2018 WTF1 Spanish Grand Prix – Race Report

2018 WTF1 Spanish Grand Prix – Race Report

“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!

2018 GPVWC Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Race Report

2018 GPVWC Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Race Report

“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.”

 

2018 GPVWC Chinese Grand Prix – Race Report

2018 GPVWC Chinese Grand Prix – Race Report

“Their pace was brilliant, consistency spot on”

Shanghai International Circuit, March 15th

The second round of the Superleague season proved to be a triumph for the team. Both drivers converted starting positions outside of the top twenty to podiums.

A race dominated by Risto Kappet from start to finish, the goal for our two drivers was to overcome back-of-the-grid penalties accrued from Melbourne to secure points finishes. By surviving the opening laps, both Jarl and Petar had made their way into the top fifteen by Lap 6. 

Fully utilising his better starting position, Petar sliced his way through the field into the top ten by his first pitstop. On the way however he picked up a small amount of front wing damage. Though it wasn’t initially planned, the damage was fixed during the tyre change. This led to a longer stop and meant that he ended up behind Jarl once the phase had concluded. In clean air though he would deliver strong speed on the advantageous Supersofts. With rivals on harder compounds the Croation almost cancelled out the impact of his first stop.

The cameras caught a lot more of Jarl’s progress as he took advantage of his teammate’s slow stop to press on against the top five eventually. The Norwegian caught attention in particular for a ‘hands-on’ move against Borja Millan alongside a couple of daring lunges against other opponents. He fought his way up to second place eventually passing the struggling Rait Kilk in his final stint. 

It would be Petar who had the last laugh on track despite his misfortune. With Jarl opting for Softs to cruise on home comfortably, the man who finished 17th last race strapped on a fresh set of Ultrasofts to try and push on from 5th. Flying past Millan and then Kilk himself, the two Edge cars would briefly enter combat on the penultimate lap of the race.

Jarl chose not to fight too much as Petar took 2nd at the Turn 14 hairpin. The Croation picked up his first podium of the season and, by doing so, his highest result in Superleague. Our Norwegian #30, after having his podium from Melbourne taken away, should have no worries about losing this one. It’s his fourth podium at this level. 

JARL TEIEN – #30

Started – 25th
Finished – 3rd
Fastest Lap – 1:33.577
Pitstops – One: Lap 13 [Super/Super], Two: Lap 26 [Super/Super], Three: Lap 40 [Super/Soft]

Coming into Shanghai we had no idea what to expect but we hoped to be somewhat on pace at least. In qualifying that wasn’t close to the case. We knew we had back-of-the-grid penalties but we pushed hard in quali and ended up way off Risto.

“Starting 25th with Petar 21st, we just aimed at surviving Lap 1 to then pick people off later on. Achieving that we had so much race pace with great tyre wear that we flew through the field. There were some forceful moves but we made it work.

“I made a slight mistake in the final stint going onto the Softs instead of Ultrasofts but I don’t regret it. My teammate earned 2nd.

“I’m super happy with P3 and looking at fighting for the win in Baku, one of my better tracks.”

PETAR BRLJAK – #33

Started – 21st
Finished – 2nd
Fastest Lap – 1:32.738
Pitstops – One: Lap 12 [Super/Super], Two: Lap 27 [Super/Super], Three: Lap 42 [Super/Ultra]

“I’m really happy with today since 2nd and 3rd was the maximum result we could have achieved realistically. We were going into the race not expecting anything special because starting outside of the top twenty was a guarantee.

“My start went pretty well except for some damage to the front wing but I moved up quite a bit regardless. The first stint was going pretty well but a little discussion about the pitstops resulted in us going for a full fix. This cost me a lot of time and positions and it made my journey to the podium a lot harder. It was a fun challenge to work my way up through the field again though.

“As for the battle with Jarl, we didn’t risk much by making too many moves but I got one nice run and went for it. We were slightly surprised by our pace relative to others because our car wasn’t ideal to drive in practice. This double podium will definitely keep us motivated for future races. We just have to keep the engine upgrades coming and the setups comfortable.

ANDREAS WAUTERS, Edge Esports & Quasar Manager

“We felt quite cautious between last race and this one regarding our pace in context to the rest of the field. The car is quite hard to get to grips with so it was a frustrating preparation week for us.

“The back-of-the-grid penalties were an additional setback but the guys really delivered. Their pace was brilliant, their consistency spot on. To be honest the driving was also very clean and controlled compared to last race. Petar had some setbacks in the pit and on track but both drivers came through like champs.

“It was pleasing to see both of drivers in such high positions together. They were free to race as long as it was clean. It’s much to early in the season to even start considering any kind of team orders.

“We take home the most points across the field this race and that’s great. We need to keep pushing though. Risto was absolutely dominant and, again, we didn’t get to see what Alex Siebel is capable of without hard luck.”

2018 GPVWC Australian Grand Prix – Race Report

2018 GPVWC Australian Grand Prix – Race Report

“A bittersweet experience”

Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, March 1st

The opening round of the Superleague season saw early promise turn into mixed feelings as Jarl Teien notched up his first points of the season.

After marking the debut of our brand new Quasar engine in style with a front row slot behind a hugely impressive Alex Siebel, Jarl would bog down on launch leaving him in 4th place. Contact with Tom Parker caused rear damage making the recovery task harder.

Taking advantage of Siebel’s race ending crash and Risto Kappet’s early pitstop, Jarl launched a strong attack on Liam de Waal. He made his way past the Dutchman on Lap 14 into the lead. The clear air was not enough to gain any advantage though, slotting back into fourth on exit of his first stop.

