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P5 at the 8h of FKI

The 8h at FKI has become a tradition through the years as this race is always held at ‘carless Sunday’ in Brussels.

In comparison to other years I wasn’t driving this edition with Mats de Jong but with another Traxxis teammate. I opted to choose for Stefan Verhofsté as we have done a lot of (succesfull) races in the past which made it an easy and logical choice.

The game was preceded by a 45-minute free practice and three qualifying heats to determine the starting order.

During the free practice, Stefan was just that bit quicker than me at first, after a number of instructions the difference was almost completely eliminated at the end of the session and we drove around the same pace. We felt that we had a good kart which meant that a starting position at the front seemed possible.

Stefan took care of the first session and placed us in the top 5, which was more than enough to continue to the next session. During the second session I drove a top 10 time which allowed us to continue to the final and deciding session. I managed to squeeze out a very good lap and qualify so somewhat surprisingly on P3.


At the start, poleman Matts Breckpott almost stalled immediately so I could make a move for P2. In the lead there was a junior driver who was – because of the max. 20kg lead rule –  easily 20kg lighter which allowed him to pull a pretty big gap on me.
During my second stint I had a hard time adjusting to the new kart, a kart that totally did not fit my driving style so I lost valuable time, it took me a bit too long to adapt to this kart.


Stefan drove two solid stints after me so we stayed in the top 5, but it was difficult to predict where we would end up at that time.


I drove another two and a half stint with a couple of varying karts, I was pretty constant but still missed that bit of pace in comparison with the fastest drivers.

Stefan finished the race and ended up very close to P4 but unfortunately the race was just too short to get there. A podium place wasn’t that far away either.

P5 during the 8h of FKI is not the result I had hoped for, but sometimes there are days where you perform a bit less and you have to be satisfied with that little bit less …





Kartzone e-Prix eKart

Tuesday the 17th of January, I drove my first race of the season, the ‘Kartzone e-Prix’ organised by Tim van den Acker at eKart in Ghent.

I formed a team with Sander De Baets and we drove under the nickname Traxxis Volt. We had two more Traxxis teams participating in this race. It looked like it was going to be a fun race with 9 teams.
There were 7(!) kart changes to make this race as fair as possible. The minimumweight was set at 80kg. There also was a ‘joker lap’ which were obligated during the four first stints.

Qualification was something special. We had to drive a crazy cart XL between some cones. Each team had to let two drivers do this course to get the fastest average time. I added an onboard during that qualification. A bit later it turned out Sander and I did the fastest time so we could start on pole.

I took the start of the race and drove 40 minutes before I handed over the kart to Sander. Just before my second stop it went completely wrong when a driver got out of the pits but kept driving in the middle of the track while I arrived at full speed. I couldn’t avoid him so we touched quite roughly. Two corners later the guy I just crashed into also spun which made my crash a second time. I lost some valuable time.

Sander also drove 40 minutes and was struggling a bit in the beginning with his seat which kept sliding to the back, not easy to drive like that! During his first ‘joker lap’ he managed to fix that problem, his times went down quite significantly.

Afterwards we both drove another 20 minutes. Due to some uncertainties it wasn’t completely clear where our closest rivals (Traxxis Ohm – Yoeri VdG and Bjorn V) where. During my last stint I accidently did another ‘joker lap’ which made us loose about seven seconds. Luckily our advantage was just bigh enough to stay in front of them after our last kart change. Sander managed to stay in front.

Ultimately, Sander managed to increase the gap slightly which was enough to take the victory!
Congratulations to my teammates as well with their second and third place!

Don’t forget to check out the highlights of our race in the movie at the end of this article!

Personally this was far from my best race but I’m glad we could take this victory, always a good feeling to start the season on a positive note!


Coming up next is the Indoor European Kart Challenge at Middelburg, february 17-18!