Last weekend Noah Monteiro completed his first laps in the FIA Karting Academy Trophy series in Wackersdorf, Germany. The Skywalker Young Guns driver made remarkable progress, competing against 50 of the world's best drivers, most of whom were much more experienced than he was. This milestone in his career gave the young Portuguese driver a glimpse of how competitive international racing is and confirmed that, with a field of such high quality, you need to improve with every session.
This is exactly what Noah achieved, as the 11-year-old, who discovered a circuit he did not know, a kart he had never driven and tyres that were also new, progressed with each qualifying session: 13th, 10th and 6th. These results allowed him to advance directly to the final, which is reserved for the 36 best times, in 18th position.
Noah got off to a good start and was in 12th place, when, in the third corner, a collision involving several competitors took Noah out of the race. An unlucky conclusion after making remarkable progress.
“I was very sad about this result. With each session, I felt better with the kart and I knew the track better. I really thought I could have a good result, certainly in the top 10. But bad luck is part of racing and unfortunately, I got caught up in this mess”, Noah said.
For Tiago Monteiro, “The result does not reflect Noah's courage and performance. I was very happy with what I saw. He came to Wackersdorf knowing absolutely nothing and he evolved step by step, listening to the advice of the more experienced people around him. He was on the right track, but unfortunately bad luck happens to everyone and this time it was his turn. I'm sure he will have better luck in the next race”.