We wrap up the 2019 season and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Publicerad 20 december 2019, 10.59 av WestCoast Racing.
The end of 2019 is approaching and it is time for WestCoast Racing to sum up a season of challenges but it also shed some light to the future.
Back in January it was presented that WestCoast Racing would, for the first time since 2010, run a car in the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia series. This was in collaboration with Porsche Center Örebro and with Hugo Nerman as the driver. Teaming up with Norwegian Roar Lindland, they both defended the WestCoast Racing colors in the competitive Scandinavian championship.
Over the season, the team collected several podium places where Roar’s victory in the midnight sun at Drive Center Arena in Fjällfors presented the best result of the year.
Hugo Nerman, who dominated the Formula Nordic 2017 championship driving for the Ward WestCoast Junior Racing Team, made his debut season in the Porsche Carrera Cup in 2019 and have revealed an inspiring development over the season:
“Hugo made the leap to Porsche in 2019 and has done well. The series competitors has a lot of experience, so it requires a lot to fight for the podium positions. Does he continue to develop in the same way, Hugo can become the next big name in the Porsche Carrera Cup”, Team Manager Dick Jönsson Wigroth says about Hugo’s efforts.
Roar Lindland is an experienced driver in the Porsche context and has delivered solid results with five podium places in 2019, of which one victory:
”Roar is one of the series veterans and has delivered the best result in 2019 for WestCoast Racing. He has also provided a good reference where we stand against the competition”, Dick sums up the season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia.
The main goal for the team for 2019 was to again compete internationally in TCR Europe with two Volkswagen´s and with new sponsors in Guide and Teng Tools. The last time WestCoast Racing made a full-scale investment in an international series was in TCR International 2015-2017. Just as then, the experienced Italian Gianni Morbidelli were driving one of the WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR´s. In the second car, Finnish driver Olli Kangas made his debut season – both in the team at this level of racing.
Already during the initial races it was evident that the team lacked the important tools to find the speed in qualifying and be able to fight for the top positions. Despite this, Gianni Morbidelli provided several admirable drives in the Golf from the series midfield.
Outstanding performances was the qualification at Oschersleben and three 5th places during the year. In a historical WestCoast Racing perspective, the results were not in line with expectations, but can nevertheless stand as an example of this year’s difficulties to compete.
Dick Jönsson Wigroth still highly regards his TCR driver after a tough season:
“Gianni did some of his best races for WestCoast Racing this year. He has shown he is a true professional and kept fighting throughout the season, and together with the team they never gave up. During the later half of the season we were the fastest Golf, and Gianni often found more speed in the car than we thought possible. This was clearly illustrated in the season finale at Monza where he was competitive, both in qualifying and the races, even though the fast track did not suit us at all.”
Olli Kangas had his highlight at Spa-Francorchamps. But as a whole he did not get the season that Dick and the team had wanted, lined with several technical problems:
“He did not have the luck on his side, facing several issues at the wrong time. Without these, we could have achieved more good race results during his debut year in TCR Europe.”
At this time, Team Manager Dick Jönsson Wigroth wants to take the opportunity to thank the entire team who worked intensively throughout the season in both series. WestCoast Racing would also like to thank its supporters and sponsors for the 2019 season.
Witch challenges the team will face during the 2020 season, we will come back to – but WestCoast Racing will always compete to win!
Until then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from WestCoast Racing!
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