Exactly six weeks ago you won the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring in the Audi R8 LMS ultra. How often do these moments come back to your mind now?
“Very often. Especially this weekend when I was a guest at the DTM an incredibly large number of people mentioned this to me and expressed their congratulations. And then the authentic winning car was showcased at Audi’s location and I had the chance to do some show laps in it – that was truly a goose bump feeling…”
With a bit of a distance, how do you rate this victory?
“Very far at the top. Of course the first victory in Formula 3 was great too, and there were also some nice experiences in Formula One or the DTM. But victory at such a famous event as the 24-hour race on the Nordschleife has been and will always be very special.”
Now you’ve set a world record in the Audi R8 e-tron` on the Nordschleife. Was this a new experience?
“A completely new experience. I’ve never had a record drive in a production vehicle before and even sat in an electric car for the first time. That’s really a strange feeling, when there’s no sound from the engine whatsoever. It took three laps before I was able to properly judge acceleration and speed. We were successful and of course now I’m hoping that our record will last for a long time.”
First the 24-hour victory and then the world record – the Audi R8 has got to be your absolutely favorite car now…
“Yes, it is. Somehow we seem to fit together well. Of course I’m now hoping that we’ll be clinching a lot more successes together in the future.