Wopke Hoekstra

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Netherlands Wopke Hoekstra
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Nationality Netherlands Dutch
Year Joined 2011
First Race 2011 Supercup Austrian Grand Prix
Series Entered Supercup, Formula Challenge
Current Team(s) YTF1
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Supercup Career (up to December 2012)
Debut Year 2011
Associated Teams Kernow Sport, Innervision
Races 22
Championships 0
Race Wins 0
Podium Finishes 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First Race 2011 Austrian Grand Prix


Formula Challenge Career (up to April 2013)
Debut Year 2012
Associated Teams Velocity Racing, Optimum SimRacing
Races 23
Championships 0
Race Wins 1
Podium Finishes 1
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First Race 2012 Challenge British Grand Prix


Wopke Hoekstra is a Dutch sim-racer who currently set to drive for YTF1 in the Formula Challenge. He previously drove as a guest driver in the 2010 Masters Series season, as well as in the 2011 & 2012 Supercup seasons and the 2012 Formula Challenge Season

Supercup 2011

With around 25% of the 2011 Supercup season gone, Wopke joined GPVWC for a second time, after driving in the Masters Series before. Not many people knew what to expect, but according to a few GPROC drivers, he had a good pace. Therefore it didn't take him long to find a seat at Kernow Sport. The first race on his schedule was the Austrian Grand Prix. The race was a horrible experience for him, as he qualified way off the pace, and had to drive half the race with a FPS rate of 4-6. Because of that reason, he decides to skip the French Grand Prix, but in Monaco he returned with a much better video card, though still finding himself at the back. As the season progressed there was a clear progress in Wopke's results too, despite him retiring from most races. Eventually the progress resulted in two 6th places in the final two races of the season.

Supercup 2012

Early into the season break, it was announced that Wopke had extended his contract at Kernow Sport. Even though there were some payment issues, everything was fine in the end, and thus he appeared at the starting grid for the Australian Grand Prix. As much as he hated the mod, he was extremely excited. This excitement didn't last long when a massive start accident caused him to retire after just one lap. Due to lack of time, he only raced 11/18 races, of which two races were for the Innervision team, after Wopke broke the contract with Kernow Sport due to a lack of time, which in the end wasn't a right decision. During the season he manages to grab two 10th places and thus 2 points.


After the 2012 season was completed, Wopke announced that he would step back from racing at least until the summer. He didn't keep this promise and got himself a seat in the Formula Challenge just less than a week ahead of the first race.

Formula Challenge 2012

With new regulations for the 2012 season stating that a driver can't be racing as a main driver in 2 leagues of the Career Ladder, Wopke had to search for a reserve seat, besides already having a main driver seat in the Supercup. He found one in the Formula Challenge tier, as he decided to drive for Velocity Racing. Having a main driver not showing up for most of the races, Hoekstra got a lot of opportunities to drive, driving the maximum allowed races as a reserve driver.


The season started in England, at the Brands Hatch Circuit. Showing some good pace in the practice sessions, Wopke was hoping to score some points at his Formula Challenge debut. Things went wrong when he made a stupid mistake and had to retire from the feature race. Returning for the sprint race though, he managed to drive a solid race and bring the Velocity Racing car home in 11th position. After the opening rounds, they moved on to the Netherlands, where Wopke would drive his home Grand Prix. He was very keen to do well here, and managed to score a 14th position after a tough 1st race. The sprint race had the usual Top 15 reserved, and thus Wopke could start from 2nd position. He managed to keep up pretty well with people just behind the leaders, but a mistake cost him some time. He finished 7th in the end and was still very pleased with the result. As the season progressed, Wopke managed to gather some more points, with a best position of 5th at the Irish Grand Prix.

Formula Challenge 2013

Just before the season started, Wopke came back early from his 'retirement' as he loved the racing too much, and couldn't miss it for another few months. After putting a topic in the forums, he received a quick reply from Optimum SimRacing, and signed a deal with them. Wopke was very glad with the opportunity to drive for this great team, especially since he was afraid that most of the seat would be filled and he would be left behind with a "rubbish team".

Onto the opening rounds at the Australian Grand Prix, Wopke suffered some very difficult practice, as the game was crashing everytime. In the hope it would disappear, he would still compete in the race. After only setting 1 hotlap, which including an off-track excursion, he finished the qualifying session in 38th position. He did a great job in race 1, working his way through the field into 10th. Just like last season, the Top 15 would be reserved again, therefore allowing Wopke to start from 6th place. After some excellent passes Wopke found himself in 3rd, just behind his team mate. Sovik didn't make it too difficult for Wopke to pass him, and Wopke started to hunt down Tveit. Showing some good pace and putting Tveit under pressure was enough to force Tveit into a mistake and thus Wopke was handed the lead. Behind him, Nieminen and Gilmore were fighting over 2nd position, rather than catching up with him first. This allowed the gap to stay pretty much the same, although it was slowly shrinking. After 15 laps though, it was Wopke Hoekstra who finished the line in first position, scoring his maiden victory and also the maiden victory for Optimum SimRacing in GPVWC!

