He is currently one of the best Austrian drivers in the junior category. In the last Rotax Grand Finals he fought with Oliwier Pyłka and Clay Osborne for victory. We talked to Charlie Wurz.
My first question is about your feelings after the Grand Finals. What can you say about your start and the event itself?
The grand Finals to me is an incredible event the people you meet are from around the globe and you learn many different cultures. The equipment is all given out to you by the Rotax organizers which makes the event much more equal then all the other races of the year. In my eyes it is like the karting olympiques because you get to represent your nation which to me is a great honor. Rotax have put together a great event which I will remember for the rest of my life.
Your final race was very good. Unfortunately, you didn’t get high enough. First of all 3sec penalty, then the hard fight with Clay Osborne. How do you rate the final?
It was a great race unfortunately I got a three second penalty for the corridor at the start because I had to focus on many things as there was a very long race ahead.
The battling with Pylka and Osborne was very tough and I had to get my elbows out. So it was very tough and I learned a lot of race craft. After the race I was gutted but now I’ve realized that I have learned so much during the whole weekend and the very tough battling that I am not so disappointed with my result. In conclusion the race was a very tough level against some of the best drivers in the world and I have learned a lot.
We all saw you said something to Clay after the race. It looked like you were upset at him. What did you say to him?
After the race I was very gutted as Osborne shunted me wide with 1 and a half laps to go were I was in control of the race and he made me lose many positions. So after the race I simply asked him why pushed me wide and to let him know that he ruined my race and that it was completely not excusable.
You weren’t the only one. Ola Pylka also blamed him, but he reacted very violently for which he was disqualified. Do you think Antipode drivers were driving too hard in this Grand Finals?
I do not believe the nations from Oceania were driving too harshly. Because every nation was aiming to achieve this goal. So, the hard driving was from every country side because a title like Grand Finals winner so much to bare everyone would put there elbows out to win this major title.
You are currently one of the best Austrian drivers in karting. What path will you want to follow? What is your purpose?
I hope to achieve a professional career in Motorsport hopefully in F1 but it would also to be in DTM, WEC or Formula E. Which would be incredible because I want to follow the same path as my dad but be better. It would truly be incredible to be able to pursue a future career.
What are you planning for the next season? Where can we see you?
I am not sure about what i will be doing next year but I will move up to the senior category. We are deciding between the OK category and Rotax senior. Both categories have there ups and downs. But we are unclear as to what we will be doing next year.
Tell us about FIA Games. You are now in Rome. What impression does this event?
It’s the first year of the event and it’s very exciting to be here. The Opening Ceremony is in the Circo Massimo in Rome which is an amazing location. I’m always very proud to represent my country too. Austria has a kart slalom team and one Drift racer.
Text by Paweł Surynowicz
photo: rotax-kart.com, fm.images, Janos Halasz
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