Growing up in an upper middle class family in Germany, cars were of course a part of my daily life, but not really in the way it is today. Being proud of the german engineering reputation, my dad used to drive german cars only. Back in the days when I was born, it was an Audi 80 (B3) and later on he changed to an Audi A4 (B6) 2.0 which he is still driving today.
“Richtgeschwindigkeit 130 km/h!”
Thinking that 130 km/h is the limit, I enjoyed every second of me youth, but never ever dreamed about what was going to happen. Playing with Lego until I was way too old for still doing it, I secretly kept on going. Referring to my mental age of being something between the age of 6 and 7, I played, and still play with cars, obviously in a bigger scale, but never with a single thought about racing.
Getting a Porsche cabriolet remote controled car when I was younger, my first contact to the Porsche brand was made. But still I was not really into cars and especially not into racing. Being 15 years old I had the dream of doing my motorcycle license with 16 years of age for a small 15 hp bike, which I did.
Being lucky enough to get in contact with a car enthusiast in the years around the age of 18, I did not only got bitten by the bug of seeing in cars more than just a way of transportation between point A and point B but was also allowed to drive cool cars.
In this collection of cars were for example a Mercedes-Benz W113 280 SL (Pagode) and a Porsche Panamera S (970).
Getting interested in cars even more than I was in motorcycles, I soon started to read articles and books about cars and here in particular about Porsches. Setting the life goal in “the summer of 2015”, to own Porsches during the time I will spend here on this planet, I focused my interest onto Porsche cars to such an extent, that walking by a Porsche without commenting on the model series, the engine, the features, the price and a fancy story about the Porsche history is not possible for me.
First step (2015)
Having started to play on a racing wheel more regularily after my longterm relationship went pop. I soon realised how much I actually liked this kind of thing. No wonder, it combined my interest with cars with the thing I could not do at the time, which was driving fast cars.
Second step (2016)
Having spent my first 1000 hours on a very basic setup, consisting of a wheel, pedals, a wooden build rack and a car seat, I was “playing” on my laptop.
Pretty soon, the word “playing” could be replaced by “training”. Because I changed my attitude from playing around, to focus on what I was doing and soon, the results followed. Going to the kart track more regularily I soon realised, that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
And if you know what I am talking about, than you know how true this statement really is!
After reaching the 100 000 km mark on my favourite racetrack, the Nürburgring Nordschleife, I was ready for the next step.
Third step (2017)
Buying a new wheel base, a stearing wheel, pedals and a stiff rick, I was ready for improving. By the way, still playing on my laptop or the flat screen in the living room.
Having almost trippled my skills in driving, I was again ready for the next step one year later. This time, it went almost professional.
Fourth step (2018)
Having bought not only drivers gear, like the shoes and the glooves, I build a gaming computer and invested into my future with a triple screen setup. Being able to actually see what is going on next to you on the racetrack was a huge step forward. Since than, the feeling of realism has improved a lot. But this is not only because of the software improvements that were made over the last couple of years, but also because of the much quicker computer I use.
Fifth step (2019)
Being an active team member in a formula student team, it was possible for me to make the next step from the racing simulator into a kind of a race car this year.
Sixth step, to be continued!!! 🙂
See you next time!