The distinctive racing esports collection sees two-car LMP2 squads, one skilled racing esports driver and one real-world motorsport competitor. Utilizing iRacing, every spherical is cut up into two warmth races, earlier than the highest 15 vehicles from every mix for the finale Bonus Race.
For every occasion, tracks are voted for by followers on social media and automobile setups are fastened throughout the sphere, with the goal of making shut racing.
Kicking off the second season, the #70 Staff Redline entry certified on pole place, Enzo Bonito taking to the wheel first. Lining up alongside him on the entrance row was BS+ Competitors’s Laurin Heinrich, the distinction in instances practically two-tenths of a second.
As 31 an identical Dallara P217 LMP2s exited the ultimate nook in formation to start out the race, the #93 of Raoul Hyman someway ended up dealing with the flawed method, with a number of vehicles piling in behind earlier than the 20-minute occasion had begun.
The sector unfold out because it crossed the startline, with but extra drama for a number of the midfield by way of Flip 1. However, on the entrance, Bonito had a lead of over one second earlier than the primary lap had completed.
On the second lap, a fierce scrap between the #28 of Johnny Guindi and the #three of Daniel Morad lasted for a number of corners however in the end ended with Morad visiting the gravel. Guindi was additionally caught up in additional contact the subsequent lap, the subsequent end result being Robert Wickens spinning throughout the sphere on the exit of Flip three and into retirement.
With slightly below 10 minutes left on the clock, the pit lane crammed up for the obligatory driver swap. One beneficiary was the #1 Staff VRS entry. Fourth earlier than the stops, Ayhancan Güven handed the automobile to Joshua Rogers who undercut the #73 Williams Esports Chillblast automobile for third, earlier than snatching second from the #19 R8G Esports entry with a clear overtake.
The chief waited till beneath seven minutes left to modify drivers, however the exhausting work had been executed for Staff Redline, with Gianni Vecchio cruising house in first, forward of Rogers and Güven in second and Julien Soenen and Elliott Vayron in third.
After the pleasure of Warmth 1, Warmth 2 was much more dramatic. Cooper Webster driving for the #97 Logitech G Altus Esports began from pole place, forward of R8G Esports’ #888 Gustavo Ariel and WTCR race-winner Attila Tassi within the #56 Williams Esports BenQ automobile.
Down into Flip 1 after the inexperienced flag and Ariel lunged Webster for the lead in a decisive transfer. Behind, nonetheless, chaos reigned with a number of vehicles sideways, backwards, and for Elias Seppänen within the #58 BS+ Competitors entry, the other way up.
Upfront, Webster repaid the favour on Ariel to re-take the lead across the exterior of Schlossgold. Because the race settled down, Staff Redline’s Chris Lulham made his method by way of the pack, first dispatching a slowing Ariel after which previous Tassi.
As soon as once more, because the clock struck 11 minutes into the race, a flood of pit stops occurred for the required driver change. Webster entered the lane with a niche of 1.9 seconds over a charging Lulham.
Simone Maria Marcenò was now answerable for the main #97, however Maximilian Benecke was on the hunt having taken the reigns over from Lulham. With simply two minutes left, the positions had been reversed, Benecke sliding by way of on the Rauch nook.
With Staff Redline in first and Logitech G Altus Esports in second, the #888 R8G Esports automobile of Ariel and Vlad Khimichev recovered to 3rd.
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With the highest 15 of every warmth now lining up for a 30-minute finale, in a curious twist, followers additionally voted for the 2 commentators – Lewis McGlade and Arjuna Kankipati successful that exact battle.
Initially, Benecke timed his launch completely to get the bounce on the remainder of the sphere, main clearly into the primary nook. After loads of side-by-side motion and a few spins behind the pack, the race quickly settled down right into a rhythm – way more relaxed than the warmth rounds.
Catastrophe struck Gianni Vecchio within the Warmth 1 successful #70 Redline entry early on, receiving a drivethrough penalty after an on-track incident at Flip three, seemingly making contact with the #888 R8G Esports entry.
Because the midway mark approached, the main target was on a number of mid-grid scraps, however out entrance, Benecke remained simply 1.eight seconds forward of Julien Soenen for R8G Esports who in flip was simply tenths forward of Alejandro Sánchez for MSI Esports.
As second and third battled, Sánchez made his transfer across the exterior of Flip four with 18 minutes accomplished. Moments later, the highest 5 all pitted on the similar time, with Soenen tapping the rear of Sánchez as they braked for the management line.
As soon as the drivers had been swapped, Staff Redline nonetheless led the way in which with Lulham on the helm, now practically 4 seconds away from the duelling R8G and MSI entrants, each of whom had been nonetheless working nostril to tail. Elliott Vayron had taken Romain Grosjean’s squad again as much as second, however MSI’s Ryan Wooden was not letting him draw back and former International Rallycross competitor Mitchell deJong entered the fray in fourth.
With eight minutes left, deJong pulled off an audacious transfer across the exterior of Flip 6 for third place. Subsequent on his checklist was Vayron in second. He dived down the within of Flip three, however there was a small rub, permitting MSI’s Wooden again into competition. The Coanda Simsport driver merely held on across the exterior of Flip 6 as soon as extra, and eventually, the transfer was full. Vayron, nonetheless, had damaged free.
Ultimately, Lulham crossed the road first for Staff Redline and the car-sharing Benecke, forward of Soenen and Vayron in second and deJong and Charlie Collins rounding out the rostrum.
“So far as I’m involved, qualifying was crucial half at this time,” defined Staff Redline’s Maximilian Benecke.
“When you get caught up within the turmoil in the beginning, you’ve hardly obtained an opportunity. Ranging from pole place within the ‘Bonus Race’ was nearly the only a part of the night. Chris additionally did an ideal job. I’m blissful that we had been in a position to rating most factors.”
There are 4 rounds this season, and the subsequent might be on ninth November, broadcast reside on the VCO YouTube and Twitch channels.
VCO ProSIM SERIES, Spherical 1, Pink Bull Ring Bonus Race outcomes
- #11 Staff Redline, Maximilian Benecke and Chris Lulham – 22 laps
- #19 R8G Esports, Julien Soenen and Elliott Vayron +6.919
- #20 Coanda Simsport, Charlie Collins and Mitchell deJong +7.464
- #47 MSI Esports, Alejandro Sánchez and Ryan T Wooden +eight.183
- #89 BS+ COMPETITION, Rainer Talvar and Phil Denes +11.330
- #95 Unrano Esports, Daniel Pásztor and Fabrice Cornelies +14.076
- #55 Unrano Esports, Dylan B Scrivens and Sandy Mitchell +14.684
- #1 Staff VRS, Joshua Ok Rogers and Ayhancan Güven +14.938
- #50 Apex Racing Staff, Peter Berryman and Elvis Rankin +17.027
- #63 Racekraft Esports, Sam Kuitert and Brian Lockwood +17.941