Well, I thought I'd never plan a fanfic based on my 'Enthusia Professional Racing' video game-based fantasy league until now.
Just in case you have no idea what 'Enthusia Professional Racing' is, it is the only racing simulator game made by Konami. It was released in 2005 only for the PlayStation 2. Believe me, the game really does exist! If you don't believe me, then look it up on another site, such as Wikipedia or something.
Although the game was badly underrated, I still love the game, especially the epic soundtrack!
Anyways, with the option to do 200 laps in a single race on 'Free Racing' mode and the variable grid options, it all inspired me to create this fantasy league which was started back in 2007.
I'm not gonna write any from my previous seven seasons (2007-2013). It will all begin here in 2014.
NOTE: Every driver listed in the roster who isn't a video game character are all drivers whom I created myself (except for myself). Yes, I am on the fantasy league's roster myself, so there may be some points in which I'll be forced to share my own POV, but that doesn't mean it'll always just show you what I see. I'll have other prospective views as well.
With several roster changes between the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, things could take a twist this year. Eleven participants for four different teams, twenty-one races in six different countries between February and November, one winner, ten losers, and most important of all, … one champion.
With there being four former series champions on the 2014 roster, along with five other veterans and two newcomers, not too much would be expected to change.
However, the biggest change this year is that Bowser Koopa, Jr. is no longer competing and SEGA ended up adding a fourth character to the roster, Shadow the Hedgehog.
Each and every one of the other three SEGA characters are in a different car than last year, and are expected to improve their results dramatically.
Nintendo only has Diddy Kong in the league this year after Koopa's departure. Therefore, he'll be more pressured than ever, given the fact that he is representing Nintendo … ALONE!
As the season was getting ready to kick off at the SPEEDIAPOLIS RING on February 16, the official rosters for 2014 looked like this:
Nissan/Toyota Racing: The most dominant team in the sport, and the largest at four cars. They've won the championship every year since 2009 and are striving to win a sixth in a row this year.
Sonic the Hedgehog - #3 Toyota GT-one – Sonic is only just stepping into that car for the first time after he won the 2013 championship in the Toyota Supra. Sonic finished in the top five in every single race last year and is willing to keep his pace at a steady rate as he jumps into a car that has not won a single race in over two years. Sonic debuted at the final race of 2010. Sonic currently has seven wins total.
Diddy Kong - #23 XANAVI NISMO GT-R (Nissan) – The lone Nintendo representative this year and a two-time Professional Cup champion (2010 and 2011). Already with thirty total wins to his name going into 2014, Diddy is a top favorite to win his third championship. Diddy is entering his sixth full season, seventh overall.
Well, this next one just so happens to be … myself (DiddyKF1) - #32 NISSAN R390 GT1 – A three-time Professional Cup champion. I have already won the SPEEDIAPOLIS 500 twice and I have also won at the Nürburgring four times! I have 47 total wins going into my eighth season.
Miles "Tails" Prower - #1 TOYOTA EXXON Superflo Supra – The newest member on the NTR lineup after Bowser, Jr. proved he could no longer perform well. Tails debuted in May 2011 and won twice last year in the McLaren F1.
Honda/Mazda Racing – A Japanese team which fields one of the greatest champions in the sport's history and one of the most popular drivers from about a decade ago.
Al Reder, Jr. - #55 MAZDA 787B – A 39-year old seven-time Professional Cup champion, tying him with two other legends for the most all-time. He came from North Carolina. He made his debut at the final race of 1992 and has appeared in every race since. He has a total of 116 wins, some of those being undeserved. He has had a rough history of being an overaggressive driver.
Bob Stu, Jr. - #16 HONDA G'ZOX NSX – The only British driver in the series this year, at age 39. About ten years ago, he was the most popular driver in Enthusia. He is the son of the late Bob Stu, who won a record-tying seven championships in the eighties and nineties. Bob Junior debuted in 1999 and made it to full-time in 2000. He has 18 career wins.
Audi/BMW Racing – The #1 team from Germany. A three-car team which often sports upcoming stars. Still, though, their pace is often nothing compared to the usually-dominant Nissans and Toyotas.
Knuckles the Echidna - #38 BMW McLaren F1 GTR – It may be a McLaren, but Enthusia marked it as a BMW since it has a BMW engine. Knuckles has only just joined this team this year. He is a two-time race winner and was the first SEGA character ever to score a fastest lap in a Professional Cup race. He previously drove for Mercedes.
Greg Richards - #5 AUDI R8 TEAM GOH 2003 – The 2013 Rookie of the Year. The 22-year-old comes from Las Vegas and has already proven himself to have the talent to compete with the big boys. His rookie season last year was quite impressive but he has not yet won a Professional Cup race.
Shadow the Hedgehog - #5 AUDI R8 TEAM GOH 2004 – The two Audis may seem identical, but they do have slight differences. Shadow becomes the fourth SEGA character ever to compete in the series this year. He is being picked as the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award this year.
Mercedes-Benz/Opel Racing – The usually slowest team in the series, but they have shown some rare surprises from time to time.
Pedro Fernandes - #5 OPEL Astra V8 Coupe 24h – A 23-year-old from Brazil who was defeated by Greg Richards for Rookie of the Year in 2013. Out of all 2013 participants, Fernandes was the only one to not score a podium finish (top three).
Jean Dubois - #1 Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM – A 25-year-old newcomer from France. He will be Shadow the Hedgehog's rival for Rookie of the Year in 2014.
With the rosters looking just like that, it was difficult to pick a possible favorite to win this year's title, but almost anything could happen.
As February arrived, everyone would arrive at the SPEEDIAPOLIS RING with their nerves on edge as another season was about to begin.
Gentlemen, start your engines!