Raphaël van der Straten
Nationality Belgian Born May 12, 1964 Hometown Brussels
This passion for motorsport that sits in me from birth is certainly due to the unbounded implication of my grandfather and father in this special sport.
As far as I can remember, I have always wanted to drive racecars.
My childhood heroes were Lucien Bianchi, Serge Trosch, Maurice Damseaux, Eric De Keyn, Teddy Pilette…
Those of my adolescence ? Pascal Whitmeur, Patrick Tambay, Geoff Brabham, Thierry Boutsen, Marc Duez, Jean-Louis Dumont, Jean-Pierre Vandewauwer, Andre Carlier, Philippe Menage, José Close…
Some of them have become good friends of which I am very proud.
In 1984, at the age of 19, I became a track marshal… A path was traced…
I have had to wait for a new millennium and turning 36 before I finally could realize my dream : buying my first racecar, a Citroen Dyane.
From then, thanks to my friends, father, uncle and partners, I have been able to climb certain levels in the hierarchy of motorsport.
I went from National to Provincial and from Provincial to International, always with the lust to go higher and further.
At the time of writing these few lines, I turned 44 and have still a lot to prove. I just hope to still have enough time, together with the means and the health to accomplish and realize the dreams that make me go forward.
Before letting you visit my site, I’d like to thank everyone who made it possible for me to get where I am, all those who believed in me and those who continue to believe that my dreams will become reality.