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Progen today confirmed that it will be entering its SATCC drivers fab.ICEMAN and Endersai in the Crowex Master's race this coming weekend. The team will drive the Progen T20 hypercar in the alternate colour scheme of graphite and Progen Orange.
Group chairman Dennis Ron also indicated that Progen was severing its ties with Pfister after the current Season of SATCC.
"We have had a fruitful relationship with Pfister, however since they reentered their factory team I've felt we slipped from their preferred partner to "just another" customer team. Obviously for Progen's purposes we can't accept that.
Progen has strength in its people, its agility and its technology. We build our own cars, like the Tyrus and the T20; but we also refine and engineer the cars of others for events.
With this in mind, we are looking to partner with another British marque for the ultimate package in the San Andreas GT championship. I am pleased to announce that a formal partnership with Dewbauchee has been signed and Progen will take delivery shortly of 4 stock model Seven-70 sports cars. We will upgrade the engine, transmission and suspension systems, add our own on board computers, and use Progen-made wings on the car.
Livery colours, drivers, and all of that will be revealed at the official Progen-Dewbauchee Racing Launch."
With just two races to go, Progen hold fourth in the Constructor's title by 3 points over SecuroServ. fab.ICEMAN is also ahead by 3 in the driver's title, over Oh_Darn.
The season has been mixed for the team; Iceman has struggled to really find full comfort with the Comet, and Endersai has had race after race compromised by lag-related takeouts. His recent finish in P8 at Monza, too, was complicated by an early respawn.
"Based on my pace, and that I finished 20s behind Ovivo in P2? Yeah, that respawn cost me a podium, there's no doubt about it." He said
Team Principal Dennis Ron was disappointed in the team's results so far, but understood that the situation was often out of Progen's control.
"I try to look at it from every angle. Iceman is one of the quickest drivers on the grid, and he's driving a very difficult car after a six month absence from racing. We expected wins from him, and he expected to win too - not that he took it for granted, mind you, but that he sets that high bar from himself and is frustrated when he can't clear it.
He was very supportive of our deal with Dewbauchee, and I'm hoping we can balance the car to his liking and start getting back where we belong - winning.
Ender's had a truly wretched season. He's made very few mistakes, but he's constantly caught up in them. If you want to see what he can do, driving from dead last and a few seconds behind everyone to 8th place, that's it. And he's right - we've looked at the lap data. The time he lost respawning in that accident? If he hadn't lost that, with his pace, P3 was absolutely his.
This Friday, our season ends. We'll be doing some debriefs, and working to make sure that from race 1 Iceman is the dominant racer on track. All I've asked is that we beat Oh_Darn and SecuroServ. Can the boys do it? Undoubtedly."
"It gives me great pleasure to announce that we retain the services of fab. ICEMAN and endersai for another exciting season of GT3 racing around San Andreas.
We announced earlier our preferred partnership with Dewbauchee, who have supplied us with their Seven-70 platform.
Our engineers have modified the vehicle and in early tests the pace has been very encouraging. We expect to be a competitive entrant to the season, and are confident that the team is positioned to give Iceman all the support he needs to take his first driver's title. Progen will run its campaign under the name "#fab.FIVEMAN" to support its #1 driver's bid.
He's easily capable and feels more at home with this car than he did our Comets.
This season's changes breathed new life into our outfit and with the range of competitors out there we're looking forward to some tough battles.
PROGEN-DEWBAUCHEE RACING TEAM - SAGTC WEEK 1 REPORT
The Progen-Dewbauchee partnership had a rocky start at rounds 1 and 2 of the San Andreas GT Championship.
Star driver fab. ICEMAN was unable to attend the race, owing to other commitments so beta1hit stepped into Progen as a reserve.
Parson's Loop saw Endersai demoted to P23 on the Grid following a change of gearbox after the hat of LSPD Driver Casper ended up stuck in it. No word as yet as to whether the hat got there after illegal use of force or not.
Beta took Iceman's spot at P13.
Early crashes affected running and pushed Beta back down the order, finishing eventually in P19. Endersai fared slightly better, finishing P15 from a P23 start.
Montreal yielded points for the team, in an eventful race for our second car. Beta started P8 but was unable to escape first corner incidents and slipped back down the order to finish in P17.
Ender started from pole, and held the lead for the first five laps before being passed by former Progen driver The Hunter. After a slow third pitstop, he emerged in P8 and would have held the position but for a lag contact with Neutrenn which demoted him to 10th. A further lag hit with Dinka reserve JSantosPT meant we finished in P13, inherting P12 and a single point from the DSQ of the CNT #31 car.
Critically this gives us a pole start for Exit 4a Speedway.
A good race for the team, with both drivers making up positions in the early stages of the race and using pit stops strategically to undercut cars on track.
fab.ICEMAN had a sustained battle with Superstepa of the Obey factory team, with the relative strengths of the 9F and Seven70 requiring our star driver to maintain a constant gap and level of pressure on the Estonian until he was able to pass for a well-deserved podium.
Given how many places he made up and his pace, had he started further forward we don't doubt Iceman would have won the race.
Ender started in P16, and after a start compromised by a slower moving car ahead of him managed to undercut key rivals in the LSPD and Redwood teams to bring home a 9th place finish. Team orders were deployed in order to ensure our #1 car wasn't help up by his teammate.
Race 4 - Exit 4A Speedway
fab.ICEMAN - Start P16; Finish P2
Endersai - Start P1; Finish P24
Very nearly a complete disaster of a race, our #2 car lead for the first few laps before the eventual race winner, Oh_Darn of the JUNK! Energy Racing Team, passed him for the lead. An issue on Turn 3 of lap 3 pushed Ender wide, and he rejoined in P9 only to have a near-fatal lag contact with Iceman! This relegated the German to P19 and the Australian to P27, giving Progen near insurmountable odds for a podium.
Whilst Ender made his way up the field only to be squeezed into the wall with the DWR car of Benimi in the rain, Iceman charged up the field for his second 2nd place finish of the weekend. Again, without issue and perhaps with a better starting position, our German driver would have been on the top step.
Team Principal and CEO Speaks
"We got 3 out of a possible 4 points finishes, and the last one was so horrifically outside our control that we couldn't reasonably do much to fix it," said team principal Dennis Ron. "The main positive for me, at least, is that Iceman was so unbelievably fast out there. He didn't enjoy the Comet as much, but he really seems to just feel the Seven70 better than anyone. With the first two races missed, he is obviously on the back foot in the standings and his starting positions took away what I feel were two guaranteed wins. Now that he's back where he belongs starts wise, I'm confident - no, certain - we'll see victory soon."