1. How did work go yesterday?
There’s always a lot going on. When the rallies are happening, I have to deal with the speed tests as well as the reconnaissance laps and the official starts. I prepare by viewing the onboard recording, comparing the track to previous years, things like that. In addition to the actual races, I also take part in a number of tests with the ŠKODA Motorsport team, where I help to tune and develop the FABIA R5. This, plus hard work, is something I really enjoy. And it’s really important for me to keep in shape, so I’ve always got something to do.
2. What got you started in motor sports?
My family. My grandfather raced motorcycles, and he was into motocross and endurance racing. He was involved when the first go-karts arrived in Czechoslovakia. My father carried on the tradition, adding uphill races to go-karts, and in 1994 he became the first Czech European champion. When I was growing up, I tried all kinds of sports, but when I was 11 years old I went to my dad and told him that I’d like to try go-karts too. He himself was all for me to get into racing, of course, but he never forced me – I’m really grateful to him for this.
3. What do you enjoy most about your work?
Mostly the adrenaline. And then, of course, there are the successes and the victories, just like in any sport. It takes a lot of work – motor sports take a mental, physical, and financial toll. So when it all works out and you can see the results, it’s really satisfying.