Edge Esports is pleased to announce a brand new merchandising partnership with popular, custom esports apparel supplier, Manatee. The agreement allows supporters at home to purchase their very own Edge Esports jersey whilst the organisation itself is supplied for LAN events.
Manatee.gg will be proudly displayed on both our Formula SimRacing and WTF1 Superleague vehicles. Any future car capable of receiving a custom livery will also feature the logo. Andreas Wauters, Edge Esports Manager, stated “I’m thrilled to work together with a merchandising company of Belgian origin. They offer great service and designs at an affordable price!”
The first set of jerseys were seen in action at the Esports World Touring Car Cup launch event back in May at the Ring°Arena. Now you can order your own with the option to fully customise your name and gamertag! We’re delighted to open up orders with a 10% discount and free worldwide shipping. Type the code “EDGE” into the discount bar during checkout and await the sportswear which will help connect you to the sharp end of simracing!
JAMES KIRK, Edge Esports Marketing Director
“Manatee are the perfect company to help bring Edge Esports products to our followers. In early talks there was an instant kinship with both our brands finding their beginnings in Belgium. This developed into a great understanding and there was never any question of how positive it would be to work together.
“The outstanding quality of both kit design and shirt comfort hugely impressed us. The trial jerseys proved to be a roaring success across the board! From there it was only a matter of time before the partnership was confirmed.
“Future developments and projects are something I think we are all eagerly awaiting. The next steps will be sure to include our fan base! We want to discover what apparel is desired within the realm of eRacing.”
CHRISTIAAN TULLENERS, CEO Manatee.gg
“Up to this point we had not partnered with an eRacing team. This is, for us, a good opportunity with a respected team to bring our name to this niche esport. I feel both organisations want to do what every company with a bit ambition wants; become the best in your field. From what I have experienced in working with Edge Esports so far, they will no doubt reach their goals.
“The jerseys came out great! When creating this concept we were thinking about team recognition somewhere outside of the actual game. The goal is that people recognise the car because they saw a driver with the same design or vice versa. I think we pretty much achieved that job.”
Ring°Arena, 10th-12th May – Compilation Video
Edge Esports flew out to the legendary Nürburgring at the beginning of May to take part in the next major LAN event for simracing, the Esports World Touring Car Cup Live.
Check how we did in our extensive video compilation!
Check out our full, writen report here: Click!
Ring°Arena, 10th-12th May
Edge Esports flew out to the legendary Nürburgring at the beginning of May to take part in the next major LAN event for simracing, the Esports World Touring Car Cup Live. At this Launch Event for the series, there were three major elements:
- Hotlap Pre-Qualifying for the eWTCR Launch Event itself
- The Nürburgring Esports Team Endurance Championship
- The eWTCR Launch Event hosted over four divisions
Team Boss Andreas Wauters was in attendance and brought with him three of our experienced, top level, touring car drivers along with a new recruit. Kevin ‘Siggy’ Rebernak (multiple podiums across the eWTCC and the MeRC), Florian Hasse (one podium in the MeRC) and Lars Brugman (GPVWC 2016 Supercup champion) banded together to face the four-hour Nordschleife race. They would then be joined by eWTCC runner-up Gergo Baldi to tackle the eWTCR.
Nürburgring Esports Team Endurance Championship (nTEC) Results
Started – 3rd
Finished – 4th
Fastest Lap – 8:05.233
Pitstops – One: 1 hour 22 minutes [Rebernak/L. Brugman], Two: 2 hour 45 minutes [L. Brugman/Hasse]
Edge entered the nTEC race with high hopes. Though our focus was mainly placed on the Esports World Touring Car Cup portion of the LAN, a strong team was fielded to compete against some of the biggest names across simracing.
Kevin ‘Siggy’ Rebernak took Qualifying and the opening stint to be followed by new recruit Lars Brugman and then Florian Hasse. With such strong opposition, sights were set on the podium. Early signs indicated that we would be in that fight as Kev put our Audi R8 in P3. Unfortunately a difficult start to the race saw us on the back foot and down to P5.
