The All-Star ESports Series continued with second leg in Triple Crown feature with the Indy500 race as real racing saw win for Juju Noda on her European debut.
All-Star ESports Series:
As part of their ‘Triple Crown’ series, the All-Star ESports battle returned to the brickyard speedway on rFactor2 for a series of races, the first of which featured the Pro drivers, and was won by Christian Vautier, who benefited from an error from pole-sitter Sebastien Montoya, who came second.
Bruno Senna was third, with Augustin Canapino in fourth and Michael Benyahia fifth. The Pro Race was followed by the Sim Racers event with the main event being the Legends race, where Seb Montoya’s father, Juan Pablo, heading the field in qualifying.
In the race Montoya was outdone by David Brabham, who led the Colombian. Andy Priaulx came third, with Jourdain fourth and Darren Turner fifth. With these ESports races in the past, it was time for the reverse grid rounds.
In the first one – comprised of Pro drivers – Benyahia started on pole, but Yifei Ye took the victory, scarcely leading home Maro Engel. Canapino came third, Tom Dillman fourth, and Tatiana Calderon rounded out the Top 5.
As always, the Sim Racers event followed, but what succeeded that was the headline event: the reverse-grid Legends race, that had the potential to deliver Fernando Alonso his second win of the three necessary to complete the Virtual Triple Crown.
Here, Max Papis started in front, just ahead of Karun Chandhok. Perhaps predictably, though, he lost this position quickly, as Alonso and Jenson Button and other front-running drivers made their way through the field.
It transpired that after an long battle, Button would win. Second, third, fourth, and fifth were occupied by Petter Solberg, Papis, Alonso, and Emmanuelle Pirro. Even though Le Mans 24 Hours race is left, the Spaniard won’t secure the Triple Crown.
Here’s the full ESports event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWTsxtBdZi4
Moving to the real world racing, Danish F4 kick-started at Jyllandsringen where Japanese racing sensation Noda set alight the championship. In only her first race on European soil, the 14-year-old not only started on pole but secured the victory too.
She actually inherited pole after penalty to pole-sitter Conrad Laursen. It was a gritty fight where the daughter of former F1 racer Hideki Noda, beat Laursen by just 1.1s margin. The weekend is not over yet as two more races remain to take place on Sunday.
Here’s how the last weekend went