pullingworld.com: What are you doing in your normal life?
Tom Esselink: I work in my dad's company called ``EMB Metaalbewerking´´, we are working with four people. I am responsible for the milling and turning with our STYLE CNC Machines.
pullingworld.com: What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Tom Esselink: I play volleyball twice a week, like to go out with my girlfriend and friends for some beers. I am interested in motorsports, especially in formula 1. I am a big fan and skip no race and follow all the latest news. (Excited about the RedBullHonda/Verstappen combination this year)
pullingworld.com: What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Tom Esselink: The power and speed. Also the way you can follow your own idea about things. I like to go from an idea, to design, to the analysis, to the production and the testing on the track
pullingworld.com: What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Tom Esselink: Earlier than I can realize. Since I was born, I always support my dad along the tracks.
pullingworld.com: What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Tom Esselink: Of course our home pull in Lochem (NL). But I also like Eext (NL) in Drenthe. A small town with still the competition on the highest level.
pullingworld.com: When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Tom Esselink: The first time behind the wheel was during Indoor Tractor Pulling event in Zwolle (NL) 2015. My dad asked me a several times earlier. I always answered, first the tractor must be good running (a lot of problems in the beginning), then I will have a try to run it. It was by the way not a good idea to run for your first time besides a concrete wall. I was impressed by the power and my safety belt settings were to soft. So it was not a great success.
pullingworld.com: What was your biggest success?
Tom Esselink: My first win during the Beach Pull Putten (NL) 2017. In a total chaotic Super Stock class, we kept our head cool and dealed with the conditions. I made two good passes to the win. Also the 3rd place finish at the EC Zele (B) 2013 was a big success for us as team. Finally our first success with the gray Fendt after all the trouble in the years before.
pullingworld.com: Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Tom Esselink: Especially the Limited Super Stock class, Compact Diesels and the Super Sport / Farm Stock classes.
pullingworld.com: What was your biggest disappointment?
Tom Esselink: I don’t have one special moment, sometimes you are very busy with designing and making parts close to the deadline. Than you run it and it breaks in the first 50 meters of the track. On that moment it’s the best to leave tractorpulling for what it is, and go on with other things.
pullingworld.com: Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Tom Esselink: Keep the safety in mind, especially with the speed and power of nowadays. Also the tractor pulling show must be faster, that’s one of good points of the American way of tractor pulling.
pullingworld.com: What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Tom Esselink: Bring the Hurricane back to the top, with following your own path.
pullingworld.com: What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Tom Esselink: Not the best thing to put here, but for me it is the accident with Jan van Alphen. I was at home when I heard it. Sometimes when I am preparing for my run close for the pull, it keep it in mind and think about the risks.
pullingworld.com: What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Tom Esselink: Improving our tractor. I spend a lot of time behind the computer with simulating and analyzing what there in happening in our tractor. I don’t have one special project. I am always busy with the kind of forces and torques there are in our tractor and how to deal with it.
pullingworld.com: Something you want to say?
Tom Esselink: Go on with the pullingworld page, you guys are doing great work. Last but not least I hope to see everybody during Tractor Pulling Lochem (NL) 2019 on the 2nd and 3th of August!
pullingworld.com: Thank you for your time and good luck this season !