Initiated to automobile mechanic at an early age at his grandfather garage, Frits Van Amersfoort really got hooked by auto racing attending the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix. He created his racing team in 1975 and has since acquired an unequalled experience in most single-seater entry classes: Formula Ford, Formula Renault, Formula Opel Lotus, Formula 3 and Formula 4.
Under his leadership, the team that bears its name earned 14 championships, 9 Vice-Championships and registered over 150 wins.
Professionally involved in auto racing since the late 1980’s, following a decade as a driver in karting and open-wheel. During his years as a racer, he also handled mechanics and race engineering duties in Formula Ford, Formula Renault and Formula Opel. As of 1996, he took over larger responsibilities since he became successively a Formula Opel and Formula 3 Team Manager, adding later duties in marketing.
Away from auto racing for a few years, he returned to his roots in 2008 and served again as Team Manager in Formula ADAC Volkswagen before acting as a business and communication consultant for another five years. He rejoined the team as CEO at the beginning of 2015.
Roel studied Motorsport engineering at the Université du Maine in Le Mans, France. He has been a race engineer in categories such as World Series 3.5, Superleague Formula and Formula Atlantic where he belonged to winning teams. Also experiencing GT Endurance racing, he specialized in Formula 3 being associated with the German, British, Italian and European championship teams. Over the years, he developed a unique knowledge of the Lola, Mygale and Dallara F3 chassis.
A strong leader, experienced in setting up new teams and technical crews, Roel is fluent in Dutch, French and English. Joining Van Amersfoort Racing as a race engineer in 2015, he has been promoted Technical Director earlier in 2016 where everyone noted that this team player always strives for the best.
Jeroen virtually grew up in a race paddock. He was only two when his father started racing and took his family with him on the race weekends. Not only did he see the family leader at the wheel, mother and brother also did race. He went on to study mechanical engineering at the Netherlands MBO College and also went on track as an oval racer in the Netherlands and United Kingdom. He spent a year in Australia as a CNC machine programmer before joining Montronic as an engine testing cell builder.
After racing for the Dejo Racing Team, he owned the team until 2002, designing and building the race cars that won several races and championships. He joined VAR in 2006 and looked after the Formula Renault 2.0 squad until 2012. Then he managed their ATS Cup Formula 3 team for two years. Since 2015, he is the Manager of the VAR Formula 4 Team competing in the German F4 championship. Still passionate by racing, when free from his work, he goes back to the track and enters events at the club level.
A graduate of HAN University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands (Bachelor degree in Automotive Engineering earned in 2009), Frits has been interested by cars and engines since he was a child. Since 2004 and until today and throughout the years he was studying, he has been entering and winning several drift events over Europe with his specially-prepared Volvo, building his turbo engines and suspensions.
He joined Van Amersfoort Racing (VAR) in 2010 as a Formula Renault Mechanic. Again as a Mechanic, he switched to the Formula 3 team in 2012 and became Chief mechanic the following year. In 2015, he became Chief Mechanic of the VAR Formula 4 team before being promoted in 2016 as its Technical Director.