February 02, 2014

 

At the former Monteverdi base in Binningen, Basilea's team owner David Jundt presented the driver line-up of his team for the upcoming 2014 Supercup season.

In their first year after the buy-out of the SC branch of Tiger Express Motorsports (which only managed to score 6 points thanks to Andrew Morgan's 5th place finish at Monza), the team improved greatly in 2013, finishing 2nd in the team championship.

While struggling early on (Finnish driver Janne Vaananen suffering from software incompatibility issues that put him out for all but 3 races of the season) and only scoring few points with Englishman Martin Bulgin at the first races, things changed when Vaananen (missing the Austrian GP) was replaced by Italian Giuseppe Rainieri at the Hungarian GP.

The 10th place finish would mark Rainieri's lowest finishing position (only retired from the Monaco GP) all year, as he'd go on to take 7 wins in a row(5 of them being a hat-trick with pole, win and fastest lap), spanning from the Turkish GP to the United States GP.

By the end of the season, Rainieri was crowned champion and Basilea leapfrogged Innervision to 2nd in the standings by 3 points, thanks to Rainieri's run and Bulgin's ability to score points when it mattered the most. With Rainieri moving up to Superleague, driving alongside double world champion Lukas Euler at Midnight Motorsport, team owner David Jundt had to look for a new line-up that would hopefully keep the momentum going.

David Jundt, team owner:

"Last season had been incredible. I had been hoping for a Top 10, so a 2nd place in the team championship was overwhelming. I doubt we'll be able to repeat or even top it, but we'll be trying to stay inside the Top 10.

The driver that will take the wheel of the #0 has probably not been on the radar of most teams as he joins from a national league. He is a friend of Giuseppe Rainieri and wanted to race in the Supercup aswell. I watched some footage of his driving and decided to contact him about racing for the Scuderia. There was another reason I decided to take him on, as Lewis Redshaw (CSG Racing driver Superleague) said, I cite:

"No more fast Italians though please."

I present Scuderia Basilea's next quick Italian, Yuri Oggiano!


Yuri Oggiano:

"This is the first time that I run outside Italy, it will be a new experience for me, I hope to have an enjoyable and successful season ahead of me. I informed myself a lot about Scuderia Basilea, by asking Giuseppe Rainieri, and he confirmed the validity and reliability of this team. So I decided to join the team of David Jundt, I hope to repay my team owner with positive results. I know that we have a good team with with my teammate and the reserve driver, I hope to succeed to collaborate with both. To close I want to thank David for the opportunity to race in the Supercup."


The driver of the #2 is no unknown face at GPVWC. In fact, he has been a very successful participant in the past. A quick, consistent and reliable driver. Actually that quick, it has propelled him to two Superleague titles! He had been away from the league for some time, but he came back last year and aims to race in the Superleague again in the future.

Please welcome the Superleague champion of 2002 and 2004, Mikko Jakonen!

Mikko Jakonen:

"After rejoining GPVWC at FC last year after my long retirement I'm now very happy to have been given a chance in SC. I'm looking forward to working with Scuderia Basilea, they seem a very professional outfit. Also big thanks to Vod:Bul and Mike Pitman for arranging this opportunity through their driver programme. Looking forward to giving it my best and improving that best as much as possible during the season."

Finally, I'd like to present our reserve/test driver for the upcoming season, which will make Lewis Redshaw sad as he's also quick and Italian: Matteo Zandona!

To close, we wanted to present the new livery for 2014, but delayed sponsorship negotiations force us to put the 2013 paint job on display for now. In the meantime, the 2014 car is being thoroughly tested by our Japanese-German development driver Saki Miyazaki.

Scuderia Basilea is looking forward to the season start at Melbourne on the 26th February and wishes all competitors the best of luck.



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