Updated: Mar 12, 2020
2019 has been the most prolific racing season to date for the West Competition group, with a two-car program in the Romanian Endurance Series.
Ciprian Petrăreanu came back for more action in his 2000cmc Honda Civic Type R, drafting Alex Cascatău alongside for a consistent assault for class honors. Scarce competition in the A2 class ensured a string of unopposed poles (4) and wins (8) between March and August, clinching the national title with a round to spare. Though, the pair shifted its focus towards the overall duels, achieving a hard-worked Open podium at RES4.
Petrăreanu's previous teammate, Alexandru Șiclovan, was back on the grid for a fifth year of endurance racing in Romania. This time, he registered in the A1 (1600cmc) class, also mentoring a second crew of rookies in the same category. Poor reliability called for radical action, the BMW E36 325i being brought from the Nordschleife directly to RES2. Switching to the A3 class was no easy feat, Șiclovan and Dinu Dumitrașcu alternating at the wheel before finally racing together at the season finale, where they secured 3rd in the race and in the season standings.
Meanwhile, on the international front our group has celebrated the progress of Alex Cascatău in his second year on the Belgian scene, where he moved from touring cars to prototypes with notable success: speed and consistency in the Saker RAPX, then a class podium in a Norma M20 FC at the Zolder 24 hours.
On the virtual scene, West Competition Racing ended third in the Racing League Romania standings at the end of the autumn season #4, with Cascatău, Radu Dumitrescu and Mihnea Georgescu at the wheel of the Porsche 911 Cup. They were all placed inside the top 10 in the drivers' classification. Just before Christmas, WCR organized the awards ceremony for this series at the Porsche Bucharest Centre.
Our media representation has been equally consistent:
reporting the first Romanian presence in GT3 machinery (Răzvan Umbrărescu, Bentley in GT Open);
commentary of F1 races (Alex Cascatău) and the Le Mans 24h (Alexandru Șiclovan);
the fifth consecutive presence at the Nurburgring Nordschleife 24h (Gabi Tomescu, Mihai Fira, Alexandru Șiclovan);
press releases, social media management and graphic design (Liviu Aileni)
Partnerships and activations have involved BMW Romania, Michelin Motorsport, Odeon Film and Porsche Romania - brands that we feel the need to thank for trusting us!
Also, a heartfelt appreciation to all our crew (Mălina Cîntic, Ion Alexandru, Pavel-Emilian Stan, Tiberiu Pal) and the technical staff of Kappa Service (led by Cătălin Andrei, #27 Honda) and Willi Motorsport (led by Viorel Nicolae, #268 BMW). Last but not least, we would like to applaud all the journalists, photographers, painters and videographers that spread the message about our beautiful racing universe.