Throughout the rest of Kev’s stint and the entirety of Lars’ we were able to pull ourselves back up to 4th. Once Florian stepped into the car our pace came alive. In the final ten minutes we were right on the back of 3rd position but a spirited defence by Lewis McGlade was able to secure the podium for ACR Zakspeed.
With our target just hundredths away at the line it was a difficult one for the drivers to take. No one could doubt the amount of effort that had been put in however. 4th at our first major LAN race was hugely impressive considering the level of competition on display.
Esports World Touring Car Cup (eWTCR) Launch Event Results
Gergo Baldi – Pre-qualifying: 1st, Zandvoort: 4th, Hungaroring: 1st, Nordschleife: 10th
Kevin ‘Siggy’ Rebernak – Pre-qualifying: 3rd, Zandvoort: 2nd, Hungaroring: 7th, Nordschleife: 2nd
Florian Hasse – Pre-qualifying: 18th, Zandvoort: 12th, Hungaroring: 6th, Nordschleife: 13th
Lars Brugman – Pre-qualifying: 21st, Zandvoort: 13th, Hungaroring: 19th, Nordschleife: 12th
All four of Edge’s contingent managed to pre-qualify for Division 1 in the eWTCR Launch Event. eWTCC veterans Baldi and Rebernak were up at the sharp end with Hasse and Brugman managing to sneak into an ultra tight field.
For Lars it was a story of gaining experience following a year out of simracing entirely. After a solid stint in the nTEC the day before, he was able to outperform expectations by others. Finishing inside the top twenty at all tracks, we suspect that there is much more to come from the Dutchman.
It was very encouraging to see Florian bounce back from his nTEC heartbreak, something which took a lot out of him. Another driver who outperformed expectations, the German’s highlight of the evening came at the Hungaroring. He qualified P3 and came home in 6th just ahead of stablemate Kevin.
The Austro-Slovenian ultimately came away from the weekend as the most successful Edge driver on track. It was a display you’d expect from ‘Siggy’ who took two 2nd places but struggled at the Hungaroring which damaged his prospects. Nevertheless, taking 3rd on the day is no mean feet and should give him plenty of confidence when Season 1 arrives.
Which brings us to Gergo Baldi, the man who could very well have won the whole thing. It was a champion’s display from the get-go as he raised eyebrows in pre-qualifying; banking €750 to boot by topping the leaderboard. A masterful piece of driving at Zandvoort saw him take advantage of a Tim Heinemann-Jack Kiethley melee. His win at the Hungaroring mirrored his Race 2 performance at the same track in the eWTCC. Fate can be a cruel mistress however and hardware issues meant that he was just tenths away from setting a qualifying lap at the Nordschleife.
It was a testament to Gergo who labelled the following race as one of his “best ever”. Rising from the ashes, he managed to salvage 10th position by the flag. It wasn’t enough but he surely enters Season 1 of the eWTCR as one of the favourites.
ANDREAS WAUTERS, Edge Esports Manager
“Overall the eWTCR Launch event was an amazing experience for us. Our four drivers showed they were amongst the class of the field by qualifying in Division 1. Their race showings were really strong. Of course we are slightly disappointed since both Gergo and Kevin were strong enough to go for the championship. That was both of their goals as well.
“It was difficult to see Gergo’s charge shattered by technical issues. Overall we were still the most successful team in terms of Division 1. A combined points total of 269 is nothing to complain about. Kevin goes home with a nice 3rd place trophy and we will come back stronger for next year!“
“We keep knocking on the door to victory but never seem to step through it.”
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, April 12th
A radical tyre selection for Edge came up trumps in the freshly rebranded WTF1 Superleague. Petar Brljak notched up his second podium of the season as Jarl Teien survived an engine scare to maintain his points scoring streak.
As the only team not to select the Ultrasoft tyres for this event, both of our drivers were well aware that we would take a hit in Qualifying. It hit hard as the team locked out Row 6 on the grid. The long game had been planned in advance however and the start was well taken with Jarl maintaining position and Petar moving up into the top ten.
