Date of birth: 04.02.1986
Place of birth: Ochsenfurt / Bayern
Place of recidence: Uffenheim
Height: 1,76 m
Hobbies: Fast cars, cycling, fitness, friends
„Adrenaline, power, precision, passion and teamwork – this is motorsport. It is a tremendous feeling to win and to celebrate with my team.“
You’ve been a driver now with HTP Motorsport since 2012. What’s so special about your partnership?
I’m now in my fifth year, driving for HTP Motorsport. Our success and competitiveness in recent years have to be what make our partnership so special. Whenever we race, we always win or are championship contenders. I’ve enjoyed enormous success with HTP. We’ve won the 24 Hours of Spa, the 1,000-km race at the Nürburgring, the Blancpain Sprint series and finished runners-up once in the Blancpain Endurance series. We’ve also been in the Top Four four times in the ADAC GT Masters. It’s the people too who really make things. Norbert Brückner is a terrific person. I owe him a lot. His heart is in the right place and he’s a racing driver through and through. My ambition is to win titles in every series, for sure. I want to win races and championships and that’s only possible with the best team and best drivers.
Your seventh 24-hour race at the Nürburgring is coming up soon. Is a podium finish realistic?
Good one! Seven races and a podium in 2016, which just goes to show that you need a whole lot of luck on the Nordschleife and an error-free drive. Unfortunately, I was unlucky last year. I was on the pace, but ultimately, my race was over after just two hours. We, Mercedes-AMG and HTP, are gearing up for success this year. One of my big ambitions is to win this race at some point. And I’m definitely going to do that!
And how does someone like you, who is a racing driver to the core, spend the winter break?
I hang out with friends at home, like to go out for meals and meet up with my mates. As far as sport is concerned, the winter is when I lay the foundations for the new season. Of course, I also really enjoy wellness activities and Christmas. I created my new fan collection during the winter break, and we’re going to have an online shop due to launch just before Oschersleben. In our shop, you’ll be able to buy everything from hats, shirts, sweaters, stickers to key rings. It’s been a lot of hard work, but I wanted to give my fans the chance to wear what I wear.
Helmets and their designs are like the faces of the drivers. They are quite personal, showing traces of the past and are individual to each person. Helmet designs evolve over time.
For me, however, elements remain that have been there since the very beginning. This year, I have taken my inspiration for my helmet design from the car. Consequently, the elements and colours complement each other perfectly and make a better and more harmonious whole.
|2019||ADAC GT Masters – Mann-Filter Team HTP – 3rd overall, 1 win, 3 podiums
Intercontinental GT Challenge – Mercedes-AMG Team SPS Automotive Performance, Mercedes-AMG Team Craft Bamboo Racing, Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing – 2nd overall
24h Spa-Francorchamps – Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing – 10th place
24h Nürburgring – Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER – DNF
VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring – Mercedes-AMG Team HTP, GetSpeed Performance – 1 podium
|2018||ADAC GT Masters – MANN-FILTER Team HTP – 4th overall, 1 win, 4 podiums, 2 pole positions
Intercontinental GT Challenge – Strakka Racing – 8th overall
24h Spa-Francorchamps – Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing – 11th place
24h Nürburgring – Mercedes-AMG Team Mann-Filter – 17th place
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup – Strakka Racing – 19th overall, 1 podium
|2017||ADAC GT Masters – Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport – 16th overall, 1 podium
24h Nürburgring – Haribo Racing Team Mercedes-AMG – 9th place
24h Spa-Francorchamps – Black Falcon – 12th place
Blancpain GT Series Asia – GruppeM Racing Team – 2 races, 1 win
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup – Black Falcon – 8th overall
|2016||DTM – HWA (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team) – 20th overall
24-Hours of Nürburgring – Haribo Racing Team-AMG – 3rd place
24-Hours of Spa – AMG-Team HTP Motorsport – 5th place
|2015||DTM – Mücke Motorsport (Mercedes-AMG DTM) – 22nd overall, 2nd best rookie|
|2014||Blancpain Sprint Series – HTP Motorsport – 1st overall
Blancpain GT Series – HTP Motorsport – 3rd overall
ADAC GT Masters – HTP Motorsport – 5th overall
|2013||Blancpain Endurance Series – HTP Racing – 2nd overall
24-Hours of Spa – HTP Racing – 1st place
Nürburgring 1,000km – HTP Racing – 1st place
ADAC GT Masters – Polarweiss Racing – 3rd overall
DTM tests – Mercedes-Benz AMG C-Class
|2012||ADAC GT Masters – kfzteile24 MS Racing – 1st overall drivers and team standings|
|2011||ADAC GT Masters – MS-Racing – 20th overall|
|2010||ADAC GT Masters – s-Berg Racing – 32nd overall|
|2009||Trofeo Lamborghini – Team Holzer, 7th overall|
|2008||Formula 3 Euro Series – RC-Motorsport – 22nd overall|
|2007||International Formel Master – ISR Racing – 10th overall
Formula 3 Euro Series – RC-Motorsport
Formel ADAC – Development, Official test driver
|2006||Ferrari FXX – Testing in Maranello and at Nürburgring|
|2005||Formula 3 Euro Series – HBR Motorsport / ASM Motorsport – 14th overall|
|2004||Formula 3 Euro Series – TME / Team Kolles – 19th overall|
|2003||Formula BMW – Mücke Motorsport – 1st overall
ADAC Junior Motor Racing Driver of the Year
|2002||Formula BMW – Mücke Motorsport – 2nd overall, best rookie|
|2001 – 1996||Karting – German champion twice (in different classes)|