After the impressive 5th in Mini at the Trofeo delle Industrie, Ean Eyckmans is confident for the future.
Ean is the son of former IndyCar driver Wim Eyckmans and he follows his father’s footsteps: to become a professional racing driver. As part if the “baby-boom” generation, he started karting early, when he was only 3 years old. Actually he’s in his second complete season in Italy, and he almost took the podium in Lonato at the Trofeo delle Industrie.
First of all: the race. Are you happy about the result of the Trofeo delle Industrie?
“Yes, I'm very happy with my 5th position in Lonato. At the beginning of August I became Intrepid official driver with the goal to develop together with Mirko Sguerzoni the new 2018 Mini CUB-2 chassis. So the performance that I showed this weekend is already the result of our teamwork, but it's just the beginning! We’re working hard with the team and my father who is my coach and engine tuner. I just say that I’m a lucky boy”
You’re one of the youngest driver on track, how did your career start?
“All it’s started when I was 3 years old with a Puffo chassis. Then when I became older my parents gave me the possibility to drive around the most important Italian and Belgian circuits (so when I was 8 years old I drove already on 20 different tracks). Last year, as an 8 years old boy, I took part to the WSK Promotion season in Mini category for the first time as the youngest driver and each race I got more and more experience. This season I made some podium finishes and I ended up 10th overall in the Italian Championship and 2nd in the rookie championship”.
What are your goals for next races and plans for 2018?
“Our goal for the next two races in Adria is to keep on developing the material for 2018! Next year we’ll take part to all WSK races, Italian Championship and Trofeo delle Industrie with the head to the winner’s sport”.