovakian Championship also wasn’t a piece of cake. Already in the very beginning of the year I had problems, I had to miss the first round, then at the second one my engine broke down during a race and I had to retire. But at the next weekends I won all the races, except only one, where I finished second. I arrived to the last round –what took place in Trinec, Czech Republic– with leading the championship, but there were some karters who helped my rival and wanted to cause inconvenience to me. But I managed to stay strong mentally and got the most out of everything, so I won the championship this year as well, which is a real joy for me!”
Q: While most of the motorsport series and drivers’ seasons are finished, there is a last big challenge waiting for Nikolas Szabó. Winning the Slovakian Championship means a flight to Portugal in November, to the Rotax Max World Finals, where every country delegates their best karters. Nikolas will line up on the grid in Portugal as a potential winner.
“It’s always a great pleasure to participate in a prestigious event like this, being the only one to represent my country, and to fight for the World Champion title. The World Finals will be held in the next month, so I’m facing a quite tough month of preparation. From my previous experiences in the World Finals, I can say that winning it is a real possibility now, what I need is only some luck. If last year I haven’t got caught out… So I’m hoping for a good result! I want to make proud not only my country, but my family, friends, all my loved ones, and want to show the world who is Nikolas Szabó!”