Is the current situation at Warrior. With Kubat already confirmed to return to the IJGPC next season, and Östberg just confirmed to go to the Holmqvist team, Warrior are playing Musical Chairs with James Harding, Abel Osterhagen, and Ivan Lesic for their 2 seats. Here is a report card on each driver.
James Harding was the sole Australian when he was signed up by Molto Veloce back in the inaugural season. He was consistently challenging for Top 10 positions and also consistently outperformed his almost forgotten teammate in Jawa Ahmed. A change to Warrior with rookie Michal Kubat had the potential for a small team to turn big in the future when horribly wrong when Kubat hit James, causing multiple severe injuries.
James is set to return to racing at Suzuka - a driver's favourite to reignite his career after a very long time. Until we see how he performs we won't get an idea of how he will fare.
Young Abel stunned the sporting world, driving his backmarker car to 4th place at Indianapolis, less than a second behind Tumo Kinnumen and Enzo Domenicalli. Since then he has consistently finished in the top 15 and was close to more points at Hockenhiem, before a brain fade from Domenicalli cost Abel valuable seconds in pitlane.
Abel has shown tremendous race pace and smart strategies in his Warrior car, as he has rarely has qualified inside the Top 20. It will be interesting to see how he copes with Harding who has been equalling Abel's times in the simulators already.
Ivan Lesic has been in and out of the VGPC since the green light. He's driven for just a few rounds here and there, and is looking to make his mark when Peugeot give him Regi Abbot's seat.
Ever since his horrendous crash in Mexico at the last corner, Ivan has never looked back in reigniting his career as he attempts to prove to Dylan Lopez he is a driver worthy of a seat in the VGPC.
So now it's over to you. Will Harding and Lesic impress in their returns, and will both of them be able to meet the expectations Warrior will be setting them? Will Osterhagen drive to the points again this week in Monza, further backing his status as a World Class driver? Who do you think between the 3 of them should drive next year at Warrior, as Warrior have announced the loser of them all will go drive in the FSSC for at least a season.
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