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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by Rovenami on Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:34 pm

Qualifying for the season ending Formula B Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Qualifying 3:
1. Anna Babic
2. Vincenzo Fochesato
3. Rena Hirose
4. Kevin de Vries
5. Lee Owen Merrewheather
6. Giancarlo Corelli
7. Kei Nagase
8. Alec McTrevors
9. Jackson Harrows
10. Toms Leipa
Qualifying 2:
11. Adrian Leureaux
12. Mattieu Strouf
13. Sean Angel
14. Carlos Zavala
15. Zachary Fitzwater Jr.
16. Scott Roush
Qualifying 1:
17. Sergei Popov
18. Walter Stanton
19. Jay Pericles
20. Bulat Nurasyl
21. Jay Mullens
22. Shinsuke Tanahashi
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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by SpeedDemon37 on Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:48 pm

Round 11 - Mexico:
De Vries Wins in Mexico; Babić, Fochesato to Race for the Title in Abu Dhabi
18 November 2017


An eventful race in Mexico City has set the stage for the championship battle in Formula B.

The eleventh race of the 2017 season, held at the Autódromo Ciudad de México, was won by Kevin de Vries for the KWGP team after a dominant drive by the Dutchman from the pole position. It was the second victory of the season for de Vries, and the fourth for KWGP, which now holds a 20-point lead in the constructors' standings over FIAM Junior Team.

FIAM's Vincenzo Fochesato, after receiving a grid penalty for initiating an incredibly avoidable accident at Suzuka Circuit that wrecked the cars of both himself and Rika Nomura, was the runner-up after starting from 14th on the grid. MacQuarrie's Mattieu Strouf scored his second consecutive podium finish with a third-place result after starting the race from fourth.

While de Vries' achieved a flawless performance, however, his teammate Anna Babić would unfortunately make contact with Deadman racer Shinsuke Tanahashi on lap 3, resulting in a crash that eliminated them both from the event.

Babić began the race with a 13-point lead over Fochesato in the driver's standings, but the Italian now has a 5-point advantage over the Bosnian heading into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

With Neucom, Inc.'s Rena Hirose, ranked third, 33 points out of the lead, Fochesato and Babić will be the only two contenders for the title when the lights go out at Yas Marina.

Both drivers, each of age 25, are contesting their first seasons in the premier development series to Formula A. Babić has previously competed in numerous Eastern European open-wheel championships, finding success at every stage of the development ladder and even finishing runner-up in last year's edition of the Formula C championship. She has scored two victories this season, the first in Bahrain, during the series' most recent visit to the Middle East, and the second in Japan only three weeks ago.

Fochesato, on the other hand, made his open-wheel racing debut in the season-opener at Shanghai International Circuit in April. The Italian-born American has been competing for FIAM Engineering for the past five years, but primarily so in stock cars as opposed to open-wheelers. In spite of his lack of experience, however, he managed to capitalize on attrition to win the race in Belgium made chaotic by rainy weather.

No deals have been signed regarding either driver for the 2018 season at this point, although it is expected that Fochesato will return with FIAM Junior Team along with his teammate Giancarlo Corelli.

Including both Babić and Fochesato, twenty-two drivers representing eleven teams will be racing to score one final victory in 2017 in the 41-lap showdown at the Yas Marina Circuit.
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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by zfitzwater599 on Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:02 pm

Jr makes it to Q2 and starts 15th thats a miracle
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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by Rovenami on Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:58 pm

The first post of this thread has been updated for the 2018 season.
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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by Rovenami on Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:10 am

