It’s a 1-2 for Edge Esports in Germany!

It’s a 1-2 for Edge Esports in Germany!

“Even with a car that is off pace, we can still achieve incredible results”

Hockenheimring, July 5th

For the first time in the team’s history as either Edge Esports or Wauters Automotive, a 1-2 was secured in a Superleague Grand Prix. The Hockenheimring proved to be a day of everything falling into place with Jarl Teien picking up his second win of the season.

With, arguably, one of the weakest cars on the grid our boys did exceptionally well in Qualifying. Jarl secured a front row slot alongside pole sitter Alex Siebel whilst Petar Brljak slotted in on the third row. Sadly for the Croatian his luck at starts remained abysmal as he was caught in a first corner melee along with Geoffrey Fournier and Dennis Jordan.

Whilst his team mate was putting together the pieces of an outstanding recovery drive, Jarl was focusing on keeping the gap down to Siebel ahead. Disaster struck for the German however when he suffered a disconnect promoting the #30 into first place. From here, the Norwegian would continue to control the race masterfully with an aggressive tyre strategy which saw him shock the field with a four-stopper.

All the way from 15th, Petar fought his way back up the order both on track and in the pit lane. By the final phase of the race he was 4th with a fresh set of Ultrasoft rubber. He dismissed the hugely impressive Rait Kilk before taking his time but ultimately winning out against Borja Millan to steal 2nd. No better result has been achieved by the team in its Superleague history. The gap to the top of the Constructors’ championship was slashed by over thirty points.

JARL TEIEN – #30

Started – 2nd
Finished – 1st
Fastest Lap – 1:13.416
Pitstops – One: Lap 13 [Ultra/Ultra], Two: Lap 25 [Ultra/Super], Three: Lap 42 [Super/Ultra], Four: Four: Lap 54 [Ultra/Ultra]

Going into this race I expected to fight for a top five position at max. My sights were set higher after Qualifying those as I nailed my lap being only a tenth off Alex. Starting that high up on the grid helps with strategy options and I think I had a pretty aggressive strategy compared to other people.

“I feel like the four-stop was slower than a three-stop but I made it work anyway. Petar had bad luck on the opening lap but still managed 2nd. I believe had he avoided that he would have won by around 15 seconds over me.

“Lots of upgrades to the next race so that gap to ACR will close hopefully. It will be a hard fight going all the way to the end of the season!”

PETAR BRLJAK – #33

Started – 5th
Finished – 2nd
Fastest Lap – 1:12.965
Pitstops – One: Lap 13 (Ultra/Super), Two: Lap 32 (Super/Super), Three: Lap 51 (Super/Ultra)

“Qualifying went quite nicely as myself and Jarl both managed to do good laps. Unfortunately I was just a passenger in the T1 incident and dropped loads of positions. Luckily the car was still alright to drive and my pace looked really good compared to those around me.

“We had to convert to a three-stop as that meant I could both avoid and jump people through the pitstop phases. I was picking people off a bit easier than expected thanks to being strong into T2. Towards the end I saw I had a chance of 2nd and decided to gamble on the Ultrasofts for the last stint which worked out very well in the end.

“Congrats to Jarl for the win and it’s great to see we’ve fully capitalised on this opportunity for our first 1-2 finish! The last things missing are a few upgrades to close that gap to the best cars. Hungary is one of my favourite tracks so I’m looking forward to that one!”

ANDREAS WAUTERS, Edge Esports and Quasar Manager

“Today we scored our first 1-2 finish ever in the WTF1 Superleague. It’s a super happy moment and it shows that even with a car that is off pace, we can still achieve incredible results. It’s still a bit of a surprise to me that the result was this good since the preparation for Germany was difficult.

“I feel that we were a bit lucky to the other top teams struggling. With the upcoming summer break we hope that we can bring some more upgrades to the boys. Hopefully they will close up the gap with ACR and a title hunt will be back on!”

2018 WTF1 French Grand Prix – Race Report

2018 WTF1 French Grand Prix – Race Report

“Our strength is our supreme tyre management”

Circuit Paul Ricard, May 24th

It was yet another case of close but not close enough for Edge Esports as Petar Brljak missed out on winning the French Grand Prix by under a second. Jarl Teien meanwhile had an exciting drive from another back-of-the-grid penalty.

