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      When the passion for cars transcends one's day-to-day job

      Rotariu Razvan, Tester in HMI Iasi, shares his passion about motorsport

      "Motivation comes from de desire to win, to reach the podium and to become better, faster, stronger in this activity that I do with passion. As for the long hours of work, if you truly like something, you will always find time for it".

      Free time is short and precious for each of us. Tell us how you are using it.

      I like to race in different car events, fix and modify cars and of course all these things work great with a continuous research in an industry as dynamic as the Automotive industry. Besides the time I invest in my car passion, I like to ride bikes and play computer games.

       

      Describe, briefly, what your hobby is and how did you find it, how was the first encounter with motorsport?

      From a young age I liked to be fast and be the first when racing bikes around the block with my friends. After that, I discovered racing games and I realized that racing cars is what I want to do. That is why I chose to study mechatronics in high school and after that I attended college, where I got a degree in mechanical engineering and also two Master degrees in this field.
      In 2008 I got my first car - a Daewoo Cielo - and that was when the story began. My first drive with that car was to a local car meeting, where I found a lot of support and guidance to start racing, how to modify my cars as well as tips & tricks regarding everything I could think about cars. In 2009, together with some friends, we managed to hold our first event called “Got skillz?” on the city race track in Piatra-Neamt, which was also the first event that I raced. Some years later, in 2012, at Miercurea-Ciuc Cup, I managed to get my first podium, wining 2nd place at N2 class with my Daewoo Cielo.
      Since I got my first podium and until today, I raced in as many events as I could and also organized and held multiple events in various motorsport disciplines (auto slalom, rallycross and drag). 

      What convinced you to spend your free time this way and what is motivating you to keep doing it?

      Motivation comes from de desire to win, to reach the podium and to become better, faster, stronger in this activity that I do with passion.

      ”However, the most beautiful moment in my motorsport career was in 2016 when me and my future wife raced in an event called “Sfantul Gheorghe Cup”, where I got on the 1st place and my fiancé on 3rd. The fact that we were both on the podium was priceless.” - Rotariu Razvan

      How does the activity of practicing motorsport go along with your day to day work? Do you think that jobs put away people from their passions?

      My job helps me with my hobby as it always keeps me in touch with the latest changes in the automotive industry. This gives me an advantage, but also my hobby and knowledge about cars help me every day in my job. As for the long hours of work, if you truly like something, you will always find time for it.

      Which is the major satisfaction or the most important achievement gained through motorsport?

      In 2019 I managed to be vice-campion in the National Drag Racing Championship on class Street 1. Another achievement is the fact that I build the fastest Suzuki Swift Sport in Romania. However, the most beautiful moment in my motorsport career was in 2016 when me and my future wife raced in an event called “Sfantul Gheorghe Cup”, where I got on the 1st place and my fiancé on 3rd. The fact that we were both on the podium was priceless.

      What are your plans for the future regarding this hobby?

      As next steps, I want to win the national champion title and also achieve my childhood dream: to race in a rally event. 

      What message do you want to send to the readers? Maybe something to motivate them to try to practice this activity.

      I know that are many cars enthusiasts in Continental and I encourage every one of them who would like to enter the motorsport scene to do it, in a legal and safe environment. In Romanian championships, there are powerful cars driven by talented drivers. I think that for car lovers, this would be a fun challenge to push oneself and the car to the limits. So, if you have the stomach for it, race it ‘till you make it!

       

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