The #30 had an eventful race but was sadly hampered by a number of factors. Slight suspension damage was picked up in the first few laps and it was fitted with the weakest engine of the event. On top of this, its Norwegian pilot never really got to grips with the setup through practice. As such, Jarl found himself battling with the likes of Pedro Gomes and other midfield runners for the entire race. A particularly long first stint on the Supersofts was a calculated risk but didn’t pay off.
Petar on the other hand rose handsomely to the occasion and through the grid. Crucial moves were executed at the right time such as swooping past Tom Parker on another alternate strategy on Lap 19. The overtake that would earn him 2nd came on Lap 47 where the Croatian pulled a spectacular manoeuvre around the outside of T1 on Dennis Jordan. Extending his gap to the German before his final stint on Supersofts, he then attempted to close down race leader Alex Siebel but just didn’t have the legs.
It’s Petar’s second podium of the season and his second after starting from outside of the top ten. Jarl continued his presence within the top ten by fending off David Fidock and arriving home 9th. He will be looking to challenge for the podium once again when we travel to Monaco next.
JARL TEIEN – #30
Started – 12th
Finished – 9th
Fastest Lap – 1:17.815
Pitstops – One: Lap 17 [Super/Soft], Two: Lap 34 [Soft/Soft], Three: Lap 52 [Soft/Super]
“Today was sort of a throwaway race for me. In practice I was comfortably behind Petar; hot lap speed I was close but after Lap 3 I wasn’t able to compete. The tyre call, I think, was the correct. Our readings on the Ultras were that they were only 0.1 seconds quicker in Qualifying and were actually slower in race trim for us.
“Because of my struggles I chose the weakest engine available to aim for some points. My start was okay but I got boxed in and couldn’t make any progress. I suffered left front suspension damage and I struggled in the high speed right-handers for the rest of the race.
“There was a lot of traffic on all my stints and I was never fully in clean air. I probably lost a great deal there but even without traffic my maximum today was maybe 6th or 7th. I’m content with 9th but for the rest of the season my goal will be no lower than a podium.
“Monaco next and hopefully I’ll be able to show my love for that track.”
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PETAR BRLJAK – #33
Started – 11th
Finished – 2nd
Fastest Lap – 1:17.826
Pitstops – One: Lap 13 [Super/Soft], Two: Lap 32 [Soft/Soft], Three: Lap 52 [Soft/Super]
“After Qualifying I thought it was going to get messy again but the start went very cleanly. I was stuck for the first stint and couldn’t do much in a DRS train. So, I looked after my tyres to try and utilise them better. It worked out well as quite a few cars in front of me got held up. I gained a couple of positions and some time.
“After the first stint I was closing up a bit on everyone in front and knew I could challenge for the podium. It was about picking the right moments when to push and also to pit. All the moves and decisions we took contributed to this very nice result.
“Pace-wise I could have mixed it up with Siebel. Qualifying cost us again which was mostly my fault; even though the car was a bit slower for this round. Setup hasn’t changed much to be honest but maybe taking a slightly different approach with the car can work. We definitely need to be fast in one lap at Monaco.”
ANDREAS WAUTERS, Edge Esports and Quasar Manager
“Mixed feelings for this round really. We keep knocking on the door to victory but never seem to step through it. Petar had really good pace and consistently put in the fast laps needed. Our tyre choice was a gamble that hurt us in qualifying but gave us the right strategy in the race.
“Jarl didn’t really feel at ease in the car and is looking forward to getting his head down for the next round in Monaco. We are, of course, happy to be competitive but it’s frustrating not to have an answer to ACR’s constant domination. Definitely more work needed to catch up.
“It’s really amazing to see how simracing is growing day by day. The fact that GPVWC partnered up with such an iconic brand as WTF1 shows that progress is continuing to snowball. 2018 just keeps on throwing us nice, new surprises!“
“Both of them are absolutely fired up now”
Baku City Circuit, March 29th
Another round in the GPVWC Superleague and another race of ‘what if’. Jarl continued his good form taking a second podium in two races whilst Petar saw early drama ruin his evening once again.
