As Formula Virtual arrives in Belgium for the series’ 100th V-Prix, Phoenix Motorsport have announced that, from 2019, they will be known as DS Automobiles Team Phoenix – part of their new-for-next-year deal with DS Automobiles to become an official DS Performance factory team.
In the midst of the three new teams for 2019 being announced prior to the Belgian V-Prix, the hundredth race in Formula Virtual history, the paddock was left shocked by the news that BMW - current engine supplier to North Star Racing - will be leaving the sport at the end of the 2018 season.
Adrien Simon was back to his best after taking another victory in the Turkish V-Prix, but he was pushed hard by Puccio Giodano, Tumo Kinnumen, Nathaniel Powers and Enrique Ruiz. The Frenchman won a big battle between himself, Powers, Kinnumen and Ruiz to be the leading soft tyre runner, which Kinnumen led early on before being jumped by Powers in the pits only for Simon to pass both of them. Giodano also led a good portion of the race but had to pit a couple of laps from the end which left him second. Rain came pouring down at the end, but most of the drivers held on with slick tyres, while those who swapped to wets gained no ground.
Lucas V-Prix will be powered by Downton engines on their return to Formula Virtual in 2019, the teams have announced. The deal has been announced just one day after it was confirmed Lucas would make a shock return to the series they left abruptly in 2015.
Ocelot Japan Racing have confirmed that they will use Alfa Romeo engines again for the 2019 Formula Virtual Championship. The team won it's first race this year in it's first year with Alfa. The team have also confirmed that newcomers Cheema FV Racing will also use the same engine for 2019. The two teams will also have a minor technical partnership.
Phoenix Motorsport have become the next team to confirm their livery change for the 100th V-Prix in Belgium next weekend. The official Phoenix Motorsport Twitter account posted the pictures this morning and team principal Alex Easton later took to Twitter himself to talk about the livery.
The grid for Formula Virtual's historic 100th race is set to look more "classic" than expected, with pictures of North Star's livery change for the event being leaked to social media earlier today, and team principal Nick Forrest later confirming these images to be true.
The Lopez FV Team have become the first team to reveal alterations to their livery in line with Formula Virtual's 100th event.
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