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More points for fast-starting Petr in Hungary

Rising Czech star Petr Ptacek bounced back from a difficult qualifying to score more Formula Renault Eurocup points in dramatic style at the Hungaroring this weekend.  The scene for Petr’s charge was set in qualifying, held on a damp-but-drying circuit earlier in the day. He found himself restricted to P15 on the grid after he […]

Petr positive after strong Nürburgring performance

Czech racer Petr Ptacek left the Nürburgring in a positive mood today after registering one of his strongest Formula Renault Eurocup performances of the season.  The front-running pace he showed at the German circuit has given the 16-year-old the confidence he believes he needs to make a strong finish to his rookie season in the […]

Race-ready Petr set for Nürburgring battle

The iconic Nürburgring awaits Czech racing driver Petr Ptacek this weekend (30 August – 1 September) as the Formula Renault Eurocup arrives in Germany for round six of 10. The 16-year-old resumes his 2019 racing campaign at the former home of the German Grand Prix after a four-week break in the calendar and his target […]

PRODUCTIVE SPA WEEKEND FOR PETR

Rising Czech racing star Petr Ptáček celebrated his first experience of the majestic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps by finishing in the Formula Renault Eurocup points at the Belgian circuit this weekend. Returning to the cockpit of his BhaiTech Racing car after an eight-week break in the Formula Renault Eurocup action, Petr belied his lack of prior […]

PETR EAGER TO RETURN TO RACING AT SPA

Petr Ptacek is eager to return to Formula Renault Eurocup action at the iconic Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium this weekend – after eight weeks out of the cockpit. Due to the single-seater championship’s 2019 schedule, the rising Czech star hasn’t raced his BhaiTech Racing-prepared Tatuus T-318 chassis since the beginning of June. “I’m desperate […]

Pole and podium for Petr on Formula 3 debut

Petr Ptacek played a starring role on his F3 Asian Championship debut at the Suzuka International Circuit this weekend, claiming P3 in his first-ever Formula 3 race and qualifying on pole position for the final race of the weekend. The Czech youngster travelled to Japan to keep himself race-fit during a long gap between races […]

Petr to make his F3 debut in Japan

Petr Ptacek will make his debut in the Formula 3 category this weekend as he travels to Japan to compete in the latest round of the F3 Asian Championship. With a significant gap in the Formula Renault Eurocup calendar until his next outing at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium (25-27 July), the Czech youngster has elected […]

Promise unfulfilled for Petr at Paul Ricard

Petr Ptacek was unable to translate his impressive raw pace into Formula Renault Eurocup points at Circuit Paul Ricard in France this weekend, as torrid luck denied the 16-year-old on two occasions. Just one week after racing in front of a Formula 1 crowd on the streets of Monaco, the Parmigiani Watches-supported driver continued his […]

Petr takes valuable experience in Monaco

Formula Renault Eurocup driver Petr Ptacek gained useful experience as he made his racing debut on the streets of Monaco this weekend, although a points-scoring finish narrowly eluded the talented 16-year-old from the Czech Republic. It was a weekend of firsts for Petr as he not only came face-to-face with the tight and twisty 3.33km street circuit […]

Monaco marks maiden street circuit test for Petr

Petr Ptacek has described the Formula Renault Eurocup races that he will contest on the streets of Monaco this weekend as a “great challenge”. The Renault-powered single-seater category has been enlisted to support the FIA Formula 1 and Formula 2 championships in the iconic Mediterranean principality and the star-studded event will mark the first time […]

Petr scores podium success at Silverstone

Petr Ptacek claimed his first podium in the Formula Renault Eurocup this weekend, charging to P3 at Silverstone during only his third race in the new-look single-seater category. The 16-year-old, racing at the British circuit for the first time, laid the foundations for success by qualifying P6, his best starting position to date, for the […]

Petr is ready to star at super-fast Silverstone 

Rising star Petr Ptacek is determined to mark his first-ever visit to the iconic Silverstone Circuit in the UK by finishing strongly in the Formula Renault Eurocup points this weekend. The second of this season’s ten events takes place on one of the fastest circuits on the calendar and the talented 16-year-old is relishing the opportunity […]

