Young Belgrader Nikola Miljkovic has once again moved the borders of Serbia’s auto sport. Formerly the youngest double champion of Serbia, and now the champion of Europe on the mountain paths.
The last race of the season in the European Hill Climb Championship took place in Buzet, on track 5.001 km long. Nikola didn’t miss his chance to write a history. Winning the Croatian track he became the youngest winner of renowned competition. He left behind a number of experienced and high-quality European drivers behind him, despite the bumps and problems that were following him in the footsteps. Due to the insolent spirit and great driving, Nikola gained and deserved respect throughout Europe.
Winning in Buzet, Croatia, with a mere 21 years of age, he won the sixth title in his career, this time European.
The season began in April, when Nikola took his first victory in France, setting the record in his group. He continued with victories in Austria, Spain, Czech Republic… From the beginning of the season of the European Hill Climb Championship he drove 12 races and won 12 stands, from which he took 8 first places, 3 second and 1 third. The main competitors were champions of: Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia… This championship is conceived so that the drivers are divided into groups in which they battle for victory, and in general placement they score together. After the first race of the season and the win in Slovenia, Nikola was in the lead 7 points against Austrian Kristian Schweiger. He came to Buzet to win the title. The goal for Nikola was to win in the class, which would ensure victory in the general placement.
Already at the first practice, played on Saturday, Nikola was dominant in relation to his competitors, and continued to dominate during the second Saturday’s practice.
Sunday. The first race. Nikola came to the track with confidence and brought to his team the first win. At the end of the racing, the rain hit Buzet. The second race was driven on the wet track, at 17:00 Nikola started safely from the start and with the time 3: 02,525 arrived to win in his class and to the title of the champion in the European Hill Climb Championship. He also became the youngest champion.
The result he did was not written in the history of mountain auto sports. Nikola is far from someone who had a budget for the entire season, but with the help of his family, friends and a couple of sponsors, he ended the season as the youngest mountain champion in Europe ever. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 set records for the first two races of the season. Nikola spent the season sleeping in a van with the rest of the team, but more interesting he had also trained with the same van, with the steering wheel on the right.