At the WSK final round in Lonato, it was with a hint of emotion that Nyck De Vries concluded a season during which he clearly stamped his authority on KF3, i.e. the category of Junior karters from 13 to 15. European Karting Champion, German Champion and winner of the WSK: the Dutch karter was the best performer throughout the international season, but he particularly impressed observers as a driver who has all the qualities that a successful karter must possess.
In addition to his burst of speed, analysis capacity, pressure management ability, he is also a hard worker and a driving force within his team… Though only 14, Nyck De Vries has quickly understood that a driver must be all-round in order to win and repeat success over time. His 2009 performances prove it. In each race, the Dutch driver fought for victory. At the wheel of his Zanardi-Parilla, he fulfilled most of his objectives.
“I wanted the European Championship and I got it, and I also won the qualifying round held two months earlier" Nyck recalled. "I also have a very pleasant memory of the German Championship. I won the nine races I entered and each time I was in pole position. Of course I had some disappointments, but these things sometimes happen in motor sports. Collisions and mechanical problems are part of the game, though you do everything you can to avoid them! I was also very close to conquering the World Cup, but my performance was compromised by a wrong choice of the transmission. Luckily enough, I took my revenge quickly and I maintained my WSK title, I won in Italy twice and was also successful in France and Spain. In addition to that, I was crowned champion one round before the end of the Championship, so I could race in Lonato with less pressure on my shoulders".
At the WSK final race in Italy, the driver from Chiesa Corse was determined to finish in beauty. And once again, he had the means to do it: second best time in timed qualifying, just four one-hundredths of a second from the pole position, two victories in the heats and a second place, but also a stop due to a mechanical problem. "Honestly victory was still possible, because I posted the best lap both in pre-final and in final. I managed to race in 44"298 in the final race, while nobody else could do better than 44"5. Unfortunately I was hit at the start of the pre-final and I slipped back at the end of the pack. Then some broken reed-valves stopped me in the final, while I was fast approaching the leading pack. But I do not want to brood too much on this disappointment; I want to look, rather, to the wonderful season I had in 2009 with my team, Tom (my mechanic), Chiesa Corse, Zanardi and Iame with its Parilla engines. I feel ready to face an even greater challenge next year, still in karting, at least for now".