How has your winter break gone so far? What have you been up to?
Robert Wickens: It’s gone very well so far. I’ve had an amazing amount of things to do since the last race in Hockenheim. I took part in a kart race in Las Vegas, helped Karli with her work and then flew back to Canada after the DTM tests. I spent Christmas and the New Year in Barbados – it was just fantastic. From there, I went straight to testing in Daytona, so there was quite a lot happening. Now I’m just off to a kart race in Homestead, Florida.
You competed in the Roar before Rolex 24. Could you tell us a bit more about your entry in the 24 Hours of Daytona…
Robert Wickens: I’m lining up this year with Starworks Motorsport in the LM PC class at the 24 Hours of Daytona. It’s gone very well so far. The car is demanding to drive, and I’m looking forward to my first 24-hour race. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take part in more races like this in the future. I would love to race the Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Spa-Francorchamps or in Dubai even or in the 24 hours of Le Mans – it’s been a lifelong ambition of mine. That would be really great.
What are your expectations of your first 24-hours race?
Robert Wickens: Of course, I’ve no idea exactly what’s in store for me, as this will be my first 24-hour race, but I have already taken part in a 30-hour test session in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in Portimão, so I’ve got a rough idea what it’s like to contest a 24-hour event. The only difference was that there were no other cars on the track at the time. It was very different, though, with the Roar before Rolex 24, because there were 50 or 60 cars in the line-up, and Daytona is not a particularly big track. It’s going to be hectic, for sure. You’re constantly overtaking GT and GT LM cars in the LM PC. You literally overtake one or two cars every lap. I expect to win to be quite honest. Starworks Motorsport are a great team that won the LM PC Championship last year. Perhaps we can succeed in Daytona, and I can leave the track with a sparkling new watch.