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Heading into the penultimate race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual winner sat sixth within the factors standings, however simply 13 away from chief Jernej Simončič. Now, the tables have turned, with only one race remaining.
Rietveld’s dominant night began by securing pole place, overtaking across the Circuit d’Azur venue at a premium. With slightly below 4 minutes of the session remaining, he pounced going purple in each second, regardless of skimming the wall on the run into La Rascasse.
The hole to second was a contextually massive zero.2s, forward of resurgent Collin Spork, with Ibraheem Khan in third – each season-best performances.
Alex Siebel got here throughout an errant Nunto Pinto whereas on a quick lap close to the top of the session, finally ending up fifth on the grid. Simončič certified sixth, spectacular contemplating he carried the utmost 10kg success ballast.
Because the 60-minute race started, the pole-sitter transformed their place into the race lead, with Spork following swimsuit. Khan was tardy away from the road, permitting Kevin Siggy to strive across the outdoors of Sainte Dévote, however there wasn’t sufficient house. Additional again, the 2 Burst Esport vehicles almost collided, however fortunately averted an accident.
After a smart opening gambit, Dawid Mroczek tried to overhaul Donington Park winner Marcell Csincsik at Massenet. Considerably predictably, the try resulted involved, with Csincsik brushing the obstacles and Adam Maguire sneaking previous for 11th.
The battle would proceed additional across the lap, as Maguire used the push-to-pass system to nip by the R8G Esports driver on the Nouvelle Chicane. The 2 rubbed, permitting Mroczek a run across the outdoors of Csincsik via Tabac.
Sadly, two-into-one didn’t work, each vehicles spinning via Virage Louis Chiron in entrance of a hapless Petar Brljak. Out of the kerfuffle, Mroczek had saved 11th – till additional contact a lap later with Pinto eliminated his entrance wing – and Daniel Brewer was briefly as much as 12th. Csincsik misplaced his rear wing, successfully ending his championship cost on the spot.
Up entrance, Rietveld had checked out, constructing a 13-second hole over Spork, who was busy holding off Khan shut behind.
With the midway mark approaching, Simončič misjudged the swimming pool space chicane, almost clattering the obstacles. Title rival Jordan was in shut proximity behind however fortunately averted piling in. The slight delay meant that the championship chief’s team-mate Michi Hoyer closed in on the pair to make it a trio.
With second, third and fourth separated by only one second, Siggy determined to go to the pitlane first. Spork pitted one lap later and held his place. Kahn, nevertheless, stayed out a lap additional, and when it had all shaken out, the BS+Competitors driver slipped off the rostrum behind Siggy. This was compounded by a cease/go penalty for rushing within the pitlane.
This group would then come throughout Hoyer, who was but to finish the obligatory pitstop. His slower lap instances on worn rubber enabled Siebel and reigning champion Bono Huis to leap onto the rostrum forward of Spork and Siggy as soon as their pitlane visits had been accomplished. Equally, Jordan undercut Simončič for sixth.
Nothing was stopping the chief, nevertheless, who cruised to a dominant victory forward of Siebel and Huis.
“It wasn’t simple, I feel it’s 32°C in my room and I don’t have air con, so it was fairly tense,” stated Rietveld.
“[This track] could be very unforgiving. One small mistake and your race is over. I used to be in a next-level focus mode.
“I hope we are able to seize the championship, however quite a bit can occur.”
This leaves the title race finely balanced with only one occasion remaining. Rietveld is forward – and due to this fact will carry most ballast henceforth – by only one level from erstwhile chief Simončič with Huis simply 4 factors additional adrift in third.
Having received each race final season, the Dutch driver might theoretically take the title this season with out successful a single race. Group Redline leads Oracle Crimson Bull Racing Esports within the groups’ standings, which determines the prize pool allocation and which squads are doubtlessly relegated for subsequent yr.
The title-deciding closing System Professional Collection spherical is at a digital Laguna Seca on 1st August and is stay on Traxion.GG.
System Professional Collection, Race 5, Circuit d’Azur outcomes
- Jeffrey Rietveld – Group Redline – 49 laps
- Alex Siebel – Oracle Crimson Bull Racing Esports +06.994
- Bono Huis – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Group +07.473
- Collin Spork – NetRex Grand Prix +12.716
- Kevin Siggy – Group Redline +19.005
- Dennis Jordan – Oracle Crimson Bull Racing Esports +19.673
- Jernej Simoncic – Burst Esport +21.252
- Michi Hoyer – Burst Esport +38.354
- Adam Maguire – Wolves GR Esports +44.907
- Ibraheem Khan – BS+ Competitors +49.315