The native German was already 43 years old when he entered motorsport, but the Nordschleife had been his local stomping ground long before that. He´s a class winner around the Nürburgring in both the ‘V4’ and ‘V6 class in the VLN, was crowned the VLN’s V6 vice-champion in 2018, and goes into this year’s 24H SERIES Continents season finale on top in the GT4 class standings with Sorg Rennsport.
But would he really choose Will Ferrell over Ben Stiller? The answer may surprise you…
“My name is Björn Simon.”
Age? You can lie about that if you want…
“I am 47. It’s true!”
Where and when was your first ever car race, and how old were you?
“I´m a late starter, so my first race wasn’t actually that long time ago. I started racing in 2015 when I was already 43 years old, and that was in the RCN [RCN Circuit Challenge Nürburgring] on the Nordschleife in a BMW 325i.”
What is the best moment of your racing career so far?
“There are two great moments that I will never forget: The first one was my first start at the Nürburgring 24h-Race in 2017. I had the honour of starting the race and that meant a lot to me. The second was at the [Hankook] 24H DUBAI this January. We started from last position in the GT4 class and fought our way through to 2nd in-class on the very last lap. That was a great team effort.”
Which is your favourite circuit and why?
“It´s for sure the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It’s the craziest track in the world and I live only 45 minutes away from it. So, I´m really blessed to be able to hit the track whenever I want to!”
Describe the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you at a motor race …
“[Laughs] Well, that was at a race at the Nordschleife. I approached a double-yellow sector and on the top of the hill in the middle of the track, I saw two guys with helmets on jumping up and down waving their arms. The guys were from the intervention team and were trying to stop the field because there was an accident over the hilltop. I was the first car they stopped, and it just looked super funny to see them jumping! It´s certainly very rare that you are stopped in the middle of a racetrack.”
Describe your helmet design to us, and what it signifies…
“I’ve always liked the colours red and black, so my helmet has always incorporated those colours. A little bit of white and grey have been added by the designer, and I think it came out very well. “
What is your greatest strength?
“I think I can concentrate fairly well for a long time. That's certainly something that helps in endurance racing.”
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would play you and why?
“It should be a funny movie for sure, because laughing is very important to me!
So I would say Ben Stiller. Or maybe Will Ferrell because he looks more like me than Stiller [laughs].”
What would you like to achieve before retiring?
“I would love to take a class win in the Nürburgring 24h-Race and of course win the 24H SERIES Continents trophy with my team!”
Tell us a random fact about yourself that your fans might not know…
“I have for sure driven more laps around the Nürburgring on two wheels than on four. I have been riding motorbikes since I was 18 and I drove to the Nordschleife almost every weekend. Of course, the perfect line is different for a race car than for a motorcycle, so when I made my first start in a car, I actually had to re-learn most of the track. That took a while!”
Finally, what do you enjoy most about competing in the 24H SERIES?
“There are many things that I like about the 24H SERIES. First of all, it´s a great racing series for PRO and AM drivers, so it´s very competitive and, in my experience, very fair. Also, I really like the different amazing tracks we visit all over the world. Last but not least I like the [CREVENTIC] team behind the 24H SERIES. They are always very helpful and very customer-centred, which is not something you find with other race series.”