Mick Wishofer is making the step up to single-seater racing, more specifically ADAC Formula 4. The 17-year-old from Vienna is one of two rookies who will represent the Austrian team during the 2017 campaign which gets underway on 28th April at the Motorsportarena in Oschersleben. The teenager is regarded as one of Austria's most promising youngsters, having acquired years of experience in karting competitions. He finished eighth in the 2016 Rotax Euro Challenge and has lifted the winner's trophy in several German races.
Like many of the motorsport greats preceding him such as former Austrian Formula 1 drivers Alex Wurz and Christian Klien, Wishofer is a student at the Lechner Racing School. Here, he not only has the opportunity to develop as a driver, thanks to the support and guidance of Robert and Walter Lechner, but also to gain a sound understanding of the technology. Wishofer is aiming to pursue a successful career in motor racing and to follow in the footsteps of his role model Niki Lauda. The young man from Vienna has no problem in travelling to test sessions or to race events. He attends a combined secondary school and vocational college in Vienna that specialises in commercial courses and performance sports, which enables him to concentrate on both his full-time education and sporting interests.
Wishofer looks forward to his first ADAC Formula 4 season and in particular to the Rookie championship in which he is targeting a Top Three finish: "I'm really excited about making my debut in a formula car. My experience of karting is certainly going to stand me in good stead, but even so, I shall be approaching my first races in ADAC Formula 4 without any special expectations. In the course of the season, I obviously want to make steady improvement and to be battling for top rankings in the rookie competition. I'm convinced that I have found the best team in Lechner Racing." He expects the highlight of the season to come at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg (9th - 11th June) when he will be competing in front of his home crowd.
Lechner Racing's team bosses also have high hopes for Wishofer's debut. "I've been watching Mick since 2014 and have heard only positive things about him," says Sport Director Robert Lechner. Technical Director Walter Lechner concurs: "Mick brings everything a successful racing driver needs from his time in kart racing. ADAC Formula 4 is a very strong series and an especially tough challenge for a rookie. I am confident that we can be a strong partner to him, both in terms of the sport and the technology, as he takes this major career step."