Petr powers into the points on his Formula Renault debut

Czech driver Petr Ptacek succeeded in his aim of scoring points on his debut in the Formula Renault Eurocup at Monza this weekend, impressively charging from P19 to P9 during the opening race at the famous Italian circuit. Embarking on only his second year of car racing, the 16-year-old’s first race in the new-look series […]

Points are the prize for Petr at Formula Renault opener

Rising star Petr Ptacek is hoping he can turn his previous good form at Monza into a healthy points return when he kicks off his Formula Renault Eurocup campaign at the iconic Italian track this weekend (12-14 April). The 16-year-old is using Renault Sport’s relaunched single-seater series to take the next step in his promising […]

Petr completes Formula Renault testing in style

Petr Ptacek was one of the pacesetters as he successfully completed his Formula Renault Eurocup pre-season testing programme at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today. Having dominated the Italian Formula 4 Championship Rookie Cup in 2018, the 16-year-old is ready to take the next step in his career and will contest Renault Sport’s relaunched junior single-seater […]

Petr takes positives from New Zealand racing adventure

Rookie Petr Ptacek completed his 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series campaign this weekend – and the 16-year-old believes he can take some valuable learning from his experiences in the New Zealand-based championship. The fifth and final round of the single-seater series was held at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon, close to Palmerston. Despite showing strong pace […]

Determined Petr battles the odds in Taupo

Petr Ptacek added more points to his Castrol Toyota Racing Series tally at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in New Zealand this weekend, despite having to contend with repeated mechanical problems and bad fortune. The penultimate event of the 16-year-old rookie’s winter racing programme didn’t get off to the best start when a re-occurring electrical issue […]

Podium success for Petr at Hampton Downs

Petr Ptacek scored the first podium of his 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series campaign this weekend as the series visited Hampton downs Motorsport Park in New Zealand. Having qualified P12 for Friday’s opening race at the 3.8km track, the Czech driver delivered a mature and calculated drive to scythe his way through the field and […]

Extreme weather denies Petr the chance to shine at Teretonga

Petr Ptacek’s charge at the second round of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand was cut short today as an extreme weather front struck the Teretonga Park circuit in Invercargill. With a frustrating P12 finish in Race 1 on Saturday behind him, the 16-year-old was looking forward to challenging for points in the […]

Petr races into the TRS points in New Zealand

Czech driver Petr Ptacek Jr made a confident start to his 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series campaign in New Zealand this weekend, scoring enough points to secure P6 in the main championship and P2 in the Rookie standings. The Parmigiani Watches-supported driver has chosen the ultra-competitive single-seater series to get some extra experience during the […]

Petr excited to start Toyota Racing Series campaign

Petr Ptacek Jr is ready to kick off his 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series campaign at Highlands Motorsport Park in New Zealand this weekend (12-13 January). The 16-year-old will race for the championship-winning Giles Motorsport squad during the five-round series that gives European-based drivers a competitive single-seater challenge during the winter months. Having dominated the […]

Petr confirms Toyota Racing Series programme

Petr Ptacek Jr will continue to gather further single-seater racing experience during the winter by contesting the 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand. The 16-year-old has been one of Europe’s most impressive junior drivers during 2018, dominating the Italian Formula 4 Championship’s Rookie Cup and winning the title with an event to spare. […]

ANOTHER PAIR OF PODIUMS FOR PETR AT MUGELLO

Petr Ptacek Jr brought his Rookie Cup-winning campaign in the 2018 Italian Formula 4 Championship to a stylish conclusion this weekend as he mastered treacherous weather conditions to secure another pair of podiums at the Mugello circuit. The 16-year-old, who secured the rookie crown for single-seater graduates with an event to spare, put a pair […]

Petr: ‘I can push for wins at Mugello’

Petr Ptacek Jr is targeting a winning end to his rookie single-seater campaign as the Italian F4 Championship reaches its climax at Mugello this weekend (26-28 October). Having impressively secured the series’ Rookie Cup title at the penultimate round in Vallelunga last month, the 16-year-old has less pressure on his shoulders this weekend. But he’s […]

