Laurin Heinrich talks about his title win, simulator coaching and left-handedness

This makes the 21-year-old Porsche Junior the primary driver in seven years to take house the championship title earlier than the ultimate weekend. In an interview, the racer from Würzburg talks in regards to the first moments after crossing the end line, the assist from former Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler and his motorsport-crazy household his. Heinrich additionally explains what he means by the time period “hybrid-racer” and the rituals he practices at every race.

Laurin, you are the brand new champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. How does that really feel?

Laurin Heinrich: It feels wonderful to be the brand new champion. Once I noticed my workforce cheering on the pit wall on the end line, it was an indescribably fantastic second. Even the followers within the grandstands on the Sachsenring applauded me throughout my cool-down lap. Loopy!

911 GT3 Cup, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, 2022, Porsche AG
Laurin Heinrich within the 911 GT3 Cup

What are essentially the most memorable moments of the season?

Heinrich: Undoubtedly my two victories on the season opener at Spa-Francorchamps, that is the place it began. And Spa can be one in every of my all-time favourite racetracks. Vehicles flying via Eau Rouge and Raidillon are merely a spotlight of the season. And I’ve fond reminiscences of the race weekend on the Crimson Bull Ring. Not simply because I received there, however as a result of all three of us SSR Huber Racing drivers ended up on the rostrum. That was an enormous victory for Christoph Huber and the workforce. After which there was the massive anniversary on the Lausitzring with the one centesimal Carrera Cup race for Huber Racing.

You have stayed on the high of the standings since race one. How did you handle to keep up your focus all through the season?

Heinrich: The primary two years within the Porsche Carrera Cup confirmed me that anybody can beat anybody. That is why I did not anticipate to clinch the title on the Sachsenring. Six wins and 5 podiums with my Huber Racing household, it is phenomenal. Because the champion, it is an ideal feeling to observe within the footsteps of so many motor racing legends like Timo Bernhard. He received the Carrera Cup in 2001.

Laurin Heinrich, Christoph Huber (lr), Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, 2022, Porsche AG
Laurin Heinrich and Christoph Huber from Workforce SSR Huber Racing (lr)

This title is not your first in a Porsche racing sequence. When did you first sit in a Porsche?

Heinrich: That was in 2019 within the Porsche Sports activities Cup Deutschland. I needed to make use of the yr to familiarise with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in addition to I may. On the finish of the season, I used to be topped champion of the Porsche Tremendous Sports activities Cup. That was an unbelievable yr. What’s extra, I competed within the predecessor mannequin to the present Cup automobile, which was an obstacle. A yr later I additionally managed to win the title within the Porsche Endurance Problem.

You additionally demonstrated your prowess right away within the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. How do you clarify that?

Heinrich: For the primary two years, I used to be a part of the Porsche Carrera Cup expertise pool squad and acquired nice assist from my coach Wolf Henzler. He helped me – particularly the best way to deal with unfamiliar conditions. For instance, I lacked expertise in rain races. Wolf gave me priceless suggestions, similar to the place to anticipate moist patches on the observe and the best way to finest cool the tires on a drying observe.

Your father Harald is at all times by your facet. How vital is that for you?

Heinrich: My father involves virtually each race weekend. He is at all times believed in me and by no means hesitates to assist himself. Once I was a kart driver, my dad was the mechanic, and in ADAC Method 4 he was chargeable for the group of our personal workforce. My mom and sister additionally come to the racetrack usually. You might say that I come from a household of motorsport fanatics.

911 GT3 Cup, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, 2022, Porsche AG
Laurin Heinrich within the 911 GT3 Cup

Even away from the racetrack, your life revolves round motorsport. You describe your self as a “hybrid racer”. What does that time period imply?

Heinrich: It implies that I do not solely race on actual racetracks, but additionally compete for winners and championships just about at an expert degree. In these sequence, I contest digital endurance classics just like the 24 Hours of Le Mans or the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring. This yr, for instance, I am competing for the Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Workforce within the Le Mans Digital Collection. There aren’t many drivers who do each at an expert degree, so I see myself as a type of pioneer in combining digital and actual motorsport.

Do you put together just about for the true races, too?

Heinrich: That will depend on what I need to prepare for. If it is an unfamiliar observe, I will put together intensively within the simulator. That method I can acquire expertise on the racetrack lengthy earlier than the precise occasion. The Nordschleife, for instance, is a really lengthy observe. Race simulators are excellent for studying the circuit inside and outside. It is an ideal device to make sure you do not have to begin from scratch. Plus, coaching within the simulator additionally pays off on demanding tracks like Imola.

What are the variations between esports and actual motor racing?

Heinrich: In esports, a automobile by no means behaves precisely like an actual automobile. In actual motorsports, there are elements similar to sand on the observe or part put on. That stated, the tracks are very near actuality, you’re feeling each bump within the digital model.

Laurin Heinrich, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, 2022, Porsche AG
Laurin Heinrich from Workforce SSR Huber Racing

Is there a stunning truth about you?

Heinrich: Maybe that I am very superstitious. For instance, earlier than a race, I at all times put my left glove on first, or after I climb stairs, I at all times take step one with my left foot. Though, which may have one thing to do with the truth that I am left-handed.

Have you ever at all times needed to be an expert racing driver?

Heinrich: Once I was a child, I did not even think about I might be an expert racing driver. Once I was youthful, I needed to be a pilot. Flying fascinates me and I even have a small flight simulator at house. If somebody ever provided, I might even climb aboard an aerobatic aircraft. I do not suppose the g-forces in a loop would hassle me.

What desires do you’ve gotten on your future?

Heinrich: To start with, the title is a big step and hopefully a hit that may open one or two doorways for me. I just lately fulfilled a dream: I used to be on the season finale of the Porsche Carrera Cup North America on the legendary Highway Atlanta and obtained to race within the USA for the primary time. My summer time trip in Los Angeles just a few years in the past made me a giant fan of the American life-style.