It's time for the 2016 FV driver rankings, so in reverse order...
The Lopez FV Team have taken their new car to be shown off to the public for the first time at the Circuit Automobile de Dijon-Prenois, the most recent circuit to hold the Swiss Grand Prix.
Ahead of the launch of their 2017 challenger Ocelot Japan Racing and Cerberus Motorsport have announced the launch of their driver Academy. CODA (Cerberus-Ocelot Driving Academy.) The partnership strengthens the joint coloration of the two the teams who are competing in IndyVirtual and Formula Virtual respectfully. Oliva Rose and Rai Miyamoto were both at the event and stated the teams were proud to be able to use a name that represented the driving academy to its fullest.
The Current Drivers of CODA are:
Ryota Yoshida - VWRS Formation Competition
Hunter Ryan - FV2 Morley Developmental
Luuk Van Der Streten - VWRS Outback Motorsport
Concord, North Carolina -- FIRST Motorsport have launched their 2017 challenger at Charlotte Motor Speedway in an event that was open to the public. The team’s car has been named the FIRST Transform 17 and it will be powered by the Ford Zephyr 168. The team had a presentation ceremony in one of the speedway’s showrooms to reveal the car and then let race drivers Arden Hutchinson and Douglas Bacon each do some laps around Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course layout. FIRST used Arden Hutchinson’s car in the presentation ceremony and Douglas Bacon’s car for the on track running.
North Star Racing have become the latest team to reveal their 2017 Formula Virtual challenger, the NSR-V02, in an online launch ceremony.
We're now at the end of the 2016 season, so how did the team mates compare against one another? Let's find out!
The graphs on the left show how each driver compares to their team mate over various areas so far this season. The areas compared are:
The graphs on the right show a cumulative qualifying gap. The respective colours relate to a driver to show who was quicker at each round and by how much, while the line represents a cumulative gap, adding together all qualifying results so far this season in sessions that both cars have set times in.
The table at the bottom shows which driver was ahead and finished where in each session over every race weekend of the year.
Ingram have confirmed that their driver line-up will be the same as it has been for the last 2 seasons after they re-signed Diego Campos as reserve driver.
Palais des Festivals et des Congres, Cannes, 07/01/2017
The DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw squad today unveiled their contender for the 2017 Formula Virtual World Championship in a lavish ceremony in Cannes, televised in France by TF1 and in the UK by Sky Sports. The world champion team showed off the RJM-005 to assembled media and fans, with in excess of two thousand people attending the launch presented by Arthur Lapierre. While the launch was occurring, technical director Robert Mathershaw and test and reserve driver Thierry Xylander remained at Paul Ricard along with the remainder of the trackside team to shakedown the car in a session streamed live both on television and to the crowd in Cannes.
Speaking to the capacity crowd, team principal Arthur Lapierre was visibly excited by the occasion:
“We’re exceptionally pleased to present to you all today with our newest challenger. The 2016 season was truly incredible, with us bringing home both titles in what was our finest season ever. But, as much as we are proud of our history, we must look to the future and make sure it is filled with further success. Adrien, Allar, if you could do the honours! Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the DS Mathershaw RJM-005!"
After the launch of the car, a short interview was held while the shakedown was prepared:
Patrick Sabatier, TF1 Formula Virtual presenter: After such a successful season last year, do you think you can win again in 2017?
Lapierre: We have to be realistic. We know this is a very good car, because it’s fundamentally based on the 2016 challenger. However, the opposition haven’t stood still. Developing the 2016 car meant we couldn’t start on 2017 quite as early as we’d have liked, but we firmly believe that we will be in the hunt for race wins.
Sabatier: You say you started later than you wanted on the 2017 car. How big an impact is that likely to have?
Lapierre: We don’t know for sure yet. Testing is when we find out where we stand, but if we speak honestly, we don’t think we will be fastest going to Australia.
Sabatier: Adrien, as defending world champion, how do you rate your chances? Surely you can’t be happy hearing your boss being so pessimistic?
Simon: We carry the number one on the car next year, and there’s a reason for that. Even if we don’t win the title, we will be right up there fighting for it. I know this team extremely well, and I know the plans we have for now and the future.
Dave Jones, Sky Sports FV reporter: Allar, as the defending VWRS champion, you have a lot of attention around you. What are your aims this year?
Kangur: Beat Adrien. [laughs] In all seriousness, I’ve got the world champion as my team mate. You don’t get a better comparison than that. I want to learn everything I can from him.
Jones: Adrien, are you happy to take on the role of mentor?
Simon: Absolutely. Then if he gets too close, I’ll just give him some bad advice!
Patrick Sabatier: Ok guys, it's time for what we've all been waiting for - we can now pass you over to Robert at Paul Ricard for the first running of the RJM-005 in the hands of Thierry Xylander!
DS Automobiles have reaffirmed their commitment to Formula Virtual alongside the Mathershaw team for the next four years at least through to 2020, albeit in a slightly reduced role for 2017, while stating their wishes for the future rules of the series.
Detroit, Michigan – Ford’s Formula Virtual director Rob Aiken has announced that Ford are committed to Formula Virtual and their partnership with FIRST Motorsport until 2019.
Downton FV Team have launched their 2017 challenger - the BD05 - at a special sold-out fan event held at their local Thruxton Circuit.
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