Gábor Tim returned from rallying to track racing in the FIA Swift Cup Europe in the year 2020, where he immediately won the championship title. He continued in the year 2021 in the series and even though he had a difficult season, he managed to finished the Championship with an advantage of 50 points. So the driver from Vanyarc became a seven-time champion.
The Swift Cup Europe visited five countries, and 2021 season consisted of six weekends and a total of 15 races this year. Gábor Tim, the reigning champion, kept collecting top three places, he won several times, therefore he arrived at the season-closing Check weekend with such a big advantage, that he basically only had to appear for the race to win the Championship.
“The two worst results are not considered In the season, so I knew, that it is enough to push the car through the scrutineering and I will win the Championship. Of course this was not my attitude, I came to the Czech Republic to race, but I feel, that subconsciously I did not feel the fire to prove anything. Car racing is expensive and I did not want to finish the season with a wrecked car.” – explained Gábor Tim the happenings of the weekend.
Maybe this reticence could be seen at the qualy, where Tim gained only P6, even though qualies were never the strengths of the driver, he expected to finish better.
“I am not saying that I am happy with the result. I do not care too much about it on other tracks. Slovakiaring, Red Bull Ring, or Salzburgring are tracks, where you can overtake easily. Here, on the Brno track this is not the case. It is anything but easy. So P6 is not a very good omen for the race.” – explained Tim after the qualy.
Even though he could improve his position in the first race, but he could not compete for the victory. He finished fourth, which meant P2 in the FIA evaluation.
“Place four is not so bad. Two junior drivers finished before me, who do not get points in the international Championship, so I finished second. There was no problem with the pace of the race, I maybe felt some disadvantage with the braking distance, I could not slow down as usual before a turn and this limited my chances to attack.” – said Tim as an analysis of the first race.
The second race, which was the last race of the season, resulted in a heated battle. Tim was fighting until the end, he overtook and was also overtaken, but could not exchange these for better placings. He started from the fifth position and finished at the same.
“Whenever I overtook somebody, somebody overtook me. Neither attacking, nor defending was easy. There were many contacts and several times I was overtaken in a way that somebody practically pushed me away. This is okay for touring car racing, but I wanted to keep the mechanical parts safe. However, this is not a wishing-well and one must accept that this pace today was enough for that position today. I finished fifth and third in the FIA ranking. In the end, if I consider this, I even increased my advantage in the Championship.” said Tim after the second race.
Gábor Tim finished the Championship 2021 with an advantage of 50 points and defended his title from 2020. Ever since his go-kart career, this is his seventh championship title, so there is a lot, which he can be proud of.
“Number seven is important for me. I wear the seven stars, which symbolise the seven world championships, that Schumacher won, on my helmet, so, this season was much harder, than the last one. The number of drivers has nearly doubled. If I start here next year, then it is sure that they definitely want to get me as a trophy. But this is good. I need the motivation. ” – explained Tim his thoughts about the number seven.
The big question is, what is next. A racer would always like to advance on the career leather of car racing, but Tim is not in an easy situation.
“You have to see that the fact that I can race in the Swift Cup Europe is a great opportunity, behind which there is a lot of work, help and support from friends. To advance to the next level from here is a hell of a work, almost impossible. I do not believe in miracles, but rather in hard work. So, we will work in the winter to continue in an international series, be it even the Swift Cup Europe. But now, the most important thing is to thank all who helped me this year and gave me the chance to do what I can do best. I could race!” – said Tim in his closing remark.
Final result of the Championship:
|1.||512||Tim Gábor||Full Auto SE||248||234|
|2.||546||Lengyel Ádám / Molnár Bendegúz||Car Competition||191||184|
|3.||586||Aleks Sówka||Novicki Racing||199||181|
|4.||513||Báldi Gergő / Csuti Zoltán||M1RA||167||163|
|5.||126||Max Wimmer||Team Wimmer Werk Motorsport||132||122|
|6.||505||Hartmann Balázs||GFS Racing Team||120||120|
|7.||188||Fabian Ohrfandl||Suzuki Team Austria||118||118|
|8.||164||Martin Zellhofer||Suzuki Team Austria||117||115|
|9.||149||Christoph Zellhofer||Suzuki Team Austria||115||112|
|10.||510||Kamil Serafin||Serafin Racing||96||96|
|11.||171||Philipp Dietrich||Suzuki Team Austria||92||92|
|12.||114||Dominik Haselsteiner||Team Wimmer Werk Motorsport||83||83|
|13.||518||Szomszéd Lajos||Car Competition||37||36|
|14.||107||Michael Mayr||Suzuki Team Austria||33||33|
|15.||112||Günther Wiesmeier||Team Wimmer Werk Motorsport||36||32|
|16.||196||Daniel Lemmerhofer||Team Wimmer Werk Motorsport||32||28|
|17.||112||Maximilan Mayr||Suzuki Team Austria||29||28|
|18.||196||Günther Edenstöckl||Team Wimmer Werk Motorsport||26||15|
|19.||566||Jakub Szablewski||Novicki Racing||24||9|
|20.||160||Gottfried Cepin||Suzuki Team Austria||7||7|
|21.||166||Robert Pesevski||Suzuki Team Austria||16||0|
|22.||123||König Velt||Suzuki Team Austria||10||0|
|23.||124||Ken Milde||Suzuki Team Austria||8||0|
|24.||111||Erich Weghofer||Team Wimmer Werk Motorsport||4||0|