Biography

Karting

Korjus made his pan-European karting début in 2006, competing in the Rotax Max Euro Challenge for the AGS Racing team. He finished sixth overall in the championship standings, 25 points behind the champion Jack Hawksworth. As well as that, he finished thirteenth in the Challenge finals, as well as being Estonian champion at Junior level. 2007 saw Korjus win the Estonian title once again, and he also picked up the Baltic Junior title and was the winner of the Rotax Max World finals. He did however finish runner-up by two points to Mats van den Brand in the Euro Challenge. In 2008, Korjus competed in the Junior classes in the pan-European championship, but progressed to the Senior class in his local championships. Meanwhile he won the Euro Challenge and was second to Facundo Chapur in the World Finals in Rotax Juniors.

Formula Renault 2.0

While completing his career in karts, Korjus also spent 2008 adjusting to single-seaters, competing in the first Finnish Formula Renault championship. Racing for the T.T. Racing Team, Korjus finished all but one race on the podium, as he finished runner-up to Jesse Krohn in the championship. Of those podiums, three were race victories that came in the final four races of the season, including a double at Ahvenisto. Korjus continued with the team into the 2009 season, but moved into the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup. Korjus finished all bar one race as he finished fifth in the championship; his best result being a second place finish at Most.

Korjus stepped up to the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship for its 2010 season, and moved to the Koiranen Bros. Motorsport team. Despite qualifying on the third row for both races, Korjus won them both, becoming the first driver to win a race in the championship in the newly-introduced cars designed by Barazi-Epsilon. He is also the youngest person to win a Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season.

He went on to win the championship in a dominating manner, crushing all his opponents on the way and taking the title with one meeting in spare. Having secured the title and being free from pressure he literally pulverized his opponents at the last meeting in Barcelona, winning the final wet-weather race of the season by 17 seconds. Nine wins from 16 rounds (including five victories from final six rounds), six poles (all in succession during final rounds) and three fastest laps were the highlights.

World Series by Renault (Formula Renault 3.5)

Victory in FRenault 2.0 Eurocup brought him a 500,000 euro scholarship from Renault and Kevin duly graduated to Renault World Series (WSR) with Tech1 team for 2011. He also became a member of Lotus young driver development scheme. WSR field in 2011 was perhaps the strongest ever but Kevin took his maiden win already during the opening meeting, becoming the youngest-ever race winner in WSR. Two more wins followed inclunding an incredible victory at Nürburgring, where Kevin climbed up from 21st on lap 1 thanks to a spirited pit strategy and bold moves on the track. Still Kevin was only P6 overall because of many technical glitches. He also drove Lotus F1 car at the end-of-season Young Driver Test at Abu Dhabi.

Kevin stayed with Tech1 in WSR for 2012 but a new team-mate in the form of Ferrari protegé Julien Bianchi made things complicated. Mid-season switch to Team Lotus brought some progress but overall P10 with only one podium was a disappointment.

In November Kevin took part in F3 blue-riband event in Macau. He showed incredibly good pace for a rookie during the practice but his weekend was basically spoilt by lots of yellow flags during the qualification and P13 definitely didn’t show his true potential.

GP3

For 2013 Kevin switched to GP3 and returned to Koiranen GP, the very same team he won FRenault 2.0 Eurocup with in 2010. Kevin was among the frontrunners from the word go and stayed in the title hunt until the final meeting, but had to content with overall P7 in the end. Macau F3 Grand Prix also ended with a disappointment when the engine of his car expired twice.

2013 was an important year on another front as well as Kevin graduated from high-school. And as it stands it was his final year as a single-seater driver as well.

GTs

For 2014 Kevin switched to GTs and drove ART Grand Prix McLaren MP4-12C in Blancpain Endurance Series and European Le Mans Series. Kevin quickly establisehed himself as a fast and reliable GT driver. He could hardly had a better start, taking third place at Blancpain opening round at Monza together with team-mates Andy Soucek and Kévin Estre. Second-place finish at the next round at Silverstone catapulted them to points leaders but this was as good as it got. Two technical failures during remaining three rounds dropped them to overall P8.

In ELMS Kevin had different team-mates and as a single Gold-grade driver in the team he often had to correct the mistakes his less-qualified colleagues had committed. Balance of Performance was also clearly against McLarens in ELMS and fourth place in GTC final points standings was absolute maximum under those conditons. Third place in Paul Ricard is what Kevin himself describes as one of the highlights of the season.