On the face of things this Grand Prix was a two horse race between Risto Kappet and his teammate Alex Siebel. Our Norwegian did keep them honest but how different a race it could have been had two Edge machines battled up top. Jarl’s start was poor allowing his Croatian partner to jump up into 4th. Unfortunately for Petar another driver to pass Jarl, Argo Teder, never seemed at ease so high in the order. A clumsy mistake on the brakes deep into Sector 2 for the first time saw the Estonian barrel into Petar. He was lucky not to completely collect the wall.
A pitstop so early in a race tight on tyre life, combined a front wing replacement, wrecked any chance of a top ten. Driver and team agreed to try and stretch out the second and third stints in an effort to make up ground. In retrospect it proved to be the wrong call. The #33 fought valiantly back up the field whilst conserving his Supersoft tyres. Making his way into direct combat with the likes of Ben Horrill and Pedro Gomes around 12th and 13th was impressive considering the situation. With just a couple of laps to go however the final set of Supers gave out. A spin on the penultimate lap proved costly. Gomes and the charging David Fidock scurried through and a 14th place was what Petar had to settle for.
After his teammate was taken out of contention, Jarl set about making his way past the cars which had jumped him. Ricardo Costa was dispatched just one lap on from the incident but an impressive Dennis Jordan took much more patience. Eventually, a trademark Teien lunge into Turn 3 saw the German relegated to 4th. A timely, planned pitstop for the #30 just one lap later saw a much needed gap open up between the two. It proved crucial in breaking the threat of a powerful DRS.
It would be a quiet race until the end as his strategy played out. There was a small hope of overthrowing Risto in the final ten laps but ultimately the pace just wasn’t there. The Norwegian picked up his second 3rd of the season repeating his result in China.
JARL TEIEN – #30
Started – 4th
Finished – 3rd
Fastest Lap – 1:39.461
Pitstops – One: Lap 13 [Ultra/Ultra], Two: Lap 28 [Ultra/Super]
“Really tough race overall. Yet another bad launch off the line not helped by someone barrelling into Turn 1. That ruined my pace for rest of the race. The damage was destroying my tyre economy which was less than ideal when you are already limited on tyres.
“Even though I was losing 3-5 tenths per lap there was encouraging signs. Despite some mistakes and traffic I managed to finish only two seconds behind Risto. Hopefully things go our way later down the line. For now we need to focus on getting ahead in development and setups.
“On to Barcelona!”
PETAR BRLJAK – #33
Started – 6th
Finished – 14th
Fastest Lap – 1:40.663
Pitstops – One: Lap 1 [Ultra/Super], Two: Lap 24 [Super/Super]
“The start of this season has been challenging to say the least. Multiple things happening that were out of my control for the most part. My race was looking pretty good after the start; looking at Jarl’s pace it would most likely be a race long battle with ACR for the win.
“There’s not much to say about the crash. I was minding my own business and Teder behind braked very late. He lost the car under braking trying to avoid me and spun into me. If I hadn’t turned out of the corner it might have been a retirement on the spot. Very disappointing to have my race ruined by someone else’s beginner mistake.
“I was down by quite a lot on the straights because of the damage and the car didn’t feel too good to drive. I tried to do an effective one-stop from there but I think it was the wrong call. In the end I was able to go quicker than the leaders in the few laps I pushed on worn out Supersoft tyres.
“In the penultimate lap my tyres totally gave up and I just half spun into the castle section costing me a point. There’s still some work to be done in getting my qualifying right. Similar to Australia I could barely put together a decent sector let alone a lap. Time to forget this one and move on.”
DANIEL CZIRANKU, Edge Esports Technical Director
“We definitely had much more potential this weekend, our answer is plain and simple this time. We just couldn’t keep our schedule tight enough for the level of the competition that is present in Superleague.
