Verstappen survives last-lap contact to sweep Redline pro event

Max Verstappen survived contact on the final lap to take a clean sweep of race wins in the latest round of Team Redline’s Esports series for professional racing drivers.

Verstappen survives last-lap contact to sweep Redline pro event

Championship leader Verstappen won three of the first four races in Redline’s Real Racers Never Quit series but struggled for pace in the previous round in Supercars where he finished the races in fifth and 10th place.

The latest round featured 2017-spec European Formula 3 cars racing around Road America. Last time those cars were used, Verstappen and McLaren F1 driver Norris collided while fighting for the lead.

Eight-time grand prix winner Verstappen, who made his car racing debut in Euro F3 in 2014, dominated the first of two races from pole position.

Norris started that first race from second place but dropped behind both of the van der Linde brothers. However, he was able to take the final place on the podium after BMW DTM driver Sheldon spun out of second place at the final corner on the penultimate lap. Audi factory GT driver Kelvin van der Linde took second place, over two seconds behind race winner Verstappen.

Read Also:

The second race provided greater competition for Verstappen. DTM race winner Daniel Juncadella took a surprise pole position by nearly two-tenths ahead of Verstappen and Norris.

On the second lap, Juncadella outbraked himself and ran wide onto the grass allowing Verstappen through. Norris also capitalised and slip-streamed his way past Verstappen into the race lead just moments later.

Norris then threw it away at the final corner, making an identical error to Sheldon's in the first race, spinning out of the top 10.

This left a two-horse race between new race leader Verstappen and Juncadella. The latter made marginal gains into Verstappen’s lead, but a penultimate lap mistake from Verstappen allowed Juncadella to close within striking distance.

On the long run to Canada Corner, Juncadella jinked his car to the right-hand side of the track but collided with Verstappen and lifted two wheels into the air.

Juncadella landed safely back in second place, but it was enough to ensure Verstappen took his second double-win in the series. Kelvin earned his fourth successive podium in third.

2009 F1 champion Jenson Button attempted to make his sim racing debut, but managed just two laps in the opening race and failed to start the second race.  

Verstappen leads the points standings after four rounds with an increased advantage of 118 points over Kelvin.

shares
comments
TCR champion Brown signs up for ARG eSport Cup

Previous article

TCR champion Brown signs up for ARG eSport Cup

Next article

Norris gets more nervous in sim racing than driving an F1 car

Norris gets more nervous in sim racing than driving an F1 car
Load comments

About this article

Series Esports
Author Josh Suttill
How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest prize Prime

How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest prize

An unlikely partnership between World Endurance Championship LMP1 privateers Rebellion Racing and Williams Formula 1's highly-successful sim racing team yielded victory in the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual. Here's how it triumphed in the biggest sim race ever staged

Esports
Jun 15, 2020
How seriously should Esports be taken? Prime

How seriously should Esports be taken?

As interest in Esports has increased during the coronavirus lockdown, the lines have become blurred between what's real and what's virtual - especially when some high-profile participants seem to be playing for laughs, says Luke Smith

Esports
Jun 10, 2020
Why Abt's deception left Audi with no choice Prime

Why Abt's deception left Audi with no choice

Daniel Abt's suspension by the Audi Formula E team - and possible loss of his drive - for fielding a ringer in an Esports event could be considered an overreaction. But in a wider context, his employers had little other alternative

Esports
May 26, 2020
How Leclerc is embracing his new mission Prime

How Leclerc is embracing his new mission

The emergence of Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc as a Twitch streaming star has been one of the pleasant surprises of lockdown so far. He says it is giving fans a greater insight into his nature, but that's not his primary purpose

Formula 1
Apr 23, 2020
Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit Prime

Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit

The introduction of Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi to Formula 1's Virtual GP last weekend meant it was a step above the franchise's debut two weeks ago. But a dominant performance from Esports newcomer Leclerc stole the show

Esports
Apr 6, 2020
How the hidden side of being fast has been exposed Prime

How the hidden side of being fast has been exposed

The lack of real track action so far this year hasn't stop drivers from keeping their racing brains 'fresh', as former F1 star Stoffel Vandoorne suggested last weekend.

Esports
Apr 2, 2020
Why entertainment isn't Esports greatest virtue right now Prime

Why entertainment isn't Esports greatest virtue right now

MotoGP's virtual #StayAtHomeGP was a sad reminder of some of the storylines that could be unfolding had the real-life season not been delayed indefinitely by the coronavirus pandemic. While we can bemoan Esports as being a poor relation of the real thing, it has an even more important function to perform

MotoGP
Mar 30, 2020
F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable Prime

F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable

F1 Esports' inaugural Virtual Grand Prix last weekend provided brilliant entertainment to those tuning in to watch a mix of F1 drivers and celebrities battle on track, but was a missed opportunity for marketing its own Esports stars. A change of approach is needed if it is to successfully fill the void until the resumption of proper racing

Esports
Mar 24, 2020