In a move that caught many in the paddock by surprise, North Star Racing announced late last night that they have secured customer Ford engines for the 2019 Formula Virtual season.
It’s been quite the hectic few weeks for Adam Willis, having been gifted the opportunity to run the Meteor team, before Kaz Armos making a shock return to take back control, and now being offered the chance to run under his own guise.
Allar Kangur recovered from a poor qualifying to take his fifth win of the season. The Estonian kept his head cool in a race of attrition to collect 25 points. Importantly, that brings him level with his teammate Adrien Simon in the championship after the Frenchman was spun around by Puccio Giodano and hit by Gabriele Garcia. Giodano took the lead at the start but had his pit box blocked by Felix Perez meaning he couldn’t pit, dropping out of the top ten and eventually retiring. His teammate Tumo Kinnumen had led a good portion of the race and had a handy four seconds advantage to Kangur with about 20 laps to go but he collided with Will Hoskins while lapping the Holmqvist and broke his rear suspension, leaving Ocelot with a double DNF. Nathaniel Powers followed Kangur home in second after starting on the supersoft tyres, leaving a three-way battle for the championship in Brazil.
Adrien Simon has put himself in prime position to take his second World Championship in tomorrow's Mexican V-Prix by putting his car onto pole position by a comfortable margin.
Adrien Simon was quickest in practice by a comfortable margin for the Mexican V-Prix, on a weekend where he looks to clinch his second World Championship.
Good morning and welcome to Mexico City ahead of this weekend’s Mexican V-Prix, round seventeen of the 2018 Formula Virtual season. Joining us for today’s Thursday press conference; on the back row we have Kazuki Armos of Meteor International FV Team and Adrian Arnello of Arnello Milner and Ronson Autosport. On the front row are; Arthur Lapierre from DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw, Jamie Franklin from Franklin, and Nick Forrest of North Star Racing. Welcome to you all.
In an unexpected turn of events, North Star Racing have announced that Judson Sikes will not race for the team in the upcoming Mexican and Brazilian V-Prix, and will instead be replaced by the team's reserve driver Gabriele García.
Allar Kangur returned to winning ways in a race which wasn’t short of action. The Estonian had a battle with Klaas van Snelheid early in the race before catching up with the battle at the front. Nathaniel Powers’ risky strategy on hards failed to pay off, though he did manage to come third. Puccio Giodano was set to at least factor in the battle for first but hit Kangur at the Parabolica and lost his front wing. Polesitter Adrien Simon led the first part of the race, but problems meant he couldn’t pit which wreaked his afternoon. Franklin meanwhile had a double DNF when first Nikolai Milkovich and then Enrique Ruiz retired with mechanical failures while challenging for the podium. This left Tumo Kinnumen to storm from 19th to 2nd in a phenomenal drive, but a spin prevented him for fighting for the top step.
Adrien Simon has taken pole position for the Italian V-Prix - putting himself in the best position possible to try and clinch the Championship tomorrow - but much like yesterday the session was interrupted, this time by a collision between Tumo Kinnumen and Jean Mattson.
Tumo Kinnumen has ended Monza practice on top ahead of team mate Puccio Giodano for an Ocelot 1-2, but only after the session had to be delayed for half an hour as oil spilt from Nikolai Milkovich's blown engine on his opening lap caused carnage.