Marcel storms to his and the team’s first win in F1 Esports Pro Series!
The 2019 F1 Esports Pro Series returned for its second round on Wednesday, with a packed grid taking to the virtual track at the Gfinity Esports Arena in London.
Racing at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Red Bull Ring and Silverstone, the series completed its next three rounds to reach the half-way point of the 2019 season.
Following on from back-to-back points finishes in Event 1, our drivers experienced a difficult start to Event 2.
But the comeback was on in a dramatic final race, as Marcel Kiefer secured both his and the team’s maiden win in the series!
The second event of the 2019 F1 Esports Pro Series commenced at the high-speed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with the track making its championship debut as the fourth venue of the present campaign.
While the 25% distance race started in dry conditions, the 18-lap affair proved to be one of the most difficult races yet, with a sudden downpour of rain creating tricky and changeable conditions.
Starting from P10 and P14, Daniele and Marcel made solid progress – advancing to P8 and P10 respectively when the rain arrived on Lap 3.
As conditions became more treacherous, Daniele pitted at the end of Lap 4 while Marcel opted to use the overcut strategy, staying out on track on the Soft tyres while the conditions only deteriorated.
After briefly leading, Marcel pitted on Lap 5 for Intermediate tyres to rejoin at the rear of the field. Fighting on, Daniele and Marcel eventually took P12 and P13 at the chequered flag.
The second round of Event 2 was contested at the Red Bull Ring and, after a mixed qualifying session, Marcel started from P8 while Daniele lined up in P20.
A lighting getaway was only the start of what was a spectacular race for Daniele, with the Italian advancing to P17 at the end of the first lap. Marching onwards, The Italian continued his ascension through the field, making solid progress to only narrowly miss out on a top 10 place – taking P11 to finish just in front of Marcel in P12.
The final race of Event 2 marked the team’s home race at Silverstone. And, after delivering a strong result last year, hopes were high for the sixth race of the season.
It was an impressive qualifying for the team, with Marcel securing a second-row starting spot in P3 – just 0.165s adrift of pole position – while Daniele started P12 at his favourite circuit on the calendar.
Securing a strong start, Marcel maintained P3 over the course of Lap 1, remaining close to first and second-placed runners David Tonizza and Frederik Rasmussen.
With Rasmussen clearing Tonizza on Lap 3, the Italian pitted for fresh tyres on Lap 5, allowing Marcel to move into second place and advancing into the lead when Rasmussen pitted one tour later.
Swapping his Soft-compound tyres for a set of Mediums, Marcel pitted on Lap 7, using the overcut strategy to his advantage to hold a net second place.
Closing in on Rasmussen, Marcel snatched first position with a diving move into Stowe with two laps remaining, going on to claim the team’s maiden win in the F1 Esports Pro Series!
Reaching the half-way point this season, Marcel currently holds P4 place in the Drivers’ Championship, advancing his tally 56 points.
While he was unfortunate to miss out on the top 10 in races 4-6, Daniele’s eight points from Event 1 help place the team P4 in the Constructors’ Standings.
The 2019 F1 Esports Pro Series will continue on November 6 at the Gfinity Esports Arena in London, with the field set to contest the next three races of the championship at Hockenheim, Spa and Monza.