Petr shines during Formula V8 3.5 test

Petr Ptacek Jr continued his development as one of Europe’s brightest single-seater racing prospects last week when he impressed during a test in a Formula V8 3.5 car. The 16-year-old, who won this season’s Italian Formula 4 Championship’s Rookie Cup with a round to spare, is keen to get as much experience as possible as […]

Petr gets valuable F4 laps in Germany

Petr Ptacek Jr was happy to take several positives from his debut ADAC Formula 4 Championship event at Hockenheim last weekend. The 15-year-old joined the US Racing – CHRS squad for the German championship’s season finale and he saw it as a great opportunity to add to the single-seater experience he has already successfully accumulated […]

Petr to make German F4 debut

Fresh from winning the Italian F4 Championship’s Rookie Cup title, Petr Ptacek Jr will make his ADAC F4 Championship debut at Hockenheim this weekend (21-23 September). Joining the grid for the German series’ final round will give the 15-year-old an opportunity to test himself on another new track and against a grid of unfamiliar drivers. […]

Petr wins Italian F4 Rookie Cup title

Petr Ptacek Jr underlined his growing reputation in European motorsport by winning the Italian F4 Championship Rookie Cup title at Vallelunga this weekend (14-16 September). The 15-year-old travelled to the penultimate round of the season with a healthy lead in the rookie standings and, despite an early set back in race one, his bid to […]

Petr targeting Italian F4 rookie title

Petr Ptacek Jr is aiming to secure the Italian F4 Championship Rookie Cup title when the series resumes after a six-week break at Vallelunga this weekend (14-16 September). The 15-year-old has an impressive 93-point lead over his nearest rival in the standings and with only 150 points available during the next two race weekends, Petr is […]

Podium and rookie clean sweep for Petr at Imola

Petr Ptacek Jr collected his fourth overall podium finish of the year and a clean-sweep of Rookie Cup wins during a successful programme of Italian F4 Championship races at Imola this weekend.    The 15-year-old built on his podium-winning form at the previous round in Misano to claim two P5 finishes and a P3 at […]

Overall F4 win is Petr’s target at Imola

Petr Ptacek Jr resumes his Italian F4 Championship campaign at Imola this weekend (27-29 July) – and the youngster is hoping he can secure his first outright victory in the series. The 15-year-old is eager to get back behind the wheel of his BhaiTech Racing car after the Italian series’ six-week summer break and he’s […]

Winning F4 start for Petr Ptacek Jr

Just halfway through his first season of car racing, Petr Ptacek Jr has already surpassed many of his performance targets for 2018 with a pole position, race wins and a large haul of points in the Formula 4 category highlighting how quickly the 15-year-old is developing his skills. Graduating from the KZ2 karting class, the […]

Petr claims first F4 victory in Valencia

Petr Ptacek Jr claimed his first outright Formula 4 victory and a maiden pole position after a dominant weekend in the F4 Spain Championship at Valencia. The Czech driver was on the pace from the first test session on Friday afternoon as he led the field in his Formula de Campeones car. His speed and […]

Hat-trick of overall F4 podiums at Misano

Petr Ptacek Jr claimed a trio of overall podiums – and a clean sweep of Rookie Cup wins – during the fourth round of the Italian F4 Championship at Misano this weekend. The Czech driver headed to the Adriatic circuit on a high after demonstrating his front-running pace at Monza earlier this month. His confidence […]

Petr aims to capitalise on Misano pace

Petr Ptacek Jr is targeting a maiden pole position and more points as he travels to Misano for the fourth round of the Italian F4 Championship this weekend (16-17 June). The 15-year-old heads to the 4.2km circuit on the back of two Rookie Cup wins at the last round in Monza earlier this month. His […]

Petr claims series lead after Monza success

Petr Ptacek Jr has taken the lead of the Italian F4 Championship Rookie Cup after securing a pair of category wins at Monza this weekend. The 15-year-old headed to the Milanese track at something of a disadvantage, having only enjoyed half a day of testing at the venue in pre-season. However, he was immediately up […]

