Edwards pursues his chance in the championship. Project 1 has two highly motivated junior drivers battling for the best rookie position.
How closely joy and misery lie next to each other in motorsport was shown at the last racing weekend at the Nürburgring. On Saturday, glowing winner of race 1 and just 5 points behind the leader, Edwards was back in business in the championship. However, Sunday was a sobering day for Edwards and the ‘Deutsche Post by Project 1’ team, with a failure to finish and no points. The result is a gap of 23 points to leader Kévin Estre. It’s not how we had imagined it would be. However, Sean Edwards is feeling optimistic about the weekend in the Magdeburger Börde: “I would obviously prefer to be right up there in the battle for first place, but that’s the way it is in motorsport. Small mistakes are punished hard, even when the setback isn’t always your own fault. The season is still long and a lot can and will still happen.”
Edwards is ambitious about the forthcoming race in Oschersleben: “I will be fully on the attack at the weekend. If we’re offered a chance to reduce the gap to Kévin Estre, we’ll be there. There’s no reason to mope. On the contrary, such a challenge motivates me.” A look at the remaining season shows clearly that nothing is fixed yet. With Oschersleben, Zandvoort and the final in Hockenheim, there are still six races left for the title contender to win, and a total of 120 points to be taken.
The two Project 1 rookies, Sean Johnston and Jeffrey Schmidt, are motivating themselves in different ways. 22-year old Sean Johnston is looking forward to his parents visiting; they have made the long journey from Mount Shasta in California to Europe. This is of course no reason for Johnston to push work on to the back burner: “Of course I’m delighted about my parents’ visit, it gives me additional motivation. It’s really special for me to be able to show them my new motorsporting life here in Europe, and it makes me really proud. But I’ll be totally and utterly concentrating on my job at the weekend, namely driving the car fast.” For Sean Johnston, the trip to Oschersleben will be a new challenge, for although he has driven numerous test laps on the track, the adrenalin-filled races are always something completely different.
Jeffrey Schmidt’s incentive is his newly won prospects in the battle for the rookie championship. After the two races at the Nürburgring, the ‘Deutsche Post by Project 1’ team youngster has narrowed the gap to the leader, Porsche Junior driver Connor de Phillippi, to just 10 points. “My goal is clearly to win the ‘rookie of the year’ title in the Porsche Carrera Cup 2013. I’m sure that, at the end, I’ll be right at the top of the table” says the young Swiss driver, confidently. For him, it’s the logical result of having whole package. Jeffrey continues “My performances are improving from race to race and I’m getting more and more used to the car. Sean Edwards is one of the best drivers, if not the best driver, in the field. To have someone like him in the team pushes us unbelievably and we rookies can learn a lot from him, particularly on the circuits which we don’t know that well. Together with top engineer Konstantin Kotitsas and the best team, we have a great package for getting successful results in the last six races.” For the rookies too there are 120 points still up for grabs. Jeffrey Schmidt is the only one of the ‘newbies’ who has so far managed a podium place.
For the team surrounding Project 1 team boss Paul Schlotmann, the expectations for the season haven`t changed. “To win the championship with Sean Edwards and to take the rookie title are still our goals. Nothing has changed even after the sobering result on Sunday at the Nürburgring. Mistakes happen, but that means we carry on fighting, not give up. That’s exactly what we’re going to do and we’re again going to put in top performances with our team. We’ll see what result it leads to in the end. Our two rookies still haven’t maximised their full potential. I’m sure there’s more to come. We know what we’re capable of and I’m looking forward to it.”