Mick Wishofer becomes 2017 ADAC Formula 4 Rookie Champion
The Austrian finishes his first year in formula racing with Rookie title
The final race of the season has also been the most successful one of Lechner Racing driver Mick Wishofer. The 17-year-old scored his first point finishing tenth in the final round of the 2017 season.
"We have worked towards this achievement and I am very happy that it worked out", said the Austrian, who finished his début year in single-seater racing as Rookie Champion. From the Rookie ranking point of view, Wishofer was victorious in eleven out of 21 races. He joined the top 3 finishers twice on the podium at both Oschersleben and Nürburgring.
"Mick works very hard, he is in top form and motivated. He was the favourite candidate for the Rookie champion title from the beginning and he delivered. He is a determined worker. It is very pleasant to work with him", explained Team Principal Walter Lechner.
Mick Wishofer finishes his first year in formula racing with Rookie title ©Gruppe C GmbH/ ADAC Motorsport
And added: "His biggest strength is his ability to focus. We did well in the races, gaining a lot of positions and often managed to get close to the top ten." Lechner’s protégé plans to add to his performance and is expected to stay in #ADACF4 for another season in 2018.
"Based on the number of test days I had prior to the first race, I can be satisfied with this season. I will now talk to my father and consultants about next year", stated Wishofer. The Vienna-born racer is dreaming of a career in motorsport and knows that hard work is the essence in this.
He made his first step by becoming part of the Lechner Racing school. There, the aspiring race driver has the chance to develop by receiving targeted support from Robert and Walter Lechner as well as acquiring a solid technical knowledge.
Mick Wishofer (Lechner Racing) scored his first point finishing tenth in the final round of the 2017 season at Hockenheim ©Gruppe C GmbH/ ADAC Motorsport
"I am living in Vienna but go to school in Lower Austria. There is a high-performance sports center for athletes to which the Olympic Trainging Base ('Olympiastützpunkt') is also affiliated. I am also going to school there, finding optimum conditions for my sport there.
ADAC TCR Germany driver Max Hofer and several kart drivers are there as well. We are the motorsport group apart from that there are many skiers and footballers. Being at the same sport with so many athletes creates a great possibility to exchange", revealed Wishofer, who’s idol is Niki Lauda.
The Lechner brothers are also convinced by Wishofer’s talent. "We couldn’t do much testing and had modest budget. We want Austrians in the team and he proved to be a talent in his first year. It would be nice if we could continue to work together", closed Walter Lechner.