PETR TARGETS PODIUM SUCCESS AT MONZA

Petr Ptacek Jr is aiming for overall podiums when the Italian F4 Championship resumes at Monza this weekend (2-3 June). The 15-year-old heads to the home of the Italian Grand Prix on a high after securing his first Rookie Cup win and four other class podiums at the first two events of the 2018 season. […]

Petr gears up for Spanish F4 debut

Petr Ptacek Jr will make his debut in the Spanish Formula 4 Championship as the series kicks off at the MotorLand Aragón circuit this weekend. The 15-year-old, who currently occupies second place in the Italian F4 Championship Rookie Cup standings after only two rounds, has boosted his 2018 racing programme by committing to five rounds […]

Breakthrough F4 win for Petr Ptacek Jr in France

Petr Ptacek Jr claimed his first Rookie Cup win and a brace of Rookie podiums as he battled changeable weather conditions during the second round of the Italian F4 Championship at Paul Ricard in France this weekend. Returning to the track that he enjoyed a successful pre-season test at last month, Petr made his knowledge […]

Petr keen to continue strong F4 start

Petr Ptacek Jr is confident he can continue his strong start in the Italian Formula 4 Championship when he travels to the second round at Paul Ricard in France this weekend (12-13 May). The karting graduate heads to the home of the French Grand Prix after securing two Rookie Cup podiums and a brace of […]

Podium brace for Petr on his Italian F4 debut

Petr Ptacek Jr made a strong start to his 2018 Italian F4 Championship campaign as he fought his way to a pair of Rookie Cup podiums and two top-ten finishes at Adria International Raceway this weekend. The karting graduate was making his single-seater racing debut at the 2.70km track that is renowned for being tight […]

Petr feeling calm ahead of Italian F4 debut

Petr Ptacek Jr will make his European single-seater racing debut this weekend when he takes part in the first round of the Italian F4 Championship at Adria International Circuit. The 15-year-old has graduated to formula racing after an impressive 2017 season in which he found race-winning success at domestic, European and world level in karting’s […]

Podium delight for Petr on his F4 racing debut

Petr Ptacek made an impressive start to his single-seater racing career in Abu Dhabi this week as he battled his way to a pair of podium finishes at the first round of the F4 UAE Championship. The KZ2 karting graduate linked up with Rasgaira Motorsports at the Yas Marina Circuit as he made his racing […]

Petr confirms F4 racing debut in Abu Dhabi

Petr Ptacek will make his single-seater racing debut this weekend when he travels to the Yas Marina Circuit to contest the opening round of the F4 UAE Championship. The 15-year-old has signed up to tackle the Italian F4 Championship in 2018 and has made a positive start to his pre-season testing programme with BhaiTech Racing […]

Petr named ‘Kart Racer of the Year’ by Czech federation

Petr Ptacek’s impressive performances in karting’s KZ2 category during 2017 have been honoured by the Autoklub Ceske Republiky after he was named ‘Kart Racer of the Year’ in his homeland. The 15-year-old was a standout performer during his rookie season in KZ2 with the factory Formula K team. As well as impressing in the CIK-FIA […]

Petr moves to Italian F4 Championship in 2018

Aspiring Czech driver Petr Ptacek will graduate to the Italian F4 Championship in 2018 after joining the BhaiTech Racing squad. The 15-year-old (pictured above with BhaiTech team manager, Nicolò Gaglian) will move onto the Italian F4 grid after enjoying a race-winning season as a rookie in karting’s premier gearbox category, KZ2. The youngster was a […]

Q&A – Petr’s review of the 2017 KZ2 season

Q: How do you evaluate your first season in KZ2? A: “At the beginning of the year we had the speed but there were some ups and downs as I learned how everything worked. But I got stronger with each race and I think everything came together perfectly at the KZ2 International Super Cup earlier […]

Petr Jr rises to the challenge at KZ2 International Super Cup meeting

Petr Ptacek Jr was one of the star performers during the CIK-FIA KZ2 International Super Cup meeting in Germany at the weekend as he finished 20th out of 113 drivers. The 14-year-old has made great progress during his first season in the premier KZ2 gearbox karting category, despite conceding years of experience to many of […]

