Fun took centre stage on this summery day. However, the safety aspect of the course, which included slalom, braking and drifting, also played a major role. A classic one-two played away from the football pitch. “Professional footballers often drive fast cars without being able to control them in borderline situations,” said Kruse knowingly. “With our range of training courses, we want to teach people to drive responsibly. I am sure that some of my team-mates have learned a lot today, starting with the seat position,” said Werder’s number 10, summing up the entertaining event.
Kruse’s team-mates were full of praise. “A very exciting day,” said Marco Friedl. The training away from the football pitch was no unknown territory for the 20-year-old. “In Austria, you have to do a driving safety course when you take your driving test, so I am familiar with that. It is just great fun.” Team-mate Maximilian Eggestein also came to a positive conclusion: “At the start there was still quite a lot of respect, but we gradually became more confident with every drive, then a few of us started to put our foot down a bit,” said the 21-year-old.