Toine Hezemans

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Toine Hezemans at the Circuit Zandvoort in 1973

Antoine Emile "Toine" Hezemans (born 15 April 1943, in Eindhoven [1] ) is a Dutch former touring and prototype racing car driver in 1960s and 1970s. After retiring from racing, Hezemans started to manufacture karting engines. He developed the Rotax 100 cc engines into a World championship winner in his new factory at Eindhoven airport in Holland. His Rotax engines won 10 times the world championships in various classes and wiped out the complete Italian karting opposition. He sold his company Bombardier Rotax Holland b.v. back to Bombardier in Canada in 1996. In 2000 he started his own team with Dodge Vipers and won numerous races in the Gt 1 Championship. He made a deal with GM in the USA and got hold of 2 Corvettes C6 and was the most successful privateer Team, winning 2 times the 24 hours of Spa. One of the drivers was his son, Mike Hezemans. Even today he has a European Nascar team where his sons Loris Hezemans and Liam Hezemans won the European Nascar championships 3 times. Since 1978 he is very active in real estate projects in Miami, Brussels and Amsterdam [2]


Hezemans won the European Touring Car Championship in 1970 with Alfa Romeo GTAm and in 1973 with BMW 3.0 CSL and in 1975 the Euro GT class with Porsche 934. In the 1970s Hezemans drove also Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 prototype racers, winning the 1971 Targa Florio with Nino Vaccarella in an Alfa Romeo 33/3. [3]

In 2022, Team Hezeberg joined Nascar Cup, fielding a Ford Nascar. Team Hezeberg was a partnership between Toine Hezemans and Ernest Berg. Jacques Villeneuve did the first race for the team and after that Loris Hezemans drove 5 races. Daniil Kvyat was added to the roster by fielding a Toyota. Due to training limitations Team Hezeberg stopped at the end of 2022 season.

Toine has three sons: Mike Hezemans, Loris Hezemans and Liam Hezemans.


Le Mans results



1970 Flag of Italy.svg Autodelta SpA Flag of the United States.svg Masten Gregory Alfa Romeo T33/3 P 3.05DNFDNF
1973 Flag of Germany.svg BMW Motorsport Flag of Austria.svg Dieter Quester BMW 3.0 CSL TS 5.030711th1st
1975 Flag of Germany.svg Gelo Racing Team Flag of the Netherlands.svg Gijs van Lennep Porsche 911 Carrera RSRGTS3165th1st
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Fitzpatrick
Flag of Liechtenstein.svg Manfred Schurti
1976 Flag of Germany.svg Gelo Racing Team Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tim Schenken Porsche 934 Gp.4 GT27716th2nd
1977 Flag of Germany.svg Gelo Racing Team Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tim Schenken Porsche 935 Gr. 5269DNFDNF
Flag of Germany.svg Hans Heyer
1978 Flag of Germany.svg Weisberg Gelo Team Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Fitzpatrick Porsche 935/77 Gr.5 +2.019DNFDNF

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  2. Toine Hezemans profile on SnapLap: Toine Hezemans profile on SnapLap, accessdate: 11. heinäkuuta July
  3. "Toine". Retrieved 2010-10-12.