With the #30 confirmed to be starting plum last, Petar went out into Qualifying hoping to put himself inside the top five. He succeeded with flying colours securing his best starting slot on the grid in 2018. For both cars it was a safe and solid start; the Croatian holding onto 3rd for his first stint as Jarl began his march up the order on an alternative Supersoft-born strategy.

After outlasting the majority of Ultrasoft runners, the crucial battle for Petar in his second stint was against Ricardo Costa on much more used Supersofts. Though the dual lasted a couple of laps, the #33 eventually won out on Lap 20 and was allowed to try and hunt down race leader Alex Siebel. On the same lap, Jarl made his first stop of two onto another set of Supersofts.

Although the Norwegian’s race was exciting, most positions were gained through the lack of a third pitstop. This strategy was achievable only through excellent tyre preservation. Eventually, on Ultrasofts for his last stint, he gained his final position overtaking Risto Kappet and would finish the race in 7th. Petar, however, didn’t have such luck. Just lacking the pace to catch and pass Siebel in the final few laps, he ended the day 2nd.

JARL TEIEN – #30

Started – 28th
Finished – 7th
Fastest Lap – 1:29.559
Pitstops – One: Lap 20 [Super/Super], Two: Lap 41 [Super/Ultra]

“Tough race today but 7th was the highest I could manage with the tyres I had. Twenty laps on Supersofts is far longer than I managed in practice but it was essential to extend the first stint. A two-stop strategy wasn’t the original plan actually; we changed to a two-stop so we avoided the huge gaggle of cars behind us which worked out nicely.

“Having to work my way through the field from last, two races in a row, to finish 7th is a positive thing in my eyes. We know that we can change up our strategy to avoid a lot of the traffic but it’s far from optimal. We need to start top three – at least top five – to be able to take the fight to ACR.

“Fingers crossed for the next few races because we’re about to turn the heat up.

PETAR BRLJAK – #33

Started – 3rd
Finished – 2nd
Fastest Lap – 1:29.366
Pitstops – One: Lap 12 (Ultra/Super), Two: Lap 28 (Super/Ultra), Three: Lap 43 (Ultra/Ultra)

“Qualifying was pretty good this time and it makes the race a lot easier from the beginning. We had to optimise our setup for Ultrasofts because we lack a lot of rear end grip compared to others.

“The first stint most likely lost us the race. There was a bit of clumsiness from both myself and Fournier when we were fighting for position. This led to us being overtaken by Costa and losing a lot of time to the leader. Going for Ultras in the last stint seemed the right call at the time. Unfortunately I couldn’t quite manage the front tyres as well as I’d have liked which meant I couldn’t really push at any point.

“As for Austria we expect a difficult race because of how far behind we’ll be with car development. Then again, it’s a very short lap and maybe we can pull off some heroics in Qualifying. The plan is to always run at the front; even though that might be tricky to achieve in this case.

ANDREAS WAUTERS, Edge Esports and Quasar Manager

“I’m really proud of Petar for this round. He showed that he could set a blistering lap in Qualifying, which has been a weakness of ours in the past, then also carry this speed through in the race. Jarl had an equally astonishing event from the back of the grid to end up in the top ten.

“One aspect that continues to be our strength is our supreme tyre management and we can really see that in race pace. A win eluded us today and Austria won’t be our strongest venue due to the configuration of our car. Let’s see what we can do in the next races!”

2018 WTF1 Monaco Grand Prix – Race Report

2018 WTF1 Monaco Grand Prix – Race Report

“We showed that we have the pace to win races”

Circuit de Monaco, April 26th

Edge Esports took their first WTF1 Superleague win of the year as Jarl Teien executed a strategic masterclass to jump and fend off Alex Siebel. Petar Brljak sadly notched up his first retirement of the season. 

Following the confusion of the Spanish Grand Prix rulings it was understood that Petar would be starting near the back. He, arguably, produced one of the best efforts across the field though; qualifying inside the top ten on Soft compound tyres. Jarl was expected to fight for pole but disappointingly could only manage P6. The penalties would play into the Norwegian’s hands however as he would start the race on the second row whilst Petar was relegated to P22.

