What experiences have you had with real motorsports?
I was inspired by my father Altfrid Heger, who has been successful in motorsport for over 40 years.
Because of this early passion and the early reference to motorsports I started doing kart racing as a child.
Up until today I have gained most of my racetrack experience on different GT and race cars.
What do you think are the biggest differences between sim and real races?
For me, the biggest differences are the lack of centrifugal forces, the indirect feeling to the track and then the lack of danger in the sim; by that I mean the risk that is always associated with real motorsport. The feeling for speed is much more intense in real motorsport.
However, I think sim racing is the perfect introduction to real motorsport.
Are there skills you learned in sim racing that you can reuse in real races?
Due to the realistically displayed racetracks in sim racing, I was able to improve in position battles.
In terms of vehicle setup and tuning I could gain helpful experience. Apart from that, the virtual learning of racetracks helps me in preparation for the real sport.
If you had to choose - sim or real racing?
If I could take a pick, I would prepare myself for my favorite real motorsport using sim racing.