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Interview: Roald Reurink, manager Roaldo Racing
By Nicholas Morse
Team: Roaldo Racing
Hello Roald, thanks for taking time with
"Roaldo Racing Logo" us today
Hello Nicholas, it has been very busy, but of course I make some time for you.
Q: Your team finished 5th in the WC Standings in 2006, but won both WS Ace and WS Pro in 2006. What can you do to turn your WC program around in 2007?
A: I see the WS as the basis for the WC, althrough the WC is different in terms of speed and competition. It is harder to succeed in WC then in WS, so I see it as a big challenge to win the WC. We were two times second in the constructors championship, so that is not bad. The team has grown a lot and many drivers from last season stayed in the team. We got a good solid line-up, it is something we aimed for. I believe in both drivers, they are very passioned simracers and good people to work with. Im sure they will be competitive enough for perhaps the podium, but it wont be easy against the best drivers of the world. It is important not to lose motivation for a driver, that is why there are simrace-teams, to gain confidence and feel part of a certain team. It is important that the driver is supported by the team and that he has a good relationship with it. I think my team, Roaldo Racing, has been succesfull to provide such a feeling and atmosphere over the years.
Q: How has your driver development worked in WS Ace and WS Pro and do you think those drivers will be ready for WC any time soon?
A: I dont see the WS as a driver development category. We take the WS serious for our drivers and provide them with stuff they need. Of course there are good drivers that race in WS, we seen many times that a WS driver went up to the WC. It is something WS is made for. That is no exception in Roaldo
"Roald Reurink" Racing, we give the WS drivers a chance in WC if they are motivated to do so. An example is Darius Trinka, he will be
driving WS Ace this season, but he has the will to drive WC and I think he is capable of doing so. He can show that this season, a good challenge and goal for Darius.
Q: Tell us about what you have done as a team owner to improve your program in 2007.
A: First of all, Im not the owner, that is Mark Aalberts. Im the team-manager and we didnt really improve the team in terms of drivers, only one driver joined the team and that is Fred Gosling.
He drove for Roaldo Racing before, so it is good to have him back. We try to improve the team with a new website and that kind of stuff, to make us look more proffessional.
It is something all WC teams should strive for if they want to make the league look more proffesional.
Q: Do you feel that adding the amount of cars on the racetrack would allow for more entertainment for potential sponsors and racefans of FSR? What is your ideal amount of owners and cars on the track?
A: Nice question, I would like to see the same amount of drivers on track that the real F1 has. An other option is to have as many drivers on track without causing any lag.
So not an ideal amount really, everyone is welcome in FSR! As for the entertainment, I think there is enough entertainment in the WC and WS races as we had seen last season.
There are some movies on the forum where you see really close racing! It is something FSR can use to entertain potential sponsor and use it to their advantage.
As for what I said earlier, that teams should look proffesional to make the league look proffesional, the same goes here. A
"WS Ace&Pro Champions 2006" team should try to get good drivers into WC, to improve the quality of the races and to have a higher entertainment value.
Q: What do you feel is your direction for sim-racing in the future?
A: Very very hard to say, of course I got a certain dream-direction, but I have that for some years now. It is slowly becoming reality perhaps and as ISR Club President
I hope to make it reality. It is hard to say in terms of the help people offer the FSR league, surely we cant do it on our own. We need motivated and dedicated people, but also
sponsors! Like in the real world, the same story goes here, in business money is important. FSR needs the resources to build for a better future, otherwise it is a dead-end and we
are stuck at the level we are now. Luckily there are motivated people working for FSR, but for the future we need more.
Q: Has it become tougher to be a team manager in recent years? How?
A: Not really, some new teams joined, some old teams left. Good drivers joined, good drivers left...everything is in balance the last few seasons.
It is harder to find new talent, a new Greger Huttu or Roy Kolbe. I think there should be a new group of drivers standing up and compete with them. This is of course easier said then done, but I feel it is lacking of true new talent and that is a shame. In my early days of simracing, with GP3, there were a lot of new drivers popping up on hotlaps.de. Drivers like Antonis Patalas, Milos Miljkovic and Hans Bodo-Kohl were no exception that day...it was a great time!
Thank you for sitting down with us and goodluck in the upcoming season.
Thank you, take care.
Interview done by Nicholas Morse
Article by: Roald Reurink, 2007-02-04 14:31:55