Meteor Motorsport today posted notice that they will launch their challenger, the MM15, on new year's day, at the Dominion Theatre. Invitations have been sent out to all team principals with a live feed also expected to take place. Word at the moment from VirtualSport is suggesting the team will officially announce their driver line up at the event.
Johan Halvosen was surprisingly promoted to Meteor test driver yesterday with the Dane planning to also race in the VWRS, but this announcement has caused some to believe there may be more to this announcement.
Lucas GP Confirm Jacinto Van Slooten as Test Driver and Signing of Andae d'Hazorme as Deputy Team Principal
In a press conference at the Lucas GP factory on Friday, two new signings by the team were made public.
First to be confirmed was Jacinto Van Slooten, the former Downton race and test driver will continue his testing role, switching to Lucas.
He told the press this morning "I am so glad to be signed by Lucas GP, they may be one of the smaller teams in the sport but their racing passion is one of, if not, the best in paddock. I look forward to working with Lewis, Emma and Lucas in this new exciting era of Formula Virtual"
Another signing came as a shock to many. Andae d'Hazorme, former team principal of Team 23 Formula Virtual Team, will join as Deputy Team Principal.
He released this statement about his signing "I’m thrilled to be part of Lucas Grand Prix next year, one of my strongest opponents back when I was racing with Team 23. My role within the team will be mostly advisory, but it’s great to still be a part of this amazing championship"
We asked the ever cool owner and principal of Lucas GP, Lucas Wilson about the signings.
"We are moving forward into a new exciting era for Formula Virtual, with the new cars, new engines and rules. Its going to be really exciting, of course we'll be learning as we progress through the season, but it always helps to have experience on board. We have Jacinto, who is a points scoring race driver, he has that experience working in Formula Virtual, which is vital for us. Then we have Andae, one of the best team principals the sport has seen, his advice for this season and the coming seasons will be very valuable to us. I believe with these great talents on board we can be much stronger than this year and hopefully challenge for podiums in 2015 and beyond"
As reported by VirtualSport earlier today, Meteor have released a teaser image of their 2015 challenger.
Meteor have announced the appointment of new technical director, Kwang-Ho Nakano ahead of the new year in replacement of the outgoing Gavin Burkitt.
New entrant Ocelot Japan Racing have confirmed their driver line up for their debut season in the series, the driver line up will consist of young Russian rookie Judson Sikes and the shock return of Scott Parsons who originally suffered a tragic accident in 2013 which ruled him out for the majority of the 2013 season and also lead to him being dropped by his previous team.
Ocelot principle Rai Miyamoto had the following to say. "It's a pleasure to be able to finally end the rumours in the paddock regarding Scott's return to the series, we believed at the team that he deserved a second chance in the series after his tragic accident and following that his bounce back has really impressed us all. As for Judson we see him as a real talent with the capability of helping us create a dynasty together, we have also have been extremely impressed with his ability in the lower series."
Following an inflammatory news report, Liverpool have joined Downton in announcing their shock at such a statement. This the press release:
'After media reports of unhappiness in the paddock, Liverpool Grand Prix wish to state we are very happy with the direction Formula Virtual is going, and that we are deeply shocked that someone has spoken out in the way they have. We wish to join Downton and I'm sure the rest of the paddock in committing to Formula Virtual for many years to come.'
Bradley Downton has blasted the recent rumours of a boycott as 'complete nonsense.'
A story broke yesterday that a number of teams were unhappy with how Franklin had handled some situations this season and that as a result, some teams could boycott the start of 2015 or leave the series altogether.
Downton have unveiled a new logo for next season's Championship, following the change of team name from 'Downton F1 Team' to 'Downton FV Team'.
The logo will be the team's third different one in the three season's they've been competing, but Downton was keen to explain why.
During the 2014 season, there have been a few occasions where the harmony within the paddock has been disrupted, with a number of flashpoints leading to murmurs of discontent from some teams.
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