A spirited, second stint brought the Norwegian well into contention for the race win. He fought his way past Geoffrey Fournier, pulled a spectacular move on de Waal and used a compound advantage against Kappet to retake the lead at the start of Lap 31. Just two laps later misfortune struck again frustratingly as technical issues saw the lead relinquished to Kappet once more. 

On Supersofts for his final stint, Jarl made his way past de Waal for the third time. He then inherited second once more as Fournier dived in for a late pitstop. The tyres wouldn’t last the required distance however. After being demoted back down to third by de Waal, a late move on the ailing Kappet would end in contact. With Jarl taking a podium on the day, we await news from the race stewards to confirm the result.

Petar was caught up in the huge accident on the exit of Turn 2, Lap 1. Able to pit, but with floor and suspension damage for the rest of the race, the Croatian soldiered on. Unfortunately luck did not go our way and he could only recover to two places outside of the points.

JARL TEIEN – #30

Started – 2nd
Finished – 3rd
Fastest Lap – 1:24.828
Pitstops – One: Lap 17 [Ultra/Ultra], Two: Lap 33 [Ultra/Super]

“I was as prepared as needed for the first race of the season which will always be the most competitive. Starting with qualifying I was surprised by the pace from others but improved 1.1 seconds up on practice which was encouraging.

“Lap 1 contact gave me rear suspension and wing damage which changed the balance of the car; probably slowed us down 2-3 tenths a lap. I was still able to keep a decent pace yet unable to get past Liam initially. He did a good job of keeping his cool and not making any mistakes in the first stint.

“After taking the lead in my second stint I had some technical issues and ran off track which put me into second again. I pitted onto fresh Supersofts for my final stint but wasn’t able to make use of the fresh rubber. The damage was slowing me down so much.

“I’m happy to get Melbourne over with. After this it marks the first race where people will vary with the amount of time they use to practice. Time to show the others what we really have up our sleeves.”

PETAR BRLJAK – #33

Started – 12th
Finished – 17th
Fastest Lap – 1:25.649
Pitstops – One: Lap 1 [Ultra/Ultra], Two: Lap 17 [Ultra/Ultra], Three: Lap 34 [Ultra/Super]

“Going into the race we expected to be a bit down in qualifying because of our wing choice but it was actually pretty close. The car felt competitive. However, I had a really poor qualifying session having to abort two flying laps and putting in a mediocre banker lap.

“I expected difficulties to get through the start unscathed and unfortunately the worst happened. After a long stop for repairs the car balance felt drivable but there was just no pace. I was almost a lap down and tried to continue in hopes of maybe snatching a point or two. Sadly that didn’t quite happen.

“Our strategy also seemed to work well with Jarl showing very good pace. It might have been enough to win in that situation so things are looking promising. There are still some details we can fix and improve on in our testing; then we should be able to stay competitive every race.”

ANDREAS WAUTERS, Edge Esports & Quasar Manager

“Our first race at Melbourne was a bittersweet experience. The drivers came in well prepared. Supported by our Technical Director, Daniel, it was amazing to see their commitment ahead of the race to give it everything they had.

“We were looking forward to see the new Edge Esports machinery in competition for the first time. The Quasar power train also had its maiden race here. I think we can be happy about the competitiveness of our car, power train and the setup package we used. Some great work by the development team on that one.  

“Jarl showed us that our pace is really on point and gives us good prospects for the next few races. It was unfortunate to see Petar having to abort his fast qualifying laps and afterwards getting involved in the first lap incident though. I’m sure he would have been able to show his true potential otherwise and I’m still confident he will do so.

“It’s also very exciting to see the general competitiveness of the field. It’s not just a few teams at the front this year, almost every team genuinely has a shot at this. We surely have our work cut out for us in the coming months!”

Edge Esports Launches 2018 GPVWC Superleague contender

Edge Esports Launches 2018 GPVWC Superleague contender

Today, Edge Esports is proud to launch their 2018 GPVWC.com Superleague contender, the Quasar powered EE01-SLQ. It will be driven by Jarl Teien and Petar Brljak with Niels Brugman as test driver. First outing will be next Thursday during the GPVWC Australian Superleague Grand Prix.

The livery of the car was designed to be in line with the team’s brand image and includes some sharp shapes that characterize Edge Esports. The Blue, white and gold colors are a remnant of the Wauters Automotive color scheme, and will be used on all cars for the team.

The new car can be viewed in the video below.

#WautersAutomotiveOUT #RememberMeForCenturies
#EdgeEsportsIN #HereWeAre #DontTurnAwayNow

 

Teien continues on top in second test

Teien continues on top in second test

The Wauters driver confirmed his strong early-season form by topping the timesheets in Sepang, even as battering rain affected the session for a number of drivers.

It’s always too early to read any data from pre-season testing, but there must be smiles at Wauters Automotive. For the second time in two weeks, Norwegian star Jarl Teien finished on top of the timesheets, a convincing performance for the Quasar-engined team.

The new engine showed excellent reliability, with Teien completing 118 laps – by far the most of any driver on track as the Belgian team keep adding mileage to their new power units.

Behind the Norwegian, Hawkeye showed strongly with a 2-3-4 placing of Ricardo Costa, Fran Lopez and Mike Kwint, while the first Martex-powered car was Tobias Olsson’s Madcape in fifth. Rait Kilk of EVAL-Valiant was sixth.

Full results of the session here.