Second part of our ´’Volunteers in Le Mans’ story – this time we’ve spoken to Hanno:
Why did you apply as a volunteer for Le Mans?
– I have been to Le Mans before but only as a spectator and this was now an opportunity for me to see it from the other side and to be part of the team, which was always a dream of mine since I was the first time there in 1998.
What are you doing at TMG?
– I am a design engineer for mainly hydraulic components and a number of other components on the LMP1 car.
Is it even more special for you to see the car running at Le Mans as you were actually designing it?
– As an engineer it’s always interesting to see the parts that you’re designing on the actual car, to see them racing at the track, especially in Le Mans, to see if they last for 24 hours. It is always interesting and at the same time also gives you some anxious moments. If the car stops you are of course always wondering whether it’s one of your parts. But this time gladly it was ok.
What was your actual job at Le Mans?
– Together with three other volunteers we’ve done some security work which means there were some positions in the paddock, as in the garage and the VIP lounges where we had to control who was allowed to enter.
How was the process to become a volunteer for Le Mans?
– TMG asks every year we’ve participated in Le Mans for additional personnel because this race is longer and busier than the other races we’re participating in. They send months before an email through the internal system, we had to apply then and through a selection process the volunteers are chosen
Do you have another feeling now after experiencing Le Mans as race team member?
– I think the work in Le Mans itself is quite different to the usual races I’m used to, which are six-hour races in WEC or F1 races years ago. In the sense that it’s obviously much longer, this takes a toll on the people. It’s already a 24-hour race but for the team members it really lasts for at least 36 hours because it starts on Saturday morning. It’s quite a brutal thing to do. From my point of view, I think it was interesting to see if your body can cope with it, so in that sense it was a good challenge