As our 11 in 11 series nears the end, we have just 2 teams left to visit, the 1st of those 2 is Origin Front Row Racing.
Last year saw the debut of the Origin name in the World Championship division, and they brought with them from PRO Polish driver Kuba Brzezinski, who was so close to winning on his World Championship debut in Australia last year. They turned out to be one of the surprises of the season, finishing 3rd overall, Kuba also managed the same position in the final drivers standings.
So what for 2016 for this relatively new team. More of the same?, or was it just a fluke?
Well Origin for 2016 have added to their driver strength, bringing in Jeroen Kweekel from Ghostspeed. The 2015 PRO Champion even managed to win a World Championship race last year, when he led home his team mate Jernej Simoncic for an historic 1-2 finish. Moving up to Formula SimRacing's top level for 2016, he is hoping to do well in 2016, but refuses to have any aims and/or objectives on the season ahead.
Kuba Brzezinski returns to Origin for 2016 in the 'Red 5' car. The winner at Monza last year Kuba hopes that his 2nd full season of FSR will be just as exciting and rewarding.
Both drivers are quick and very consistent. However this years' mod is very different to what they are used to in Formula Simracing. If they are able to adjust it could be a terrific season for the Green and Black, if they fall behind early on, they would face an almighty battle to catch up throughout the rest of the season.
|BEST WC POSITION||3rd (2015)|
|OTHER FSR ACHIEVEMENTS||1st in WS (2016)|
|BEST WC POSITION||8th (2015)|
|OTHER FSR ACHIEVEMENTS||1st in PRO (2015)|
We managed to get a few words from both Kuba and Jeroen with the season less than a week away:
"This season will be different to anything we've seen before. People will be coming into contention half way through the race thanks to better tyre and fuel management, some people will be up front only to wear tyres down, make mistakes and fall down the field. I've got a new team mate this year and as far as I can tell from pre season there's a bigger chance that Jeroen will lap me than that I will beat him. I'm really struggling for pace, not only compared to Jeroen even though I enjoy driving the car. Stopwatch doesn't lie though. I'm just hoping that I will somehow be able to capitalize on people's mistakes or that I will miraculously find some pace, otherwise it will be a tough season. Should be good for OFR though with Jeroen having some crazy pace."
"Ahead of the season I don't have any personal goals. I think it's smarter to see where we are after 3 races or so, and then go from there. My only goal would be to always perform at the maximum, if that's enough for a podium, great. If it's enough for 12th place, fine. As long as I try my best and perform at the maximum, I will be happy and striving to improve myself. I expect a lot from myself this season, despite it being my first year in the World Championship, I know I have all the resources available to perform well and with Kuba alongside me, I am sure we can accomplish big things this season. Leaving GhostSpeed wasn't easy, but I feel completely integrated in the team and ready to rock."
Join us tomorrow for the 11th and final article in this series, when we preview Eventa SimRacing.