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Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Belgium Go-Kart Racer

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from BelgiumRecently we were at a Racers’ Reunion event and were sitting in the stands next to a father/son combination from Belgium. It is very unusual to find Europeans at one of our old red-neck stock car events. We struck up a conversation and found out the duo was visiting the United States touring around trying to improve and promote the son’s blossoming kart racing career.

Jean-Paul (the father) and Sidney Van Nieuwenhove (the son and racer) were very excited about our racing and loved the United States. Maybe the UN should take up sponsorship of some racers to promote World Peace!

Sidney has been very successful in his young career and who knows we may some day hear his name in an F1 car or possibly even here in the States in an Indy Car or why not a Cup car?

We want to share with you a good looking young lad from the other side of the “pond” who seems to have a handle on this racing thing and may someday be one of its Super Stars. He has been racing for many years in Europe and now in the United States. Here are some photos and stats on Sidney’s career since he started at an early age.


Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium



Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium

Sidney Van Nieuwenhove Cart Racer from Belgium



The following information is provided by Sidney in his own words. Please excuse any grammatical errors due to his use of English as a second language.

Palmares Sidney Van Nieuwenhove

Palmares 2001:

On Wednesday January 3rd 2001, I started with karting in “Flanders Indoor Karting” at Kortrijk (Belgium). In that year, I learned the technical en practical side of karting from experienced trainers.
On October 24th 2001, I drove my first race in a team. We ended on 3rd place, with was a wonderful experience.

23 individual heats driven at Kortrijk (Belgium), only 6 where registered
One 1st place
Two 3rd places
Two 4th places
One 5th place

2 indoorraces at Kortrijk (Belgium)
One 3rd place
One 4th place

Palmares 2002:

30 individual heats driven at Kortrijk (Belgium), only 23 where registered
One 1st place
Two 2nd places
One 3rd place
Six 4th places
Six 5th places
Five 6th places
One 7th place
One 8th place

Several results give a wrong impression because of the quality differences between the karts. As a pilot there is little you can do about it.

Palmares 2003:

33 individual heats driven at Kortrijk (Belgium)
Six 1st places
Five 2nd places
Four 3rd places
Six 4th places
Six 5th places
Six 6th places
Five times I droved the fastest lap

10 individual races driven at the “F.I.K. – Karting Club” at Kortrijk (Belgium)
At the end of the Championship I was the youngest driver ever winning the – 65 kg class.

2 individual races driven at Kerpen (Germany) on the “Michael Schumacher Circuit”:
1st place in the indoor race
10th place in the outdoor race

3 individual street races at Kortrijk (Belgium)
Three 1st places

Palmares 2004:

29 individual heats driven at Kortrijk (Belgium)
Twelve 1st places
Twelve 2nd places
Two 3rd places
One 4th place
One 5th place
One 7th place
Thirteen times I droved the fastest lap

12 individual races driven at the “Flanders Ayrton Senna Fan Club” at Kortrijk (Belgium)
At the end of the Championship I was the youngest driver ever having the 4th place in the – 75 kg class.

3 Streetraces driven
1st place at the 4 hours Streetrace at Oostende (Belgium)
9th place at the 5 hours Streetrace at Diksmuide (Belgium)
5th place at the 4 hours Streetrace at Gullegem (Belgium)

3 indoorraces driven
3rd place at the 3 hours “Senna Indoorrace” at F.I.K. (Belgium)
2nd place at the 3 hours “Vervisch Indoorrace” at F.I.K. (Belgium)
2nd place at the 1 ½ hours “Christmas Indoorrace” at F.I.K. (Belgium)

2 individual races driven at Denver, Co (USA)
Two 1st places
The second race was immediately good for the fastest daytime

Palmares 2005:

On Wednesday January 12th 2005, I droved a benefit race “Tsunami 12-12” at Kortrijk. My team-mate was a Belgium television celebrity. We ended on 2nd place.

51 individual heats driven at Kortrijk (Belgium)
Thirty seven 1st places
Ten 2nd places
Two 3rd places
Two 4th places
Four times I droved the fastest lap

5 individual races driven at EUROKART Poperinge (Belgium)
Five 1st places

2 individual races driven at Kerpen (Germany) on the “Michael Schumacher Circuit”:
Two 1st places

6 indoorraces driven
5th place at the 3 hours “Senna Indoorrace” at F.I.K. (Belgium)
3rd place at the 4 hours “FORZA race” at EUROKART (Belgium)
8th place at the 4 hours “FORZA race” at EUROKART (Belgium) I droved the fastest lap in the race.
4th place at the 4 hours “FORZA race” at EUROKART (Belgium)
4th place at the 12 hours “MC Challenge by Night” at EUROKART (Belgium)
4th place at the 24 hours at F.I.K. (Belgium)

3 Wilton Kart Cups driven (Belgium)
One 4th place
Two 6th places

9 individual races driven at the BELKART Championship 2005 (Belgium)
At the end of the Championship I was 9th after driving on several circuits throughout Belgium for the first time.

