Rolf Ineichen has already won two races in the ADAC GT Masters Photo: ADAC GT Masters
Rolf Ineichen has already won two races in the ADAC GT Masters Photo: ADAC GT Masters

Rolf Ineichen: Speedy Gentleman

Lamborghini driver Rolf Ineichen has already won two races in the ADAC GT Masters

Rolf Ineichen is a top contender in the ADAC GT Masters despite not being a pro. The Swiss driver has secured two overall victories since 2016.

During the week, he is a business man for a Swiss chain but can always be found at the circuit at weekends. After several years in the Porsche Cup, he switched to the ADAC GT Masters last year and has shared the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 prepared by GRT Grasser Racing bearing start number 63 with Christian Engelhart ever since - and with some success. While Ineichen only races as a hobby, the two of them have already achieved five podiums in the Super Sports Car League - including two overall victories.

"It wasn't until relatively late in life that I started to get involved with motor racing," said the 39-year-old. "I got my motor sport licence when I was 18 but didn't really begin racing until I was almost 30. I find that motor racing is a good way to compensate for the stresses of my job."

That is why it is important for him to have a quiet environment at the racetrack - which he has found with GRT Grasser Racing: "It's the only way I can progress. I travel almost straight from the office to the track on Thursday evening and have to switch directly into motor racing mode, which works very well. Gottfried Grasser is accepting of my situation and supports me as best he can." Team-mate Christian Engelhart has also played a key role: "Christian is responsible for me being here today. We met as team-mates in the Porsche Carrera Cup, and he started to coach me, passing on all his knowledge and tricks. He patiently helps me find the final few tenths. He's the one who's actually shown me motor racing. He still helps me even today. We always go over the data together, trying to find the last couple of tenths."

And it's paying off. In 2016, Ineichen and Engelhart won the second round at Oschersleben. They won this year's race on Sunday at the Red Bull Ring, which was the outfit's home fixture. "That was one of the highlights of our season this year, and third place at the Lausitzring was great too," said Ineichen. "But overall, our season has been full of ups and downs. The weekend at the Red Bull Ring is a good example of what I mean. I spun off on my first lap on Saturday, and we had to start from the very back. On the other hand, we won Sunday's race. It took a while before we could get our Huracán GT3 set up properly at the beginning of the season, because it's got bigger tyres this year, but we now know what to do."

Hard work pays off in the sport as far as Ineichen is concerned: "Sure, talent does have a part to play, but it's my belief that a meticulous approach plays a much bigger role in achieving success. Yes, it's a team sport, and you're only a small cog in the wheel, but on the other hand, there are no 'ifs' or 'buts', because at the end of the day, it's your lap times that count. There's nowhere to hide. It's completely different to what happens in business where you can cover things up and just swim with the tide. I see that time and again. In motor racing, all is laid bare at some point or other."

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