Petr Ptacek Jr has only been racing for eight years but his development has been rapid and impressive.
With a strong and successful kart racing career on his record, culminating with him winning races in the top KZ2 gearbox category during 2017 with the factory Formula K team, Petr has taken the decision to graduate to single-seater racing in 2018 and pursue his F1 dream.
The excitement of motorsport grabbed Petr Jr’s attention in 2010 when he tested a rental kart for the first time. There was no turning back. Within a handful of weeks, Petr Jr had joined the domestic karting circuit in his native Czech Republic and was officially a junior driver in the Easy 60 class.
Within a year, Petr Jr graduated to the Mini 60 category and competed in various championships to gain experience and develop his race craft and understanding of motor racing. The highlight of the 2011 season was Petr Jr guiding his Praga kart to P7 in the Moravian Championship. He also raced at selected races in Italy and America; impressing many with his speed and maturity at the SKUSA Super Nationals in Las Vegas that season.
Petr Jr’s career progression took a significant step forward a season later when, as a nine-year-old Cadet driver, he won the 2012 Karting Cup in the Czech Republic – the first championship title of his karting career.
And more success followed a season later when Petr Jr scooped a further two championship titles. He won the Karting Cup for the second successive year – this time in the Mini 60 class – and was also crowned the Slovakian and Moravian Cup Champion after finishing inside the top-three at 17 races. And to guarantee the season ended with further positivity, Petr Jr secured an impressive P2 finish in the final Czech Championship points.
Having dominated at home for two seasons, Petr Jr spent much of the 2014 season competing in America to gain some valuable international experience. He contested the Tag Junior SKUSA Supernational, Summernations, Springnationals and Florida Winter Tour series; winning a rain-soaked meeting in Lanchester with a confident and mature performance.
Petr Jr returned home when his US race calendar permitted and drove in the KF Junior class at selected events in the Czech Karting Cup, Czech Championship and Czech Auto Club Trophy – finishing P5, P2 and P4 respectively.
The 2015 season brought a step up to international competition in the KF Junior category, with Petr Jr continuing his learning a he raced in the World and European Championships, as well as contesting selected events in Italy and America.
Unfortunately, a broken elbow, suffered during a school hockey match, curtailed Petr Jr’s racing activities in 2016, although he did finish P19 in the CIK-FIA OK Junior World Championship and won races in Italy and Germany.