BREAKING | FRECA | ten Brinke Stops Racing Career With Immediate Effect
FLASH NEWS: In the following, the official statement from Thomas ten Brinke himself is reported.
Thomas ten Brinke | © 2021 - Formula Regional European by Alpine
For the past few years, I’ve been extremely dedicated to racing. I’ve been go karting for 5 years, became World Champion and finally made my move to autosport. I loved the first races in F4, the racing, the competition and moved my way up to Formula Regional soon after. During the weekends of FRECA, I started feeling a pressure I didn’t know before. How badly I would’ve wanted to compete, I struggled mentally to perform. Together with the coaching of Giedo van der Garde and Koen de Meester, I tried to turn things around, but the past weekend in Zandvoort it became clear to me. There was no joy. I know that driving race cars is a dream for a lot of people - and that thought also makes this decision even harder - but I have to stay true to myself and admit that racing doesn’t make me enjoy life the way I want.
Therefore it’s with a heavy heart that I’m writing that I will stop my racing career immediately.
For all the people that helped me along the way, @artgp, @gvandergarde, @bernhard_ten_brinke, @koendemeester41 @chantal_ten_brinke @hofmanjoost, @rickyflynnmotorsports, @officialmpmotorsport , @hsf_logistics , @eurolbv and @tricorpworkwear : a big thank you.
I don’t know what the future will bring, but I know I’m taking the right decision.
All the best, Thomas.”