Wheel2Wheel - Kevin Adam (Spain, 39 years)
Kevin was able to win both Class A seasons last year and is one of the biggest title favorites in 2019. So we knocked on him and asked some questions.
insideVO: Hello Kevin, you have now brought two titles in a row in Class A. Did you come to the VO with such expectations in 2016 or were you rather surprised yourself?
Kevin Adam: Hi, honestly, in 2016 my level was not that "high" (if I can say that) and I was just looking for a league where I could have fun and regular races. In the last 2 years, I've changed and improved some of my driving style, but bringing home two titles in a row was not in my plans. Especially the second title was rather surprising for me, because Marc was very strong.
iVO: Until the last third of last season it looked as if Marc Melcher had the title safely. Did you expect to catch up with him?
KA: No, as you mention, Marc was very strong. I made some mistakes in 2-3 races, which cost me victories and Marc used it logically. Since I could only try my best and to place as best as possible. The Marc missed a few races, of course, also helped, so I had to take advantage of it as much as possible. I hope we can fight each other for 18 races next season.
iVO: How did it feel in the end to bring about the turnaround and finally retract the championship?
KA: Great. I'm a 90% Oval - 10% Road rider, so a title is always important to me. Since there are not so many choices in Europe, I have to try to do my best in every championship. If I win even in such a championship as VO that has so much experience, it makes you even more proud.
iVO: Also in 2019 you have some good riders in the field next to you in the class A again. What are your expectations for the new season? Is the third title conceivable?
KA: Conceivable safe, just certainly not. Marc, Robert and Gabriel will definitely give me a lot of work. In NASCAR, every race is considered an experience and you understand the car better and better. So I think it will be more difficult every season. I'm also sure that the guys want to see a different master. So I can only count on a high level.
iVO: Since 2016, you have now completed all of your 73 races in the VO exclusively in Class A. Are Class B and C out of the question for you?
KA: Well the Xfinity is a car I do not like at all. I love that you can steer the Gen6 with the accelerator in the corners and that is not possible with the B at all. He is also a little too gentle for me. I like it that if you go too hard on the gas, the car says to you "From here is the end boy" and I find that unfortunately not at Xfinity. I like the truck but during the week I also take part in other championships, so unfortunately I have to split my time.
iVO: Thank you and continued success!
KA: I thank you and hope we can give you and the spectators a nice spectacle in 2019.