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Torrent Motorsports Arrives in Bahrain
Torrent Motorsports gets ready for Week 2
Torrent Motorsports made the quick hop from
"Media image" Sepang to Bahrain this week and is now ready for week 2 of the FSR Competition.
The Torrent Motorsports drivers were very tired from the long travel but we were able to catch up with Andreas Spengler, driver of the #7 Torrent Motorsports World Championship car sponsored by Baker Billiards, United Sales Inc., OSIRIS Shoes, and Atmosphere.
Q: Hello Andreas, do you have time for a short interview?
Q: So, you scored points in your first race for Torrent Motorsports in the World Championship, do you feel you have a chance at a championship this year?
A: No, not really...I think in our first season our goal should be to reach points consistently in the first races....maybe we can do a podium later in the season.
Q: Tell us about your first race at Sepang, did you do as well as you expected?
A: Well, my qualifying wasn't as expected, I messed up a good lap...then, I decided to go for a 2-stop strategy. I had a good start and could overtake a few positions, but I was involved in a few touches in the first corner and received minor damage in the suspension and rear wing...nervertheless, I decided to do my stops as planned before. I have to look for my tires because Sepang is really hard on the tires,I think that maybe the damage caused my rear tires to wear higher than normal and in the end of the stints the balance of the car wasn't good. It was really difficult to drive, overall, I am content with my result... much more wasn't possible.
Q: What do you think it will take to get a win in the World Championship division, and how long do you think it will be before Torrent Motorsports achieves that?
A: I think a big thing is experience, in this point other teams are ahead of us, because this is our first complete year in FSR, but I am sure if we continue to work on like the last weeks and months we can reach a lot. How long it will be until we can reach this is difficult to say, but I have a good feeling that we are able to achieve that.
Q: So, how do you feel about Bahrain? Do you like the track, what is unique about it?
A: I think Bahrain should show us a little bit better, where we stand, because the first race in every year is very special, because everyone has much time to practise for that race. With the season going on, we have only two weeks between every track and the ratio of speed of the teams can shift. I have a good feeling for Bahrain, our race setup is already quite good and I think our goal should be the points again. Yes, I like the track, if I think about that, I have to say that there isn't a track that I don't like. Every track is special and has its own challenges. In Bahrain for example, there are some corners where you really have to brake in the corner...also the damper and spring settings must be fine for that bumpy track.
Q: There is a stereotype about World Championship drivers not getting along, do you and your teammate (Petter Kaasa, #8) get along on and off the track? What is your relationship like with him?
A: Our relationship is great, we help each other on and off track, also we have nearly the same speed so we can push each other. I can't imagine that there could be a relationship where drivers can't getting along, one important part in sim-racing is teamwork, and our teamwork couldn't be better... therefor everyone profits from it. Petter and I can push each other to be first...
Q: Okay, thank you for your time this week Andreas and goodluck.
A: I want to thank my team, your motivation motivates me above my level, so we'll work on and we'll get better and better together. I'd also like to thank Baker Billiards, Torrent Motorsports, OSIRIS Shoes, United Sales Distributors, and ATMOSPHERE for the opporutunity, thank you.
Well that was Andreas, we were able to grab Vice President Nicholas Morse who is also the PR Director for Torrent Motorsports.
Q: Nicholas, well, how about that first week?
A: Yeah, it was quite the week, we had succes in all the series and it was outstanding to see, we wish a few things could have gone our way in all the divisions, but we cannot complain. We scored points in all 4 divisions, that is outstanding.
Q: What was the highlight of the weekend?
A: Well, the highlight had to be of course watching Andreas score points in the World Championship, that was huge, that showed everyone that Torrent Motorsports will be a force to contend with. It was a great moment for this team and shows how hard we worked over the winter to get Andreas a car that could score points. Other highlights had to be where we placed all 5 cars that Torrent Motorsports owns in the World Series Ace race, that was great. Torrent Motorsports had 1/5th of the cars in the race, and that was a great accomplishment. We'll field 6 when Dennis gets back! (laughs) That was truly great, then we scored points with 3 cars, we cannot complain there either.
Some other highlights were watching new drivers mature in front of our eyes on the track, watching Tony score points was great, he had an outstanding finish and is positioning himself well, also Donny scored points and finished 5th in his first race. So it was a great weekend all around, and we didn't have too many cars to replace! (laughs)
Q: What would you like to see improve?
A: Well, I would like to see our Engineering improve, we feel bad that we aren't giving Petter and Andreas the best equipment we can, we are just simply missing something in the chassis and it is costing them, so we'll figure that out. We'd also like to see our drivers perform better in the early stints of the race, we know that they were all nervous last week but now it is over and we need to grab as many positions as possible, early, while being safe. We hope to see Sam break out of that unfortunate start and win at Bahrain. Our World Series Pro program is really strong and all our drivers in that division have a chance at podium every week, so we'd like to see that. Just getting drivers to finish and continue to score points, and we'll have a successful season.
Q: How did the racing go in the States?
A: Well that was also a success! The race went really well and we have a live broadcast of that available for anyone to watch. (The race is viewable here: http://www.realracingonline.com/pages/current_mod_broadcast.html until 4/2/07) The race started off really well, (Nicholas) qualified 5th and Bob started in 8th place. The race was going great and (Nicholas) had a chance at the win and with 6 laps to go in the race his left front tire blew. It was very unfortunate, but (Nicholas) pitted and ended up getting a 5th place finish. Bob had a very consistent race although he was complaining of an ill handling car. Bob struggled on and drove hard and came home 6th, so it was a back to back finishes for our cars, both came home in the same shape they left, and it was two top 10's. We cannot complain about that, this week they head to Martinsville and that is going to be tough on (Nicholas) again as he races in a Grand Prix and short track in the same day.
Q: How do you feel about the stockcar team?
A: Well I think our stockcar operation is running very well. Our cars are prepared very well and it was just a bad case of tire failure last week, that happens when there is no tire sponsor for the series, it was just bad luck. I think Bob and (Nicholas) will continue to have success over there and signing Bob was a great move for TMo. He is very patient, very steady, and takes care of his equipment, which is great, it is very cost effective and we don't have to worry about either of those drivers losing their spot in that division. Bob has also made some starts in the Cup division this year and has shown success also, so it is going to be a great year. We are pulling for both of them to make it into the "Chase for the Championship", and it is very, very possible for Bob, while (Nicholas) has his work cutout because he missed the first 4 races, he'll have to have a perfect season.
Q: Well thank you for your time Nicholas and goodluck this weekend!
A: Thank you! I am sure we will continue to impress the world and our sponsors. I would also like to thank GamerFM for broadcasting the World Championshp race and feel free to go download the race and watch it for the Torrent Motorsports success.
(Please visit http://www.torrentmotorsports.com to read more about our sim-racing to real racing transition and about our Formula Sim Racing teams)
Article by: TMo Press, 2007-03-28 23:50:03