In the aftermath of the Italian V-Prix, it has been announced that Formula Virtual's first ever Polish driver, Alesky Nowosinki, will continue with North Star Racing in the 2017 season.
This means that North Star's lineup will be unchanged for next year, having previously confirmed that Judson Sikes will also remain with the team for next season.
"We are delighted here at North Star to be able to confirm that Alesky Nowosinki will be staying with us next year," Team Principal Nick Forrest told reporters. "We were expecting some strong performances from him when we brought him on board, and he has more than delivered on that. We are really looking forward to seeing what he can do next season, with some experience in the top flight under his belt."
"We had put in place the option of a second year in Alesky's contract," Forrest explained, "And both ourselves and Aleksy were very eager to activate it after the result at Spa, it was just a matter of getting all the paperwork in order. Now that the red tape's been taken care of, we can again focus on chasing down FIRST, and that 11th place in the Constructors' standings."
The Spa result in question was Nowosinki's 14th place in a race of attrition, finishing less than a second behind FIRST's Douglas Bacon. "Wrong tyres, wrong time," he said after the race, running a harder compound than the American attributing to what North Star must consider a missed opportunity.
The Pole was certainly more upbeat when discussing his retention. "It's great to be staying with North Star," he said, "I'm very grateful that they saw something in me, enough to bring me to the grid this year, and more so that they decide to keep me on for a second season. I remember when I first arrived, people weren't expecting much from me, but I like to think I've been able to prove my doubters wrong so far, and I'm hoping to carry on doing that in 2017."
The atmosphere became a little tense when Nowosinki was asked if his teammate was one of those doubters. "I don't know if that's true" he replied, "But he's certainly a very fast driver, and it helps having someone of that caliber alongside you in the garage. I think we can definitely push each other a lot harder next season, and I'm really looking forward to that."
Nowosinki currently sits 23rd in the Drivers' standings, and is one of nine drivers yet to score a point in the 2016 Formula Virtual Season.