Sakhir, Bahrain
  • Round Number: 1
  • Location: Sakhir, Bahrain
  • Dates: 12th - 13th April 2014

The Bahrain International Circuit hosts the 2014 Formula SimRacing season-opening round. At the desert of Sakhir, FSR drivers will have a challenge of driving their 2014 machinery under the new rFactor 2 simulation for the first time.

Round Review

Marcel and Norbert shine on debuts as FTS returns to victory!

In the World Championship, Marcel van der Linden had a great FTS debut, making perfect use of his strategy to claim 6th place with a fantastic final stint on soft tyres! Marcel secured the team's first 8 WC points of the season.
Patrick De Wit had a good race but ran into trouble due to tyre degradation and ended up being taken out by Keithley in an unfortunate incident. After long repairs, he finished in 16th place.

In the Ace division, Norbert Leitner and Thomas Mundy finished the feature race in 8th and 11th places respectively, delivering solid drives. In the sprint race, Norbert made the best out of the reversed grid to lead from start to finish, handling the pressure and the tyres to make the FTS-P14 a race winner on the first day of the season! Norbert has taken the team's first victory since 2009. Chapeau! Thomas Mundy finished in 11th place. The fantastic result left the team 3rd in the Constructors' Championship.

In the Pro division, Mikko Suokas delivered a strong recovery race to finish 9th on his FTS debut. Guglielmo Matti suffered technical issues which compromised his race, but he still managed to cross the line in 13th on his first FSR race.

FSR World Championship Results
Driver Qual Pos Race Pos Points Total Pts
Patrick De Wit
Q1: 6 (1:31.922)
Q2: 9 (1:33.455)
16 (+3 Laps)
FL: 17 (1:35.320)
0 0
Marcel van der Linden
Q1: 12 (1:32.129)
Q2: No time (K.O.)
6 (+1:16.954)
FL: 6 (1:34.291)
8 8
FSR Ace Results
Driver Qual Pos Race Pos Points Total Pts
Thomas Mundy
(FTS Ace)
PQ: 1:32.984
Q1: 19 (1:33.049)
Q2: No time (K.O.)
11 (+1:06.750)
FL: 3 (1:34.649)
10 10
Norbert Leitner
(FTS Ace)
PQ: 1:32.509
Q1: 9 (1:32.252)
Q2: 10 (1:33.278)
8 (+30.105)
FL: 11 (1:34.955)
14 14
Giuseppe Marconi
(FTS Ace Panthers)
PQ: 1:35.200 DNQ 0 0
Thomas Mundy
(FTS Ace)
11 (Sprint race) 11 (+47.709)
FL: 7 (1:34.646)
5 15
Norbert Leitner
(FTS Ace)
1 (Sprint race) 1 (26.59.813)
FL: 2 (1:34.195)
25 39
FSR Pro Results
Driver Qual Pos Race Pos Points Total Pts
Guglielmo Matti
(FTS Pro)
PQ: 5 (1:32.496)
Q1: 6 (1:32.525)
Q2: 10 (No time)
13 (+1 Lap)
FL: 5 (1:35.132)
10 10
Mikko Suokas
(FTS Pro)
PQ: 13 (1:32.918)
Q1: 11 (1:32.945)
Q2: No time (K.O.)
9 (+51.693)
FL: 13 (1:35.655)
12 12
Round Gallery
Bahrain: Patrick onboard the FTS-P14 at SakhirBahrain: Minor contact between Marcel and Leppala as they go three-wide into Turn 1Bahrain: Huis makes contact with PatrickBahrain: Marcel attempts to overtake Brljak, who taps Marcel's rear wheelBahrain: Patrick and Marcel leading Keithley with 10 laps to goBahrain: Marcel passes team-mate Patrick into Turn 1Bahrain: Patrick loses the rear and is taken out by Keithley from behindBahrain: Marcel finishes 6th on his FTS debut!Bahrain (Ace): Norbert starts the sprint race from Pole Position!Bahrain (Ace): Norbert wins the Sakhir sprint race for FTS! Chapeau!