This week: Timo Gottschalk, Frank Stippler und Karolina Pilarczyk

Review 2020 – Timo Gottschalk

"2020 started like every year with the Dakar Rally, but technical problems set us back early. After the change to Toyota in February we finished in Qatar with a third place and had a great debut. Our plan was to drive the complete Marathon World Cup, but everything turned differently. Due to the pandemic and the global restrictions the year was dominated by shifts and cancellations of single events. Again and again we had to plan and organize, to finally cancel again.

We tried to race everything we can to keep in practice and to satisfy our partners. That’s why we are champion of the Polish Cross Country, that’s the only positive for us within Corona pandemic. In general it is important to be careful and stay healthy, without a negative test result we can’t travel to the Rally Dakar 21."

 

Review 2020 – Frank Stippler

"The race season 2020 was affected by compromises in every way because of the corona situation, after the successful year 2019 with winning the 24h race/Nürburgring. It started with the strange atmosphere on the circuit, as no fans were allowed and went on with the performance. We had driven by the pandemic situation different conditions, which influenced the results. In addition we had “bad luck in race”: with the big chance to win the 24h race/Nürburgring also in 2020, a small accident changed the situation and we missed the final win (driven by an oil slick). Nevertheless we are happy to drive even in that difficult times and give pleasure to our fans on the screens. A great performance of the organizers of the events, the employers and the personnel partners to enable it – so blessing in disguise and the hope for improvement in the near future…"

 

Review 2020 – Karolina Pilarczyk

“The drift season 2020 was very specific but also... quite good for us! It started awful – we had to change all our plans for this season. Since 5 years we are organizing the drift season inauguration – a big event for few hundred people, with journalists and celebrities. We were planning to take a part in drifting Championships in Poland, Europe and in Formula Drift in USA. We were building also a new drift project. Suddenly, we had to stop everything… finally, the drift season started with 3 months delay - in July. We were driving only in Poland and we were using our weakest car – Nissan 200sx 6.2 V8 N/A 475hp… but when we started – we were competing every weekend till mid of October! The organizers wanted to do the whole championships. I was few times on the podium in the highest classes (I’m competing with men). What was the most amazing – in the period of only bad information, we could provide so many positive emotions! I got amazing feedback from our fans thanking us for so many positive vibes! As an athlete – this was the most important for me”     

Timo Gottschalk in action! Frank Stippler Drift Queen Karolina Pilarczyk

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