Philipp Schörghofer was the last ÖSV-RTL winner who was not Marcel Hirscher, he describes the problems in the team.
The former RTL specialist knows the reasons for the crisis: “The time without a win without Hirscher is far too long. There are always partial successes, but you also have to put together a whole race,” explains the Salzburg native in an interview with ORF.
“Marcel Hirscher was both a curse and a blessing at the same time. It was very difficult with him. If he won and one of us came second or third, that didn’t stand out,” adds the 37-year-old.
Schörghofer describes the time together with Hirscher: “He was an exceptional athlete, he never left out. That somehow took the pressure off us. Such a standard is missing now, perhaps we should have created more synergies for the future.”
So it was difficult for the other ÖSV athletes: “Hirscher covered a lot, if the second-best driver came in tenth, then nobody noticed.”