“Our unit has proven their commitment and dedication”
Circuit Paul Ricard, April 22nd
Edge Esports scored once again in the World Championship as Jim Parisis picked up an 8th place. The feeling in the garage was that it could have been ever better without problems for both drivers.
Following an extremely tight Qualifying session the opening stages looked promising for George who gained a few positions off the start. Jim suffered though picking up damage in contact with Eros Masciulli and dropping down to 9th. The #93, however, would soon receive a bad omen for later in the race when gear shifts began to go astray. For the first stint it was ruled ‘not terminal’.
As the race continued on the problem got worse with George having to slow the car significantly to reboot hardware. This, sadly, destroyed his chances of points and forced him into a fight just outside of the top ten. Jim’s suspension damage proved costly as well hampering his exits out of corners and therefore his straightline speed. Compounding misery was the effect on tyre wear, his temperatures going well above normal as he struggled on track.
Though both did well to survive the majority of the race, George decided to pull in on Lap 51 after a third complete failure of the gearbox. Ultimately it wasn’t worth risking a crash with three laps to go. Jim did manage to make it home thankfully and in 8th, notching up a second consecutive points score for us!
Edge are now 6th in the Teams’ standings, three points outside the top five.
JIM PARISIS – #12
Started – 7th
Finished – 8th
Fastest Lap – 1:29.772
Pitstops – One: Lap 13 [Super/Super], Two: Lap 25 [Super/Super], Three: Lap 38 [Super/Soft]
“Despite observations that I was lacking on the straights we actually had the highest top speed on the grid. Suspension damage on Lap 1 cost me a lot coming out of corners and really ate through the tyres as well.
“This is why I lost so much time to the guys in front and struggled to keep my position to the guys behind me. There was a lot of action in my race which I’m sure the stewards will take a look at. Let’s see what the final results will be.
“If we work the right way we can improve some more so I will just keep pushing”
GEORGE MANOUSAKIS – #93
Started – 16th
Finished – Retired [Classified 16th]
Fastest Lap – 1:30.324
Pitstops – One: Lap 12 [Super/Super], Two: Lap 24 [Super/Super], Three: Lap 36 [Super/Soft]
“I had massive problems with my gear shifting hardware. It was randomly disconnecting from the PC making me loose the ability to both upshift and downshift. Sometimes it was instant and only lasted a split second. This wasn’t too bad as it only lost me a small fraction of time.
Three times during the Grand Prix there was a complete disconnect though. I had to pull out the USB plug and put it back again in order to restore my gears. Of course this meant slowing down massively to not be a danger on track. I feel we lost a lot of points today.
“I still think we were a bit behind on race pace. We gained plenty of good information for the future thankfully.”
DANIEL CZIRANKU, Edge Esports Technical Director
“We were all previously fans of the league, watching the live streams when we had the chance, so the strength of the field didn’t come as a surprise to us at all. Some of the best simracers in rFactor 2 are here but we never shy away from challenges like this.
“Expecting to win in our very first season would be a little naive but our unit has proven their commitment and dedication throughout these first three rounds. The preparation has been excellent but we’ve just lacked that bit of luck.
“We plan to continue with this drive and hopefully, step by step, we’ll reach our ambitious goals.”