“Mission Impossible” accomplished
In June 2008, Rainer Küschall participated to his first professional race on the Hockenheim circuit. Reaching the top level was something he was always aiming at. As he made it, he could start a new project called “Mission Impossible”. “Mission Impossible” goal was for him to show that a quadriplegic can be at the the top of a motor sport by compensating his disability by the use of modern technologies.
Rainer’s car is a Crosslé 9S which has been adapted for his personal use. He controls the speed of his car by using a lever placed in his right hand and the steering with a lever placed in his left hand. The up and down shifting of the gears is accomplished by sipping and puffing commands into a hose placed in Rainer mouth. Except these equipments, the Crosslé 9S is the same as any other Crosslé 9S.
With this car, Rainer was able to reach the podium many times but never succeeded to finish a race at the first place…
On Saturday 15th June and Sunday 16th June, Rainer participated to the Histo-Cup, a car race that took place in Hockenheim circuit (Germany). This was his first race of the season and nobody from Rainer to his team knew beforehand what kind of results to expect for the two races of the weekend.
Like other racing-car drivers, Rainer Küschall has to come on Friday in order to practice. Even if Rainer already raced in the past this circuit didn’t mean he took lightly this opportunity to do some laps. The weather changes over years and affects both driver and car performances; so a day of training could be as important as the day of the race.
During qualifying, Rainer finished 5th for the first race and didn’t manage to get a better rank for the second race and finished 7th. Rainer is neither the kind of man nor the kind of pilot to let himself get discourage. He knew that he had to give his best in order to stand atop the podium. On Saturday, he succeeded to catch-up some cars and made it to the second place. Even if that was a great result, this is not the place Rainer wanted to be. He knew that the last chance he had to make his dream a reality was to finish the race on the first place on Sunday…And he made it!
After five years of competition and with the hard work of a whole team, Rainer accomplished his mission and showed once again that the impossible is possible.