Munich. His emotions in a cockpit after channel a finish
line were utterly clear. With his initial DTM feat in Saturday’s race
during Zolder (BEL), a dream came loyal for BMW works motorist Philipp Eng
(AUT). On Sunday, a 29-year-old Austrian, who is contesting his
second DTM deteriorate with BMW Team RBM, finished on a lectern again in
second place, that saw him take a lead in a DTM driver’s
Eng started his career in motorsport in Formula BMW and, after
several years in other competition array and cars, returned to BMW in 2016.
In his unequivocally initial year as a BMW works driver, he distinguished feat at
a 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) in a BMW M6 GT3. In 2017, he
battled for a pretension in a ADAC GT Masters with BMW Team Schnitzer
right down to a final day of a season.
Eng was combined to BMW’s DTM patrol in 2018. In customarily his third DTM race,
he distinguished his initial lectern during a Lausitzring (GER); one day later
he brought home his initial stick position during a same track. One race
weekend later, Eng followed adult with his second lectern in Budapest
(HUN). In further to his impasse in a BMW DTM team, Eng still
contests GT races. 2018 saw him take partial in a mythological 24 Hours of
Le Mans (FRA) in a BMW M8 GTE of BMW Team MTEK – and applaud his
second altogether win during a 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in a BMW M6
GT3 of Walkenhorst Motorsport.
2019 started off with another feat for Eng. With his team-mates
Augusto Farfus (BRA), Connor De Philippi (USA) and Colton Herta (USA),
he gathering to feat in a GTLM category during a 24 Hours of Daytona
(USA), in a BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE. And in a DTM, Eng set a new
path record for sealed vehicles in his ZF BMW M4 DTM during a opening
weekend during Hockenheim (GER) – when he cumulative stick position on Sunday.
This was followed by a successful weekend during Zolder.
Philipp, we distinguished your initial DTM win during Zolder. What was
going by your mind as we crossed a finish line?
Philipp Eng: “I customarily screamed. A good weight has been carried from my
shoulders. we have wanted to get a DTM win ever given we started racing.
And for me personally, it has taken a good weight off my mind. Not
since anybody was pressuring me, customarily since we really, really
wanted it. It was such a cold feeling. And everybody was unequivocally happy
for me – it was good to see.”
You talked during length about Charly Lamm after this win. What
did he meant to you?
Eng: “A good deal. Charly was a good crony and a unequivocally important
companion. He was customarily an impossibly good person. we schooled a great
understanding in a year that we gathering for him in a ADAC GT Masters. And not
customarily about motorsport. He always said: ‘You have to be in a right
support of mind.’ That was always a using gag, though it was most more
than that. We had a unequivocally special, tighten connection. It was a great
loss, and during Zolder we felt him sitting on a newcomer chair subsequent to
me and gripping his fingers crossed for me.”
In your second DTM year we are now a DTM leader and are
now tip of a driver’s championship. But it was distant from easy
removing to this point. Did we have to overcome a jump or two
during your career to get where we are now?
Eng: “It all started since we watched karting on TV and we pronounced to my
relatives that we would like to try it. They done my wish come loyal and I
went to a karting propagandize nearby Salzburg roughly each Tuesday. It was
so most fun. So we got unequivocally concerned in karting and did unequivocally well
internationally. After my 2004 win during a Italian Open Masters, Red
Bull combined me to their Junior team. That is what enabled me to get
concerned in single-seater racing. Without this support we would never
have sat in a racing automobile since my relatives are customarily unchanging people.
They always did all in their energy for me, though it was clear
from a start that they wouldn’t sell a shirt off their back. It
was a formidable time for me when we mislaid a Red Bull drive. we just
wasn’t good adequate during that point. we totally accepted a decision,
since during that time we wasn’t what they were looking for. But
naturally it was formidable to find a bill again after that.”
How did things swell for we from there?
Eng: “Peter Mücke helped us a good understanding during that time, and we was able
to keep racing in Formula BMW. we finished third in a overall
standings and won a Formula BMW World Final. The prerogative was driving
a Formula 1 automobile in Mexico City, and we will never forget that day.