“It was pretty clear for everyone in the team. We have to try extremes, we have to find something. Every other team opted for the same tyres and engine levels but lacking time it slipped out of our hands. Regardless, both of our drivers showed why everyone is expecting them to fight for wins. They did absolutely everything in their power to get the best result they could.
“All I can say is both of them are absolutely fired up now and eager to come back on top. I’m pretty hopeful we don’t just continue the podium streak, but maybe clinch the highest peak on the podium.”
“We may be a new name…but we are fighters”
Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, March 25th
Edge Esports’ debut in Formula SimRacing’s World Championship proved to be a mixed bag. The team notched up its first points and retirement of the season.
After an underwhelming qualifying session, Jim and George would start the race P9 and P19 respectively. Both Greeks were quick out of the traps however. Some extremely opportunistic driving saw Parisis pick up three places by the end of Lap 1. Manousakis went up a place though trouble with cars around him saw a demotion back to 21st.
By the end of Lap 9 all was going smoothly. George managed to slice his way up through the field to 14th and Jim could comfortably follow Martin Gosbee in 6th. Disaster would strike the multiple race winner however. A gearbox failure for the British driver on the main straight saw the Greek caught out completely by surprise. With Gosbee’s car totalled, Jim attempted to make it back to the pits but the damage was too severe. He was forced to retire.
This left George as the sole Edge in the race, the first time the team has faced such a situation this year. As the first pitstop phase started he pulled yet another overtake into Brabham on Gianfranco Giglioli. Another position would be gained through drama at pit exit as Marco Conti and Petar Brljak got tangled up. This free place would be lost just a couple of laps later with Manuel Biancolilla making a successful pass.
George’s aggressive recovery plan was revealed with an ambitious four-stop strategy seeing him utilise three sets of Ultrasoft tyres. By the second set he was in 11th and come his final stint the risk had paid off; Manousakis had made it to the points. A final move of the race came against Eros Masciulli three laps from the end. With Brljak ahead too quick an eventful evening ended with a very satisfying 9th
JIM PARISIS – #12
Started – 9th
Finished – Retired
Fastest Lap – 1:26.282
Pitstops – None
“Our qualifying pace was expected actually. We worked much more on our race setup for today. Unfortunately I was not able to show any of that. When I was going for the overtake on Gosbee, he seemed to just stop and swerve in the middle of the straight.
“There was nothing I could do and the car was completely broken. I had no choice but to retire.
“I’m not too bothered about how other teams did. I don’t really feel the need to comment about their pace in either qualifying or the race. All that matters to me is how I do and how my teammate does. George came 9th after starting 19th and deserves a lot of praise for that. Great drive.”
GEORGE MANOUSAKIS – #93
Started – 19th
Finished – 9th
Fastest Lap – 1:23.427
Pitstops – One: Lap 14 [Super/Ultra], Two: Lap 25 [Ultra/Ultra], Three: Lap 36 [Ultra/Ultra], Four: Lap 47 [Ultra/Ultra]
“My performance was very pleasing. It was very difficult to come back from P22 after my first lap incident. Especially as I had a damaged car and a steering wheel bent to the left for the whole race. If you add onto this a flat spotted tire for the first 15 laps? It was hell.
“My practice paid off though. I was able to pass everyone I had in front of me at the first opportunity. It was incredibly encouraging to have such a good car at the first race.
“I need more work on the qualifying setup but I am sure that with the help of my team I will have better result in Bahrain.”
BILL TZORTIS, Edge FSR Race Engineer
“It was a real shame to see Jim out so early, he definitely had the potential for a podium. George’s race pace proved as much; there are some very encouraging signs.
“I fully believe that Edge can fight for points in every race. If all the pieces fall into place there is no doubt that we could challenge for the podium in some events.
“The three of us have known each other and worked together for about ten years. It is very easy for us to translate feedback and advice into a good setup for race day. We may be a new name at FSR but we are fighters. That characteristic will only lead us to great results in the future, perhaps even wins.”