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5 years of Valle: some numbers

On the 17th of March 2017, a younger me decided to start a new simracing team, hoping to help it to grow so it could have joined the most important Italian leagues. It didn’t take long until we expanded to international leagues, though. 5 years later, we can think of ourselves as a quite well-established outfit in the rFactor 2 scene.

For the first 3 years, it all went quite slowly. In 2017 we only took part in Italian series, while in 2018 we started to look into international leagues, but without getting too involved. 2019 marked a first step into taking part in multiple leagues at once – but having decided to spend some time on rF1 during the year made our development process slower than what we were planning. So, at the end of the year, during the Christmas period, a lot of things changed.

2020 arrives, and Valle starts to focus on rF2 only. It will be one of the strangest, if not the strangest year we have witnessed in our lives, and that had an impact on our team too. Before the pandemic, we managed to get a first decent outing in a rF2 open wheel series hosted by CFG, before getting our late application accepted for GPVWC. Even if our first season there was not good (at least we got a podium out of it, though), it was the foundation for what would have come next. In autumn on the same year, we expanded to endurance racing, and that move immediately paid off: some of our drivers from our first endurance lineup are mainstays in our team now, and our first endurance season (VISC) ended up with multiple podiums and pole positions. But in November, development stopped for two months after starting a partnership with another team.

Then, last year happened. At the end of January, we stopped our partnership and got back being completely independent. That meant a fresh start: some of our drivers decided to come back, and we started to build a new roster. This was the start of our best year yet: first win in endurance, first win in FSR, first win in GPVWC – the list goes on. Development during the season was huge, and made us planning for bigger things in the future – especially after taking part in our first major series, the FSR IndyPro, against pro teams as Red Bull, Burst and Williams.

Title of this post says “some numbers” and I haven’t put any yet. So, here we go – this is a yearly comparison from our first 5 complete seasons:

  • 2017 – 3 races
  • 2018 – 30 races, 6 podiums, 1 pole position, 1 fastest lap
  • 2019 – 20 races, 1 win, 6 podiums, 2 fastest laps
  • 2020 – 75 races, 15 podiums, 4 pole positions, 1 fastest lap
  • 2021 – 102 races, 12 wins, 29 podiums, 5 pole positions, 5 fastest laps

Now, it’s 2022, Valle is 5 and we already had our first win and some podiums this year. Personally, I’m so happy to see how much we have grown since that tall, Italian uni guy started the team. I’ve put my identity, my touch into the project and I’m enjoying the ride a lot, hoping it may continue for long.

Auguri, Valle.

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