The smell of rubber, gasoline, meat on the barbecue and of course the unmistakable noise of engines running at eight HP and above: you could be blindfolded near the tracks of Karting Genk and still know exactly where you are. Speaking of blindfolds: “If Max Verstappen were to wear one while driving here, he’d still finish the course with an impressive time,” says Lise Moermans, marketing manager at Karting Genk. “His dad Jos came here when he was a teen and it was only a matter of time before young Max would master the curves here as well. We have watched him grow, saw him win the European Championship in 2010 and numerous other races. We knew he was a phenomenal talent, long before anyone else could say the same.”