New Clio Cup champion Tobias Poschik had a tremendous debut season behind the wheel of racing car. After years in karts, he entered cup racing with Carpek Racing team and headed to the title since the first race.
There were some tears in your eyes right after the finish of the first race in Brno, where you secured the title. What does it mean for you to be a champion in Clio Cup?
It means a lot to me. All the sacrifices and all the hard work finally paid off. The feeling I had when crossing the line was indescribable.
You had nice points lead during the whole season, but Szabolcs Lantos showed a great pace at Slovakia Ring and postponed your crowning until the last round. How did you prepare for the final event?
I spent a lot of time in the simulator to be prepared as good as possible. I also had a couple of phone calls with my team boss Tomáš Pekař in order to know as much as possible about the track and all in all, it worked out perfectly.
You were a member of Carpek Racing team, which dominated Clio Cup last few seasons. How important is to be in great team in cup racing?
We chose Carpek racing because of their great history in Clio Cup racing. It was important for me to have someone around me, who can teach me all the new stuff, that I had to learn in my rookie year.
It was your first season in the car racing after years in karts. What was most significant thing you have learnt there during this year?
The races in car racing are longer, and therefore you have to manage the tires degradation right. And right tire management can really make the difference at the end.
You have also showed, that you are not afraid to be hard on the track when you are fighting for positions. How would you describe your driving style? Aggressive or calm?
I would describe my driving style as precise, but aggressive. I was always a fan of Ayrton Senna and when I was a little kid, I once watched a documentary about him in which he said his famous quote „If you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver” and I would say this quote shaped me and my driving.
Where are you heading after winning Clio Cup? What would be your next step? Could it be TCR Eastern Europe?
Well, the winter brake will definitely be stressful. And there seem to be some possibilities for next year, but I don’t really want to talk about it until it is clear.