An talk with Philipp Eng: “I am vital my dream.”

Posted on 20. Dec, 2017 by in BMW Canada

Munich. BMW works motorist Philipp Eng (AUT) joins Joel Eriksson
(SWE) as one of dual newcomers in BMW’s motorist choice for a 2018
DTM season. In further to this miracle in his motorsport career,
Eng will also foe during a circle of a BMW M8 GTE and a BMW M6 GT3
subsequent year. Speaking in an interview, he discusses his expectations
for a 2018 season, and his career in a BMW Motorsport family.

 

Eng took his initial stairs in motorsport in Formula BMW. After a few
years divided in other foe array and cars, he returned to a BMW
family in 2016. In his initial year back, he claimed a biggest win of
his career so far, with feat during a 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
(BEL). In 2017, he was in row for a pretension right down to the
deteriorate culmination in a ADAC GT Masters. In 2018, he will make his DTM
entrance for BMW Team RBM, and will also take partial in comparison GT races.

 

Philipp, what was your initial greeting when we detected that
we would be pushing in a DTM in 2018?

Philipp Eng: “At first, we could not take it in during all – and to be
honest, we still can't utterly trust it. The DTM has accompanied me
via many of my career, since we spent a few years in support
array and have mostly been concerned for BMW in a DTM environment
during a past dual years. My dream was always to one day expostulate the
BMW M4 DTM. we over that dream with my test. The fact that we am
now indeed a unchanging motorist is incredible.”

 

As we said, we have already had knowledge in a BMW M4 DTM
during a DTM Young Driver Test. How was it?

Eng: “It was an implausible experience. we was unequivocally tender by the
car. The brakes and a aerodynamics of a BMW M4 DTM in particular
are zero like a GT car. And experiencing a professionalism of the
teams and a BMW engineers on this devise was impossibly impressive.”

 

What expectations do we have of your initial DTM season?

Eng: “It is transparent to me that a customary in a DTM is possibly
aloft than any other foe series. That creates it a large plea for
me. However, what do they say? When a going gets tough, a tough
get going. René Rast showed final year, in winning a title, that
anything is probable in a DTM – even for a rookie. I’m really
looking brazen to a 2018 deteriorate – we am vital my dream.”

 

Your biggest sporting delight as a BMW works motorist to date
was a win during a 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps…

Eng: “Definitely. Celebrating such a vital feat in my initial year
after my lapse to BMW was fantastic. When we arrived during Spa we hadn’t
approaching to win deliberation a strength of a rivals. We knew that
we had a good package, though to get a large win we also always need a
bit of fitness that we had in that race.”

 

You were in a using for a driver’s pretension in a ADAC GT
Masters down to a handle in a 2017 season, though didn’t utterly manage
it in a end. How do we feel a deteriorate went?

Eng: “I feel that we did unequivocally good as a group during BMW Schnitzer. The
response during a lane and on amicable media showed us that we had plenty
of fans on a side. It goes though observant that we got off to the
ideal start with a win during Oschersleben, and we finished on the
lectern again a few times after that. Ultimately, a bad weekend in
Zandvoort was where we mislaid essential ground. And during a culmination in
Hockenheim, we usually had a fanciful possibility of winning. Victory in the
final foe would have been nice, though unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be.”

 

As an all-rounder, we have driven roughly all of a current
BMW racing cars, including a BMW M8 GTE. Which one is a many fun?

Eng: “I have driven a BMW M4 DTM, a BMW M8 GTE, a BMW M6 GT3
and a BMW M4 GT4 – and they are all fun in their possess way. The BMW M4
DTM stands out with a formidable handling. The BMW M8 GTE has
grown in an intensely certain instruction during a tests that I
have joined. Its sound is utterly impressive. we have spent the
many time in a BMW M6 GT3 over a past dual years, both in races and
in testing. For a GT car, it has a lot of downforce, that means it is
good fun on a Nordschleife and during Spa-Francorchamps in particular.
It goes though observant that a BMW M4 GT4 is no foe for the
other cars mentioned, though it is also good to drive, and in my opinion
is a ideal patron automobile for privateers.”

 

What are your memories from your time in Formula BMW?

Eng: “I usually have good memories. we schooled a lot there. we could not
have dreamed of more. we was propitious adequate to be upheld by both BMW
and Red Bull during a same time. we started good in 2006, though afterwards we was
a bit too cocky and mislaid a rookie standings to my now BMW colleague
Jens Klingmann. Then a year after that we mislaid out to Jens once
again, though got my punish during a BMW universe culmination in Valencia. we won
there, violence Marco Wittmann and Jens Klingmann, and my prerogative was a
exam expostulate in a Formula 1 car.”

 

Another prominence of your career, surely?

Eng: “It’s roughly 10 years ago, though we still remember it unequivocally well.
For an 18-year-old we consider we did unequivocally well. The feeling behind then
was identical to a BMW M4 DTM these days, usually a brakes,
aerodynamics and weight in a Formula 1 automobile were even some-more extreme. I
still suffer looking during a photos of me in a Formula 1 cockpit today.”

 

How did we get concerned in motorsport?

Eng: “On a karting lane in Ampfing – it had only opened, and after
indoor karting became too tedious for me, we gathering a 90 kilometres
from Salzburg to get there. At some point, we even had an appartment
there since we were there each weekend.”

 

How would we report yourself in 3 words?

Eng: “Pedantic, so I’m unequivocally meddlesome in a details. Unfortunately,
infrequently we am impatient, and we am always focussed.”

 

What was your best and misfortune impulse in motorsport?

Eng: “The best impulse was signing my BMW works motorist contract. You
can see a successes that this signature has brought me. The worst
was when we mislaid a support of Red Bull during a age of 16. It was the
right preference since we only wasn’t good adequate behind then, though my
universe fell detached all a same. My relatives didn’t have a financial
resources to support my career though help, so primarily we was in a
fix. But behind afterwards we schooled that somehow we keep going.”

 

What would we have turn if it hadn’t worked out with racing?

Eng: “A veteran racing cyclist. we spend a lot of time on my
racing bike and unequivocally suffer it and now we have utterly a few contacts in
veteran cycling. So now we have a devise B that opportunely we don’t need.”

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