Collin Spork to end on the podium with Maciej Mlynek finishing 6th!
After too many months of engine silence the GPVWC Superleague finally took of at the Melbourne Park circuit in Australia!
Edge Esports did a great job during the winterstop so Collin and Maciej were confident to take place behind the wheel of the new car.
The qualifying was a very intence session with all drivers within a second at the end! The battle for pole position resulated in a exciting fight between copatriots De Waal and Spork with Liam De Waal setting a very fast time right at the beginning of the session. It looked like this lap was enough for pole but in the dying seconds of Q Collin managed to get just a fraction faster. First appearance at the top level and immediately fastest of the pack for our young Dutch talent!
Maciej on his part had some struggles to find his speed but also could qualify in the top 10 on a very decent 9th position, which gave him a all chances for a good result in the race.
At 21:00 CET it was finally time for action! After the lights went out Collin managed to hold his lead while Maciej won 2 places already in the first few corners.
As passing by is extremely difficult in Melbourne, the running order didn’t change until the first pit stops. Collin managed to stay in front of Liam after the first stop and even saw Gobbi settling between them.
Gobbi, who was on a different strategy and driving on the supersofts could pass Collin for the lead but would lose time afterwards.
Meanwhile Maciej was sandwiched between both HRT cars and couldn’t do more then staying flawless.
In the last part of the race the tension returned when it was clear the win would be decided by strategy as the drivers wouldn’t make mistakes. Collin decided to pit earlier in order to undercut Liam but unfortunately he had to deal with backmarkers so he lost valuable time. Due to this delay Liam was able to jump over the Edge Esports youngstar. Both of them could pass Gobbi, on medium tyres, and finished first and second after a thrilling 58 laps at the Albert Park.
Maciej, as expected, didn’t take the risk to dive for 5th position and ended on a very strong 6th place, scoring solid points for the team!
A maiden win for Edge Esports would have been possible but afterwards the whole team was very happy with the result.
After one race, Edge Esports is leading the constructors championship which gives a lot of motivation to keep working and getting stronger.
Let’s move to Bahrein for a very exciting second round of the GPVWC SL season!