Door2Door: Gabriel Stöhr - Class A Champion 2019-1
After almost eight years, Gabriel Stöhr should now follow the sixth title in the VO. The Swiss is now the sole third in the all-time titleholder, only Akos Bokor and Marc Melcher have two championships more.
insideVO: Hello Gabriel, since Marc was excluded from the league, the title came at the end with a little help from other side. So does it make him less valuable or have you been happy, as with your other championships?
Gabriel Stöhr: Of course, the ugly incidents in the league have played into my cards. Nevertheless, Marc was still in second place in the final two races (Vizetitel) with zeros in the last two races. Therefore, one must first be able to exploit something like that. This was only possible because the season went well for me and the three victories came at the right time and gave a good cushion. Except for a few wrecks and with only one penalty I was spared problems.
Of course, I'm happy about the title, as it was also a lot of work and time spent to the front, to always have a say.
iVO: After NR2003 came the big break, in the last months you have trained against it more and more. Is that now the connection to the top made again?
GS: The break was clear in 2011 when the New Tire Model was released by iRacing. From then on it went downhill. In the middle of 2018, I set myself the goal of catching up on the missed years of know-how and driving experience. So I plunged myself into the chaos of public service of iRacing. With all highs and lows, it brings a lot of driving experience which can help a lot in the league race. But you need a lot of staying power and motivation, because the public races can be very frustrating. A huge motivation here is the partnership with FLYERALARM, because we proudly present good results :).
iVO: This time you were back in all races of the series. Was that a key to success?
GS: Definitely. In the half-year seasons, it is vitally important for me to be able to participate in all races. I always try to achieve this on Sundays. Unfortunately it is not always possible on Wednesdays due to work. Also very helpful for the successful season is the patience and understanding of my girlfriend. This hobby can be very time consuming with the race days and the preparation. But she understands and supports me, too, for that I am extremely grateful. Without that, it would not be possible to prepare for the races.
iVO: What do you expect from the second season 2019? Do you have special competitors in mind, which makes defending a title difficult?
GS: Through vacation, I already know that I will miss a race. Therefore, it becomes extremely difficult with the title defense. But I think that with the 2019-1 title in my pocket I will be able to work a bit more quietly in the near future. Like every season, it will be the top five in the drivers' championship and the battle for the team championship.
When registering, there are old, new and old-new names. It's going to be extremely exciting, as I think the league's level is rather high. The power density in the first race will be very tight again.
iVO: We wish you good luck and good luck!
GS: Thank you. I'm looking forward to the season 2019-2. Thank you for organizing and running the league.