Valle esports FSR 2021 car at Imola

Formula Simracing 2021 Midseason Report

After six rounds, let’s take a look at the first half of our 2021 Formula Simracing campaign.

Time flies by – so much so that we have already jumped into the second half of the season in our first full Formula Simracing campaign. So, let’s see how we did in the first six rounds.

For starters, it is fair to say the first couple of races were way better than expected. Let’s not forget, this one is our first full year in FSR, so this season is a learning process for the team, after joining the league in 2020 for the last three rounds without too much time to get any meaningful results.

Academy

After three preseason test races, the season started at Imola, with a P6 (after penalties to other people) for Massimiliano Ribolli in ACA. Pedro Gomes, who qualified in the top 3, was sadly involved in a crash on lap 1 and finished outside of the points while setting the fastest lap of the race.

Round 2 at Estoril has been the highlight of our season so far. It was redemption day for Pedro after an unlucky round 1: the Portuguese won his home race after starting from pole in what was a dominant display – a very nice way to say goodbye to the simracing scene, in what was our first ever FSR win.

The following three rounds haven’t been as satisfying as the Estoril race – especially round 3 at the Nurburgring, where we failed to score any points. Zandvoort was an unlucky one, with Massimiliano driving all race well inside the top 10, but retiring while trying to avoid a lapped car stopped in the middle of the track. At Silverstone, Max Huss got himself his first top 10 finish of the season – the Brit has now scored points in the last 3 rounds after an unlucky start of the season.

Round 6 at Indianapolis saw us finishing in the top 10 again, this time with Massimiliano. Max scored some other points, finishing in P14.

Pro

Round 3 saw the first round of promotions – Pedro was one of the two drivers who got promoted to PRO, meaning that the team gained a PRO team-slot after failing to get one in the preseason team application.

With Pedro now not available anymore, we had Massimiliano racing as reserve in round 3, 4 and 5. The highlight so far has been the Zandvoort race, where he scored the team’s first point in the division, in what has been a very difficult start to life in FSR’s second tier.

We are still looking to find a replacement for Pedro, but this is proving more difficult than we expected. Hopefully we will be able to get the car back on the grid soon.

Amateur

The AMA division made a return in 2021. The 4th tier has no teams standings, but it’s still important to develop drivers.

Our AMA season started well, with Peter Vagapov finishing P2 on his debut at Imola. After a no show on round 2, we got some drivers to represent us in the division – one of them is Diogo Moscato, who won on his debut at the Nurburgring.

Diogo has been impressive in his first few races, making himself a candidate for promotion to ACA.

Second half of the season – what now?

Overall, we had a decent first half of the season – our first win in ACA and some very good races in AMA are the highlights – but we also had some subpar rounds. At the moment, we are P7 in the ACA standings with HM Engineering (56 pts), just a point behind Ghostspeed in P6.

We always push for more, so we hope to challenge for a top 5 finish on the teams standings. Lots of work to do, but we are ready for the challenge.

Down below, you can find our points tally in the three divisions:

Academy
P7 – 56 pts
Pedro Gomes – P12 – 25 pts, 1 win, 1 pole, 2 fastest laps
Massimiliano Ribolli – P15 – 19 pts
Max Huss – P24 – 11 pts
Sean Jones – P34 – 1 pt
Diogo Moscato, Peter Vagapov – P35, 0 pts

Pro
P9 – 1 pt
Massimiliano Ribolli – P30 – 1 pt

Amateur (no teams standings)
Diogo Moscato – P9 – 40 pts, 1 win
Alex Hallows – P13 – 29 pts
Peter Vagapov – P16 – 20 pts, 1 podium
Sean Jones – P17 – 19 pts
Chris Gitsov, Thomas Trollip – P32 – 0 pts

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