“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!”