It's not about collecting trophies, but valid data! This is the best way to describe the job profile of the TCR drivers used as test drivers when it comes to tuning runs on the racetrack.
After all, it's not just the laptops that supply the engineers with data, but also the drivers. Their feedback is essential for perfecting the car's basic tuning. ‘I would even say it is extremely important,' says project manager Eddi Weidl.
‘The data ideally corresponds with what the drivers tell us,' he says. This may sound like a platitude, but it is anything but a given. ‘Drivers like Jean-Karl can always employ their driving skills in the same way,' say the engineers. This means that the test runs they drive for comparison purposes really can be compared.