My need for speed comes from my grandfather, Wim Janssen. Back in the day he had a motor racing team and travelled through Europe. He was several times European Champion in the Speedway Midget Class. He began racing in 1964 when he was 24. I turn 24 next year and just got my racing licence at the Zandvoort Formula 1 track in the Netherlands. It’s great to share an interest with my grandfather, best friend and biggest sponsor.
I tried a few different types of training with Taty Frans to figure out what is best for PWA level, especially with the different disciplines. In freestyle you don’t want to be too heavy, but in slalom you need the weight. I have tried to find a balance. If I didn’t go to the gym I don’t think I would have made it this far. I have a lot of competitions to stay fit and strong for and I would not be able to handle it without the preparation I have done. You do not want to know how hard we train. We go to the gym three times a week in Bonaire; the day after you feel dead, but the hard work really pays off.