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With changeable situations round a brand new venue for the championship, Daytona Worldwide Speedway Highway Course, the System Professional Collection type e-book was out the window – earlier than Kevin Siggy finally prevailed.
Because the 15-minute qualifying session ticked down, it turned evident which groups had carried out their homework for the venue that solely turned a part of the rFactor 2 platform earlier this 12 months.
Workforce Redline – which in April announced a partnership with Max Verstappen – sat atop the charts, with Siggy forward of Spa race winner and team-mate Jeffrey Rietveld. After early-season success, each had been now freed from success ballast, and it confirmed.
They had been adopted intently by Alex Siebel and Ibraheem Khan, the latter delivering BS+Competitors its highest beginning place to this point this season.
Monza victor and championship chief heading into Daytona, Jernej Simončič, excelled, putting his Burt Esport entry fifth on the grid, regardless of carrying the utmost 10kg penalty.
The dry situations nonetheless proved a problem for a lot of, with two-time F1 Esports Collection Professional champion Jarno Opmeer lining up 11th after slamming into the unforgiving wall after the Le Mans Chicane.
Because the one-hour race started, below a rolling begin for the primary time in System Professional Collection, it was a Redline flying formation as Siggy gunned it from pole place earlier than fellow squad member Reitveld slotted into second.
Khan jumped Siebel across the exterior of Flip 1 for third, as did reigning champion Bono Huis on Simončič. Additional down the sector, Nuno Pinto speared throughout the grass after a squeeze from each Michael Romanidis and Gianmarco Fiduci.
Drama as soon as once more befell Opmeer additional across the opening lap. Having leapt to eighth, Marcell Csincsik tried to overhaul into Flip 6. The ensuing contact pushed Opmeer off the observe and into a 3rd successive retirement, whereas Csincsik was handed a 30-second post-race penalty.
A catastrophe for the R8G Esports driver, who was only one level behind the championship lead heading into this race.
Because the occasion progressed, the 2 Redline drivers on the head of the sector switched on the afterburners and checked out. Behind, Siebel reclaimed third from Khan, utilizing the push-to-pass system to nice impact throughout the Frontstretch. Each Huis and Simončič would additionally observe by way of in brief order.
Fiduci was the primary focus within the opening levels. Beginning in 18th, the DTM Esports Championship podium-finisher used a light-weight gas load and delicate tyres to vault up into fourth. However, the Workforce Fordzilla driver was additionally the primary to go to the pitlane, simply 22 minutes in.
Because the midway mark approached, the sky turned gloomy and simply 5 minutes later, the primary spots of precipitation began to seem. For 3 laps, slick tyres had been nonetheless the most suitable choice, however because the asphalt began to turn into damper, Rietveld and Huis had been the primary to cease for moist tyres.
One lap later, chief Siggy adopted swimsuit, as did podium contenders Siebel, Khan and Michi Hoyer. At this level, Simončič stayed out to guide on slicks, adopted by Oracle Pink Bull Racing Esports entrant Dennis Jordan who was seventh earlier than the inclement situations.
The one further lap earlier than switching to the blue-sidewall rubber was key for these two drivers as there have been in a position to leapfrog Huis. The 2 Redline drivers in first and second had sufficient of a cushion, nevertheless, to change tyres varieties arguably too early and keep in place.
Simončič wasn’t content material with fourth place, nevertheless, and steaked previous Siebel for third with efficient push-to-pass utilization down the Backstretch. Jordan would observe by way of similarly a lap later.
Because the 60-minutes had been accomplished, Workforce Redline had dominated having by no means been bettered all through qualifying and the race. With Siggy crossing the road six seconds forward of team-mate Rietveld, it additionally now leads the group standings.
“Our set-up was made for the dry and never the moist,” defined the winner.
“We knew the rain was going to come back to the second half of the race and we judged [our strategy] for that. We nearly did it completely,” defined the winner.
“The tempo within the moist was fairly good, although my rear [tyres] had been getting completely smoked. General I believe we did a terrific job.”
Simončič’s podium end regardless of most ballast means the lead on the prime of the factors standings extends to 9. The System Professional Collection will go to one more new venue subsequent time, Donington Park in a month’s time.
System Professional Collection, Race three, Daytona outcomes
- Kevin Siggy – Workforce Redline – 01:00:01.278
- Jeffrey Rietveld – Workforce Redline +6.14
- Jernej Simončič – Burst Esport +10.32
- Dennis Jordan – Oracle Pink Bull Racing Esports +14.01
- Alex Siebel – Oracle Pink Bull Racing Esports +18.11
- Michi Hoyer – Burst Esport +19.33
- Bono Huis – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Workforce +22.08
- Dawid Mroczek – Bykolles Burst Esport +32.79
- Collin Spork – NetRex Grand Prix +34.70
- Ibraheem Khan – BS+Competitors +40.96