June 16, 2014
Published on tags: Superleague


Following confirmation on Thursday evening that Giuseppe Rainieri would be leaving the team with immediate effect, SimCraft Midnight Motorsport addresses the situation and their plans for the remainder of the 2014 season.
The team issued the following statement:

"It was with deep regret that we announced the severance of our ties with Giuseppe on Thursday evening, it is not something that had been planned and we are quite aware that it has stoked some distaste throughout the community towards our the team over the past couple of days.

On a personal level, we saddened to no longer have Giuseppe in our car, he is an extremely likeable character and it has been a pleasure to work with him throughout the past few months, we certainly wish that we were able to see out the season together, but unfortunate circumstances put that desire to rest.

We would like to point out at this stage that this situation most certainly did not come about due to the incident between Giuseppe and CSG Racing's Lewis Redshaw in Austria. As far the team was concerned, that was an unfortunate incident that came around solely from two drivers in the heat of the moment, battling for a race win and ultimately the drivers' championship. As a team, we reluctantly accepted the decision handed down by the Disciplinary Committee to penalise Giuseppe for the incident as we looked to move on to the British GP in Silverstone.

In truth, this decision came around following comments made by Giuseppe following the release of the Disciplinary Committee's decision late Monday evening. Comments were made by Giuseppe to more than one person of his plans to never let Lewis Redshaw win again, by any possible means, whether that is race wins or the championship, and that Redshaw should watch his mirrors with extra care from this point on. Naturally we cannot go into the full extent of what was discussed, but needless to say that it was at this point at which the decision became clear. Whilst we admire and appreciate Giuseppe's passion, we cannot in good conscious permit a driver so driven by revenge to compete for the team following comments such as those made by Giuseppe.

We do however; truly wish Giuseppe the best of luck with any future plans following his time with our team. It is with great confidence that we can say we are sure we'll be seeing a lot more of him at the front of the field in the future.

Now we get to the all-important question, what next for the team? It has been far from an easy year for us after losing Lukas at the beginning of the season and then the struggles that both drivers endured in recent rounds, whilst the drivers' championship now looks to be an uphill struggle with Nick eighty-five points behind the championship leaders, we are certainly still targeting a third consecutive constructors' championship, and our driver line-up for the remainder of 2014 undoubtedly allows that to remain a viable possibility.

It is with great pleasure that we announce today the return of Alex Cooper and Lukas Euler, in a shared capacity, to the seat vacated by Giuseppe. With nine races to go in the season, finding a full time replacement was always going to be a difficult task and so we consider ourselves very lucky to have two great drivers willing to help us chase our goal of a constructors' championship hat-trick, with Alex and Lukas competing in four races each across the remainder of the season - Alex at Silverstone, Hockenheim, Texas and Abu Dhabi, whilst Lukas will compete at Spa, Monza, Suzuka and the season ending event at Interlagos.

The eagle eyed among you will notice a small gap in the above, with the Hungarian GP remaining unmentioned; this is due solely to the fact that due to time restraints, both Alex and Lukas are only able to compete in four events each. As such, we have had to go in search of a third driver to take to the track in Budapest, we are therefore very proud to announce that Tom Parker will make his return to the Superleague at the wheel of the #2 SimCraft Midnight Motorsport car for this round. Across the past two seasons he has put in some great performances for us in the World Sports Series along with our friends SimCraft in the Supercup this year, and he has shown great enthusiasm for the opportunity to see what he can do behind the wheel of the MM-04 in July.

We are of course extremely excited to be able to welcome Lukas back to the team and Alex back to a race seat following the successes we enjoyed together across the 2012 and 2013 seasons, and we can't wait to see what Tom can do in Hungary.

Whilst we accept that some members of the community may not agree with our decision, it is our sincere hope that you at least understand why it was taken. As a team we very much look forward to putting the troubles of this past week behind us and enjoying what remains of the 2014 season with our fellow competitors."

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