For Sepernt latest ‘Racer in the Spotlight’ caught up with German driver Philip Eberle. Â One of the young stars to emerge from the 2007 European 1:8 B Championships in Slovenia here is his response to our questions.
Driver Background information
Name – Philip Eberle
Nationality â€“ German
Date of Birth – 02.08.1990
Sponsors â€“ Serpent Motorsport, Mega
No. of years racing â€“ 8 years
Class experience â€“ 1/8, 1/10
Serpent – How did you become involved in that sport?
Philip – My father is very interested in motorsport and he started by himself this sport in 1990. Â At the age of 9 years I got the possibility to participate at a RC car race. Â I was enthused immediately, also my father recognized my talent and from that time on he only supported me as my mechanic.
Serpent – How long have you been racing Serpent cars?
Philip – Already my father used Serpent as he practiced this sport, so for me it was obvious also using this brand. Â So from the year 2000 to 2004 we relied in Serpent cars. For the duration of two year we tried a competitor car. Â We have not been really satisfied with this supplier and finally the brand loyalty was the reason turning back to Serpent.
Serpent – Can you tell us a little about the R/C racing scene in Germany?
Philip – In Germany this hobby enjoys popularity. Â You can observe that many drivers determine racing in the 1/10 scale class, because cost wise it is cheaper than the 1/8 scale class. Â The amount of drivers at the 1/8 scale class does not increase and is steady.
Serpent – You made a big impression at the recent 1/8 EC-B in Slovenia. Â Can you tell us how you saw the event?
Philip – We prepared very well already in Germany for this event. Â After the sight-seeing of the race circuit my first thought was â€“ this is really a very sophisticated track. Â But after taking the first rounds with my car, I felt that something great could happen here. Â In addition that Michael Salven supported us with enough motor power a good placement seemed to be reachable.
The organisation was perfect, and the ambience for driver and mechanics was very pleasant. Â Of course I was very disappointed not having reached the title, but nevertheless it was a great week for me. Â We take with us wonderful impressions and I think we have learned a lot during that time. Â A special thanks to Team Serpent for that more exceptional assistance.
Serpent – Will you be racing in any other major international events?
Philip – In the future we will reduce the amounts of regional races and will concentrate on more international races. (EC-A in Lostallo or EFRA GP)
Serpent – What has been the highlight of your racing career?
Philip – Of course up till now the EC-B in Slovenia was the highlight in my career. Â Also placing fourth at the German Mastership in TÃ¼rkheim in 2005 and the win of the International AMT-Cup in Sinsheim with a Serpent 720 in 2007.
Serpent – What element of the sport do you like most?
Philip – It is the biggest challenge to race against my competitors at a final race and to perform very well. Â If I have some time left, I prepare my car and try to optimize everything. Â But best I like to drive of course.
Serpent – If you could change anything about the sport what would it be?
Philip – I would try to make this hobby more affordable to give more interested people the possibility to practice this wonderful sport.
Serpent – Do you ever have days that you feel like packing it all in?
Philip – I think from the beginning a certain pressure having success was with me and this was not always easy to handle. Â Of course I had some situations to throw down everything, but when the success returns back you can leave the trouble behind you and look forward. Â Going this way is the â€œkey of successâ€.
Serpent – If you were not involved in R/C racing what other sport do you think you would have pursued?
Philip – My second passion was playing football. Â But thereby we often traveled to race events I decided having priority on R/C car racing. Â In my spare time I visit a fitness centre regularly, because fitness is a considerable advantage for modelsport at a high level.Source : Serpent