The 2021 VCO ProSIM SERIES headed to the Rhine valley and the Hockenheimring inside iRacing for the second spherical of the championship that pairs real-world motorsport stars with skilled racing esports expertise.
Utilising the Dallara P217 LMP2 throughout the sphere, every race occasion is break up into qualifying, two 20-minute warmth races and a 30-minute ‘Bonus Race’ finale because the two-car groups compete for a share in a $25,000 prize pool.
The primary occasion this season was dominated by Crew Redline, however because the grid fashioned for the primary warmth race in Germany, different groups had clearly taken a step ahead.
It was Crimson Bull Racing Esport’s Yuri Kasdorp who would begin from pole place forward of the 2 Coanda Simsport entries of Charlie Collins and Jeremy Bouteloup. Winners of each Warmth 2 and the Bonus Race on the Crimson Bull Ring final trip, the #11 Crew Redline automobile of Maximilian Benecke and Chris Lulham lined up fourth.
It was a comparatively quiet opening lap on the head of the sphere, everybody on their finest behaviour. Benecke made a transfer on Bouteloup to grab third on the Flip 6 Hairpin, however upfront, Kasdorp was largely unchallenged.
Additional again, nevertheless, a contretemps between a number of vehicles exiting Flip 6 and thru Flip 7 ended any hope of a great outcome for a lot of key rivals, together with reigning champion Joshua Rogers within the #1 Crew VRS entry.
Many of the midfield entered the pits for the mandator driver change on the midway mark, however the main pack stayed out yet another lap till just below seven minutes had been left handy over. With so many vehicles flooding the pit entry, some additional again made unlucky contact.
Danny Kroes took over the lead from the car-sharing Kasdorp, however down into the Hairpin a hard-charging Mitchell deJong dived to the within, taking first place in a decisive transfer that additionally opened the door for Lulham to sneak by.
With beneath a minute left, three-time ADAC GT Masters Esports champion Moritz Löhner lifted the #30 Coanda automobile onto the rostrum, after going side-by-side with Kroes for a number of corners. The remainder of the highest positions remained static, with deJong forward of Lulham and Löhner in third.
The second 20-minute race of the night was headed by the #47 MSI Esports entry pushed by Alejandro Sánchez forward of Martin Krönke for Crew VRS, Luke Bennett for Crew Redline and Vlad Khimichev for R8G Esports.
At the beginning, second-placed Bennett ran broad at NordKurve, dropping to the decrease finish of the top-10, whereas at Flip four, Crew VRS’ Mack Bakkum – pared with Indycar and NASCAR Xfinity driver Sage Karam – speared throughout the grass after a rub with Arturo Melgar, however mercifully missed the wall.
Sánchez had constructed a helpful lead as the sphere neared the top of the primary lap, however additional drama unfurled for Bennett as he ran broad as soon as extra on the exit of Flip 10, spinning right into a hapless Bram van Putten within the course of.
On lap two, the drama continued as within the mid-pick skirmish Christopher Dambietz rotated Markus Dec on the Hairpin.
As soon as once more, the sphere was break up into two camps. Those that pitted close to the midway mark, and those that waited a lap longer. Sánchez’s lead of over three seconds was maintained after the driving force swap, with Muhammad Ibrahim now on the wheel.
VCO ProSIM SERIES Hockenheimring Warmth Two Muhammad Ibrahim
Raoul Hyman was now within the second-placed #93, however Gustavo Ariel within the #888 R8G Esports automobile was pressuring him all the way in which to the road. The outcome, nevertheless, was Ibrahim forward of Hyman and Ariel.
Bonus Race Remaining
The highest 15 vehicles from each Warmth 1 and Warmth 2 then lined up for the 30-minute Bonus Race remaining.
The #20 Coanda Simsport pushed by deJong led the grid away, however ran broad defining into Flip 6 on the opening lap, permitting Laurin Heinrich for BS+COMPETITION into the lead and Spherical 1, Warmth 1 winner, Enzo Bonito, into second.
On the second lap, deJong hadn’t ceded second evenly and sought to make amends. After an try and overtake Bonito slowed each vehicles, the #26 pushed by Jordan Caruso and the #11 by Lulham entered the fray, culminating in Bonito visiting the gravel at Mobil 1 and deJong dropping to fifth.
The primary vehicles to finish their obligatory pitstop had been on the tail finish of the sphere, with 15 minutes accomplished. Crew Redline’s Lulham then swapped one lap later, whereas the remainder of the main pack stayed out for one more loop, hoping for an undercut.
It labored, with Benecke now on the helm, he swept across the exterior of Beau Albert within the Logitech G Altus Esports entry at Flip 2 for second. Because the race entered its remaining stage, Albert was beneath siege as soon as extra, as Collins tried to make a transfer for the ultimate podium spot.
Sadly, there was contact on the Mercedes nook, Albert spinning off the circuit and all the way down to ninth and Collins dropping to 23rd.
Upfront although, it was a dominant show for BS+COMPETITION, the hole that Heinrich has established within the first stint additional prolonged by Kay Kaschube to take a cushty victory forward of Spherical 1 winners Benecke and Lulham and R8G Esports’ Przemysław Lemanek and Nicolas Varrone.
The next round is on Tuesday 16th November and as soon as once more the monitor shall be determined by a fan vote earlier than racing commences.
VCO ProSIM SERIES, Spherical 2, Hockenheimring Bonus Race Outcomes
- #92 BS+COMPETITION, Laurin Heinrich and Kay Kaschube – 20 laps
- #11 Crew Redline, Maximilian Benecke and Chris Lulham +three.577
- #eight R8G Esports, Nicolas Varrone and Przemyslaw Marek Lemanek +7.622
- #50 Apex Racing Crew, Elivs Rankin and Peter Berryman +eight.151
- #888 R8G Esports, Gustavo Ariel and Vlad Khimichev +9.256
- #47 MSI Esports, Muhammad Ibrahim and Alejandro Sánchez +10.859
- #four MSI Esports, Manel Cubo Torres and Salva Talens +11.730
- #26 Logitech G Atlus Esports, Jordan Caruso and Beau Albert +12.964
- #55 Urano Esports, Josh Malin and Dylan B Scrivens +14.251
- #57 Triton Racing, Alexander Smolyar and Dominik Blajer +17.373