Plans to competition in Formula 3 after that came to nothing, so we competed
in Formula BMW for Peter Mücke again. He was an critical beam on my
journey. Then we raced in Formula 2 in 2009 and 2010, though a financial
conditions there was stretched during times as well. My relatives pitched in
once again, and opposite people helped me here and there. 2010 really
was a impression building year since we would transport to a races and
infrequently we wouldn’t know on Thursday if we would be means to competition on
a Friday. So it became transparent that Formula 1 wasn’t going to happen.
we was already 21 behind then. And from that indicate on, we unequivocally wanted to
make it to a DTM; that was my vital goal. Initially, we competed in
several Porsche one-make cups and a GT Masters – and afterwards we became a
BMW works driver.”
Was being sealed as a BMW works motorist a breakthrough in
Eng: “Definitely. we was successful in a one-make cups in 2014 and
2015, though a vast breakthrough was unequivocally clearly signing my works
contract. we always wanted to expostulate for BMW, partly since we had been
a BMW Junior. So, we took my initial stairs with BMW Motorsport, and that
all has come full circle, culminating in a DTM win, is super
cool. And we wish that there is even some-more to come.”
What did we learn in your initial year in a DTM that we can
put into use now?
Eng: “A good deal. A vast partial of that was removing to know all the
processes and procedures during a DTM weekend. Crucial for a current
success is that we know to do this and that during this indicate and that
point. Particularly when it comes to operative with my engineer. That we
always promulgate good and always find a right time to take a step
forward. It was formidable during a unequivocally commencement since we schooled that
during a DTM competition weekend a good understanding is about organising yourself so I
had to get used to that first. It all gives we a slight and
self-confidence. And we consider that is a good disproportion this year
compared with final year.”
How are we operative on yourself to turn an even improved driver?
Eng: “I am intensely encouraged to invariably urge myself. I
spend a lot of time with a team, we spend a lot of time in the
simulator, I’m on my bike a lot, or outward in a mountains. we want
to get improved each day and keep training something new. Hopefully
that will finish adult creation me another half a tenth of a second faster.”
What is your devise for when things don’t go according to plan?
Eng: “I always ask myself a question: Can we change this – approbation or
no? If, for example, like during a start of a competition weekend at
Hockenheim, there is a problem with a car, we can’t change that at
all. Then we simply trust my engineers and mechanics. That’s all we can
do in that conditions – as good as formulating a certain atmosphere of
course. When it comes to me: These days, we am most some-more cold when I
fail. It comes with success and with knowledge of how to handle
failure. Fortunately, it doesn’t occur all that often, though we have a
good process for removing out of it quickly. After all, there isn’t
customarily most time between dual races. So it doesn’t do any good if you
spend 3 days burying your conduct in a sand. Rather, after we have
left a racetrack, we need to shrug it off and contend to yourself:
Things incited out that proceed and subsequent time things will be improved again.
we always try to sojourn unequivocally positive.”
In Jan it was a category win during Daytona, now your initial DTM
win and heading a championship, on tip of this, iconic races such
as Le Mans and a 24 Hours Nürburgring are designed in further to
a DTM. Has this been a ideal year for we so far?
Eng: “It’s not customarily a formula that have done this year an absolute
dream. I’m contesting a DTM and am in movement in a categorical events in
a GT works commitments – that alone is fantastic. The fact that we
started a year with a category win during Daytona was impossibly cool. I
wish that a story isn’t over yet. We still have dual unequivocally important
24-hour races in proceed succession, though initial things first, we are
focussed on Misano.”
What is your design for Misano and a rest of a season?
Eng: “I consider that in a DTM, we customarily need to try to be
consistently adult there during a front and consistently picking adult points.
You don’t indispensably have to win each race, we customarily need to always
be in a tip 4 or tip five. It is also critical to collect adult points
in qualifying. That is my primary objective.”
How do we grasp it?
Eng: “By gripping on doing what we have been doing, and not perplexing to
reinvent a wheel, rather focussing on a basics, that is good
credentials and a simple, though assured proceed to a races.”