Martin Hlavna's name first appeared in the ESET V4 Cup last year. Back then, the Slovak driver entered the home race behind a Chevrolet steering wheel and he finished sixth in the Cruze Cup. This year he has been in the paddock for almost a full season, with Ford Fiesta joining ESET MMSR in the D4-1600 class, and in the Brno finals he has also won the title in the class, in addition to two victories.
Which of this year's races was the most fascinating for you?
There's something to say about each of them, but in short, Hungaroring had a great atmosphere for me as the F1 circuit with all that belongs to it. The home grand prix at Slovakia Ring was also specific in having there all the loved ones and friends who would cheer me on after each round, or tell me off for the mistakes I made, so it was quite fun.
Besides the Red Bull Ring, how would you evaluate the rest of the races you took part in this season?
The winter plan was to switch to a stronger car, to test the circuits I had not driven before, and finally to drive a car with slick tires. All of that is done, so I'm very satisfied.
Why the decision to start racing in the D4-1600 class?
For the season in two liters we didn't have the needed money, so the only option remained the 1600. In these volume classes with different cars, it is necessary to consider what car you start with if you have the ambition to achieve a certain result. So I wanted to go at full blast from the beginning. It started with the choice of a car and I tried to race as much as possible and learn as much as possible on each track. I know that I've done my best and it worked, we can go on.
How did you enjoy the individual races?
For me, circuit races are a dream come true. Whenever I have the opportunity to race I enjoy it, and when a new technique and new challenges came about, it was all the more intense.
Which circuit did you like the most?
Quite definitely Brno. I know it well and the car worked the best, which is encouraging at end of the season.
How was the racing with Ford?
I have most experience with front engine, so it was no problem to return to Ford. Occasionally, I could feel the lack of self-locking differential, or not ideally set classic manual gearbox. If the sequence had the same transfers that would be different, but it's a matter of habit and feeling. Overall it is a very well-functioning car.
Are there any plans for the next season?
I would like to make some progress again and return to cup racing. It depends on what budget we'll manage to compile.