An talk with Joel Eriksson: “The DTM is one of my goals.”

Posted on 01. Dec, 2017 by in BMW Canada

Munich. Six promising, gifted youngsters are partial of a BMW
Motorsport Junior Programme for a 2017 season. They are all during the
start of their careers, though already have an engaging background
behind them. As partial of a array of interviews, we deliver the
particular BMW Motorsport Juniors. This time: Joel Eriksson (SWE).


Joel Eriksson done his entrance in a FIA Formula 3 European
Championship aged customarily 17 in 2016. He claimed his initial competition win in
his entrance year, along with 10 lectern finishes and a honour of being
a season’s tip rookie. He reinforced those clever performances in
his second season, in what is one of a many prestigious junior
array in a world, eventually finale a year in second place
overall. Since Jun 2016, Eriksson has been partial of a BMW Motorsport
Junior Programme. He was given a ambience of how it would feel to achieve
his dream of pushing in a DTM, when he attended a Young Driver
Test during a Lausitzring (GER).


Joel, carrying finished your deteriorate in a FIA Formula 3
European Championship, we have been behind in movement in a BMW M4
DTM during a DTM Young Driver Test during a Lausitzring. How was that?

Joel Eriksson: “That was though doubt one of a biggest
moments in my career so far. The DTM is one of my goals. As such, I
would like to appreciate BMW Motorsport for giving me this opportunity. The
exam was unequivocally unequivocally good and we enjoyed each second in a car. The
group and we achieved good together, and it was good fun operative with
BMW Team RBM.”

Was this exam a prerogative for your glorious deteriorate in Formula 3?

Eriksson: “You could contend that. It positively felt that way. I
also gathering during final year’s Young Driver Test in Jerez, so being in that
automobile was not a totally new knowledge for me. However, after such a
good year, it is good to finish a deteriorate in a DTM car.”

You had a unequivocally successful deteriorate in Formula 3 – particularly
during a finish of a season, where we put together a good competition to
locate adult to finish second in a championship. Why were we so
clever during a finish of a season?

Eriksson: “We also done a unequivocally clever start to a season. In
tangible fact, it was customarily as clever as a latter stages. However, I
had a few issues with a change of a automobile in a center of the
season. We did not get a tyres operative properly. We forsaken too many
points during 3 competition weekends in a row. You can't means to do that
in such a clever championship. At a moment, it is one of the
toughest motorsport array in a world. It was unequivocally critical to me
to finish a deteriorate strongly again. All-in-all, it has been a unequivocally good
year, nonetheless it could have been even better. To finish runner-up in
one of a toughest championships in a universe is not so bad, though I
wanted to win a title. we am happy and unhappy during a same time.”

How did your motorsport career begin?

Eriksson: “When we was 5 or 6 years old, my father and a
few friends built their possess kart in a garage during home. we was then
given my initial kart when we was six, and it was customarily about carrying a bit
of fun during first. After about a year, we wanted to get out on a real
racetrack. My hermit was also given a kart, and we both had loads of
fun together. He started to race, though we had to wait about a year until
we was 7 before we could start competing. After that, we entered a
lot of karting classes, though customarily ever gathering nationally, as a plan,
even during that early stage, was to switch to Formula racing as shortly as
possible. That is how my career started.”

Do we have a purpose indication in motorsport?

Eriksson: “Yes, my statue has always been Kimi Räikkönen. Even as
a immature lad, we always used to watch Formula 1.”

You have been a BMW Motorsport Junior given 2016. How did you
come into hit with BMW?

Eriksson: “They got in hold during a start of 2016. After a few
meetings and a bit of planning, we assimilated a programme during the

What does a BMW Motorsport Junior Programme offer you?

Eriksson: “Everything we need, actually. On a one hand, you
have a pushing itself. But on a other we accept mental and
aptness training. There are motorist coaches during a circuit. The fact
that Formula 3 events customarily share a check with a DTM was perfect
for me. It meant that we could always proceed a BMW DTM drivers and
plead a lane conditions and characteristics, pushing impression and
racing lines with them. It was unequivocally good for me to be partial of that team.”

How is your attribute with a other Juniors?

Eriksson: “I already knew many of them, quite Dennis
Marschall. We gathering together in a same group in a 2014 ADAC Formula
Masters. He is a good crony of mine, as is Mikkel Jensen. we have also
famous Beitske Visser and Nico Menzel given 2014. We have a lot of fun together.”

How would we report your impression in 3 difference – both on
and off a track?

Eriksson: “I would say: precise, cool, and quick.”

What do we do best, besides engine racing?

Eriksson: “Tune my aged Volvos during home. we have a few of them and
revive them. That is one of my strengths, as good as engine racing.”

Is that maybe an choice for after your racing career?

Eriksson: “I am certain we will always work on my cars. If we wanted
to do so professionally, we would open my possess workshop. That is
positively an choice alongside or after racing.”

What have been a best and misfortune moments of your career?

Eriksson: “The best impulse came final year, when we won the
Formula 3 Masters during Zandvoort. And a misfortune was in my initial Formula
3 competition final year during a Norisring. we had a autocratic lead halfway
by a race, and was determining my lead over a guys behind me
when Callum Ilott braked distant too late in spin one, mislaid control of his
car, and ploughed into a side of me. That was a finish of a race
for me.”

Do we have a clear idea for your career?

Eriksson: “My goals have always been Formula 1 and a DTM. At
a moment, however, a DTM is above Formula 1. we unequivocally enjoy
pushing a DTM car, and it is unequivocally good matched to my pushing style.
As such, a DTM is my goal. Formula 1 was a dream as a immature child,
and it will always sojourn a dream. However, we have to be a bit
realistic. It is formidable to make it into Formula 1.”


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