ROTY 2022 – MY THOUGHTS

ELMS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2022 - MY THOUGHTS

The 2022 European Le Mans Series season has been concluded and therefore my debut year in endurance racing is over. I look back to it with mixed feelings. We cheered because of that mega opening race at Paul Ricard, where Sophia and I finished second, and obviously I’m very thankful for unanimously winning the Rookie of The Year honours, but we could have had a lot more.

For example at Imola, where we easily could have been on the podium, but had to settle for eighth due to a late puncture and a yellow that didn’t help us. Or take Barcelona, where we weren’t allowed to start from the grid, because we missed pit exit for the warm up lap by only a handful of seconds. When we looked back at the delta times of the race in Portimão, we discovered that a second place could have been ours.

But hey, that’s life, and that’s racing. You can’t have it all, right? Maybe it’s for the better, although it feels bad when you know you and your machine are capable of finishing way further up front. When someone would have told me I would end my first ELMS season in ninth overall, with 37 points out of six races, I would’ve probably raised an eyebrow. We’re here to win.

Despite the difficulties, it feels very good to be acknowledged, to know that people rate your capabilities. And next to that, people around me have told me quite often lately I changed for the better! It was very tense to race in single seaters on the ladder to Formula One, knowing that winning was nearly impossible and therefore taking a lot of risks. Now, I feel more relaxed, because in endurance racing, and definitely in LMP2, we all race with the exact same car and engine. It’s more down to the driver and that suits me.


It’s time to take a well deserved break, to recharge the batteries for next year. I don’t know what’s in store for me, but what I do know is I’d love to continue in endurance racing. This has tasted of more.

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