A series of images with Rick van Goethem, his car and Lewis Hamilton/Ultra Citron promotional taken in Doel, Belgium.

Rick van Goethem: drift season is over!

Nov 012017

Rick van Goethem and his 590 horsepower strong Nissan Skyline R33 Drift GTR is no stranger on our website and social media at Monster Energy. Not too much of a surprise either;  he didn’t take all too much time to climb a pretty big ladder in the world of drift! Now that the season is over and since Rick ended up with a fourth place at the King Of Europe Drift Series, we thought it was about time to question him about his passion for motor sports, drifting and what the future has to offer him.

"I’m good! After a very busy 2017 season, the summer is over now. We’ll close the season with some winter trainings and company events with our rentable drift cars."

“I’m 22 years old and I run a car garage together with my dad in Hulst, Zeeland. I’m a fan of everything motor- and action sports and like to party every now and then!”

“It’s got its grip on me since I was very young. Motor sports overall, actually. Back in the days I used to ride motocross but cars just get me the most. My father used to ride rally sports, he never really got big in it but he did share the passion with me, that’s why I started drifting.”

“Yes! People are usually super enthusiastic to see our car because we do something different than what they’re used to. And drifting is all about showing off, they tend to like that!”

“Boring. Everyone can ride around a track.

Kidding, I really enjoyed racing! Usually we only ride short runs in drift competitions and during the Time Attack we could easily go all out and rev the car up to higher speeds. Driving to that limit at a Time Attack race almost gives a similar kick as drifting ánd sometimes, I do still break out the rear end...”

“The cars that partake in Time Attack are getting more and more professional; we lose a lot of potential on aerodynamics and breaks. With a better alignment for circuit racing, we could be even faster!”

“This was my first season taking part in the King Of Europe competition. We went in very sober but as soon as we found our ways, we wanted more! Eventually, we ended up with two podium finishes and four top 3 qualifications. I’m very happy with that! We’ve learned a lot and next season, we’ll be back a lot stronger.”

“This season, we’ve still got the Motorshow Essen where the car will be on display at a stand. We’re also working on a video project but that’s still a bit of a secret. Furthermore, I rent out drift cars for companies, to be used for company events. The employees can play around in them during the day and at the end of the day, I try to let them drift some corners on their own. Apart from that I’ll be working on my winter training sessions at the airport in Weeze [Drive @ Weeze] and in Lelystad [Driftsport] to further improve my twin drifting.”

“Professionalism! We want to do more with media and our sponsors and get better results. We’re also working on a new car right now, which we will debut in 2018!”

“Becoming King Of Europe is a real dream to me... And some more TV work would seem like a cool experience to me!”