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The big WTCC interview: Mato Homola

The big WTCC interview: Mato Homola

12/06/2015 20:55

The 20-year-old rising star, who will drive a Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 in WTCC Race of Slovakia next week, looks ahead to his dream coming true when his country hosts rounds 11 and 12 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

You said in 2014 it would be a dream to race a TC1 car in the WTCC. Now that dream is coming true for your home race, how does that make you feel?
“It’s my big dream. We don’t have so much budget, so I have to thank my family and my sponsors. But also François Ribeiro from Eurosport Events, who has been very important in my participation in the WTCC and SEAT Slovakia, who support me in the ETCC and allowed me to take this WTCC wildcard entry.”

What’s made you work so hard to get his drive?
“Since the end of last season we wanted to join the WTCC but we didn’t manage it because of the money. But we thought it would be really good to show my potential and show the Slovak fans I can be a hero by doing this race. I tested a TC1 car last year but really that was quite far away now and I don’t have a test before the race. It helps that the SEAT León I race in the ETCC is front-wheel drive and I obviously know the circuit.”

Racing in the WTCC and ETCC during the same weekend will keep you busy. How will you cope?
“We knew from the beginning we will have two championships in one weekend. It’s possible to manage it. Sometimes there will not be much time between the sessions so it will be tough. But at least I will be in the racing mode and maybe that will be an advantage. I trained a lot mentally and physically because I knew this dream could come true. I believe I’m prepared. I just hope the weather is dry but not too hot.”

What has the interest in Slovakia been like since you announced you’d be doing the WTCC race?
“From the fans and the press I see I have some good support and the TV is also supporting me. It’s great to show that motorsport can connect to the people even though it’s not so long that we have a circuit in Slovakia. I hope this is a new era for motorsport in Slovakia and I am the one starting it.”

Where do you think you can finish in the races?
“It will be really tough but if I can do the maximum of my ability and give the maximum from my side then I will be happy. I Invite the Slovak fans to create a great atmosphere.”

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