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Eurocup Mégane Trophy

My first drive
I was seven and my dad took me karting. I was immediately hooked and, several sessions later, I was given a kart for my ninth birthday. Then, when I was 11, I started racing competitively at junior level. I often went to circuits in those days, as my dad was a partner of a team in the Renault 5 GT Cup and later in the Renault Alpine V6 Cup, and my uncle, Jeroen, was starting his competitive career.

My first race
It was in karting, in the Dutch junior championship. I started 26th, and after one lap I was in the top five – only I hadn’t realised that there were two formation laps!
I made my car racing debut in 1999, in Formula Arcobaleno. At the end of that same year, I also took part in the Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Cup.

My favourite circuit
Without question, it’s Spa-Francorchamps. I have fantastic memories of winning both races there this year. But the best crowd is undoubtedly at the Hungaroring.

The first thing I do when I get home from a race
I check my emails, plan my week, relax and watch some football.

My favourite driver
In Formula One, my favourites are Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher.

My favourite singer or group
I like a bit of everything when it comes to musical styles. So when I switch on the radio, I’m happy with whatever’s playing.

My favourite food
Thai, Italian and sushi.

Official Renault Sport Press Release.

Posted: 13 September 2012
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