24H SERIES – Interview
In January this year, 17-year-old Miklas Born took part in his first-ever car race and his first-ever 24-hour race in the same week. Now, just nine months later, the young Swiss star goes into the COPPA FLORIO 12H Sicily as the TCE standings leader. As we discover from the man himself, 2020 has been far from a ‘normal’ year for go-kart graduate.
Heading into the inaugural COPPA FLORIO 12H Sicily, Miklas Born not only leads the way in both Junior Cup standings but is also on top in the European and Continental Overall TCE Drivers’ title chase as well. Really think about that for a second: this Swiss youngster from Basel, who’d competed in only two car races in his life when he celebrated his 17th birthday back in April, could conceivably walk away from his first season of car racing with FOUR different championships to his name. In a program as diverse and competitive as the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook, even in a year as, ahem, ‘unpredictable’ as 2020, that’s seriously impressive. Prior to 2020 after all, Miklas Born’s focus had been on go-karts. Inspired by his father’s own motorsport tenure and enthusiasm, a 12-year-old Miklas took his first tentative steps into go-karting with a one-off run in the Schweizer Kart Meisterschaft in September 2014. Results were…mixed, to say the least… “When I was younger, my dad used to race go-karts and I really enjoyed watching him on-track. This was the first contact I had with motorsport and where it all started,” Miklas explains to CREVENTIC. “One day it was my turn to drive a ‘Super Mini’ go-kart. I remember I entered the track for the first time, and in the first corner the throttle got stuck and I went straight off! Any other kid might have just quit right away but I was so fascinated by the sport, we just continued.”