Sami Luka had been dreaming of the title of European KF2 Champion for quite a while! On Sunday, 24 July 2011, his dream became true after a race where the Belgian driver constantly gave his maximum. The important technical work made by his team yielded its fruits for the karter wearing the colours of Brussels Expo. At the wheel of his Energy-TM, Sami Luka showed great racing mastery as well as unfailing determination, and climbed to the top step of the Zuera podium, in Spain.
A few days after celebrating his 22nd birthday (he was born on 11 July 1989), Belgian driver Sami Luka came to Spain with the firm ambition to conquer the title, ready to prove that his commitment to top level international karting would finally pay off. "Since I have joined the Energy team, in 2010, I have always felt that I would be able to achieve a great victory. Success has not always been on my side during my career, but I have never given up. At the start of the season, we have realized that our competitors had worked a lot. But we responded quickly by taking advantage of the WSK races and by coming twice to Zuera to define the best possible technical solutions with a view to the European Championship. As far as I am concerned, I have prepared well psychologically and physically for this event", explained Sami.
In a category with as many as 87 entrants, Sami Luka took immediately a 7th place in timed qualifying. The qualifying heats allowed him to consolidate his position with 1st, 4th, 2nd and 3rd places in succession as well as a fastest lap time in the race. Very intelligently, Sami did not run any risk during the pre-final, avoiding crashes and sparing his tyres for the long final. "I was really confident and focused for this final", commented the Energy driver. "We had kept our best engine and I knew I could make the difference against the winner of the pre-final, Thai Tanart Sathienthirakul. But I lost some time at the start of the race when a few drivers tried twice to re-pass me when I had just passed them. During the time it took me to get back to 2nd, Tanart had already pulled a gap on me. There were about 8 laps to go and I pushed really hard to catch him. I was faster, my tyres were in a better state and I managed to recover more than one second on him. But then the chequered flag dropped, while I would have needed less than one lap to be in a position to attack. At first I was a little disappointed, but then I learned that Tanart - whom, besides, I know very well - had been handed a penalty for starting at excessive speed. I did not realise straight away that I was European KF2 Champion".
When the pressure of the final dropped, the talented Belgian driver could drink Champagne with his team, after proving on the track to be the most effective driver towards the end of the race. "I am very happy with the results I have achieved and I would like to thank wholeheartedly the Energy Corse team, TM, GKS, and Fred Dettings for the engines, my mechanic Tillotson for the carburettors, all my partners, such as Brussels Expo, Liqui Moly and Veloz, as well as the press and all the people who have supported me".
It is with this same determination that Sami Luka will try to conquer the coveted WSK Euro Series at the end of July and, of course, the next World Cup for KF2 in September.