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About Atze Kerkhof

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Nationality:
Dutch
Date of Birth:
February 26th 1987
Birthplace:
Groningen
Practices:
Running, weights, cycling, simA�training

 

Career highlights

2015A�
Start up Adrenaline Control B.V. Pro Driver Performance Center

2014
Start up Racing Driver Services Sim Training & Driver Coaching

2010 – 2014 Sim Racing Accomplishments
– iRacing World Championship runner up (3 victories, 20+ podium finishes)
A�iRacing Pro Season winner (8 wins out of 10 starts)
– GT Academy Dutch qualifier winner
– rFactor Formula Simracing World Championship race winner
A�Simraceway highest level driver
– Simraceway kart competition $5000
– Simraceway PDC competition winner

– 2010
Dutch National Team Shorttrack Speedskater

Projects

Adrenaline ControlRacing Driver Services

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Quotes

  • Jeroen de Jong - Team Manager Van Amersfoort Racing

    “After this experience with Atze, I personally think that we are at the dawn of change in the world of motorsports”

    Jeroen de Jong - Team Manager Van Amersfoort Racing
  • Fabio Martins - DeRose Method Personal Trainer

    a�?Atze is ready to succeed, he uses our Methoda��s Techniques to be quicker and more consistent, and our Concepts to deliver better relationships necessary to succeed in the business of racing.”

    Fabio Martins - DeRose Method Personal Trainer
  • Dom Duhan - Owner Team Redline

    “With millions of virtual racers globally, the level of competition is extremely high. Atze nurtured his skills and brought them into real racing with an incredible performance immediately.”

    Dom Duhan - Owner Team Redline
  • Jeroen de Jong - Team Manager van Amersfoort Racing

    “At first I was sceptical, but Atze has proven that sim racing is a new path into real racing, the onboards proof that even he even has skills to recover a high speed spin. This can’t be learned in the real car without making a serious costs”

    Jeroen de Jong - Team Manager van Amersfoort Racing
  • Ricardo Soares - DeRose Method Personal Trainer

    “In training Atze has grown to higher levels. With his attitude towards sports we are confident he will find his way to top level racing”

    Ricardo Soares - DeRose Method Personal Trainer
  • Jeroen de Jong - Team Manager Van Amersfoort Racing

    “After this experience with Atze, I personally think that we are at the dawn of change in the world of motorsports”

    Jeroen de Jong - Team Manager Van Amersfoort Racing
  • Fabio Martins - DeRose Method Personal Trainer

    a�?Atze is ready to succeed, he uses our Methoda��s Techniques to be quicker and more consistent, and our Concepts to deliver better relationships necessary to succeed in the business of racing.”

    Fabio Martins - DeRose Method Personal Trainer
  • Dom Duhan - Owner Team Redline

    “With millions of virtual racers globally, the level of competition is extremely high. Atze nurtured his skills and brought them into real racing with an incredible performance immediately.”

    Dom Duhan - Owner Team Redline
  • Jeroen de Jong - Team Manager van Amersfoort Racing

    “At first I was sceptical, but Atze has proven that sim racing is a new path into real racing, the onboards proof that even he even has skills to recover a high speed spin. This can’t be learned in the real car without making a serious costs”

    Jeroen de Jong - Team Manager van Amersfoort Racing
  • Ricardo Soares - DeRose Method Personal Trainer

    “In training Atze has grown to higher levels. With his attitude towards sports we are confident he will find his way to top level racing”

    Ricardo Soares - DeRose Method Personal Trainer

 

The story Front Page

Atze Kerkhof, from the living room to the F3 cockpit

The story of 26-year-old Atze Kerkhof is unique. His success driving a simulation in his living room led him to a Formula 3 test last December, with the Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing. The test took place at the Barcelona circuit where he drove a full day of testing in a 240hp formula car.And it was great! Atze only got his drivera��s licence in August. As he used his experience in his living room (he had no real racing experience) Atze proved himself. After the test the team gave him the green light to look for sponsors for a full season in German Formula 3.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Sim Racing

The evolution of motor sport has created a path for an aspiring driver to reach the pinnacle of the sport has always been through slower machinery through years of training, development, mistakes and cost. The more complex the machine the higher the costs. At some point these costs became prohibitive and technology came to the rescue producing ever more accurate simulations of the conditions and cars, saving costs a�� this was the evolution of the commercial level simulator. At the same time, enthusiasts and fans of the sport started from the other end, wanting to have a similar experience to the drivers, consumer level simulators began as games and through time have become more and more complex.

While there is still clearly a large gap between the professional F1 full motion simulators and living room level simulators, more and more this gap has been closed. Today many of the best consumer level simulators are offering competitions which take a person from the living room to a car, but this path is far from commonplace.
Nonetheless, there is no argument that simulators are vital in todaya��s motor sport industry. There are three key elements in my point of view:
  • Costs – for me this is the main reason for simulators to exist, the ability to save on costs (tyres and fuel alone for one session will easily buy most hardware needed for years of use, let alone the cost of an accident!) will keep on driving development and progress of simulators. While this development will increase overall running costs, simulators will always be cheaper than the reality they aim to reproduce.
  • Training for the team and drivers – consistency, discipline and practice. These are the elements which will take any person and team to success. However, motor sport is expensive and the opportunities to train are expensive and far between, thus why the lower cost, simpler machines play such a vital role at the base of the sport. Especially the consumer level simulators have been designed with the driver in mind. Simulators can provide endless hours to train, at a fraction of the costs.
  • Exploration (an extension on both points above) – As a sub point to both points above, anything can be tried in simulators, even things which on the limited track time cannot, allowing for new discoveries and building of experiences to best cope with the real machines.

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What does this mean?

When taking a step back one of the conclusions we may make is that soon we will see a new path into motor sport: from the living room to the cockpit. This will come in stark contrast to the traditional approach of driver development of years driving slower, simpler cars and building the skills from the ground up. This development will open the door for thousands more potential drivers who do not have the financial resources to follow the traditional path. It will undoubtedly create a new market. Many companies are already positioning themselves to be ideal path and it will be very interesting how this develops.

Text: Fabio Martins – DeRose Method TriBeCa

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Press

Hart van Nederland
RTV-Noord
Studio Max
Telegraaf
Dagblad van het Noorden

 

Telegraaf TelesportA�
The Simpit Interview with Atze Kerkhof – Alien Sim RacerA�
The Simpit Interview withA�Atze Kerkhof – Look Out World The Alien Is BackA�
45min radio interview at Traffic Radio
Hart van Nederland TV footage (Dutch)
RTV Noord video footage (English subtitles)
Studio Max Ned. 1 video footage (Dutch)
Dagblad van het Noorden article (Dutch)
Telegraaf TV interview (Dutch)
Telegraaf article (Dutch)
Oog TV footage/interview
Official Dutch press release

 

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