Next Gen: Coanda Simsport creates Junior team

Next Gen: Coanda Simsport creates Junior team

Coanda Simsport has upped the stakes in the quest for fresh, young talent in the sim racing world.

Photo credit: EVEN Management

German sim racing outfit Coanda Simsport has announced that it is looking to the future, with the creation of its new junior team. The team’s self-stated aim is to “guide, mentor and develop young drivers into world championship-level sim-racers”. By investing in young talent, Coanda will be hoping to ensure that they can maintain a roster of high-quality drivers for years to come.

The first four acquisitions for the Coanda Junior Team have already been revealed. They are 14-year-old Oskar Biksrud as well as Karl Peder Nordstrand, Benjamin Fuglesang and Dennis Marconini Bjerke, who are all thirteen years of age. Each of these drivers had been members of EVEN Management’s Next Generation program prior to their signing by Coanda. The team has partnered with EVEN as part of the youth development effort.

Members of the Coanda Junior Team will gain access to a number of benefits, not least of which are data and analysis tools courtesy of Virtual Racing School, the main partner of Coanda Simsport. Furthermore, Coanda states that the new recruits “will be learning from and work alongside all the professional people in Coanda Simsport through lectures, practice programmes and races.”

Prodigy Oskar Biksrud and Martti Pietilä
Prodigy Oskar Biksrud (right) and the seasoned racer Martti Pietilä in a fight. Photo credit: Coanda Simsport

Learning from the best

Undoubtedly, the team will be hoping for its senior drivers to act as mentors to the youngsters, passing on expertise and wisdom to them. One such senior driver, Tommy Østgaard, has worked with the young quartet already as part of EVEN’s Next Generation program. On the subject he said that he is “certain that EVEN, Coanda and most of all the drivers will benefit greatly from this partnership.”

Other teammates of Østgaard’s from whom the new Junior Team members will be hoping to learn include champion Joshua K Rogers and 2018 iRacing Rallycross World Championship winner Mitchell deJong.

The first outing for the new junior lineup will be the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup qualifier which takes the form of the iRacing Porsche Cup series. As nine of Coanda’s current senior drivers took part in the 2020 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup, the outfit will surely be hoping for great things from its four rising stars.

What do you think of Coanda Simsport’s move? Tell us on Twitter at @overtake_gg!

My name is Jacob and I have been writing for OverTake since November of 2020. I come from the UK, but I'm now living in Berlin. I love to watch, write about and sometimes shout about all forms of racing.