Good Call Racing
Good Call Racing, often known as Foster's Good Call Racing or FGCR, is the racing team owned and run by the Plus One Group. FGCR rose from the ashes of the now defunct Pole Star Racing operation after the legal threat from Polestar Racing, Volvo's racing arm. The team currently participates in F2RWRS, F3RWRS, F1RDS, and F1RMGP Women's European Cup, and have intentions of entering the F1RWRS in years to come.
- 1 F2RWRS
- 2 F3RWRS
- 3 F1RDS
- 4 F1R Indy Championship Series
- 5 Comprehensive Table of Results
2015 - A midfield campaign
After forcefully trying to persue an entry, and even going so far as to trying to buy out Takagi Racing Enterprises, FGCR were finally allowed in after series management allowed several new teams to join the series for 2015. FGCR gave two new drivers their debuts in the F3RWRS : Franc Piscine and Marcos Marcia.
The pre-season tests had established that FGCR would be strong midfield contenders, and team boss Luke Knight hexpected the team to do well, but without any sparklings. The Round of Australia was a mediocre performance from the team, with a chance of points in Race 1 gone begging courtesy of Piscine, while Race 2 saw both drivers finish 9th and 10th. Although the car appearedto be slightly slower in the following Round of Turkey, Piscine was able to drive from 9th to 8th in Race 1, scoring his and the team's first points. This fantastic result was topped in Race 2 by Piscine's stunning drive to finish 3rd, after starting 9th. Marcos Marcia, meanwhile, had been putting in consistently poor qualifying and race performances and had failed to score a single point or qualify within 5 places of his team mate. This lacklustre performance earnt him the sack before the Monaco SuperPrix, being replaced by British rookie Thomas Yorke.
With 62 cars on the track for qualifying, it was always going to be tough to get a lap in unblocked. Thomas Yorke managed to do just that, setting the 13th fastest time, but Rietacher and Piscine lost time around the twisty streets and eneded up 44th and 46th respectively. The race was to go horribly wrong - Yorke was denied a top 20 finish due to shoddy pitwork, and Piscine and Rietacer were unable to carve their way through the field at all.
The rounds to come were to see a string of frustrating results. In America, Yorke and Piscine came away with a 9th place finish each, just missing out on points, and good drives from both drivers in Britain recorded a couple of high-teen finishes, but again, no points. Piscine ended the points drought with a solid 6th place in the first German race, with things again not quite going to plan in race two, with Piscine coming home in 27th position after suffering electrical problems, while Yorke's transmission gave up the ghost.
For the Spa SuperPrix, the third entry was taken up by promising F1RDS driver Tommi Hamalainen. Qualifying proved that the team was off the pace a little, and the race brought no suprises. Yorke was taken out by Takuma Taki and Stefan Kuntz, Hamailainen had his race ruined in a similar crash at Les Combes, whereas Piscine was able to haul the car up to 12th in the race dspite being involved in a collison himself
2015 - Success, sort of from the start
Plus One have always been about promoting young talent, so to have a team in the first ever young driver only series in RWRS history was a must. FGCR was one of the first entries to the series, and was immeadiately accepted. The age limit in F1RDS is 21 years of age, and with no other younger driver either ready for the challenge of commitment -free, FGCR and Plus One were forced into entering two older - but by no means less talented - drivers, Gary Pacer and Alexis Tantovich. Pacer was part of the Canadian talent explosion, along with other drivers such as Tommy Nash. Despite being a spec chassis series, teams are free to choose from one of 4 engine manufacturers, wih each manufacturer's engine offering different characteristics. FGCR signed a contract with Opel, whose Spiess tuned machines had a greater emphasis on qualifying eprformance, but didn't lack any power during the race
The Winter Cup was orginised to keep the young drivers active during the winter off season, and thanks to popular vote, all teamns in the F1RDS were off to Japan. However, FGCR were to have a relatively dissapointing Cup, with both drivers generally near the rear of the Opel powered cars in qualifying, an going backwards in the races. Things were made even worse by a huge crash for Tantovich in Round One, where he was clipped by another dirver and sent rolling into the gravel at turn one. He managed to walk away, albeit with minor injuries, and was replaced by RoLFS Scuderia Vittore driver Andrea Bianchi for Round 2. FGCR cars did not finish above 17th in any of the 3 rounds, except for Gary Pacer managing to pick up two points with a ninth place finish in the first round, sparing FGCR from total misery. Surprisngly, FGCR did not manage to win reject of the Cup.
