Motivation for privateers.
I had issues with that aspect of the sport. Sometimes it was really difficult to keep motivated. It is true that I often wondered: "what am I doing in this car ?"
Back in 2005 when I was going for it, no matter how hard I sunk that throttle pedal, it seemed that there was a barrier at 1 sec/km behind the leader where going faster and staying on the road was Russian roulette.
Back in Japan 2005, Daniel Carlsson and myself were following each other on the motorway. No traffic, boring drive back to service. For those of you who have been to Japan then you know what I mean. Anyway, he drives up along my car and signals me to have a drag race.
Best idea I had heard all day.
So, on your marks, get set, go! we started in 2nd gear, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th.... Then in sixth he slowly but surely started to pull away. I had heard that the Peugeot engine was the best. I guess that was true. So eventually we stopped our mindless, law breaking, street racing.
After seeing that, when you know that if you are up against top class drivers and you don't have at least the same stuff they have, how do you stay motivated?
I managed by convincing myself I could find something in my car setup that would help compensate at least a little bit in the corners.