It’s on again! The FIA WEC is coming back from summer break and is steering towards a new highlight after the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Next weekend Nürburgring will be celebrating its debut at the WEC Championships. Eat the Ball athlete Daniel Abt is looking forward to his home race and we were lucky to catch him before for an interview.
Hi Daniel. The FIA WEC summer break is almost over and next weekend will be your Nürburgring debut. Are you excited?
Daniel Abt: I’m very excited. Nürburgring is a great race track and starting there with an LMP1 will definitely be an amazing experience. The feeling and the fans there are very special and I’m sure it’ll be a cool event.
Nürburgring is new this year on the WEC racing calendar. How well do you know the legendary North Loop?
Daniel Abt: The North Loop and the Grand Prix are two completely different race tracks. I’ve never raced at the North Loop – only with a regular street car. At the Grand Prix track, I’ve driven a few races in ADAC Formel Masters, Formel 3 and GP2, so I know what’s expecting me. It’s been two years since my last race. More so I’m looking forward to start there again.
You are a master when it comes to premieres: at your premiere at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, you and your team won in the LMP1-L category. Where do you have your trophy?
Daniel Abt: The trophy has a special place in a new room in which I’ve installed my own racing simulator. It’s always a pleasure to look at the trophy.
How long did it take you to realize what this win means?
Daniel Abt: It did take a bit. In the beginning I couldn’t quite understand the scope of it. But after receiving all the congratulations, messages and emotions from people around me, I quickly realized that we really achieved something great.
Now it’s up to you to confirm these results at Nürburgring: what are your goals for this race?
Daniel Abt: I definitely want to continue our Le Mans success and get the class victory with my team. It’s important to push ourselves as a team and to improve constantly. Then I won’t see a reason why we shouldn’t win.
Daniel, many thanks for the interview. We wish you good luck for the 6 hours at Nürburgring. GOOD LUCK!