Making the first step into professional motorsport is anything but easy. Harald Heinrich, founder and owner of Heinrich Motorsport, experienced that lately. "We are coming out of nowhere, which means that we are starting to learn from zero. I build this up with my own two hands, putting a dedicated team together, who help out wherever they can. I have to point out that this project would be impossible without them", Heinrich explained.
The reason for entering ADAC Formula 4 is to give his talented son Laurin Heinrich a fair chance, to help him to move one step closer to his dream of becoming a race driver. Heinrich senior wants to go back to the original idea of motorsport, showing that you can be successful in a junior category, with spending less than a six-figure sum. The latter is still one of the biggest points of criticism of the German racing series.
“Naturally, it would have been easier to withdraw money from the bank, in order to have Laurin run with a top team, but we are more than ready to work hard on this project. This is even though I do know that I have to be realistic: The test in Oschersleben will show where we are“, said the car dealer who is breaking new territory.
Laurin Heinrich will enter ADAC Formula 4 with the number 26 on a blue/white/green car this year ©Heinrich Motorsport
His 15-year-old son Laurin is coming from a karting club championship called "Swissauto250 Cup", where the young gun won the championship, making an impression with several lap records on different tracks. "This is my chance, as I have to take the next step. Because at 17, it's almost too late", summarised Laurin.
To be able to race this year, Heinrich Motorsport, based in Kuernach, near Wuerzburg in Southern Germany, purchased the Formula 4 car that Michelle Halder raced in 2016. Halder, having represented Liqui Moly Team Engstler in that same car, is now planning an assault on touring cars, by entering TCR.
"We will be there, at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, during the tests in April," said Heinrich, who is looking forward to seeing how the first real performance battles work out during testing. "We might not have the big tents, like the larger teams in the series. But that doesn’t mean that we are any less professional."