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Buggyra Academy drivers were taking trophies in France and Cheb last weekend

The last weekend brought some great results to the Buggyra Academy team statistics. While Raphael Sousa dominated the Junior category in the opening round of the French truck racing championship, Nicolas Lacko was successful in the first event of the Czech karting championship.


Buggyra Academy drivers were taking trophies in France and Cheb last weekend

For Sousa, it was his first event as a Buggyra driver, and right away he became a clear number one driver in the FFA Camions Junior category. At the Le Castellet circuit, well-known for Formula 1, he even handled well wet conditions. In the first race, he won in his category, while later that day, in the second run, he finished in 2nd place.


The first race on Sunday brought some bad luck. After a collision with his Portuguese compatriot José Rodrigues, he had to pit early and eventually retired. However, he made up for it in the afternoon. After a start from the back of the grid, he showed a heroic performance, full of overtaking, and once again, he was unstoppable in the Junior category. He currently sits in 5th place in the overall standings.


“Even while the weather was far from perfect, I quickly got used to the new truck. However, due to the collision in the 2nd race on Saturday, I had to retire and lost many points. But in general, I’m satisfied with my performance and I’ve completed my goals,” said the 25-year-old Portuguese driver.


Nicolas Lacko, who is 16 years younger than Sousa, had to fight wet conditions as well. The youngest member of the Buggyra Academy took part in the opening round of the Czech Kart Open championship, the international Czech karting series, in the Kart Arena in Cheb.


And he did very well, winning the Easy 60 Junior category, and taking 3rd place overall in the Easy 60 category. “Well, he got the 3rd place totally unexpected, because he actually finished in 6th position, but then the first 3 drivers were penalised for overtaking under yellow flags, but the history won’t ask about that” explained proud father Adam Lacko, with a smile.


“Niki was worried about the water, but he also felt respect and handled it perfectly. He was really happy at the finish line, shining like a little sun. The winter preparations in Italy really paid off. Here, in the Czech Republic, he succeeded right in his debut on a stronger kart,” added Lacko, a former European Truck Racing champion.

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