Weekend Recap: Montoya bests Alonso

Weekend Recap: Montoya bests Alonso

The Race’s Triple Crown season finds its winners and Baldwin and Hansen succeed at Race of Champions.

Image source: The Race / rFactor 2

At first, everything pointed to Fernando Alonso staging a phenomenal comeback at The Race’s Legend Trophy on rFactor 2. On Saturday, the Spanish driver started at the ROKiT Triple Crown season finale at Le Mans in position 14, after he made a mistake in qualifying. But the former Formula 1 world champion managed to pull off an incredible run and take the win in the first part of the season finale.

Alonso’s great performance had put him back in the lead of the Triple Crown Legend Trophy standings. But in the second race of the day, the 38-year-old crashed in the first corner and had to retire, putting his championship ambitions to an end. While former Ferrari star Rubens Barichello dominated the race, the battle for the championship came down to former Formula 1 drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and David Brabham.

It was a close battle, but in the last round of the race, Montoya managed to get past Andy Priaulx and secure himself fourth place. Since Brabham finished seventh, it was enough for Montoya to win the Triple Crown Legend Trophy. Priaulx takes third place in the final standings, while Alonso got fifth.

Rowland wins Pro Cup by one point, Kasdorp grabs Sim Masters trophy

The Race All-Star Series featured two more competitions to complete the Triple Crown season. Just like the Legend Trophy, the Pro Cup as well as the Sim Masters found their winners on Saturday.

Just one single point separated British Formula 2 driver Oliver Rowland from his greatest opponent Augustín Canapino from Argentina at the end of the Triple Crown Pro Cup season. Canapino’s third and second place at the finale in Le Mans were not enough to defend his first place in the overall standings, since Rowland managed to win both races on Saturday.

With the Sim Masters, esports racers had their own competition in the Triple Crown championship. Dutch virtual racer Yuri Kasdorp was the one to win the title. He came into the weekend as third in the standings, just to grab himself a fourth and a second place finish. Since his rivals Liam de Waal and Muhammed Patel could not keep up with Kasdorp’s pace on that weekend, the Dutch won the Sim Masters trophy with a comfortable 44-point lead.

Hansen, Baldwin and Grosjeans succeed at Race of Champions

Another great event of last weekend was the Race of Champions Virtual, played in Assetto Corsa on Sunday. Rallycross driver Timmy Hansen showed a stellar performance to take away the individual title. German driver René Rast put up a good fight against Hansen and even managed to beat the Swedish in the group stage, just to later get knocked out by him in the playoffs.

Hansen trumped Ruben Garcia Jr. in their final duel and became champion. The individual Race of Champions Virtual was followed by the Nations Cup, where Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean and World’s Fastest Gamer James Baldwin were successful. Hansen was their final opponent and had to face the duo alone, since his team-mate Johan Kristoffersson had to deal with technical issues.

James Baldwin was the one securing victory for himself and Grosjean in the end.

Guerreri new leader of Esports WTCR

The virtual version of the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) on RaceRoom came to Slovakiaring on Sunday evening. In the first of the two races, French driver Yann Ehrlacher secured himself his first víctory of the season. In the second race, Attila Tassi emerged victorious. The Hungarian driver had already won the second race at Salzburgring two weeks earlier.

However, neither Ehrlacher nor Tassi are the big winners of the WTCR weekend. Argentinian driver Esteban Guerrieri finished in second and fourth place, making him the overall leader of the eSports WTCR. On the upcoming weekend, the virtual touring car action will head to Ningbo, China.

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