Bradley Downton has this evening stated that he and the entire Downton team are overjoyed with the Constructors Championship victory for technical partners DS Mathershaw.
Felix Beyer has taken his maiden pole position in the Formula Virtual series after topping a rain-hit qualifying ahead of the Mexican V-Prix.
Olen Inman was fastest in practice ahead of the Mexican V-Prix, but only by a small with both Will Hoskins and Nikolai Milkovich within one tenth of a second of the new championship leader. Meanwhile his main rival and team mate Adrien Simon was only tenth.
Ocelot Team Principle Rai Miyamoto has confirmed at the post race interview following the results of United States Grand Prix, the rumours in regards to Ocelot's 2017 car.
''Yes, it's unfortunate that these rumours are true. We have had some trouble in developing the car for next year. So it's looking rather likely we will be back where we started. This of course is rather depressing to hear in regards to all the hard work which has been put in by the team, sponsors and the fans. We are looking forward to however developing the car as much as possible but at the moment I can't say we are looking at moving forward for in terms of 2017.''
''Things were looking rather positive at the start of this season, however once the new developments arrived we fell towards the back again, I can't say it's been a year with failed however it can not be regarded as a success and as I started before unfortunately we've misjudged the field for the next season especially with the small crisis of needing a loan urgently earlier in this season.''
''But with the rules changing in 2018, we should hopefully look for a better result then, however I don't want the fans to lose hope just yet with 2017. We have two incredible youngster in the junior series in Australian; Ryan Hunter and our home grown driver Ryota Yoshida. Who are both key drivers we are looking at promoting when the time is right.''
Will Hoskins has carried on in qualifying where he left off in practice yesterday, by topping the times to take pole position for the United States V-Prix. Meanwhile primary championship rivals Olen Inman and Adrien Simon line up third and sixth respectively.
Will Hoskins was fastest in practice for the United States V-Prix with a scorching lap time over half a second quicker than anyone else. Championship rivals Olen Inman and Adrien Simon were next up, split by just half a tenth in the Monegasque's favour.
Adrien Simon has taken his third consecutive pole position in the 2016 season ahead of tomorrow's Canadian V-Prix. Simon will share the front row with Carson Davenport, while his team mate and closest championship rival - Olen Inman - could only manage fifth.
North Star team principal Nick Forrest has admitted that overtaking FIRST in the Constructors' championship will likely prove difficult, barring high attrition levels in the final five races of the season.
Judson Sikes finished the Bahrain V-Prix in 14th, matching his teammate Aleksy Nowosinki's result from Belgium, but FIRST are still holding 11th in the championship thanks to Douglas Bacon's 13th place finish in Belgium, overtaking Nowosinki in the closing stages of the race.
"If you look at the results we've had over the season," Forrest explained, "Our best has usually been around 19th to 16th or so, ahead of the FIRSTs and the Holmqvists, but there's still been a bit of a gap to the back of the established teams, the Ocelots and the Downtons, for example."
"It seems quite unlikely we can get the result we need and take 11th in the championship on pace alone, but if the cards fall in the right way, then there's every chance we can grab that opportunity and make the most of it."
Both 14th place finishes secured by North Star occurred following races with a number of retirements affecting the field. Bahrain saw seven cars failing to reach the flag, while the Belgian V-Prix resulted in a staggering nine retirees, along with a post-race disqualification for Johan Halvosen of Meteor.
Forrest argues, however, that those results are due as much to the talent of their drivers as the misfortunes of other teams. "Judson really has stepped his game up towards the end of the European leg of the season, after the issues in the Netherlands. Aleksy's skill behind the wheel has always been apparent, and we've every confidence the two can carry their form into the American races."
"We've also managed to resolve the engine issues we were having in the early stages of the season, from the looks of things," Forrest continued, as North Star arrive in Canada on the back of four consecutive double finishes. "We are really looking forward to what we might consider a second home race, and we're hoping for another strong result here."
Olen Inman was fastest in practice for the Canadian V-Prix ahead of Allar Kangur - driving in the session in place of Adrien Simon - as DS look to continue their formidable form from Bahrain. Will Hoskins was the closest driver to the DS pair, with a time just over three tenths slower than the pace set by Inman.
CHARLOTTE, NC – FIRST Motorsport have announced the promotion of Ukrainian youth academy driver Oleksandr Zozulya to the role of test and reserve driver for 2017. Zozulya is currently 2nd in the FV2 drivers’ standings behind Klaas van Snelheid.
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