Bell Racing helmet quality resonates with Petr Jr

A crash helmet is the most important piece of equipment in a drivers’ kit. Petr Ptacek Jr has been proud to entrust his safety to Bell Racing for the last three seasons – and the partnership will continue into 2018. As a helmet manufacturer for more than 60 years, Bell Racing put safety, quality, advanced […]

Petr Jr turns a negative into a positive at DKM meeting

Petr Ptacek Jr showed his ability to overcome adversity at the penultimate round of the Deutsche Kart Meisterschaft (DKM) in Wackersdorf last weekend as he turned the disappointment of a Final 1 retirement into an impressive Final 2 performance. The 14-year-old returned to competitive KZ2 action in Germany after the lengthy summer break and immediately […]

Petr Jr fights hard as his European KZ2 campaign ends in rain-soaked Sweden

Petr Ptacek Jr completed his 2017 CIK-FIA European KZ2 Championship campaign in Sweden last weekend and the 14-year-old says he’s pleased with the progress he’s made and the experience he’s taken from the three-event series. The Formula K factory driver is competing in karting’s premier gearbox class for the first time this season but he […]

Petr Jr welcomes Eterna as a new personal sponsor

Accurate timing is everything in motorsport, so Petr Jr is delighted to confirm prestigious watchmaker, Eterna, as one of his new personal sponsors. The Swiss brand, which has been leading timepiece design and technical innovation since 1856, has welcomed Petr to its family of ambassadors and the 14-year-old will wear a watch from Eterna’s ‘Kontiki’ […]

Tyre failures hold Petr Jr back at latest DKM event

A pair of sudden and unexpected tyre blow outs ruined Petr Ptacek Jr’s ambitions during the third round of the Deutsche Kart Meisterschaft (DKM) series in Wackersdorf at the weekend. The Formula K factory driver, who raced to an impressive ADAC Kart Masters podium at the track last month, was hoping to build on that […]

Petr Jr impresses as he qualifies for European KZ2 Championship Final

Petr Ptacek Jr was an impressive performer during the second round of the CIK-FIA European KZ2 Championship at Le Mans last weekend as he earned a place in the Final and recored a 20-place improvement on his qualifying slot. Having just missed the Final cut during the first round of the series at Genk, Belgium […]

Petr Jr benefits from having ex-F1 driver as his team-mate

Petr Ptacek Jr benefitted from having former F1 driver Felipe Nasr as his team-mate at the second round of the ADAC Kart Masters series last weekend. The Brazilian, who raced for the Sauber team in 2015 and 2016, joined the Praga factory team at Wackersdorf in Germany for his first taste of the latest-spec KZ2 […]

Petr Jr scores ADAC podium as the action hots up in Germany

Petr Ptacek Jr scored a memorable KZ2 podium at the second round of the ADAC Kart Masters series on Sunday as he expertly managed rising engine water temperatures that peaked at more than 100 degrees Celsius! The 14-year-old was using the Wackersdorf event to evaluate some new Formula K chassis materials that could potentially be […]

Petr Jr receives exclusive Czech Autoklub endorsement

Petr Ptacek Jr’s continued success in motorsport has been officially recognised by the governing body of motorsport in the Czech Republic. The 14-year-old, who is proudly racing across Europe with the Czech flag on his OMP race suit and Formula K chassis during 2017, was recently appointed as an ‘official representative of the Czech Republic […]

Petr Jr continues his strong partnership with OMP

The 2017 season marks the third consecutive year that Petr Ptacek Jr has enjoyed a collaboration with OMP, the Italian-based racewear manufacturer that has kept some of the biggest names in motorsport safe since 1973. Petr Jr started working with the FIA-approved brand in 2015 and his product performance feedback during the last two seasons […]

Impressive pace earns first DKM points of the season at Kerpen

Petr Ptacek Jr enjoyed a successful weekend at the second round of the German Kart Championship (DKM) on Sunday as he scored his first points of the season in the KZ2 category. The 14-year-old was hampered by illness during the opening round of the series at Ampfing earlier this month, but he was able to […]