2017 Formula B Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Incidents of the Race:
Lap 1: The race is underway as Toms Leipa and Sean Angel get together enter the first corner. Shinsuke Tanahashi throws it off at Turn 6. All three would retire
Lap 2: Anna Babic would pull out to a 3 second lead over Fochesato.
Lap 3: Lee Owen Merrewheather would set the fastest lap time of 1:58.523
Lap 6: Fochesato takes the lead from Babic entering Turn 8
Lap 8-10: Babic and Fochesato exchange the lead.
Lap 11 Lee Owen Merrewheather takes the lead.
Lap 14: Giancarlo Corelli breaks down exiting Turn 14 and retire from P5
Lap 17-20: Everyone still running makes their pitstops
Lap 26: Alec McTrevors crashes at Turn 12. Retires from P11,
Lap 33: Merrewheather has a commanding 80 second lead.
Lap 36: Walter Stanton has a gearbox issue and Adrian Leureaux blows the engine at two separate parts of the track. Both were running P8 and P6 respectively
Lap 43: Lee Owen Merrewheather crosses the line but...
Post-Race: Formula B officials had found an illegal traction control device in Merrewheather's car prompting the officials to disqualify him from the race, meaning Rena Hirose wins at Abu Dhabi
Top 10 Finishers:
1. Rena Hirose
2. Anna Babic
3. Kevin de Vries
4. Jackson Harrows
5. Vincenzo Fochesato
6. Carlos Zavala
7. Mattieu Strouf
8. Kei Nagase
9. Sergei Popov
10. Jay Mullens
Final Drivers Standings:
1. Anna Babic 135
2. Vincenzo Fochesato 132
3. Rena Hirose 116
4. Kevin de Vries 102
5. Jackson Harrows 88
6. Sean Angel 75
7. Giancarlo Corelli 62
T8. Carlos Zavala 59
T8. Lee Owen Merreweather 59
10. Toms Leipa 56
11. Alec McTrevors 55
12. Adrian Leureaux 53
13. Rika Nomura 50
14. Mattieu Strouf 44
15. Sergei Popov 29
16. Scott Roush 22
17. Walter Stanton 18
18. Zachary Fitzwater Jr. 17
19. Jay Mullens 12
20. Derrick Chaiter 11
21. Kenny Myatt 7
22. Bulat Nurasyl 6
23. Shinsuke Tanahashi 5
24. Kei Nagase 4
25. Jay Pericles 2
Final Constructors Standings:
1. KWGP 237
2. FIAM Junior Team 194
3. Neucom Inc. 166
4. Master Sport Australia 159
5. Dukur Irbes 126
6. Hanmore 112
7. MacQuarrie 104
8. Premer 33
9. F.A.R. 29
10. Torpedo 24
11. Deadman 23
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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by The_Wall_91 on Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:13 pm

Formula B at Abu Dhabi:

Mullens Finishes 2017 FB Season with 1 More Point

The long and tumultuous 2017 Formula B season came to an end at Abu Dhabi and for South Africa's Jay Mullens, he finished on a high note picking up a 10th point performance gaining 1 more point for his campaign and for F.A.R. This 10th place performance was Jay's 3rd points scoring performance and first since Monaco.

"2017 was full of high and lows" Mullens started. "But overall, this went way better than I expected. I thought we (F.A.R.) were not going to score any points at all but we were able to get a podium with Zachary and I had 3 points scoring finishes this year."

Mullens did exactly what he did in Spain, take a low qualifying spot, keep the car clean, and avoid the trouble to take a great finishing position.

"Sometimes, when you are in a car that is not a race winner, you just have to be patient and focus on bringing the best finish you can get" Mullens added.

To say Mullens had a quiet 2017 season is an understatement. A fantastic 5th place run in Monaco was overshadowed by his incident with Vincenzo Fochesato in Canada while Fochesato was leading.

"Personally, I am glad that Fochesato had his stupidity in Japan so everyone at the FIAM camp doesn't have to blame me for Vinnie losing the title" Mullens said. "He didn't deserve the title and I am glad that Babic won the title over Vinnie."

"Anyways, I hope 2018 will be an improvement speed wise for the team and who knows, we might be a point contending car every race next season."

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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by zfitzwater599 on Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:15 pm

10th for Jay while Jr struggled big time and FAR finished with 29 points in 2017
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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by Electric Wolf on Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:49 pm

Abu Dhabi:
I: Adrian, a solid points run gone down the drain as a result of an engine failure. You must be dissatisfied with how well your team has been doing lately that you were unable to muster up more solid results today.

L: Yes. That was not a great result as we would have liked. I hate that the engine did not stay as a whole as we were running very well. It's also good to see that [Jay] Mullins is believing that he is some angel. There was not a reason to defend yourself when the Japan crash was not your fault. The only damn reason you finished in the Top 10 and got any points during the season was stupid luck. It is not the fault of your fellow drivers that your driving is garbage and you needlessly take your frustrating race performances out on the rest of us, just remember Montreal to prove your immaturity. I will not sit here and be angry at [Walter] Stanton today as if he is why I am so far down in the points. I realize that there are faults I have made and should be willing to take the price for them. He needs to open his eyes and learn for once.
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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by SpeedDemon37 on Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:23 am

Round 12 - Abu Dhabi:
Fochesato: I'm Really Happy for Anna
25 November 2017


After claiming a fifth-place finish in the season-ending Formula B Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Vincenzo Fochesato offered congratulations to Anna Babić, the 2017 drivers' champion.

