It’s a third consecutive podium and the first victory of the season as R8G win the 2021 VCO 24H Series Esports Round 3 at the Red Bull Ring. The six hour race saw Vlad Khimichev and Racim Fezoui take the chequered flag with a 14 second lead in their Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO.
Second place was taken by the Williams Esports BMW M4 GT3, with third going to the MAHLE Racing Team Porsche 911 GT3 R which had originally started on pole postion. Khimichev also recorded the fastest lap during the race, with a 1:28.491 early on in the 239 recorded by the winning team. Retirements included Team Redline and Biela Racing Team Euronics.
Racim Fezoui (R8G Esports): “Our strategy paid off. We decided to concentrate on racing qualifying laps in the second half of the race instead of saving fuel, as that cost us too much time. With regard to the championship, we are benefiting from scoring points very consistently and we are only looking ahead to the next race. We are always very well prepared.”
The win in the Porsche Cup class went to Williams Esports, followed by Asetek Simports Volante and CoRe SimRacing. In the GT4s, it was Team Fordzilla who triumphed over Carbon Simsport and Asetek Simsports Volante. And CoRe SimRacing took the TCR Class win, ahead of MSI eSports and Impulse Racing.
Josh Thompson (Williams Esports, 992 class winner): “From our point of view, that was one of the best races for a long time. We never gave up and were able to close the gap to the leaders in the final stage. It’s a shame that it ended like that. I don’t know exactly what happened in that crash behind me. I was only told that the cars behind went off the track.”
Will Chadwick (Team Fordzilla, GT4 class winner): “That was a very good weekend! I am very sorry for the Puresims team. They were in the lead when they got involved in a crash. Our pace was very good, but I can’t say whether we would have been able to overtake them on the track.”
Corentin Guinez (CoRe SimRacing, TCR class winner): “Right at the start, it was all about surviving the first waves of GT3 and Cup cars, which went well. Then I noticed that being in the lead with clear track allowed me to pull away significantly from the cars behind so I really pushed on and handed the car over safely to my team-mate. This win gives us a lot of confidence.”
The next round of the 24H Series Esports powered by VCO will take place on February 13th, 2022, with the 6 Hours of Monza.
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