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29 Mar 2021 ------

JAESA SUZUKI: Can they bridge the gap to the top?

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Flying under the radar, JAESA Suzuki has the talent to fight with the best in V10 R-League

Season 2 of the V10 R-League is on the way, and we continue our look at the teams with JAESA Suzuki.

The team, founded by F1 legend Jean Alesi, is looking to move their way up the V10 R-League this year, but can they narrow the gap to the top teams from last season?

Season 1

It's fair to say that not too much was expected from JAESA Suzuki last year, however they were certainly competitive and a challenge for even the biggest sim racing names.

They took an opening-round win (2-1) against YAS HEAT and pushed Williams hard in a 2-0 defeat. They even managed to snatch a point from eventual champions Redline at Vallelunga. Then there was a magical 2-1 win over Red Bull at Spa.

While they finished sixth in Season 1 with 7 points, they proved to be a tough nut to crack for every team that faced them.

Drivers

JAESA Suzuki has made a few changes for Season 2.

Danilo Santoro returns to the team, bringing his experience of Season 1 and all the lessons he has learned.

Joining him is Kamil Pawlowski, who acted as a reserve driver for Redline last season, and Amos Laurito who has a wealth of esports experience.

Giovanni De Salvo will be available as a reserve for JAESA Suzuki, and be able to pass on his experience to the new teammates, while Maichol Tonizza is also a reserve.

It's an interesting lineup, but there are several unknowns. Changing so many pieces of the team could lead to some teething issues, and with so few races before the knockout stages in Season 2 no team can afford to get off to a slow start.

Season 2 expectations

As a midfield runner in Season 1, JAESA Suzuki will be looking to move their way up. The aim has to be getting out of their group and into the playoffs, but with the expansion to 10 teams that will be tricky.

If the new lineup can gel right away then they could certainly manage it, but challenging for the title could be a step too far. That said, JAESA Suzuki will have their eyes on winning every week.

Matteo Miyakawa, team manager said: “We are really looking forward to the start of this new season. After Season 1 where everything was new, we took confidence with the car and the format and we managed to fine-tune the team. We face this season with a new lineup and the desire to perform at our best.”

How to watch

V10 R-League Season 2 kicks off on Monday, 12 April.

Viewers in the UK can watch all the action from the best matchup of the week on BT Sport every Monday, with the remaining matches shown throughout the week!

Fans in the Middle East and North Africa can get all the action through StarzPlay.

ESPN will be showing the races to all those in the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Oceania.

Make sure to check local listings and video-on-demand services for exact times!

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