"I'm really happy for Anna, she's proved all year that she's the best driver in Formula B, so it's only fitting that she earned the championship. Congratulations to her and to the entire KWGP team! They were amazing competitors all season, and when it came down to the wire they simply outdid us. I really don't have any disappointments about losing the title because I gave it everything that I had tonight and was bested, anyway. So again, hats off to all of them!"

After starting from the outside of Babić, who earned the pole position for the race, the two title contenders battled it out for the lead during the opening stages, but both fell behind as the race went on. Fochesato would be the fifth driver to finish the race, but with a runner-up result, Babić successfully overcame her five-point deficit to win the drivers' championship by a mere three points over Fochesato.

"I had hope right up through the finish, but considering how unfamiliar that I was with these cars and this type of racing when the year began, it's a miracle, honestly, that we actually accomplished what we did. I've said it all year, but the success that I've had is because of this team's fine efforts back in Como and all around the world; I couldn't be more proud to be a part of this organization."

The Italian rookie, who was entirely new to open-wheel racing when the season began in Shanghai, came up short of the championship, but still had a largely successful debut season, achieving a race victory at Spa-Francorchamps as well as three pole positions over the course of twelve races.

"I learned a lot this year, needless to say; a lot more than I realized that I would, actually. There's so much more to these feeder series than I could have imagined. It's really fascinating, but above all else, it's a blast to drive! I'm excited as can be to return next year and hopefully put everything that I've learned to good use!"

While unconfirmed, it is expected that Fochesato and his teammate Giancarlo Corelli will both return to pilot the FIAM Junior Team cars in 2018.


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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by UndyingLight on Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:36 pm

Round 12 - Abu Dhabi:
Master Sport Australia ends season in shambles
The ending race for the championship saw Jackson Harrows with no hope to win the championship, but nonetheless, he qualified in ninth. Lee Owen Merreweather had a good qualifying result; much like his last few. Top 5, or lower. Though qualifying consistency has been relatively good for Merreweather, it hasn't been so nice to Harrows, who would qualify second for one race, or qualify outside the top ten.

Merreweather has had a mediocre season to say best. He came in to Abu Dhabi with the full intent to run away with it and finish his season off well. Fifth place qualifying did not help his case so much, but it was workable.(LARGE EDIT coming later)


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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by NASCARLOVER427 on Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:39 am

Deadman Motorsports will return in 2018 with a rebuilt car.
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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by bsoyuz on Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:59 am

Team Hageshi-Kanako announces 2018 lineup

In a social media stream, Team Hageshi principal Jiro Fukui and Kanako Automotive president Saburo Yasaka revealed the car and the driver lineup for the 2018 season of FIA's Formula B Championship.

The lineup will be composed of a japanese and an american, as Sanae Akiyama and Raymond Hawkins will be team's primary drivers, with Fukui's son, Takeshi, the 2017 Formula Nippon champion, being the main reserve driver for the team.

The numbers for the team are expected to be 17 and 18, as it takes over the slot held by Premer Racing, that finished 8th in Constructors' Standings.

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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by Rovenami on Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:14 pm

New Qualifying format unveiled
With the addition of five new teams entering the upcoming 2018 Formula B season, Formula B officials have announced a new qualifying format will be used to accommodate the new entries. The top 8 constructors in last years standings will be locked in automatically throughout the season. The rest of the field will partake in a time trail to see who will race alongside the sixteen drivers already locked into the field. The top 10 qualifiers will be allowed to race.

The First round of qualifying will have the top 18 drivers advance into Round 2 of Qualifying in which the Top 10 will advance into Round 3. Afterwards, the field will be set for the race.

The new teams will be revealed at a later date.