Petr takes a clean-sweep of KZ2 wins in Germany

Petr Ptacek Jr crowned his impressive development in karting’s KZ2 category by winning both of the event Finals at the second round of the Weiss-Blau Kart Trophy in Germany on Sunday. The Formula K factory driver only graduated to karting’s premier gearbox class at the start of the 2017 season but he’s been determined to […]

European KZ2 Championship performance pleases Petr

Petr Ptacek Jr made a positive start to his 2017 CIK-FIA KZ2 European Championship campaign in Genk, Belgium at the weekend, despite narrowly missing out on qualifying for the event final. The 14-year-old, who is competing in the KZ2 category for the first time and racing on a number of unfamiliar tracks this season, had […]

Petr shows his DKM pace despite a bout of sickness

Petr Ptacek Jr had to battle against a bout of sickness at the opening round of the German Kart Championship (DKM) on Sunday – but it didn’t stop the Formula K driver fighting hard and recovering strongly in the KZ2 category. The 14-year-old fell ill during Friday and Saturday’s qualifying rounds at Ampfing but still […]

Petr learns fast and finishes strongly at Ampfing

Petr Ptacek Jr warmed up for the first round of the Deutschen Kart Meisterschaft (DKM) at Ampfing this weekend (5-7 May) by scoring P8 and P7 finishes at the track’s ADAC Kart Masters event on Sunday. With no previous KZ2 experience at Ampfing, Petr’s Formula K team decided to use the Kart Masters races to […]

WSK Super Master pace pleases Petr

Petr Ptacek Jr has taken another important step in his development as a KZ2 racer by reaching the Final at the third and fourth rounds of the WSK Super Master series in Italy. The 14-year-old graduated to the premier KZ2 gearbox category at the start of the 2017 season and is taking part in Italy’s […]

Petr’s blog: WSK at Sarno

“It’s been a busy weekend for me at the final round of the WSK Super Master Series in Sarno, but I have some good news. I was in the KZ2 Final and I managed to make up eight places on my start position to finish P26. I think my speed was pretty good! “For sure, […]

Petr welcomes his school friends to Lonato

Petr welcomed some of the pupils from his school into the paddock at the recent Trofeo Margutti event in Lonato, as many of the group experienced the thrill and excitement of top level kart racing for the first time. Petr attends the International School of Brescia in Italy and, with his racing regularly taking him […]

Petr’s blog: no luck at the Margutti Trophy

“So, the Margutti Trophy was held at the weekend and, to be honest, it was pretty frustrating for us. We seemed to have very little good fortune on the track and that made things quite tough. “Our first heat was okay. But in the second race, there was a little water patch on the track […]

Petr shows his KZ2 speed at the Trofeo di Primavera

Petr Ptacek Jr recorded the best finish of his rookie KZ2 season to date when he secured P4 at the Trofeo di Primavera meeting in Italy at the weekend. The 14-year-old is the youngest driver in karting’s premier gearbox category but he has shown himself to be a fast learner with the Formula K factory […]

Petr’s blog: Trofeo di Primavera wrap

  “So, I completed the Trofeo di Primavera Championship at Lonato on Sunday – and I finished P4 out of 35 drivers in the KZ2 standings. That was pretty cool! “My confidence has been increasing with every race that I’ve done since the start of the season in KZ2 and everything came together at the […]

Petr’s blog: WSK at Castelletto

“We travelled to Castelletto at the weekend for the second round of the WSK Super Master Series. I was a little disappointed that I missed out on qualifying for the KZ2 final by three seconds, but I still learned so much in my Formula K kart and I’ve got a super good feeling for the […]

Petr’s blog: Trofeo di Primavera – round one

   “So, I raced at the first round of the Trofeo di Primavera in Lonato at the weekend and I think I made some good steps forward in the KZ2 class. “I learned a lot on my Formula K chassis and finishing P10 in the final means I have a chance of finishing on the […]

Petr shows he’s a fast learner in KZ2

Ambitious kart racer Petr Ptacek Jr showed some impressive speed and proved he’s a fast learner when he tackled his first KZ2 category races in the dry at the weekend. The 14-year-old has graduated to karting’s premier category in 2017 and was taking part in the ultra-competitive Winter Cup race meeting that is held at […]