The ultimate and deciding round of the GTWC Europe Esports Dash Sequence was from Spa-Francorchamps, and the principle plotline was the battle for the championship between McLaren Shadow’s James Baldwin and Ferrari Driving Academy’s (FDA) David Tonizza.
The SRO Dash and Endurance Esports sequence have been an enormous success this 12 months with high-quality broadcasts of a few of the most interesting sim racers on the planet, representing main actual and digital motorsport groups comparable to Williams Esports, YAS HEAT, Jota, VRS Coanda Simsport, Workforce Redline and Rocket Simsport.
Separated by two factors after round nine at Barcelona, it was first blood to Tonizza, as he certified three positions forward of Baldwin in 11th place. With Tonizza’s team-mate – Giovanni De Salvo – qualifying eighth, the benefit absolutely lay with the Ferrari pilot because the race acquired underway.
Nonetheless, with Tonizza sitting in seventh and Baldwin 12th, the Italian driver was hit with a 10s penalty for making contact with the Porsche of Maciej Malinowski on the opening lap. With Baldwin caught behind De Salvo, and the hole to Tonizza rising progressively, the McLaren Shadow driver made his necessary cease as the pit window opened, hoping to undercut De Salvo and acquire observe place.
Sadly for Baldwin, De Salvo elevated his benefit barely, however each had been now forward of Tonizza after he served his 10s penalty – a vital improvement within the championship race.
Out entrance was GTWR R8G Academy driver Niklas Houben, having fun with his greatest run thus far within the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo. He drove a wonderful race after overtaking the pole-sitting Lamborghini of Jakob Ostermann throughout a tense change of positions. Ostermann’s problem light barely, with the BMW M6 GT3s of team-mates Nils Naujoks and Arthur Kammerer filling the void, working collectively for SIM Racing G2 Esports to try to catch Houben forward.
In the end, the podium completed Houben, Kammerer, Naujoks; sufficient for Naujoks to safe third within the championship forward of rivals Kevin Siggy and De Salvo. Naujoks packed in some robust outcomes into the tail-end of his season, together with a brace of victories, and carried this momentum via to the remaining spherical.
As for the championship battle, Tonizza was unable to bridge the four-second hole to Baldwin regardless of De Salvo’s sterling efforts maintaining the McLaren Shadow driver behind, and Baldwin’s sequence win was cemented on the ultimate lap after De Salvo and Gregor Schill made contact at Chicane, gifting Baldwin sixth place and confirming his place on the prime of the standings.
It marks the second SRO Esports title for Baldwin this season, after his triumph within the British GT Esports Competition earlier this 12 months.
Though Tonizza will maybe rue the 10s penalty on this spherical, his two non-scores in the course of the season had been the deciding issue. Baldwin’s constant putting made him the one driver within the championship to attain in each occasion, ending a mere eight factors forward of Tonizza in what was an thrilling conclusion to the inaugural GT World Problem Europe Esports Dash Sequence.
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GT World Problem Europe Esports Dash Sequence, Spherical 10 race outcomes
- Niklas Houben, GTWR R8G Academy – 26 laps
- Arthur Kammerer, BMW SIM Racing G2 Esports +3.563s
- Nils Naujoks, BMW SIM Racing G2 Esports +3.650s
- Tobias Gronewald, Unicorns of Love +5.577s
- Jakob Ostermann, GAADI Racing +8.955s
- James Baldwin, McLaren Shadow +16.558s
- Giovanni De Salvo, FDA Esports Workforce +16.925s
- Gregor Schill, BMW SIM Racing G2 Esports +18.419s
- David Tonizza, FDA Esports Workforce +20.114s
- Maciej Malinowski, Random Pasta Bowl +24.397s
GT World Problem Europe Esports Dash Sequence, championship standings
- James Baldwin, McLaren Shadow – 142pts
- David Tonizza, FDA Esports Workforce – 134pts
- Nils Naujoks, BMW SIM Racing G2 Esports – 92pts
- Kevin Siggy, Workforce Redline – 81pts
- Giovanni De Salvo, FDA Esports Workforce – 75pts