2018 FSR French Grand Prix – Race Report

2018 FSR French Grand Prix – Race Report

“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.”

2018 FSR Bahrain Grand Prix – Race Report

2018 FSR Bahrain Grand Prix – Race Report

“I feel that there is a lot of respect towards us”

Bahrain International Circuit, April 8th

A reversal of fortunes for both Edge drivers as the desert of Sakhir bore witness to just how fast Parisis can be and the dangers of the World Championship’s midfield scrap. 

With George at the back of the grid with a penalty from Melbourne, it was solely down to Jim to show what the car was capable of. And did he perform. P3 behind Jernej Simončič and Michele D’Alessandro was hugely impressive. It proved more than ever that Parisis was well and truly back. Early stages of the race looked promising as well. Though Jim suffered a poor getaway falling behind Muhammed Patel, George had ease in slicing his way up through the pack.

Unfortunately, the second half of the Greeks’ first stints became rather more troublesome. Jim went into a fuel saving mode on the engine but this proved to be a misjudgement and he fell back from the lead pack into the battle for sixth. George on the other hand had begun to struggle on his tyres. He had been pushing hard for the opening eight making his way up to 13th. After contact with Sander Kallas who made his way through again, the most lethal overtaker of Melbourne was hit off circuit through Turn 2. Gianfranco Giglioli was a bit too eager after failing to pass on the straight.

This left George with both suspension and aero damage. Misery was compounded by a pitlane stop-go penalty and the choice was made to retire the car. Jim, thankfully, didn’t have as big a recovery job on his hands as his teammate did two weeks ago. He battled away with Michi Hoyer for the majority of the race in what was a tense battle.

The multiple World Championship race winner came through in the end. Hoyer fell back with a long pitstop and eight points were added to the Edge’s total.

UPDATE: A further two points have been added to our total as Jim was promoted to 5th following the disqualification of Manuel Biancolilla.

JIM PARISIS – #12

Started – 3rd
Finished – 6th [Classified 5th]
Fastest Lap – 1:30.258
Pitstops – One: Lap 15 [Super/Soft], Two: Lap 31 [Soft/Super], Three: Lap 43 [Super/Soft]

“Qualifying went quite well as we achieved P3. The car had a good balance there and we want to keep that for the next races. My start of the race was poor. Patel was alongside with a very good start, but after T2 I was able to keep my position.

“Our plan was to save fuel in the first part of the race but it didn’t really work out. Having more effective fuel management and a better strategy would have brought us into a much better position. Fighting for the win I think.

“This is what we have to work on for France.”

GEORGE MANOUSAKIS – #93

Started – 24th
Finished – Retired
Fastest Lap – 1:32.669
Pitstops – One: Lap 12 [Super/Retirement]

“The car was feeling fine and I had a great opening stint. As for the incident, Gianfranco attempted to pass me down the straight and failed. I went for the switch leaving him space for T2 but he hit me off track.

“My wheel kept crabbing to the left through suspension damage but more important was damage to the aero. This made me loose too much speed on the straights. I came in for an early stop, changing strategy to the Medium tyres, but I was so furious.

“I went too fast into the pit lane and rules are rules, I was given a stop-go penalty. After that it was more worth retiring the car than trying to continue.”

BILL TZORTIS, Edge FSR Race Engineer

“That was a tough race, it was all ups and downs again. This time Jimmy was in the points and George retired.  However, we improved our qualifying pace without loosing so much in the race.

“It’s good that we are in the points again. Although we are only two races into our season I feel that there is a lot of respect towards us. There is still some missing potential from the car so the team is really happy that we are near pace.

“Paul Ricard is a new track on the FSR calendar. I think it will be very close for all teams. I hope that we will be on form to take as much as we can from that race.”

2018 FSR Australian Grand Prix – Race Report

2018 FSR Australian Grand Prix – Race Report

“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.”