« Positive for this weekend! »

After several seasons leading the Porsche Cup pelotons, Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer joined the ranks of WRT to evolve in GT3. A successful start for the pilotyou from Touraine have the big challenge of having a top teammate in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Sprint Cup: the very fast German driver Christopher Mies.

Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer in GT World Challenge

In previous seasons, you mainly drove in the Porsche Carrera Cup, what did you take away from this experience?

It remains a great experience, I learned a lot, the Porsche is not at all an easy car to drive with its rear overhang. It requires a lot of work, it brought me a lot before arriving in GT3. But the differences are numerous, with more aero in GT3, ABS, traction control… But overall very positive memories with encounters that helped me a lot in motorsport, excellent moments in racing or in outside.

How did you join WRT?

Last year in Barcelona, ​​I was introduced to Vincent Vosse. From there we started talking, I did a one-day test I had the opportunity to drive in the 24 Hours of Dubai, I liked it with a second place finish.

And a victory in Silver at Imola, from the first race in the GT World Challenge Endurance Cup, can you tell us about it?

The result was a little unexpected after qualifying… The team and my teammates did a perfect job, we were spared any worries on the track. But we still have work to do, we will inevitably have more complicated moments in the season but it is of course nice to start with a victory!

In Sprint you have Christopher Mies as a teammate, a real reference in GT3, what does it feel like to be with such a champion?

He is a reference, he brings me a lot and he is very open. As soon as he sees something I can improve on, he gives me details and his habits to help me. It’s really an experience that is worth taking. The first race was complicated for my first flying start of my career (note: Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer was caught in a collision at the start at Brands Hatch without it being his fault)…

How are you approaching this weekend after this bad experience at Brands Hatch?

I remain positive, I have already driven here in a Porsche. I still have a lot to learn, I hope not to have any worries for this second flying start of my life. My only apprehension is the level of my teammate, Christopher drives very fast and I don’t want to be the one who slows down this weekend. But it’s a source of motivation with the aim of getting closer to him at the end of the season. I’m positive for this weekend!

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