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23rd April 2017, 16:04 at 4:04 pm
Wow! Hutchinson really is the man! Third in qualifying and the race is brilliant! Even without the late race carnage he was on to finish 7th on pure pace! Obviously I don’t expect to be challenging for podiums every race, but I will most certainly take that result. That puts us up to 6th in the constructors’ just behind AMR. Our target at the beginning of the season was 6th, so we are on target. It is going to be tricky to beat Lopez and AMR though. We got lucky that Wagner and Harding had absolutely dismal races today, both because of their poor driving (Wagner today, Harding last week). The only thing that dampens the result is that Bacon didn’t really get a fair chance to race, if he had he almost certainly would have been in the points. We need to have a second car scoring points if we want to contest for 5th in the constructors’. Right now Hutchinson has done all of our scoring.
22nd April 2017, 22:37 at 10:37 pm
Hutchinson you are the man! Stunning lap! Now if he can convert it into good race pace I will be incredibly happy. Bacon on the other hand was not even given a car to qualify in, so I can’t mark him down on that. It will be a long way for him to come through the field to get a good result, especially with everyone starting on more or less the same strategy.
21st April 2017, 0:30 at 12:30 am
Sorry that I haven’t been able to do the stats guys, real life has been pretty busy lately.
“Bacon Needs to Improve Performances Immediately” says Blocker
In a press conference leading up to this weekend’s Chinese V-Prix, FIRST Motorsport Team Principal has warned that Douglas Bacon’s position in the team is under threat after struggling in the opening three rounds of the season. When asked about Bacon’s performances, Blocker said:
“Douglas has been underwhelming in the first three races, he has been comprehensibly out-qualified and out-raced by Arden. Arden has qualified in the top 10 of all three races while Douglas hasn’t qualified in the top 10 for any of them. Arden has scored all 7 of our points so far. Douglas needs to improve his performances immediately if he wants to keep his seat. This is an important portion of an important season for our team and we don’t want to waste any more opportunities.”
When later asked about why he decided to call out Bacon in a public fashion, Blocker replied:
“Last year I did the same thing before the Spa race. I said that Douglas needed to prove himself to get a 2017 seat. Then he went out and got a season defining 13th place, which ended up being the best result for any of the new teams last season. I am confident that he can respond in the same way, but if he doesn’t then I won’t hesitate to make a change.”
Douglas Bacon is in his fourth season of Formula Virtual and is currently the oldest driver on the grid at 35 years old. He hasn’t scored any points in Formula Virtual since 2014, when he finished 8th for Westwood at the French V-Prix. The most obvious replacement for Bacon would be FIRST test driver Oleksandr Zozulya, who just made his practice debut last weekend in Japan, but FIRST could also opt to sign a driver from another team or promote its other rising young driver Felix Perez.
Either way, Adam Blocker has applied pressure onto Douglas Bacon to perform. Now it is up to Bacon to prove himself again.
Also, this forum is broken
18th April 2017, 13:18 at 1:18 pm
@jamiefranklinf1 I would have given you Douglas Bacon, all you had to do was ask.
Östberg getting practices is good for him. He isn’t as good as some of the other junior drivers out there, but he deserves a shot.
17th April 2017, 17:07 at 5:07 pm
A point is a point so I’ll take it. It was a solid result for us, it allowed us to gain on or keep pace with our rivals and that was about all Hutchinson could do with what he was given.
I am excited to see what one of the highest rated drivers on the grid (Giodano) can do against Ruiz in the same car. Giodano doesn’t really have a shot at the title because of the first three rounds, but he can at least win some races.
15th April 2017, 14:25 at 2:25 pm
Hutchinson with another great qualifying! He has started from the top 10 in every race. Bacon did a solid job too, he is in striking distance of the points. We need to score some points from this position.
14th April 2017, 17:52 at 5:52 pm
The field is super close: the top 12 within a second! Hutchinson and Zozulya were both right in the mix despite being in 14th and 16th. I think that we can score points again this weekend, but only if our strategy is correct. The field is so close that tyre selection is going to be huge in determining the results of this race, as well as individual driver performances.
11th April 2017, 23:14 at 11:14 pm
The next criteria should be most pole positions, most times qualified second, most times qualified third, etc. After that I think the tie could be broken by fewest penalty points incurred over the season.
11th April 2017, 21:01 at 9:01 pm
Oleksandr Zozulya to make Formula Virtual Practice Debut in Japan
Oleksandr Zozulya, the 2016 FV2 Series runner-up, will replace Douglas Bacon in the official practice session for the Japanese V-Prix. Zozulya will become the first Ukrainian to take part in an official Formula Virtual session.
The opportunity for Zozulya to impress FIRST team boss Adam Blocker comes at a time when Douglas Bacon is being comprehensibly outpaced and outperformed by teammate Arden Hutchinson, which has lead many to suggest that Zozulya could replace Bacon next season if the American can’t improve his form.
Zozulya is going to enter the 2017 FV2 Series season as a favorite for the title. Zozulya is staying with Kannan GP for a second season after finishing runner-up to Downton’s Klaas van Snelheid last season. He will be competing head-to-head against fellow FIRST youth academy driver Felix Perez once again. Zozulya got the better of Perez last season, but Perez was a rookie to tier 2 competition while Zozulya wasn’t, having competed in the VWRS in 2015 with Holmqvist.
It also understood that Zozulya will be given several more practice outings this season to evaluate his performance relative to FIRST’s race drivers and to give Zozulya more experience that should help him in his FV2 title challenge.
9th April 2017, 9:33 at 9:33 am
3rd April 2017, 2:41 at 2:41 am
Well, finally some points! I’m pretty happy with that, Hutchinson drove really well and was up there all race, while Bacon recovered from a terrible qualifying to just miss out on points. Congrats to @holmqvist on finishing 5th with K. Thunder, that’s very impressive. I am disappointed that Hutchinson couldn’t beat Kiara, but I’ll take the 7th. We need to improve on our current 9th in the constructors’, but that is easily possible as there are only 4 points separating 5th-9th in the constructors’ right now. It is going to be a great season, that was a thrilling race!
31st March 2017, 23:24 at 11:24 pm
That was a garbage practice. Hopefully that’s not representative of our actual pace.
28th March 2017, 20:03 at 8:03 pm
28th March 2017, 3:41 at 3:41 am
27th March 2017, 23:19 at 11:19 pm
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