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  • #327043
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    @bradley13 @robocat Practice?

    #326917
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    Here are some potentially interesting stats from the 2016 German V-Prix:
    – Adrien Simon won the 9th race of his career. It is his fourth win of the season, which makes him the first driver in Formula Virtual history to win four races in the first eight races of a season.
    – Johan Halvosen set his first pole position, which is the first for a Danish driver in Formula Virtual. The only driver left with multiple victories and no career pole positions is Lewis Ellington.
    – Elroy Wagner set the 10th fastest lap of his career and his second of the season. After eight races, only three driver have set a fastest lap so far this season: Harrison, Simon, and Wagner. This is the fewest number of drivers to have a fastest lap in the first eight races of a FV season.
    – Franklin also have set 2 fastest laps so far this season, but have yet to win a race. This is the first time at any point in FV history that a team has set two fastest laps in a season without winning a race in that season.
    – Franklin have set more than triple the number of fastest laps of the DS Mathershaw team and more fastest laps than all other Formula Virtual teams combined.
    – Franklin no longer have more than double the amount of wins of DS Mathershaw.
    – Firestone have a terrible record so far this season. They have 0 wins, 1 pole position, 1 podium, and 0 fastest laps. The 1 pole position and podium were both earned by James Harding at the Chinese V-Prix.
    – Michelin has won seven times more races than Firestone has in the last season and a half.
    – The pole sitter has finished on the podium in all of the races so far this season (8 races in a row). This is a Formula Virtual record for most consecutive podium finishes by the pole sitter.
    – FUN have scored points in four races in a row for the first time in 45 races. They have also had back-to-back double points finishes for the first time in their history. They are on pace to have their highest scoring season in history. And at the beginning of this season we were talking about their points drought!
    – Ingram have had exactly one retirement in each of the last four races. The last three have all been Nikolai Milkovich.
    – Marcus Thunder has retired from each of the last three V-Prix, with all of them being due to a crash.
    – Judson Sikes has finished 19th for three consecutive races.
    – Ingram extended their points scoring run to 19 races (but barely).
    – For the first time this season, Lopez have failed to score in consecutive races.
    – Elroy Wagner has finished behind Enrique Ruiz at every single race this season.
    – AMR have finished 11th in four out of the eight races so far this season. All four of them have been with Lewis Ellington.
    – Ocelot have failed to score points in their last six races. It is a bit surprising (in a good way) that this is their longest ever pointless streak.
    – Carson Davenport has scored points in four consecutive races for the first time in his career.
    – Tumo Kinnumen has equaled his personal best four race points scoring streak from mid-2013.
    – Despite having started 24 V-Prix, this was Kip Maxwell’s first German V-Prix. He has never done a French V-Prix despite it having been on the calendar every season and him participating in every season.
    – FIRST have the largest retirement discrepancy between their drivers: Arden Hutchinson has finished every race while Douglas Bacon has three retirements (all mechanical).
    – Jochem van Snelheid beat James Harding for the first time this season (only counting double finishes).
    – Jochem van Snelheid and Felix Beyer will both get the chance to race in their home V-Prix for the first time.

    #326648
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    Cool to see Downton running the Team 23 livery. Unfortunately it won’t make the car any faster…

    And I think it is the right move to put KVS in the seat for 2017. He has proven that he is a dominant driver in the junior categories. In fact he is the only driver in the virtual world to have won multiple titles (in any series) and he is almost undoubtedly going to win the FV2 title this season too. When you add that the fact that Thunder is currently behind the likes of Hutchinson, Nowosinki, and Sikes in the standings and that Nathaniel Powers was thoroughly beaten by Thunder last season, both of them are underwhelming.

    I find it interesting that two of the three Formula Virtual champions are often underwhelming compared to their teammates (Powers and Wagner). I guess that shows how good Franklin’s car was in 2013-2015 and perhaps how lucky they were in their respective championship years.

    #326617
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    @robocat Will the Dutch V-Prix be this weekend or next weekend? There is some interesting weather this weekend.

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    Douglas Bacon “needs to do more to earn 2017 drive” says Adam Blocker

    In a post-race interview in Hockenheim FIRST team principal Adam Blocker commented on Bacon’s performance so far in 2017.

