“Savoir-vivre” in a double pack
A background story about Porsche works driver Patrick Pilet.
The French Porsche works driver takes a deep breath, swings – and sinks the 40-gram golf ball in the 18th hole at the Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche golf course. “For me, this is how a good day begins,” says the avid golfer with his characteristic cheeky smile.
For “PP” – as the long-standing Porsche works driver is called within his closest circle – happiness is not only defined by success on the racetrack or golf course. It’s a dream,” laughs Pilet.
I finished the Monza race on the podium. And there she was. Guenaelle was jointly responsible for the press work of the series. She interviewed me. Sparks flew. We kept bumping into each other. And since 2006 we’ve been living together just ten minutes from Paris, says the Frenchman, who was promoted to works driver after winning the Porsche Carrera Cup in 2007. Occasionally, my wife still interviews me for television after a race. It’s always a little strange because we have to strike an impersonal tone. It wouldn’t look good if we called each other darling live on camera.
Patrick Pilet and his wife come across as an extremely harmonious pair. Alongside the Formula Vee racing car standing near a window to the garden is a bobby car in the “Grello” livery of the Porsche 911 GT3 R of Manthey-Racing, in which Pilet won the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. “We love playing golf,” says Pilet. I’ve been playing for fun on the golf courses close to my home since 2006. Perhaps I’d be even better if I could take part in competitions more often. Actually, there are days when I play an 18-hole round under par.
Apr 28, 2020 at 17:09