After missing the Malaysian Grand Prix, Wopke returned at the Red Bull Ring, but his race 1 ended after just a few meters. Race 2 he played safe and managed to bring the car home in 13th. At the Hungaroring, he was back upto the pace he had in Australia. He made a personal best in Qualifying, starting 19th. In the race is was going even faster and while most of the leaders pitted, Wopke continued. This meant he could bring the car home in 7th. In the 2nd race things got even better and for a short moment Wopke had victory in sight, but a mistake dropped him from 1 second to 6 seconds behind the leader with 2 laps to go, he didn't make another mistake and scored his second podium of the season. Later he was demoted to 4th because he went outside the track limits too often, something he apologizes for.

Hoekstra continued driving as well as he did before and scored some more good points finishes. Unluckily for him, he has to start from near the back or in the middle of the pack most of the time as his game crashes during qualifying very often. This also meant that he got caught up in some of the chaos at the start, losing front wings or being forced into retirement.

Formula Challenge 2014

Hoekstra is set to return to the Formula Challenge for the 2014 season, switching to the YTF1 team.

Results

Supercup

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2011 Kernow Sport SC-011 Australia

-

United Arab Emirates

-

Japan

-

China

-

South Africa

-

Austria

Ret

France

-

Monaco

Ret

United Kingdom

-

Bahrain

17

San Marino

Ret

Turkey

Ret

Mexico

-

Canada

Ret

Brazil

DNS

Italy

Ret

Spain

Ret

Belgium

Ret

Netherlands

6

Singapore

6

26th 10
2012 Kernow Sport SC-012 Australia

Ret

China

14

United Arab Emirates

-

Hungary

Ret

Spain

10

Monaco

-

Canada

Ret

South Korea

10

Turkey

Ret

United Kingdom

-

Italy

-

Belgium

-

Netherlands

Ret

Germany

Ret

United States

-

Brazil

-

Japan

13

Singapore

Ret

29th 2

Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as they completed over 75% of the race distance.

Formula Challenge

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 WDC Points
2012 Velocity Racing FC-012 United Kingdom

FEA
Ret

United Kingdom

SPR
11

Netherlands

FEA
14

Netherlands

SPR
7

Italy

FEA
-

Italy

SPR
-

Slovenia

FEA
8

Slovenia

SPR
Ret

Malaysia

FEA
-

Malaysia

SPR
-

Japan

FEA
-

Japan

SPR
-

Australia

FEA
-

Australia

SPR
-

Brazil

FEA
-

Brazil

SPR
-

Mexico

FEA
-

Mexico

SPR
-

United States

FEA
-

United States

SPR
-

South Africa

FEA
15†

South Africa

SPR
Ret

Ireland

FEA
7

Ireland

SPR
5

France

FEA
17†

France

SPR
-

Spain

FEA
-

Spain

SPR
-

Singapore

FEA
C

Singapore

SPR
C

26th 58
2013 Optimum SimRacing FC-013 Australia

R1
9

Australia

R2
1

Malaysia

R1
-

Malaysia

R2
-

Austria

R1
Ret

Austria

R2
13

Hungary

R1
7

Hungary

R2
4

Spain

R1
4

Spain

R2
19

Monaco

R1
Ret

Monaco

R2
6

Canada

R1
13

Canada

R2
5

South Korea

R1
-

South Korea

R2
-

Turkey

R1
-

Turkey

R2
-

United Kingdom

R1
-

United Kingdom

R2
-

Italy

R1
-

Italy

R2
-

Belgium

R1
-

Belgium

R2
-

France

R1
-

France

R2
-

Germany

R1
-

Germany

R2
-

United States

R1
-

United States

R2
-

United Arab Emirates

R1
-

United Arab Emirates

R2
-

Japan

R1
-

Japan

R2
-

Brazil

R1
-

Brazil

R2
-

4th 94

Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as they completed over 75% of the race distance.


World Sport Series

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2012 Woods Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Hungary

-

Spain

Ret

Monaco

-

Canada

12

Turkey

Ret

Germany

-

30th 4
2013 Pulse Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Austria

R1
-

Austria

R2
-

Hungary

R1
-

Hungary

R2
-

Spain

R1
-

Spain

R2
-

Monaco

R1
7

Monaco

R2
1

Turkey

R1
-

Turkey

R2
-

United Kingdom

R1
-

United Kingdom

R2
-

Italy

R1
-

Italy

R2
-

Belgium

R1
-

Belgium

R2
-

France

R1
-

France

R2
-

Germany

R1
-

Germany

R2
-

11th 34

Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as they completed over 75% of the race distance.