Burgemeester Opening Europees Kampioenschap RC Racing

Toespraak burgemeester Jan van Zanen

Utrecht, Floridadreef, 30 augustus 2018

Dear all,

Welcome to Utrecht. Welcome to the heart of The Netherlands. Welcome to the beating heart of European RC racing. RC racing is: small cars, and at the same time a great sport... No less than 11 countries are represented at this European Championship. From Norway to France. From England to Bulgaria. This is an 40+ European tournament. Which means: a championship with participants who have been practicing this sport for many years. You all are very experienced drivers. Some of you were already winning cups, many years before our national Formula 1 hero Max Verstappen was born. This is a racing sport you can practice even when you're a bit older. Which is also good news for me...

This tournament beholds a strong field of participants. I am honoured that this year, the European Championships take place in Utrecht. For the first time in 36 years our city is again on the international RC race calendar. Thirty-six years... That was a long wait. My compliments to the organization. After so many years an international championship in Utrecht. You did it. My compliments to all volunteers. Thanks to you this racetrack is fit for the job. This is the oldest race track for radio controlled cars in the Netherlands. Compliments to all participants. You came from far to race here.

The next days we can enjoy Europe's best, fastest and most beautiful RC cars. On one of Europe's most beautiful RC circuits. I hope you and your cars are already warmed up. Warmed up to burn some rubber during the races. I wish you all a lot of fun. Good steering skills. And good luck at this European Championship. May the fastest car win… Are you ready to race? Let the races begin.