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the press | March 13th

Jules has been getting some good press on his recent move! Read it here:

“Dutch racing driver is ready for the next step in his career

OBBICHT, Netherlands (March 10, 2014) – Racing driver Jules Szymkowiak from Obbicht in The Netherlands will be driving a Dallara-Volkswgen for renowned team, Van Amersfoort Racing, in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Thus, the 18-year old is making a further step in his sporting career. So far, he gained experience in go-karts and the Formula BMW Talent Cup. “I am well aware that this is a big step, but when you don’t set ambitious goals for yourself, you are getting nowhere,” the driver says. Team owner Frits van Amersfoort, who worked with drivers like Huub R0thengatter, Jos Verstappen, Tom and Tim Coronel, Bas Leinders and Christijan Albers, is convinced of Szymkowiak’s abilities. “He is eager to learn and develops well. Working with him during the first test days was a very pleasant experience and we are looking forward to a good season!”

Jules Szymkowiak, who was born in Heerlen in the south of The Netherlands, was already fascinated by motorsports in his childhood. He started competing in motorcross while still at primary school, but after a serious accident, doctors made it clear to him that continuing wouldn’t really be sensible. “As a result, I opted for karting, which was safer,” Jules says with a smile. “Although I have to admit that I was too eager a few times in karting as well and also got a few bruises. However, I have learned from such experiences, too.” Having progressed through the ranks of the junior and senior categories in the Rotax Max class in 2009 and 2010, he started racing at international level in the DD2 class in 2011. He regularly scored good results. In 2012, graduation to karts with gearshift was the next step. This went very well, too, so that Jules was selected to take part in the Formula BMW Talent Cup in the 2013 season. Four times Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel also chose this entry-level racing category to cut his teeth in single-seaters. In the Formula BMW Talent Cup, Jules completed an extensive development program, winning eight races, including some ‘reversed grid’ races in which he had to start from the back of the grid, and scoring two third places and one second place. He only missed out on a podium finish in the season finale at Oschersleben, but on that occasion, he met with Formula 3 team owner Frits van Amersfoort, for whom he will now be racing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. “It soon was clear for me that Formula 3 is the category in which I wanted to be,” Jules says. “So far, I have made a next step every year, so Formula 3 is a logical choice from that point of view as well. So far, I have already completed eight days of testing, two days at Silverstone, four days in Barcelona, and two days at Valencia, and that went really well. A formula 3 car is a fantastic car to drive and physically, I was very well able to cope with it, too.”

Adrian Sutil as a coach: top eight as the common goal
German Formula 1 driver Adrian Sutil is supporting Jules Szymkowiak as a consultant and a coach. “I am often training together with Adrian and recently, I traveled with him to the Formula 1 test at Jerez,” the Dutchman says. “This year is Adrian’s first with Sauber in Formula 1 while I am in my first season with Van Amersfoort Racing in Formula 3. We have both said that a position in the top eight in the final championship standings is our goal. Certainly, that is ambitious, but you need something you can focus on!”
Early April, four official test days are scheduled for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Hungaroring in Hungary and the Red Bull Ring in Austria. The season gets underway at Silverstone in the UK on 19 and 20 April. In total, the season include eleven race meetings with three races each. Most of the races are held on the support bill of the prestigious German DTM touring car series. “From the circuits where we are racing I already know Silverstone, the Hungaroring and the Red Bull Ring,” Jules says. “The other tracks, Hockenheim, where we are racing twice, Pau, Spa-Francorchamps, Norisring, Nürburgring, Moscow Raceway and Imola, all are new to me, However, getting to know new circuits is par t of the learning process as well, and Van Amersfoort Racing is an excellent stimulator. As far as I am concerned, the season can start tomorrow, I can hardly wait!” Szymkowiak is supported by G-Star RAW. His racing activities can be followed on the weblog at rawracingteam.com.”

This article was written by René de Boer.

food for thought | February 5th

Why life speeds up as we get older?
Jules knows.
Just look at him! He’s almost an adult, just a minute ago he was little boy on some silly skateboard.
Jules is going to speed up these days. Keep him in mind. Keep him in mind and in the corner of your eye.

future fast | January 11th

Jules signed up for another year of building towards his F1 career.
He’s been flying around and “testing” as they say. Testing in a F3 car.
A different, faster and more complicated formula car than quote: ”the box with wheels of last year to manoeuvre,“ unquote.
‘The Car’ means a Dallara F312 F3 car conforming to the technical regulations for the 2014 FIA European Formula 3 Championship
Upcoming season, Jules will be driving RAW again. New colors, new design and under new supervision. Frits at Van Amersfoort Racing (aka VAR) will tame Jules’ driving spirits to manageable and controllable forces.
He seems to be doing well on this top level racing, nice as ever, driven to drive, homing in on his greatest wish, his wish to become a professional driver.

A new season, new dice, new cards, new chances, new faces.
Follow me and hope to C U around in 2014 at the FIA European Formula 3 Championship.
Thanks to all RAWRACINGTEAM people and a special thanks to our friends at G-Star RAW.

Yours truly,
RAW Sister.

2012-2013 | October 2nd

Hi guys,

Villeworks made this video about Jules and what he has been doing last year. Get an impression of a RAW racer’s life.