International Star Racing With Ricciardo Kart Junior Team This Weekend

press release 30 October 2015

The Ricciardo Kart Junior Team are fired up to tackle the final round of the Australian Karting Championship at Geelong’s Beckley Park Raceway in Victoria this weekend. Massive news for the team comes in the form of international karting star Marijn Kremers from Holland who will race under the Ricciardo Kart Junior Team banner in the ultra competitive KZ2 class. Kremers powered to a stunning podium at the Race of Stars on the Gold Coast a fortnight ago and will be pushing hard for a win in his last Australian race for 2015.

Above: Marijn Kremers

Coming off the back of the team’s first ever podium in Newcastle last month, drivers are pumped for a massive event as they search for the big win in 2015. The Ricciardo Kart Junior Team will be represented in four of the seven categories at the Geelong Kart Club this weekend. Looking to continue their recent show of form Brock Plumb and Troy Loeskow will be flying the flag high in the KZ2 class. After powering his way to the second in the KZ2 final in Newcastle, Loeskow will be looking to go one better and secure the maiden win in Geelong.

The KF3 class will see Lochie Hughes suit up for the Ricciardo Kart Junior Team as he takes to the grid against Australia’s best. Other new additions to the team for the final round of the AKC sees Rhys Astley on board, racing the KA TAG category while top-3 championship contender Jace Matthews will suit up for the Ricciardo Kart Junior Team in the KA Junior class. 

Above: Brock Plumb

"I'm really pumped to have Marijn racing for our team this weekend," said Team Principal Michael Patrizi. "Marijn is one of the best drivers on the planet and to have him racing for the Ricciardo Kart Junior Team is a huge bonus for our entire outfit, as all our drivers will gain so much experience and knowledge from his presence over the weekend. We were dealt a cruel blow in Newcastle after looking certain for a one-two finish in the KZ2 final, so knowing we have the speed, we’ll be holding nothing back in search of the maiden win for the Ricciardo Kart Junior Team in Geelong,”

"Our drivers have been keeping sharp through testing and competing in other events leading up to the final round of the AKC and we’ve now put ourselves in a strong position across all categories. We also had plenty of our Ricciardo Kart and Junior Team drivers competing against some of the world’s best Karters at the Gold Coast 600 Race of Stars event in a lead-up to the V8 Supercars race last weekend. We also welcome Rhys and Jace to the team this weekend. Both have tremendous talent and I'm really looking forward to watching them take to the track this weekend in Geelong. I’m confident we’ll be pushing for wins in all categories as we look to finish off the 2015 season with the top prize in Geelong.”

Above: Lochie Hughes

Practice for the final round of the AKC will be held on Friday October 30 followed by practice, qualifying and heat race competition on Saturday. Sunday afternoon will see the round winners, and 2015 Australian Karting Champions crowned. Karting Australia has once again teamed with My Sport Live to stream Sunday’s race program live across the Internet. The vision will be available through Karting Australia (

Q&A -Marijn Kremers

How exciting is it for you to be competing on the other side of the world in Australia?
It's always really cool to race somewhere where you don't come often. This is my third time coming over and I absolutely love it here.

What do you think of Australian drivers compared to those in Europe?
The competition in Australia is tough, but I am used to racing against the world’s best over in Europe. So I am sure we will be doing really well.

How pumped are you to be racing for the Ricciardo Kart team?
It's really cool to get the chance to represent the Ricciardo Kart brand. This go kart is one of the world’s best and Michael Patrizi puts up a real professional team.

Can you win this weekend?
If I didn't think I could win I wouldn't come all this way. I ran second to five-time world champion Davidè Fore the other day in Pimpama at the race of stars, but that was only because I had to start the final in twelfth.

What else have you been up to while you've been in Australia.. Away from the racetrack?
I have seen the local wildlife at the zoo. Held a koala and petted a kangaroo. I did a little bit of surfing. But what I liked the most was go karting.


Above: Troy Loeskow



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