11 individual races driven at the Club Championship 2005/2006 at EUROKART (Belgium)
Qualifying positions:
Six pole positions
Two 2nd start positions
One 4th start position
Two 5th start positions

Race results:
Six 1st places
Three 2nd places
One 3rd place
One 7th place
At the end of the Championship I was 5th

Palmares 2006:

74 individual heats driven at Kortrijk (Belgium)
Fifty-one 1st places
Nineteen 2nd places
Two 3rd places
One 4th place
One 5th place
Six times I droved the fastest lap

3 Streetraces driven
1st place at the 4 hours Streetrace at Zottegem (Belgium)
2nd place at the 4 hours Streetrace at Oostende (Belgium)
2nd place at the 6 hours Streetrace at Frasnes (Belgium)

4 Trophyraces driven
2nd place at the 3 hours Indoorrace at EUROKART (Belgium)
2nd place at the 4 hours Streetrace at Diksmuide (Belgium)
3rd place at the 4 hours Streetrace at Roeselare (Belgium)
2nd place at the 24 hours Streetrace at Brugge (Belgium)

4 indoorraces driven
1st place at the 3 hours “Senna Indoorrace” at F.I.K. (Belgium)
1st place at the 4 hours “Forza Indoorrace” at EUROKART (Belgium)
1st place at the 2 hours “Horeca Indoorrace” at F.I.K. (Belgium)
4th place at the 2 hours “Masters Indoorrace” at F.I.K. (Belgium)

3 Club indoorraces driven
1st place at the 2 hours “New Racing Festival” at F.I.K. (Belgium)
1st place at the 1.30 hours “Winter Race” at F.I.K. (Belgium)
1st place at the “4 hours of FIK” at F.I.K. (Belgium)

1 outdoorrace driven
5th place at the 500 miles of Mariembourg (Belgium) I droved in a team with a famous Belgian rally pilot.

First impression of a heat, driven with a four stroke wankel engine at Ostricourt (France).
Top speed 90mph/142 km/u and a track record of 1.00.37.

Individual heats driven in the USA
1st place after a 40 laps race at Fastkart Indoor Speedway, Salt Lake City (UT) (USA)
1st place at Flags and Wheels Indoor Racing, Rapid City (SD) (USA)
1st place, second race, at Flags and Wheels Indoor Racing, Rapid City (SD) (USA)

The ‘’Track record’ was 18.75 sec; my best time was 19.22 sec, just 00.47 sec lower.

1st place at Fastlap Indoor Kart Racing, Las Vegas (NV) (USA)
1st place at Extreme Racing, St. George (UT) the time of my first race was the fastest rookie time of all times. (USA)
2nd place, second race, at Extreme Racing, St. George (UT) in that race I was beaten by the Manager in his personal kart. (USA)

Palmares 2007:

74 individual heats driven at Kortrijk (Belgium)
Fifty six 1st places
Twelve 2nd places
Four 3rd places
One 10th place
One 11th place
Three times I droved the fastest lap

My first test on the new circuit at Worldkart Kortrijk ended with the track record. A few days later I minimized the track record with four tenths of a second. (Belgium)

3 Streetraces driven
1st place at the 7 hours Streetrace at Ieper (Belgium)
3rd place at the 4 hours Streetrace at Brugge (Belgium)
4th place at the 4 hours Streetrace at Zottegem (Belgium)

8 indoorraces driven
1st place at the 3.30 hours RS Trophy at EUROKART (Belgium)
1st place at the Flanders Karting Tour (Belgium)
The Flanders Karting Tour was driven on four different locations throughout Belgium.
1st place at the Flanders Kart Cup Promo Race at EUROKART (Belgium)
2nd place at the 3 hours “Senna Indoorrace” at F.I.K. (Belgium)
2nd place at the GP Formule 1 Club at Extreme Kart (Belgium)
3rd place Race at Worldkarts (Belgium)
4th place 4 hours Race at the GP BP at EUROKART (Belgium)
4th place at Worldkarts (Belgium)

3 Club indoorraces driven
1st place at the 70 minute “New Years Race” at Worldkarts (Belgium)
3rd place at the 1.30 hours “Finale Race” at Worldkarts (Belgium)
I took the pole position and droved the fastest lap in the race 47.288 sec
5th place at the “24 hours of FIK – Worldkarts” (Belgium)

1 in- outdoorrace driven
8th place at the “24 hours of FKI” at First Kart Inn (Belgium)

3 races driven Interkart Championship
1st place at Worldkarts (Belgium)
2nd place at First Kart Inn (Belgium)
3rd place at Extreme Kart (Belgium)