List of Constructors locked in:
1. KWGP
2. FIAM Junior Team
3. Neucom Inc.
4. Master Sport Australia
5. Dukur-Irbes
6. MacQuarrie
7. Team Hageshi (formerly Premer)
8. Fitzwater Australia Racing


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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by Rovenami on Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:36 am

Five new teams have been announced
The Formula B committee have deciden to reveal the five teams whose entries were accepted into the 2018 Formula B season.
The Five New Teams:

Harachi Racing Technologies [JPN] (Username: TWilhoitRacing)
Melrose Racing Team [AUS] (Username: RealRacingRoots)
Nighthawk Racing [USA] (Username: pennst24)
Fortner Motorsports [USA] (Username: BJ Falcon)
TGM-Volpi [FRA] (Username: Finnish909)
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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by BlueThunderfan on Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:53 am

Neucom Motors has signed Japanese Formula driver Kyoko Miyama to replace Rika Nomura for the 2018 season.
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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by BJ Falcon on Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:42 pm

Fortner Motorsports names drivers for 2018 Formula B season

Fortner makes a foray into Formula B for 2018. The team has had a rocky past before in other motorsport disciplines from shaky management to poor morale. Fortner understood that these factors cannot play into this Formula B program.

The team announced its new team manager, Buck Fortner to head up the operations. Chief mechanic Tom Lawson will head the crew for the 28 team and Jason Spatz will head the crew of the 29 car.

Salt Lake City native Treyson McBeel was named to drive the 28 car while teammate Mason Haugen of Portland, Oregon will take the wheel of the 29. McBeel has some experience in other motorsport disciplines. He is a former AARO Logitech National Touring modified champion who drove for Fortner in 2012 before driving in Formula USA from 2014 to 2017.

Haugen is a graduate of the Formula Fortner development program with three years under the belt. He was F-Fortner's Rookie of the Year in 2014 and locked the title in 2017.

Fortner Financial Services will sponsor both cars for 2018.
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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by Dexter249 on Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:02 pm

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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by Rovenami on Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:16 am

Heads Up: Paint schemes and driver ratings are due on February 18th, 11:59PM

I need paint schemes from:
Nighthawk Racing
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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by Rovenami on Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:36 pm

A Pre season video will be coming soon...but in the mean time, here are the qualifying results for the 2018 Formula B Bahrain Grand Prix:
Qualifying 3:
1 Joel Melrose     1:41.940
2 Jackson Harrows 1:42.093
3 Giancarlo Corelli 1:42.368
4 Kyoko Miyama     1:42.472
5 Kevin de Vries   1:42.488
6 Charles Vander Cleef 1:42.664
7 T.K. Wollf 1:42.827
8 Lee Owen Merreweather 1:42.977
9 Rena Hirose     1:43.055
10 Sean Angel 1:43.355
Qualifying 2:
11 25 Akio Matsumura   1:42.979
12 14 Mattieu Strouf   1:42.992
13 4 Vincenzo Fochesato 1:43.054
14 9 Toms Leipa 1:43.064
15 16 Raymond Hawkins 1:43.172
16 26 Alexander Kryukov 1:43.311
17 30 Adrian Leureaux 1:44.406
18 17 Sanae Akiyama   1:44.445
Qualifying 1:
19 27 Arthur Dilbeck     1:43.405
20 15 Sergei Popov 1:43.505
21 23 Shinsuke Tanahashi 1:43.618
22 24 Yoshiko Sakamoto 1:43.652
23 22 Walter Stanton   1:43.662
24 28 Greyson McBeel   1:43.944
-- 20 Jay Pericles         1:43.944 DNQ
-- 29 Mason Haugen   1:43.964 DNQ
25 19 Jay Mullens         1:44.018
-- 31 Aleksandr Floors        1:44.021 DNQ
-- 21 Scott Roush 1:44.121 DNQ
26 18 Zachary Fitzwater Jr. 1:44.461
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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by zfitzwater599 on Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:01 pm

Disappointed Q runs for both FAR Cars
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Re: 2018 Formula B Season (SILLY SEASON)

Post by UndyingLight on Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:25 pm

Master Sport Australia holds head up high after Bahrain qualifying
Jackson Harrows, who recently turned an age older wanted to start off his second season well, like any other would, and it appears that Harrows is doing so after qualifying on outside pole for Bahrain. The team is hoping to have better luck this year in likes to potentially have a title claiming run. Merreweather qualified eighth.
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