As the dust settles on the 2015 World Endurance Championship season, we had a quick chat with Mike Conway to recap his first season as a TOYOTA race driver.
Can you describe your 2015 season?
It was my first full year in LMP1 so there was a lot to learn, not just driving the car but doing the whole Le Mans programme in an LMP1. It was good, I’ve learned a lot but it was a pity that we couldn’t really be in the fight.
How did you stay motivated?
It was not really a problem for me to be honest. I always tried to get the best out of myself, so that kept me motivated all the time. But obviously now it’s the end of the season and everybody is excited what next year will bring.
Has there been any highlight of the 2015 season?
The podium in Bahrain was the high point of our season, definitely. We didn’t expect it but we had a really strong weekend and a little luck, which all came together for a great result on Alex’s last race.
What do you plan during winter?
Initially I just going to have a little break after the season finished. But I’m already thinking about next year and getting started on that and just thinking about how the car is going to be. I’m not sure when we’re going to drive it the first time but I’m definitely looking forward. Fitness-wise I like anyway to train a lot and the off-season is a good time to build up strength and muscles; that’s what I’m going to do.
What are your hopes for next year?
To get back to winning races. We want to win races and you want to beat Audi and Porsche, that’s for sure the main target. I know it’s going to be tough because they are very strong but that’s the aim.