How have you both seen the tournament grow since it started in 2018? Have the lockdowns had an effect?
It just seems like, over the years, the competition just gets tougher and tougher, which is obviously good to see. It makes it tougher for us drivers. Also, doing it online, instead of traveling to somewhere like Monaco to do a live event, that's a bit disappointing.
How about you, Andrew? Are you disappointed that you couldn’t travel? Or do you feel maybe there would be less pressure without the crowds of a live event?
It's kind of a hard one for me, because I've watched live events since day one. And I sometimes think to myself, man how cool would it be to get on stage like that? But, at the same time, I'm quite comfortable doing it from home. I've never actually travelled before. I have some social anxiety, which plays a pretty big part in my life. So I think that would’ve made the traveling aspect a little bit harder. So, I was actually really excited about being able to do all of this from home. Because you're still competing on the world stage, but you can do it under your own roof. I just feel a bit more comfortable at home myself. Just being in a familiar environment, not having to worry about the crowds and lighting and cameras. And, you know, you can race exactly where you've been racing for the other 364 days of the year.
Now that the finals are over, can you give us a bit of a breakdown of what happened and how you felt?
So, they split us up into two groups. The semi-final race that we did was in the GR Yaris, in the Red Bull Ring on a wet track. So that made it challenging for us. Some people were braking really late and I think one of the cars actually hit another one off the tracks. It was pretty much mayhem towards the back, so you had to avoid all that stuff which I was able to do. But it wasn't good enough to qualify. I actually finished ninth in the race, which means I nearly made it to the grand final. So I'm pretty proud of myself.