Today in the 9th 11 in 11 we head back over to Ghostspeed and take a look at their other team, Ghostspeed Racing.
Ghostspeed last season didn't have the best of starts, however from Canada on wards they found their form. Led by Jernej Simoncic and Jonny Simon, they had a great 3 way fight for the best of the rest with Origin Front Row Racing and Eventa Simracing, including a 1-2 finish at Suzuka with Jeroen Kweekel and Jernej Simoncic.
For this year Jonny Simon has moved onto other things, Jernej Simoncic returns for 2016, alongside James Sadler. Sadler makes the move up from PRO, and from his pre-season pace in the 2 test races, he's showing he's more than capable of competing at the top level.
So how do Ghostspeed rate their chances for 2016. The simple answer is you can never count them out, many of Formula Simracings biggest names have driven at Ghostspeed at some point in their careers, they are a team with a lot of history in lineage. Jernej Simoncic will be hoping his brilliant 2015 season and Winter Series form will continue, but like any of the other teams, it will all come down to how well prepared they are for the season ahead. If they make a bad start to the season they will end up playing catch up, as was the case last year. They will be aiming to hit the ground running in Australia, in the hopes they can avoid playing catch up in the following races, if they can make a strong start, they could be in a very good position later in the season.
|BEST WC POSITION||6th (2015)|
|OTHER FSR ACHIEVEMENTS||6th in ACE (2012)|
|BEST WC POSITION||N/A|
|OTHER FSR ACHIEVEMENTS||11th in PRO (2015)|
We managed to catch up with both Jernej and James for their thoughts on the season ahead:
"This is the first time that I'm starting the season knowing we aren't just there to get into top 5, but to fight for victories. Team has been on its way up, for which I have to say big thank you to James for taking over the ghosts and ashes after 2013. It might be true that every season start had been a misery for me and that I've never scored a point in Melbourne, but it's a new start and I promised to beat twister some time ago"
"So...new season ahead. Honestly I am looking forward to it. Debut in WC, I have no doubt in my mind that it will be difficult. However, having Jernej as a team mate is fantastic. A driver who has excellent knowledge and I have learnt a lot off him already. Though it will be really difficult to beat him this year. But that was never the aim. My personal aim going into the year is to be consistent and achieve top 10 results. We will see how I end up in the drivers championship. Though this season is long so I guess opportunities will arise."
Join us tomorrow in the penultimate 11 in 11 article, when we take a look at Origin Front Row Racing