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Esports: Double points in Austria in challenging Event Two

November 9, 2020
2020
Esports
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The BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team battled through the field in all three F1 Esports Pro Series races in Event Two, saving the best for last with a thrilling charge to points in Austria through Lucas Blakeley and Daniele Haddad.

 

In the opener at Zandvoort, Shanaka Clay made his long-awaited F1 Esports Pro Series debut – and you can catch up with our recap below.

 

Race One: Netherlands

 

With overtaking at a premium and Zandvoort a new addition to both the official Formula 1 video game titles and the F1 Esports Pro Series, this was a challenging way to kick off the double-header!

 

Shanaka lined up alongside Lucas for his long-awaited debut, but the BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team pair had a challenging qualifying, lining up in P18 and P20 respectively.

 

Despite the setback, the two drivers managed to demonstrate a strong race craft to climb up the order.


At the start, both drivers were on the hunt and Lucas made up an incredible four places on the opening lap, with Shanaka gaining two places in an impressive charge.

 

Now in P14 and P16, the two drivers differed in approach. Shanaka ran a long first stint on the alternate strategy and ran as high as P5before stopping on Lap 13 of 25.

 

Sadly, a three-second penalty for speeding in the pitlane cruelly denied him the chance to jump places through strategy.

 

Lucas meanwhile stuck to the conventional strategy and stopped on Lap 6, and when the order shuffled out in the late stages, the two virtual RP20s were in close battle for the fringes of the Top 10.

 

Battling against their Haas, Renault and McLaren rivals, Shanaka would cross the line in P14 with Lucas in P16, but in-race penalties through the field meant the two swapped places post-race.

 

Race Two: Canada

 

The BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team narrowly missed out on points in Canada after late contact involving Daniele while running in P10.

 

With both Lucas and Daniele unlucky to miss out on Q3, lining up in P12 and P14 respectively, the race was on to claim a Top 10finish.

 

Strategy was varied throughout the field, but Lucas andDaniele both opted to stop early, switching from Softs to Mediums on Lap 5 and6 of 25 respectively – with potential for rain late on influencing calls.

 

Dani had climbed to P10 before his stop, and he returned to the position by climbing seven places in 10 laps.

 

But there was a cruel blow to Dani’s impressive race when he was caught up in a collision through no fault of his own that dropped him toP15 and out of the points.

 

Lucas was able to finish where he started, despite being squeezed off the track by a Williams and a later three-second time penalty for track limits both hindering his progress.

 

Race Three: Austria

 

Qualifying remained extremely close throughout the event and the team fell narrowly short of Q3 in Austria, with Lucas and Daniele lining up in P12 and P14 respectively.
 
The pair opted to start on the Medium tyre compound and remained in touch with a train of cars in the battle for points early on. Lucas would swiftly gain a place and then jumped past a Mercedes rival through the pitstop window to come out in a net P10 for the second stint.
 
The best was yet to come when Lucas successfully came out on top of a battle with a Ferrari and a McLaren to move into P8 in the final phases of the race, which became P7 after the application of post-race penalties.
 
Those same penalties helped boost Daniele into P9 after crossing the line inP11 following a long-running battle with a train of cars fighting for the Top10.

The BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team battled through the field in all three F1 Esports Pro Series races in Event Two, saving the best for last with a thrilling charge to points in Austria through Lucas Blakeley and Daniele Haddad.

 

In the opener at Zandvoort, Shanaka Clay made his long-awaited F1 Esports Pro Series debut – and you can catch up with our recap below.

 

Race One: Netherlands

 

With overtaking at a premium and Zandvoort a new addition to both the official Formula 1 video game titles and the F1 Esports Pro Series, this was a challenging way to kick off the double-header!

 

Shanaka lined up alongside Lucas for his long-awaited debut, but the BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team pair had a challenging qualifying, lining up in P18 and P20 respectively.

 

Despite the setback, the two drivers managed to demonstrate a strong race craft to climb up the order.


At the start, both drivers were on the hunt and Lucas made up an incredible four places on the opening lap, with Shanaka gaining two places in an impressive charge.

 

Now in P14 and P16, the two drivers differed in approach. Shanaka ran a long first stint on the alternate strategy and ran as high as P5before stopping on Lap 13 of 25.

 

Sadly, a three-second penalty for speeding in the pitlane cruelly denied him the chance to jump places through strategy.

 

Lucas meanwhile stuck to the conventional strategy and stopped on Lap 6, and when the order shuffled out in the late stages, the two virtual RP20s were in close battle for the fringes of the Top 10.

 

Battling against their Haas, Renault and McLaren rivals, Shanaka would cross the line in P14 with Lucas in P16, but in-race penalties through the field meant the two swapped places post-race.

 

Race Two: Canada

 

The BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team narrowly missed out on points in Canada after late contact involving Daniele while running in P10.

 

With both Lucas and Daniele unlucky to miss out on Q3, lining up in P12 and P14 respectively, the race was on to claim a Top 10finish.

 

Strategy was varied throughout the field, but Lucas andDaniele both opted to stop early, switching from Softs to Mediums on Lap 5 and6 of 25 respectively – with potential for rain late on influencing calls.

 

Dani had climbed to P10 before his stop, and he returned to the position by climbing seven places in 10 laps.

 

But there was a cruel blow to Dani’s impressive race when he was caught up in a collision through no fault of his own that dropped him toP15 and out of the points.

 

Lucas was able to finish where he started, despite being squeezed off the track by a Williams and a later three-second time penalty for track limits both hindering his progress.

 

Race Three: Austria

 

Qualifying remained extremely close throughout the event and the team fell narrowly short of Q3 in Austria, with Lucas and Daniele lining up in P12 and P14 respectively.
 
The pair opted to start on the Medium tyre compound and remained in touch with a train of cars in the battle for points early on. Lucas would swiftly gain a place and then jumped past a Mercedes rival through the pitstop window to come out in a net P10 for the second stint.
 
The best was yet to come when Lucas successfully came out on top of a battle with a Ferrari and a McLaren to move into P8 in the final phases of the race, which became P7 after the application of post-race penalties.
 
Those same penalties helped boost Daniele into P9 after crossing the line inP11 following a long-running battle with a train of cars fighting for the Top10.

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