[YesAuto Watching the Race] Not long ago, I was fortunate enough to be invited by Porsche to watch the Porsche Carrera Cup race at Spa in Belgium. The Porsche Carrera Cup occasionally reports, but the Spa circuit is never visited again, which appeals to me. Before leaving, I learned a lot about the Spa circuit and thought of a chance to walk a lap. Let's take a look at what I have seen and heard in those two days through pictures and videos.
● Video: The driver will show you the Spa circuit
To be honest, the trip to Spa in Belgium was a bit regretful, not because the game was not exciting enough. However, due to various permissions and schedules, I did not have a deep understanding of the track. I have been to “Niubei” before, and I have been to Spa again this time. Both tracks have attracted me deeply. I will definitely come back again and will finish the whole track step by step. In addition, I admire the performance of the driver Van der Rui in these two days, especially in the rainy race. He finally finished runner-up from the fifth place on the grid, which is very exciting. On the next page, there is an interview with driver Van Derui, and friends who are interested can check it out. (Photo/text/photo by Meng Huan, the home of the car; video provided by Porsche China)
● Interview with Van Derui, the driver of the Asian Porsche Carrera Cup Jinlong Team
1. As we all know, this is not your first time at Spa. But this is your first time driving the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at Spa Circuit to participate in the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup-Spa 24 Hours. Excuse me, how do you feel that this competition is different from your previous competitions?
Van der Rey: Indeed, I have participated in many races on the Spa before. Take last year when I drove a McLaren sports car to participate in a 24-hour race. Compared with McLaren’s car, the biggest difference between the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is that it does not have an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and a traction control system (TCS). . In other words, you can sprint at full speed on straights, but you must control the corners properly to make it easier to cut into the corners and avoid tire locking. This is the biggest difference.
2. What is unique about Spa Circuit for you? Which technique is the most important in the competition here?
Van der Rey: I think the Spa is a very special circuit because there is the fastest corner “Eau Rouge/Raidillon” (Eau Rouge/Raidillon). The Iorog curve consists of a series of uphills and downhills. The bends are closely connected and undulate. If you make a mistake in one of the corners, the same problem may occur in the next few corners. I like this classic and unique circuit very much, and I often get good results here. Because this is a regular track after all, once you know a few tricks, no matter what kind of sports car you drive, you can do well on this track.
3. What features of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia event attract you the most? After the end of the season, what are your plans?
Van Derui: At the moment, I have no plans yet. In fact, this year I came to participate in the Asian Porsche Carrera Cup competition only ten days before the start of Shanghai. So, I currently have no plans for next year. But this season went smoothly for me, driving a Porsche 911 GT3 CUP car for the first time, and it feels extraordinary performance. I now need to keep scoring in the next games of this season, hoping that I can win this season, and I am very sure about this. At present, the score is still very tight. If there is an unfinished race, it is difficult to recover the score. I participated in the first game of the Shanghai Grand Prix, and I failed to finish the second game, so now I have to work harder to widen the gap. How to develop next year depends on the situation of this year's competition, what opportunities there will be, what changes in the competition, and so on.
4. So far, among all the tracks of the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season, which one do you prefer?
Van Derui: I like Singapore, it's a cool track. I have never driven on a track in Singapore, but the beauty of this track makes me yearn for it. It is made up of streets, and it shows the unique charm of the track at night. I also like the Fuji Circuit very much. I have never been to it before, but it is also a very interesting and beautiful circuit. The Shanghai circuit is also good, but it is a regular F1 circuit. As far as I am concerned, the tracks this season are pretty good, they have similarities, but they are very different.
5. Since you participated in the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, you have had a very good performance. Could you briefly introduce your previous racing experience?
Van der Rei: I am a novice to Porsche events. It was my first time driving a Porsche 911 GT3 CUP race car on the Shanghai circuit. But the year before last, I drove a McLaren GT3 in the Blancpain series. Prior to this, he also participated in the World Series GP2 and Super League Formula. Because I was attracted by Formula BMW, I came to Europe in 2004 and started to participate in the Formula BMW European Challenge. Every year I also drive a different car to compete in Formula Renault 2Litre (Formula Renault 2Litre).
6. In addition to some previous racing experience, have you participated in some driving skills training?
Van Derui: Never participated. I learned to drive karting since I was 8 years old, and I have driven karting in New Zealand and Australia. Until 2002, I had 10 years of karting experience. The fastest thing that helped me grow up was when I was driving a go-kart. At that time, my father didn't buy rain tires for me to use, so I ran out tires every time I drove. Because of this, I learned how to better control the car not to skid in the rain. After officially participating in the GT event, when I used rain tires for the first time, my performance was better than other drivers, and I could feel that the car had more grip. Now, I believe that after so many years of experience, my technology has further developed. The more you participate, the more experience you can gain from different tracks. I have been in Europe in 2004 for 11 years, driving different vehicles on different tracks.
7. In the previous two seasons of the Porsche Carrera Cup in Asia, Bambo won the championship for two consecutive years. What do you think is your chance of winning if you compete on the same stage?
Van Derui: A few years ago, I was Bambo’s karting coach in New Zealand. We drove karts for training together, and I often overtook him at that time. He is a fast driver, but I think I am not bad.
8. In your opinion, what is the difference between European and Asian racing culture?
Van Derui: This is my first time to compete in Asia this year, and I feel good. I like it very much and I feel very relaxed. In European competitions, you will find that the atmosphere is relatively tense and everyone is nervous. In the Asian race, all the drivers gathered together to communicate, laugh and laugh. I can have dinner with other drivers, and many times we get along very well. But in Europe, because it is a competitor, there is little communication. So, for me, Asian games make me relaxed and happy. The European game is too refreshing.
9. We saw that your fiancée came to accompany you this time. Does she support your racing career?
Van Derui: We met in high school, when we were 16 years old. When I had a major accident in 2010, she was always by my side and caring for me wholeheartedly. She was very good. She knows my life style. I need to go to different places, participate in different games or work as a coach. She is very supportive of this and understands racing knowledge; she understands that I often have to race or coach. As a driver, the life style is different, because you can visit more places instead of being confined to one place. It is really good to have her with me and give me all the support I need.
10. For drivers, lifestyle habits have a subtle impact on career. Please share with us what kind of eating habits you should have as a driver?
Van Derui: When you are on the road, it is difficult to have a healthy diet. Usually when you are at the airport or staying in a hotel, you may not be able to ensure a healthy diet; but nevertheless, do not eat fast food. I like to stay in Asia, because Asia has a lot of fruits and eats healthier food. I don't drink cola or carbonated drinks, only water. Obviously everyone's physique is different, and their eating habits are also different. For me, eating carbohydrates, such as bread or pasta, is too easy to gain weight, so I stay away. When you find a diet that suits you, you can stay away from unhealthy diets.
11. Have you ever thought about when to retire?
Van der Rey: I will not retire until I can no longer race. I think I will continue racing for a long time in the future. In any case, maintaining a passion for something is very important. But when your enthusiasm is no longer, you will no longer feel the joy of racing, and finally you choose to give up. As long as you still yearn for motorsports, you can definitely continue to run.
12. So, if you retire one day, what would you want to do?
Van Derui: I would like to have a motorsport training school in New Zealand to teach children how to drive karts and teach them what I have learned over the years, so as to contribute to the development of young racing drivers.