F1 Esports series commences, ADAC GT Masters goes to Austria and tough competition awaits at iRX world championship.
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The F1 Esports Pro Series 2020 promises to be the most exciting season in F1 esports yet. With $750,000 on the line, the prize pool has increased by 50% in comparison to 2019. On Wednesday, we will witness the first round of the most lucrative esports racing series of the year. The field will travel to Bahrain and Hanoi and give a first taste of their skills in Codemasters’ latest F1 sequel.
Fans can look forward to many excellent line-ups that compete for the eleven teams participating. F1 Esports world champion David Tonizza will take once again the seat for FDA Esports Team. Last year, they were close to winning the teams’ championship but had to admit defeat to Red Bull Racing Esports Team. Tonizza is joined by Italian racer Enzo Bonito and the newly drafted Filip Presnajder.
Red Bull will once again compete with their star player Frede Rasmussen. The Dane played a huge part in earning Red Bull’s team trophy last year, finishing second among drivers. He competed alongside former Racing Point driver Marcel Kiefer and Tino Naukkarinen, who debuted in the series in 2019.
Gearing up to defend our title 💪 There is just 1️⃣ week to go until the the start of the #F1Esports season 📅— Red Bull Racing Esports (@redbullracingES) October 7, 2020
The kick-off event will be streamed live on Formula 1’s Twitch on October 14 at 4.30 PM CEST. One day later, the competitors will race a third time in Shanghai.
Wisniewski seeks to maintain lead
Nikodem Wisniewski managed to snatch away the lead in the ADAC GT Masters eSports 2020 from the German Euronics Gaming racer Tim Jarschel. Wisniewski only finished third at Sachsenring, but this was enough to get the better of Jarschel, who placed sixth.
In Round 5 at the famed Red Bull Ring, the Polish driver from Williams Esports could well expand on his advantage. However, both Gergo Baldi and Moritz Löhner proved what they are capable of in Round 4 and showed how much skill they have. Especially Löhner, who occupies rank three in the standings right now, has displayed his quality as a title contender for quite some time – after all, the German has recently won the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup 2020.
If you want to see the tough battle for the top, tune in to ADAC’s YouTube channel on October 17 at 6.30 PM CEST.
Who can challenge deJong?
The 2020 iRacing Rallycross World Championship goes into Round 3 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 17. While nothing has been decided yet, iRX 2018 champion Mitchell deJong looked simply great in Round 1. Although he didn’t win the main race, as the Finnish driver Ilari Lamminsivu beat him by a small margin, deJong accumulated the most points.
Round 2 was dominated by two more drivers from Finland: Jonne Ollikainen and Tommi Hallman, who placed first and second at Daytona. Currently, Briton Jon Robertson leads the standings with 43 points, thanks to decent results in both rounds. Round 2 winner Ollikainen is a close second with 39 points. DeJong is slightly behind with 32 after only adding six to his score in Round 2.
With the @iRacing #Rallycross World Championship commencing next week, it’s time to look at driver profiles of our returning 2019 drivers.— Jonathan Simon (@jonnyess8) September 17, 2020
2018 champion @MitchelldeJong1 looks to reclaim his title trophy in 2020. pic.twitter.com/NlEkxTErSJ
If you want to watch the event live, visit the official iRacing YouTube channel and enjoy the rallycross show at 8 PM CEST.
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