Kaan Önder: “We’ve been fine-tuning since Hockenhein, so we know what to keep”

Turkish driver Kaan Önder heads into the second round of the Audi Sport TT Cup this weekend at the Norisring with high expectations, with the Istanbul-born driver fine tuning his TT Cup car since the first round at Hockenheim in May.

After leaving Hockenheim  15th in the standings with nine points, Önder is looking to move up the rankings after doing some fine fettling to his car during the almost two month long break, which also included fine tuning his approach to the weekend.

“It’s been nearly two months since the last race, which is a long break, but I have been training hard – both mentally and physically,” said the 18-year-old. “We have been fine-tuning what we learnt at Hockenhein so we now know what we want to keep and what we want to change. Hockenheim gave us a base for the season and so we have a better understanding of set-up which is crucial for the rest of the races.

“We have a better plan for the race weekend and a better approach for practices and qualifying – which will be very important on at the Norisring where overtaking will be very difficult. It’s a street circuit which is bumpy and just four corners so getting that perfect qualifying lap will be very important.

“I have spent a lot of time getting ready using meditation for the mental side and Thai Boxing to help with the physical fitness. I have also finished high school in Turkey and hope to be studying mechanical engineering in the UK from September. That will make it easier to train and race and I hope that the engineering knowledge will also help with my development as a driver too.”

The next round of the Audi Sport TT Cup starts this Saturday, June 27, with the two races taking place over the Saturday and Sunday.