Belgium’s young gun ready to overtake the ‘Usain Bolt of driving’.
Young Belgian Edouard Simonet is unequivocal as to the status of the man who has helped make him one of the most exciting young talents in the sport.
“Boyd Exell is the Usain Bolt of driving. He makes you want to run faster to catch him,” Simonet said of the world number one and four-time world champion who has been his coach and mentor for the past seven years.
Aged just 20 years old, Simonet made the decision that if you want to be the best, you need to learn from the best.
“I went to Boyd’s place in the UK in 2010 to work for him as a groom,” Simonet explained. “It was work, work, work, I had to work so hard every day, but at the end it paid off.
“I was there for two years and the opportunity to drive the team I am driving today came up and Boyd proposed it to me and after a cup of tea I said I would like to try it.”
Simonet moved back to Belgium in 2012 but by 2014 Exell had followed him, the Australian relocating to the Netherlands-Belgium border, just 15 minutes’ drive from his pupil.
“He was missing me a little bit,” Simonet joked.