10 individual races driven at the Club Championship EUROKART, season 2006/2007 (Belgium)
Qualifying positions:
Eight pole positions
One 2nd start position
One 3th start position

Race results:
Eight 1st places
One 2nd place
One 3rd place

Two fastest laps in the race
At the end of the Championship I became Vice-Champion

Track record holder at EUROKART (Belgium)
With Tonykart – Loncin engine 48,29 sec
With Alphakart – Briggs & Straton engine 46,54 sec

Palmares 2008:

62 individual heats driven at Kortrijk (Belgium)
Forty-four 1st places
Eleven 2nd places
Four 3rd places
Two 4th places
One 6th place

6 indoorraces driven
1st place at the 2 hours Student Race at Worldkarts (Belgium)
1st place at the 3 hours “Senna Indoorrace” at Worldkarts (Belgium)
1st place at the Wet Race at Worldkarts (Belgium)
1st place at the Easter Race at Worldkarts (Belgium)
2nd place at the 4 hours Shakedown at EUROKART (Belgium)
5th place at the “Vervisch Indoorrace” at Worldkarts (Belgium)

6 Club indoorraces driven
1st place at the 1.30 hours Krokus Race at Worldkarts (Belgium)
1st place at the 8 hours Night Race at Worldkarts (Belgium)
1st place at the 2.30 hours Masters Trophy Race at Worldkarts (Belgium)
1st place at the 1.45 hours Winter Race at Worldkarts (Belgium)
3rd place at the “24 hours of FIK – Worldkarts” (Belgium)
3rd place at the 1.45 hours Kick Off Race at Worldkarts (Belgium)

3 Streetraces driven
1st place at the 4 hours Streetrace at Koksijde (Belgium)
2nd place at the 6 hours Streetrace at Warneton (Belgium)
5th place at the 4 hours Streetrace at Brugge (Belgium)

1 in- outdoorrace driven
9th place at the “24 hours of FKI” at First Kart Inn (Belgium)

Special events driven
3rd place at the Philips F1 Driver Wanted at Inkart (Belgium)
6th place at the Rookie Challenge at Extreme Kart (Belgium)

10 individual races driven at the Club Championship EUROKART, season 2007/2008 (Belgium)
Qualifying positions:
Six pole positions
Two 2nd start positions
One 3th start position
One 6th start position

Race results:
Three 1st places
Six 2nd places
One 3rd place
At the end of the Championship I became Champion!

16 Individual heats driven in the USA
Five at Iron Rock Austin, (TX) (USA)
In my first race, I broke the Junior track record with more than one second
I almost broke the + 18 year track record witch was 56.780, I droved a best time of 56.870, only 9 hundredths of a second slower.

One at Track 21 at Houston, (TX) (USA)

Ten at Andretti at Roswell, (GA) (USA)
I droved the 3rd best lap time of al times
Fastest lap of the week (karting)
Fastest lap of the week (midget)

IKWC 2008 at Worldkart Kortrijk (Belgium)
11th place during the qualifying race
15th place in the first race, because of a broken kart
3rd place in the second race
3rd place in the third race
1st place in the fourth race
1st place in the final race !!! (the 20 best drivers in the world)
5th place overall in the World Championship

10 races driven at the Kartgridcup, season 2008 (Belgium)

At the end of the Championship I was 3rd

Over the years I raced on the following racetracks in Europe:

Karting des Fagnes at Mariembourg (Belgium)

Karting de la Famenne at Marche en Famenne (Belgium)

Flanders Kart Shop Outdoor at Poperinge (Belgium)

Bilzer Karting at Bilzen (Belgium)

Hurricane Karting at Dolhain-Limbourg (Belgium)

Sokafran at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)

Eurokart at Poperinge (Belgium)

FIK – Worldkarts at Kortrijk (Belgium)

Indoorkarting Halle-Beersel (Belgium)

Inkart at Puurs (Belgium)

Mol In Action at Mol (Belgium)

Extreme Kart at Herselt (Belgium)

First Kart Inn at Machelen (Belgium)

JPR at St. Niklaas (Belgium)

Antwerp Karting at Antwerp (Belgium)

Eastbelgium Action & Fun Center at Burg-Reuland (Belgium)

Michael Schumacher Kartcenter at Kerpen (Germany)

Circuit de la Métropole Racing Kart JPR at Ostricourt (France)

Over the years I raced on the following racetracks in the USA:

Denver Karting, CO

Extreme Racing at St. George, UT

Fastkart Indoor Speedway at Salt Lake City, UT

Flags and Wheels Indoor Racing at Rapid City, SD

Fastlap Indoor Kart Racing at Las Vegas, NV

Iron Rock at Austin, TX

Track 21 at Houston, TX

Andretti at Roswell, GA

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