As is always the case at Monaco, crashes happen. Petar was one of the unlucky ones this year. Caught up with other high profile drivers such as Risto Kappet and Florian Geier, the Croatian attempted to solider on with a buckled car. Unfortunately it just wasn’t going to be his day. The valiant effort came to an end after being collected in the pileup at the Nouvelle Chicane started by Marc Veit.

Where Petar fell, Jarl climbed. The race win was fought over primarily through pit strategy with the #30 staying out longer than anyone else on the Ultrasoft tyres. His first pitstop saw the Norwegian jump Dennis Jordan who had attempted an undercut on Siebel but got caught up in the midfield. On fresher tyres and with the German caught behind Soft tyre runners, Jarl closed quickly.

Where Dennis failed, race engineer Mo Patel (assisted by Petar) won Edge the race. It was our turn to attempt the undercut and it worked to perfection. By the time Siebel came in for his final stop, the net lead had been extended out to just shy of 10 seconds. Though things looked close in the final eight laps, Jarl was able to hold on and secure his first win in Superleague!

In doing so, ‘Teien’ is now the name that tops the Drivers’ Championship standings.

JARL TEIEN – #30

Started – 3rd
Finished – 1st
Fastest Lap – 1:10.106
Pitstops – One: Lap 18 [Ultra/Medium], Two: Lap 42 [Medium/Medium]

It’s great to finally stand on the top step of the podium and what a track to do it at! Every stint was crucial in many ways. The first stint was all about waiting for the gap to 4th place to open up. Dennis pitted before that window opened and he ended up paying the price. I managed to extend the life of my Ultras and jumped him.

“Second stint was all about catching Alex. He was on 5 lap older tyres and stuck behind a Soft-runner which helped me a lot. I realised I had a pace advantage along with better tyre economy so I had loads of options to try to pass. In the end I wanted to do it in the pits rather than on the track.

“I set myself a target of 37 laps on the Mediums and undercut him. It was just enough to avoid the cliff. My tyres dropped dramatically on the last lap so we timed everything to perfection.”

PETAR BRLJAK – #33

Started – 22nd
Finished – Ret
Fastest Lap – 1:11.609
Pitstops – None

“I had a pretty good Qualifying session on the Soft tyres but that didn’t mean much with the back-of-the-grid penalty. It was actually a very good start for me. I thought I was past the bumping and rubbing when suddenly I flew into the air. Back on the ground the car became locked with two others for about half a minute.

“I tried to push on with a broken car but two drivers crashed right in front of me. There was nowhere to go and my race was over on the spot. It feels like I need to buy luck right now. I guess we go again for the next one.

ANDREAS WAUTERS, Edge Esports and Quasar Manager

It’s really nice to add another win to our history after Gergo Baldi scored the first one in Wauters Automotive colours last year. Today we showed that we have the pace to win races if we get everything right. In Jarl’s case we absolutely did.

“Our race engineer, Mo Patel, gave us that extra edge by providing the correct feedback to Jarl at the right time. Unfortunately for Petar he didn’t have the luck he so desperately deserves on his side. He was also very competitive.

“The win brings us closer to the top in our hunt for the Constructors’ title. It will certainly be our target to keep pushing towards that top spot.”

 

MO PATEL, Edge Superleague Race Engineer

“Jarl is a very intelligent driver and so he can utilise information during the race. From the start, we knew we needed to avoid the guys on the alternate strategies.  Once Jordan pitted early we knew we had to extend the stint as long as possible. Jarl was able to protect his tyres to extend and I monitored the gap to pit him into clear air.

“Petar was fantastic in helping us. It’s great that even after suffering such poor luck at the start of the race he was available to provide driving and strategy advice. The team spirit and unity is very high!

“I don’t think anyone needs to explain or say how great of a driver Petar is. I’ve learned that the hard way in the past! He’s struggled a bit in Qualifying and hopefully this round will give him confidence for the upcoming races. All he needs is that slight bit of luck and to not get involved in other people’s mistakes. The results will surely come from that.”

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.”