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Q&A: Nicky Catsburg

Q&A: Nicky Catsburg

05/06/2015 10:44

Nicky Catsburg will make his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut in ROSNEFT WTCC Race of Russia this weekend when he drives a third LADA Vesta TC1 alongside Rob Huff and Jaap van Lagen.

Welcome to the WTCC Nick. Can you believe you are here?
“No, it’s all been a bit of a surprise and it all came very quickly. But now I am here I’m super happy and I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes.”

What knowledge do you have of the Moscow Raceway?
“Nothing. This track is completely new to me. I did my track walk yesterday. I tried to do some simulator laps but it’s all pretty new. It looks pretty nice.”

But nice is not easy. Will it be a difficult track to learn?
“It looks pretty technical, especially some of the slower parts so it will be quite hard to learn the track.”

And you’ve also got to learn a car. How are you finding the LADA Vesta?
“I did a couple of laps at Magny-Cours two or three weeks ago and I must say it was a bit of a surprise because the fastest front-wheel-driven car I’ve driven so far is a Renault Clio and now this! So it’s a lot of power on the front wheels and it requires a very specific driving style. It took me a while to get up to speed but I’m sure with the help of Rob and Jaap I will hopefully get up to speed quickly and be amongst them.”

What is the target for this weekend?
“In the end it’s a very important race for LADA and ROSNEFT our sponsor. We hope to be in the front obviously. For myself personally I just hope to do a good job for the team and hope to be close to my team-mates and that’s my only expectation so far. I have no idea of where we are compared to the other cars.”

You were meant to be racing in Zolder this weekend weren’t you?
“Exactly. I was meant to be racing in Zolder in the Blancpain Sprint Series so I had to discuss this with my team Reiter Engineering where I am a contracted driver. But they said okay, this is a very nice opportunity for you to explore this whole new market and a world championship so he said let’s go and we will find a replacement.”

So no crazy commuting plans between the two tracks for you then?
“No, no that’s going to be hard!”

You are one of three Dutch drivers competing in WTCC Race of Moscow – there seems to be a lot of good drivers from your country racing right now…
“I think there are a lot of good drivers anyway. I think I got lucky with this deal with LADA. Obviously I know Jaap, another race driver who lives close to my house. We’re basically friends and that’s the reason why I’m here. Now we have three Dutch drivers [with Tom Coronel also] and that’s really cool.”

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