HM Engineering get off to a solid start

Absolute Motorsport affiliates HM Engineering got off to a good start in Formula SimRacing’s season opener in Malaysia, with a car in the top 4 in all divisions and a win in the PRO series. Here is an overview on how all drivers got on in the season opener.

The Academy race saw an exciting battle between both HM Engineering’s Stoyan Barbukov and HME Invictus Motorsport’s Matthew Tuson. In an intensely fought battle that went down to the last corner, Barbukov just crossed the line ahead in fourth with Tuson finishing in fifth, the latter believing he had the pace to fight the top 3 but was separated from them after being held up after his pitstop. HM Engineering’s other drivers Eric Chandra and Joao Gabriel finished in seventeenth and twenty first respectively, whilst HME Invictus’s Claudio Cunha was unable to qualify for the race.

ACA Results
HM Engineering;
Stoyan Barbukov: 4th
Eric Chandra: 17th
Joao Gabriel: 21st

HME Invictus Motorsport;
Matthew Tuson: 5th
Claudio Cunha: NQ

HM did not have to wait long for their maiden win, or even for a podium lockout, as Luke Maguire took a lights to flag victory, taking pole with a time faster than the WC pole lap, leading the race from start to finish. He stated it may have looked easy, but in his words he was ‘sweating but felt in control’ for the 45 laps. HM didn’t just enjoy the victory, they also enjoyed a podium lockout, with Jordan Weekes and Phil Kraus completing the podium. Stephen Michaels was the next HME car in the final result, finishing in sixth. Ariff Roslan for HME Invictus finished in eleventh, after a race that was looking solid, but he dropped to eleventh towards the end as he ran out of tyres. Jan Woznica for HM Engineering took the final point in fifteenth after an incident packed race, whilst Roman Yakubovich for HME Invictus retired on lap 20.

PRO Results
HM Engineering;
Luke Maguire: 1st
Jordan Weekes: 2nd
Phil Kraus: 3rd
Stephen Michaels: 6th
Jan Woznica: 15th

HME Invictus Motorsport;
Ariff Roslan: 11th
Roman Yakubovich: DNF

World Championship
The top class of Formula SimRacing proved to be a learning experience for HM Engineering. HM Engineering Red’s Jeroen Kweekel got off to a good start. He pulled off a solid lap just before his first pitstop, which put him in the lead, however a slight strategy misjudgement resulted in him running out of tyres towards the end and dropping to fifth, which would become fourth after Jim Parisis blew his engine in front. Stephen Michaels finished in eighth, completing a solid points haul for the red team. HM Engineering Yellow’s Thomas Wach took the final point in tenth, whilst technical issues resulted in a retirement for Jan Woznica.

World Championship Results
HM Engineering Red;
Jeroen Kweekel: 4th
Stephen Michaels: 8th

HM Engineering Yellow;
Thomas Wach: 10th
Jan Woznica: DNF

In all a fairly positive start for HM Engineering, proving they have the pace to fight for wins. The next race will take place in Imola on the 29th March, which you can watch live on the Formula SimRacing YouTube channel.

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