The main season campaign soon proved to be a completely different kettle of fish to the Winter Cup. Pacer and Tantovich would line up 3rd and 7th respectively, FGCR's best qualifying positions to that date. Pacer was able to get into the lead and hold off much faster cars for the entirety of the race, holding on to take FGCR's first win in the F1RDS. Amid the celebration, Tantovich put in a great performance to stealithly take 3rd position, ensuring that FGCR walked away with 3 bottles of champagne on their championship debut. Team boss Luke Knight described his pleasure at winning the first championship race in the F1RDS, and announced "we'll be partying tonight!"
San Marino would see stron performances from both drivers, but the rewards were not as fantastic as in Australia. Pacer put in another good performance to take 3rd place in race 1, but in Race 2 both drivers struggled for pace a little, coming home 9th and 10th
Pacer extended his championship lead with a superb race in Monaco, jumping polesitter Tuomas Suomanen from 2nd position off the line to take the lead, which he never lost. Tantovich could only manage 8th positon.
France marked the beginning of a mid-season slump from the team. Despite coming home 7th and 6th, with Tantovich 10th in race 2, the car was clearly not as fast as it was at the start of the season, a fact that was confirmed in the Czech Republic. Only a sterling drive from Pacer could secure a podium from the team, with rookie team mate Angel Jose Castaneda recording two strong points finishes.
What started off as a one-off for the Peruvian youngster evolved
F1R Indy Championship Series
2015- The story of the long distance racing team
Despite the Pole Star name being dead in Europe since the start of the 2015 season, the old name lingered on across the pond in America for the first quater of the season. By the time Luke Knight decided to take over the American arm of Pole Star, the team had just scored it's first win, and was coming off the back of a promising run of form. The team's main drivers were Andrea Bianchi, who had won in Milwaukee, Martin van der Meyde, not to be confused with RWRS driver Martin van der Maeyede, and Pastor Maldonado. The fourth seat was revolved around several different drivers.
However, the first Plus One race would be a huge disappointment. Poor qualifying coupled with a quadruple retirement in the race started a lean period of points for Maldonado and van der Meyede.
Comprehensive Table of Results
Complete F2RWRS Results
|2016||Reynard||Lancia 016/2||AUS||PAC||GBR||ITA||AUT||TUR||USA||GER||NDS||MON||CHI||JPN||TR1||TR2||- *||- *|
* Season in progress
Complete F3RWRS Results
|2015||Plus One GC-01||Lancia 015/3 JTS|
|2016||+1 GC-02||Lancia 016/3|
|12||Tommi Hämäläinen||- *||- *|
A pink background represents driver(s) that were ineligible for championship points
* Season in progress
Complete F1RDS Results
|2015||Opel-Spiess 2.0L L4 DOHC||AUS||SM1||SM2||MON||FR1||FR2||CZ1||CZ2||GB1||GB2||GER||BEL||ITA||NE1||NE2||3||113|
|Angel Jose Castañeda||9||8||22||3||22||22||20||22||26|
|2016||Lancia-Cosworth V6 2.0L||SPA1||SPA2||GBR1||GBR2||ITA||AUT||TUR1||TUR2||FRA1||FRA2||GER||NED||ENG1||ENG2||BEL1||BEL2||CZE1||CZE2||JAP1||JAP2||- *||- *|
* Season in progress
Complete F1RICS Results
|2015||Swift 026.c||Chevrolet|| SAO
|2||Martin van der Meyde||3*||12*†||6*||23*||21*||19*†||2*||2*||23||7||15||24||3||14||20||32||38||10||36||34||14||1|
*Results scored as Pole Star Racing Team
**The Indy Championship Series does not sanction an entrant's championship
†Driver did not finish the race, but was classified in a points scoring position