A day after the teams 100th race, it has been announced that Adam Willis will become the new owner of Meteor International FV Team. Kazuki Armos will step away from Formula Virtual after six years in the sport. Armos founded the team in 2013, putting the team in championship contention in 2016, plus three career victory's. However the team has suffered a great deal since the beginning of 2017, there last points score being the 2016 Portuguese V-Prix. Adam Willis, whom announced his intention to join the series under 'Osiris Tech', will instead lead Meteor as the team boss.
This is a first in Formula Virtual, as no one has ever joined the sport to take control of an existing team. It is believed Willis was given the option to take control of Meteor, inheriting their finances and team structure, however the drawback being they must keep the Meteor branding until the end of 2020. This means Meteor, an original 2013 team, will continue to have a place among the Formula Virtual community.
Adam Willis and Nic Morley sat down to confirm the news in a press conference.
"I'm incredibly honored to be announced as the new Team Principal for Meteor. To be leading one of the original teams from 2013 is something I never expected to happen, but I'm very excited for the opportunity. We certainly have a lot of work to do, it's no secret that 2018 has been an abysmal year for this team, but that also means that the only way is up, and I aim to really turn Meteor around for 2019 onward. Watch this space", said Willis.
Nic Morley had this to say.
"I'm happy for Adam to come in to the sport, but given a unique opportunity to run the Meteor team from the Italian V-Prix on wards. We have never seen this done in Formula Virtual before so I am very excited to see if Adam can live up to his words and move this team forward. Meteor are a fantastic team and have a great racing history in the sport already, and it would be such a shame to see them leave. For this team to continue to exist in the sport is incredible and I'm also really proud to give Adam his chance to join - he has shown a lot interest for the sport. I wish Adam the very best of luck with this unique approach".
"I really want to take this chance to thank Kazuki Armos for all the effort he has put into this sport. While this year he has been quiet, I want to stress that he and his team have still brought so much to the series over the past six years and I am very sad to see him leave. It was apparent from 2013 he had a lot of passion for Formula Virtual. A point scorer from the get-go, striking a deal with Peugeot to become a works team in 2014, helping Johan Halvosen join the sport, becoming a championship contender in 2016. Unfortunately the last two years haven't been so great for the team, but hopefully the Meteor team moving forward, will do him proud. All the best Kazuki, we hope to see you around some day", said Morley.
Adam Willis will take charge of the team imminently, and speculation will start on what changes he will make to the team. Can Meteor finally go from the but-of-jokes to a serious contender once again?