Datum: 25.09.2017
Tonteri ranks 4th at the 2017 CIK-FIA World Championship with KSM

The 17-year old from Helsinki Finland, who secured ninth in this year’s CIK-FIA European Championship and the defending German DKM champion in the OK category, retained his world number 4 ranking at the 2017 CIK-FIA World Championship over the weekend at the PF International circuit where he displayed incredible speed and resilience in what is said will be remembered as an extremely difficult competition. Local knowledge was a definite benefit.


After posting a best lap in the official timed practice to be one of the quickest in his group, Tonteri was classified 26 overall going into Saturday’s qualifying heats. However, his talent shone after some overnight rain cleared to see the track dry out when the racing began. He was inside the top six in all five heats, setting the fastest lap while finishing third in race 4, with the impressive results giving the KSM team driver a grid 7 starting position for the final Sunday.


Tonteri was feeling confident of being able to challenge for the podium, almost succeeding when he put in a sensational effort to be ever so close to achieving his goal:

“We were very fast both in dry and wet conditions Saturday, unfortunately in qualifying I was unlucky with the group selection and even though we finished third in that session, in total we were 26th. In the heats, we didn’t make any mistakes and climbed through the field to clinch the 7th starting position and fastest lap in one of the heats.


“Nevertheless, it’s a great result for me and for the team at KSM to be the #4 best driver in the world two times in a row. Considering many of the top drivers struggled to make a clean weekend without crashes, technical problems, etc., we didn’t have any problems like this and that’s only because of the great work done by the team”, so Tonteri.


It was yet another successful campaign for the leading contender in the KSM team, although Tonteri’s less experienced team-mates Muizz Musyaffa (MAL), Leonardo Bizzotto (ITA), Suleiman Zanfari (MOR) and Schumacher Racing Team’s Jakob Bergmeister were unable to make it into the finals this time around. The high level of racing will only help prepare these youngsters for the end of season rounds still to be contested now in the upcoming weeks. 

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