Many of us are aware of Motorsport thanks to professional drivers like Michael Schumacher but little else is known about the sport and what a career in it entails. LIVE spoke to a matric pupil at Paul Roos Gymnasium about his passion for racing. For young racing driver, Eugene Denyssen, karting is the platform from which he hopes to launch his Formula One racing career. Currently competing at an international level, Eugene worked his way up from his first full season in 2009.
Eugene admits that his commitment to racing has made it challenging for him to maintain his academic career, but he is determined to complete his final schooling year with acceptance into Stellenbosch University to study a degree in the field of Commerce. With an increasing list of accomplishments under his name, Eugene is a young person that is worthy of watching.
LIVE: What are your hobbies aside from racing?
EUGENE:I love water sports and athletics. I also enjoy playing video games and practicing on racing stimulators.
LIVE: What is your dream car?
EUGENE:Lamborghini Veveno (Only three exist)
LIVE: What is your greatest fear on the track?
EUGENE:In racing, I don’t have fear because it only holds you back. The slightest hesitation on the track can cost you dearly and it is a weakness that can be used against you. Other competitors should fear you.
LIVE: Have you ever had an accident on the track?
EUGENE:Yes, many times before. It’s part of racing. Luckily, I haven’t had any serious injuries though.
LIVE: What do you enjoy most about karting?
EUGENE:I like the competitiveness amongst the racers and the adrenalin rush you feel when you start a race and of course the speed. I feel at home when I’m behind the steering-wheel.
LIVE:What would you consider your top 5 achievements?
EUGENE: –South African Junior Max National Champion
-Western Province Junior Max Regional Champion
-Received Senior Western Province Colours
-Senior South African Protea Colours
-13th in the Rotax Grand World Finals held in Portugal
LIVE: What was your proudest moment this far?
EUGENE:Definitely clinching the SA Championship on the last race of the season. Also, receiving my South African Senior Protea Colours at the MSA SA National Championship Awards – it is one of the highest accolades in motorsport and it was a very proud moment for me.
LIVE: What’s in store for you in the near future?
EUGENE:This year I will compete in the Rotax Max National Championship and I will make my debut in Formula Ford in the Super Series and hopefully FIA Formula 4 in Italy.
LIVE: Do you have any advice for young people in terms of following their dreams?
EUGENE: Do what you want to do and what makes you happy. It’s good to have dreams, because it is something that you can strive towards, but it is up to you to make it a reality. Challenge your limits don’t limit your challenges.
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