Dartsnews.com has done another interview ahead of Lakeside, Richard Veenstra known as ‘Flyers’ is currently ranked 11th by the BDO and will compete in his third World Championship starting in a few days time at Frimley Green.

He will play Kyle McKinstry in his first round and we spoke ahead of their game as well as about how he got into darts, being a previous semi-finalist at the event, his form and a potential go at Q-School now that a European one will start this year, all of these questions have been answered in our full length interview.

Q. Hello Richard, thanks for agreeing to do an interview with me, first of all how did you get into darts and did anyone inspire you to get into it??

‘A friend of mine asked for me to play at our local league. I was playing football at the time and our first kid Youri was born that year. So I started to play darts every 2 weeks.’

Q. You made your Lakeside debut back in 2016 reaching the semi-final, do you look back on that with fondness and are you hoping to repeat that or go one further this year??

‘My First Lakeside was incredible. Reach the semi final and win against the champion and good friend Scott Mitchell. I was close for the final But we try that again this year!’

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Q. You have a tricky test to start your Lakeside campaign speaking of that taking on Kyle McKinstry, what do you make of that draw and competing at Lakeside once again??

‘It will be a tough game against Kyle. He’s a very good player. I’ll think we are at the same level. Who is having the best day – wins!’

Q. Going into Lakeside what are your thoughts on your form this year and do you believe you have a good chance of potentially winning??

‘I had a good year and made some good results (winning the German Open). Every year I get higher on the rankings. I feel more experienced every year. And If I have a good week anything can Happen – You’ve seen it at the European Cup last year!’

Q. A lot is made of the PDC/BDO divide, have you ever had any thoughts on switching to the PDC and trying Q-School especially with the addition of the European one next year??

‘It’s all about sponsors if you want to go to play PDC. It’s very expensive. Maybe if I play a bad Lakeside I will try Q-school because there is maybe a sponsor!!’

Q. Finally to end the interview off, what would you say are your ambitions to end the year and going into 2018 and beyond??

‘I want to wish everybody a safe and Healthy 2018!! May the darts be with You…’

Interview conducted by Samuel Gill, writer for Dartsnews.com

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