    “Douglas has had decent pace so far this season, he is generally close to Arden. Unfortunately for him, he has made a lot of mistakes so far this season and has also had his fair share of bad luck in the form of three mechanical retirements to Arden’s zero. When he has had a good chance for a good result, he has often made a mistake or just been too slow to match Arden or North Star’s drivers. For example, he did a brilliant job to start 8th in China but fell back through the field far too quickly for my liking. He needs to do more to earn a seat for 2017.”

    Douglas Bacon is undoubtedly feeling the pressure from FIRST’s young drivers: Oleksandr Zozulya and Felix Perez. Zozulya currently sits 2nd in the FV2 championship, with Perez doing a decent job in 6th.

    Bacon’s age doesn’t help him at all either. He is currently 34 years old, which makes him the oldest driver on the grid. He has only beaten Hutchinson once so far this season, and that was only after Hutchinson got trapped in the Fuji pitlane entrance for a couple of laps. Bacon will have to prove himself in the remaining 10 races of 2016.

    #326572
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    Here are some potentially interesting stats from the 2016 British V-Prix:
    – Olen Inman won his first V-Prix, and became the first Monegasque to do so in the process.
    – The 2016 season has featured three maiden winners in the first seven races. For the first time since the 2014 Portuguese and French V-Prix, there have been back-to-back maiden winners.
    – For the first time in Formula Virtual history, only two teams have won all of the first seven races.
    – Kip Maxwell is the only driver to participate in every season without ever completing a full season (assuming that Lewis Ellington competes in every race this season).
    – For the first time in FV history; FIRST, North Star, and Holmqvist all shared a double finish.
    – For the first time in Formula Virtual history at least one team has gone seven races into the season without scoring points. FOUR teams have the honor of achieving this feat: Downton, FIRST, North Star, and Holmqvist.
    – Downton engines have now scored over 1000 points in Formula Virtual. Only Honda has scored more (but by quite a lot).
    – Adrien Simon became the first driver to score more than 600 points in Formula Virtual.
    – Olen Inman and Johan Halvosen have now scored at least 100 points in their Formula Virtual careers.
    – Olen Inman now has double the amount of pole positions as 2013 World Champion Nathaniel Powers, who only has two career pole positions.
    – Seven races is exactly the same amount of time that it took in 2015 for the top two teams (Franklin and Rossi last season, DS and Meteor this season) to each have both of their drivers win a race in the season.
    – For the third time in seven races, the team that finished 9th also finished 10th.
    – Westwood and AMR are the only teams to have zero unclassified results so far this season.
    – AMR’s personal best four race points scoring streak came to an end.
    – Ingram’s 18 race points scoring streak continues. They have the longest active points scoring streak of any team!
    – Ingram have at least one top 5 finish in the last 4 races, a personal best for the team.
    – Will Hoskins became the first driver to score points for multiple teams in consecutive seasons. He scored for Westwood and Downton in 2015, and for Westwood and FUN in 2016.
    – Elroy Wagner’s best result after seven races is the 6th he scored in Silverstone. This is the worst top result for a defending champion in the first seven races of a season.

    #326551
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    Hutchinson and Bacon both had mediocre races. Bacon made a good start to be 18th on lap 1 but then had some problem about a third of the way though the race that put him in last. Fortunately, we are still ahead of North Star and Holmqvist in the standings so anything is possible.

    #326493
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    Well, I didn’t expect Einarsson to stay. Hopefully he will be less dangerous next season.

    #326484
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    Good stuff from Pérez and Zozulya there, hopefully they can keep that up.

    Hutchinson and Bacon did a decent job in qualifying; pretty much the expected result.

    #325973
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    FUN on top!? Only a few races ago they were dreaming of a points finish!

    Hutchinson was off the pace again in practice, I’m not sure what is up there.

    Also Bacon is #74 not #75.

    #325567
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    A few things:

    @theawesomefish Yeah, I thought you were about to get that 15th but I guess you’ll have to wait a little bit longer for it. Hopefully we get a wet race soon so that Bacon can improve the best result of the new teams by quite a bit :).

    Softs were only the optimal strategy for front runners I think. Besides that there was just too much traffic to make it work.

    Bacon looked really strong at the beginning of the race, but I am disappointed that he let Nowosinki by. He really does seem to be improving with every race though; in the first few races Hutchinson was clearly ahead and now it appears to be close between the two.

