Driver News: Brandon Lemke – 2013 Season Review
Brandon Lemke ends the 2013 racing season staking claim to 7 Championship titles – 4 of them in the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup National Series.
The 01 Merlin driver left no doubt that he is the best Sportsman driver in the business and has all four national titles to prove it. For the first time in 13 years, Lemke rises to the elite status of being one of only 2 drivers ever in the history of WKA’s Man Cup Series to accomplish this feat.
Brandon started his winning streak in Daytona. He continued to pick up momentum throughout the year, including being the only Sportsman driver with 4 wins in one weekend (at Newcastle). He ended the year in Mooresville – a track he had never raced at before – with another six podiums, including a win in Cadet on Sunday.
The year didn’t come without its challenges, however. Two of the most noticeable occurred when Brandon hit a growth spurt earlier in the season, growing a full 7 inches between Daytona and Mooresville. Even after making significant adjustments, Brandon had to adopt changes to maintain his pace. Knowing he could have moved up to the Junior ranking, Lemke took his commitment to the Sportsman class seriously. He believes in finishing what he starts and giving his all every step of the way.
The other potential setback came at the end of July when Brandon’s kart flipped in the final lap of the Route 66 series race in Dousman, WI. Lemke’s collarbone broke with displacement significant enough to warrant surgery to put in a surgical plate. Even with complications after the surgery, Brandon’s determination to heal and get back in his ride even amazed his surgeon. “I have never seen a kid so driven to get better,” he said. “You just can’t keep him down, can you?”
And unstoppable he was.
At 13, this young and highly talented driver looks back at his successful year as a starting point for even bigger and better accomplishments in the years to come.