Igor Walilko on his way to Formula!
Igor Walilko belongs to the group of best polish drivers, who successfully develops his karting career at the world class level. WallraV Racing club member who has began his motorsport adventure over 10years ago. As a child he supported his father Rafael Walilko in motorcycle racing.
“Always when my dad had a race, me and my mom joined him on Friday after we got back from preschool. I will never forget those fast motorcycles, smell of petrol, running mechanics, happiness and also often tears of people who love this sport – I always knew what I will do in my life”.
In his first two karting events 16year old driver took the podium twice, beating his older and more experienced colleagues. After first season he finished “Mlodzik 60” class in Poland on 4th place, which let him to start abroad, first in Italy and later in Belgium. There next to Max Verstappen he has reached a title of 2nd runner-up in KF5 category. What’s more, in the very same season he won Polish Cup in ROK Junior category.
In 2010 Walilko continued his career abroad, where he always was in the top positions during the German Championship Series (DJKM). Also taking a part of Karting World Championship WSK series was a successful debut for him, where name Walilko appeared very often in the top. In the same year Igor become a Polish Champion in KF3 category, while starting just in 4 out of 5 events! – He won almost all races, in worst case he finished 2nd. After a short brake, young driver from Zielona Gora came back to racing and in his first event at the beginning of 2012 Igor finished with great result of 7th place in qualify session for over 100 drivers in prestigious Winter Cup in Lonato Italy. Igor’s great condition took him to Lewis Hamilton karting racing team – which resulted in great 7th place in World Cup qualifications in Spanish Zuera and win of Tropheo delle Industrie in Italy.
In season 2013 Walilko was once again nominated to a national karting team and took part in every event within Euro and World Championships series, almost always qualified to a strict final. However, his primary task was to prepare himself for future start in single-seaters. In 2nd half of 2013 Formula ADAC, Formula Renault 2.0 and Abarth tests took place. It’s a first step that a driver should take after finishing his karting career to be able to race in higher series of single-seaters as F3, GP3, GP2, F1 or GT cars.
Currently the talks with the sponsors and teams are in progress about the next tests and eventual participation of Igor in next year ADAC Masters Formula. This particular series are one of the most challenging thru so called “small formulas” and taking under consideration number of German drivers in Formula 1 it seems quite obvious to be the best way up for talented driver from Poland.
Recently, one of the most successful and biggest German teams in history is interested in Igor – Mucke Motorsport. Frank Lucke himself noticed Igor. The head team engineer, who was one of the first working with talented Sebastian Vettel. Vettel, after his won of 4th F1 World Champion title, he repeatedly thanked for trust and first steps in single-seaters. Walilko had an opportunity to test for the first time in his life a GT class Porsche Carrera GT3 of Robert Lukas from Forch Racing. Results he got would let him to be in the top 10 of German Porsche Carrera Cup, where top drivers from the Porsche Supercup start before F1.
“I am so happy that despite the often unfavorable weather conditions I could gain some experience in single-seaters and GT-class car. I also hope that I will be able to start next season in some full-race series. I must admit that my goal is very to be in very demanding single-seaters, but driving a racing Porsche is also fun.”