    Also it was nice to see Felix Perez pick up two solid results in FV2. Hopefully he can improve even more next race. I think the FV2 field this season is the best field we have seen in that series so far (mainly because few notable drivers are in VWRS), so the drivers that finish high in the championship are going to deserve any Formula Virtual chances that they get.

    #325377
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    Here are some potentially interesting statistics from the 2016 French V-Prix:
    – Adrien Simon scored the 8th pole position of his career, and his first of the season. He is now tied with Elroy Wagner for third on the all-time poles list.
    – Adrien Simon won the eighth race of his career, and his third in a row. This makes him the third driver in Formula Virtual history to win at least three in a row. The other two are Hoskins (2014) and Ruiz (4 in a row – 2015). Simon has also broken his tie with Hoskins for second on the all-time wins list.
    – The first five races in 2016 have been won by only two different drivers. This is the record for fewest winners in the first five races. 2014 was close, as it had the third different winner of the season come in the fifth race.
    – Elroy Wagner earned his first fastest lap of the season and the 9th of his career.
    – The following teams earned their best results of the season so far: Ingram, Franklin, FUN (career best), Westwood, Downton, Holmqvist (career best). That is six of the thirteen teams!
    – FUN became the last original team to score a podium in Formula Virtual. That includes the likes of Molto Veloce and BMW Zyla, who did manage podiums in their only season of FV. They also ended the record long points scoring drought at 19 races. The only teams left in Formula Virtual that have not scored a podium are AMR (they have two 4th place finishes), Ocelot, FIRST, North Star, and Holmqvist.
    – For the first time in their short history, Holmqvist finished in the top 20.
    – AMR are continuing their obsession with finishing 11th place. They finished 11th 7 times last season and have already notched up 3 more in 5 races so far this season.
    – Westwood ended their personal worst points scoring drought of 4 races with a double points finish.
    – Nikolai Milkovich scored his and Ingram’s first podium in 22 races. Teammate Jean Mattson will be looking to end his 31 race podium drought soon.
    – Carson Davenport finished on the podium for only the third time in his career. In doing so, he set the record for most starts between consecutive podiums by any driver with Davenport starting 37 Formula Virtual races in between the 2013 Mexican V-Prix and the 2016 French V-Prix.
    – Marcus Thunder became the first driver to complete a full V-Prix without making a pit stop.
    – The super-soft runners set the record for most pit stops in a race with as many as 8 for some of them.
    – For the first time this season, the Medium tire was the race winning compound.
    – For the first time this season, the polesitter went on to win the race. Remarkably, this hadn’t happened for eight race in a row!
    – DS won three races in a row for the first time in its history.
    – No one got close to the points scoring runs from the beginning of the season of Domenicalli and Simon from 2015. All of the drivers that scored in all of the first four rounds of 2016 failed to score points in France. Those drivers were Halvosen, Harding, Inman, and Mattson.
    – Four drivers scored their first points of the season: Davenport, Hoskins, Kinnumen, Agostino.
    – Adrien Simon became the first driver to win at his home race since Enrique Ruiz at the 2014 Brazilian V-Prix 23 races ago. The only other home wins in the history of Formula Virtual (by a driver) are Hoskins in 2013 and Mattson in 2013.
    – For only the second time in Formula Virtual history, a driver and team simultaneously won their home race. The only previous occurance was Will Hoskins at the 2013 British V-Prix with Franklin.
    – The last home win by a team was Franklin at last season’s British V-Prix. DS and Franklin are the only teams to have won their home race, with both having won two home races. The previous DS home win was when they were competing as Liverpool with a British license in 2014.
    – There are currently no repeat winners of the French V-Prix by any driver or constructor.
    – Yamaha ended its 37 race podium drought with Davenport’s podium. FUNnily enough, their last podium was with Davenport at the 2013 Mexican V-Prix, although that podium was scored with the now defunct Lucas team.
    – Honda ended their longest podium drought (a grand total of 4 races), but surprisingly it was with Ingram instead of Franklin. Franklin and Honda still have more podiums than races entered.

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    #324690
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    That’s a good move from North Star there. To race Nowosinki or not in 2017 will be a more difficult decision IMO.

    #324687
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    The comeback just showed the pace in the car. The fact that he has beenbeaten by his three different teammates in virtually every race that they both finish says a lot. Harrison makes a lot of mistakes that lead to crashes/spins and he lacks race pace too. That’s why he has been dominated by Halvosen and why he was previously beaten by even Scott Parsons.

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