With the 1st season half over, it is time to take a quick look back on how the FSR Thrustmaster World Championship went down.
Even the world’s best sim racers need a break once in a while, especially after the extremely exciting first eight races of the season.
The season immediately started off with insanely close racing at Melbourne Park. In the ending stages of the race Muhammed Patel, Kuba Brzezinski and Michele D’Alessandro were battling for 2nd position. However none of them was able to put pressure on the front runner Jim Parisis. On the 58th lap he came over the finish line with over 20 seconds of a gap to Kuba in 2nd position.
Parisis received a Back of the grid penalty for the 2nd round in Bahrain. Eventually starting from 21st position, chances of him getting good points again were slim. However he proved everyone wrong and came across the line as 4th after applying a great strategy.
For more a in depth analysis of the 1st eight rounds you can watch the recap video’s per round on out YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/formulasimracing/videos
Unfortunately Jim Parisis, after his amazing start of the season, fell down the order because of private issues. The same goes for Giorgos Manousakis. After two top 10 finishes he unfortunately had to retire from this year’s season.
The leader of the championship at the moment is Jeroen Kweekel from Origin Front Row Racing. After winning the PRO championship last year, Jeroen is really showing that he wants to be the next Formula Simracing World Champion.
30 points separate him and his team mate Kuba Brzezinski in 2nd place. Kweekel won three out of eight races. Kuba, however, has not won one yet. He has been seriously consistent though. Finishing in the top 4 in seven out of the eight rounds.
Twister Racing has had a rough start after last year’s domination of the Championship. With last year’s Champion Petar Brljak gone, they are struggling to keep up the performance and challenge the cars of Origin Front Row. So far they have won two races, but they’ve had 5 DNF’s. They are looking to be Improving though. Let’s hope the 2nd season half will be better for them.
With both Twister Racing cars only 12 and 13 points behind Brzezinski’s OFR car and 63 points in the Constructors, OFR has to keep up that consistency to take home the Constructors Championship at the end of the season.
GhostSpeed Racing has not been able to take victory in this year’s season yet. Therefore the gap of 78 points to Twister is to be expected. If they want to challenge the Twisters for 2nd place in the Constructors Championship, they really have to step up their game and start winning.
Michele D’Alessandro and his NetRex team have had a difficult start as well. He had to retire his car four out of the eight races. However, he has shown that he has the ability to win at the Red Bull Ring. After a great Qualifying lap that was just 0.013 seconds quicker Bigazzi’s, he took home the win holding Daniel Kiss off in the final stages of the race. They eventually finished with only half a second between them.
After taking a little break, the teams and drivers are now starting to focus on the next season half, starting off at Spa-Francorchamps on the 21st of August.