Date of birth: 16-08-2005
Place of birth: The Hague
Place of residence: The Hague
Roderick was only five years old when he first stepped into a go-kart. This was at De Uithof in The Hague. Soon after, his father signed him up for Wil Huizer’s karting course on the Strijen circuit. "Go-karting is very exciting, it's fast and you never know what will happen", Roderick found. Soon the young resident of The Hague wanted more. Encouraged by top mechanic Walter van Lent he started racing on outdoor tracks. Van Lent, a former go-kart racer and Formula 3 driver, conveyed his phenomenal racing knowledge to Roderick. De Etten-Leur motorist, who sadly passed away in April 2016, taught him braking, steering and racing line optimization. Everything that is important in the sport.
Roderick’s racing debut in the 60cc Mini category was a logical consequence. This lead to his 2015 enrollment for the 2015 Dutch championship two stroke karting among the very youngest: the Rotax Max Micromax category. For the 2016 season Roderick went a step higher by making his first appearance in the Minimax class. It proved to be an instructional year in which he learned to ride a faster go-kart in a fierce competition. His ambition: regularly get on the podium and maybe even win a race.
At karting tracks, Roderick is easily recognized by his black go-kart adorned with the number fourteen. It's his lucky number with which he has been driving since the very beginning. He doesn’t only like the number, it’s also the number of his favourite soccer player Johan Cruijff. The legendary athlete, who passed away in 2016, perhaps taught him the most important lesson to get ahead in his beloved karting: "Just never give up".
Engine: Rotax Minimax 125cc
Tuning: Birger Bouvin
2016: Minimax, final ranking: 14
2016: Minimax, rookie ranking: 6
2015: Micromax, final ranking: 12