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Monza Preview: Q&A with David Hauser

LMC - 07/05/2019

The Michelin Le Mans Cup resumes this weekend as race two of the championship kicks off at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Known as the ‘Temple of Speed’, the iconic Italian circuit is renowned for being one of the fastest circuits on the racing calendar.

Having finished fourth in their debut race in the championship, the Racing Experience duo of Charlie Martin and Gary Hauser made a strong statement of intent for the season ahead. Having supported the team’s engineering programme in the season opener, older brother David Hauser will partner Martin in the second race, behind the wheel of the Norma M30 LMP3 car.
 
David is an experienced and respected racer. He is no stranger to prototype racing, having won the 2017 Champion of the Benenleux GT & Prototype Challenge. David was also the overall winner of the 2016 Luxembourgish Hill Climb Championship. His racing nerve went viral in 2013 when he took to the Course de Côte de St. Ursanne hillclimb behind the wheel of a GP2 car.

Your father Christian is the team principal of Racing Experience. What have you learned from having a racing driver as your father? Everything – the technique, the passion, the way of thinking, to never give up and keep on working hard, every day.
 
You are sharing the Norma M30 with your brother Gary and you have often competed against him too. What have you learned from Gary? Gary may be younger than me, but I admit I have learned a lot from him! We started karting when we were just four/five years old, just for fun and we can race hard but always fair. I thank him for having it made so difficult to overtake him. I learned a lot from him.
 
What makes the Racing Experience team special? Racing Experience is so special to me, because my parents started the company and I have grown up in it. After nearly 20 years, the atmosphere is still familial, and this is important for all of us. We consider every team member as part of the family. Having said this, I am proud that we are also respected as a professional, highly-motivated, serious and successful race team. We are like a hybrid and we benefit from the advantages of both.
 
You’ll make your race debut in the Michelin Le Mans Cup this weekend, but of course you have been very involved in preparing for this season, including being a race engineer in the first race. What are your Impressions of the MLMC championship? The Michelin Le Mans Cup is a serious championship with very professional teams. You do not come here to do just any championship, you come here to do THE MLMC. The people from the organisation and also the technical delegates are all very friendly, although the rules are very strict. I like that a lot, because it is a challenge we want to take up and our first race shows we are capable of beating the big guys!
 
Have you raced at Monza before? No, I have never raced at Monza before, but I have coached drivers here before. We have done all we can to prepare for this race and I can’t wait to finally have my turn in our new car. Monza is iconic for both racing drivers and for racing fans. There are many challenges to getting the best out of each lap and that is the focus for us.
 
You have tested the Norma M30 already ahead of this season. What are your impressions of the car? The Norma LMP3 M30 felt great when testing at Paul Ricard and Spa-Francorchamps. I haven't done many laps in this car yet, but the first feeling is good. I have a lot of experience in our previous Ligier LMP3 car and so I feel confident I will be able to get up to speed quickly. The car seems balanced and I love the details that Norma have brought to the car. I definitely prefer the power steering compared to our previous car too.
 
What are your expectations for the race? When I think about Monza, the first thing that comes to my mind is the increasing anticipation. Most of the driver line-ups do not change in the championship, but as Gary and I change, this is going to be my first race of the season. I am really excited to drive at Monza, because it's the temple of speed and a F1 circuit. My aim is to do the best possible performance for the whole team. Charlie and Gary had a great race in Paul Ricard, finishing in fourth position, and I want to do my best to build on this great start.

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