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Esports: Tough Breaks in Event Three

November 20, 2020
2020
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Points prove elusive in a drama-filled trio of races

It was a challenging Event Three for the BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team, coming close to scoring points in two of the three races.

The third round was all about speed, taking in a trio of iconic venues at Silverstone, Spa and Monza –home races for British duo Lucas Blakeley and Shanaka Clay, as well as Italian Daniele Haddad.

While results may not have gone their way, each of our drivers showed their grit in tough circumstances to keep fighting right to the flag.

Race Seven: Silverstone

As has been the case throughout the F1 Esports Pro Series this year, Qualifying proved hugely influential in the race result. Unfortunately, luck went against the team in the grid-deciding shootout, spearheaded by home racers Lucas and Shanaka.

Shanaka was cruelly denied the chance to fight for Q2 after he was blocked on a flying lap, disrupting his flow and leaving him P20 on the grid.

Lucas was able to breeze into Q2 but, as the margins became ever tighter, he missed out on Q3 by just 0.003s – eventually lining up P13.

Despite tyre wear proving limited and overtaking at a premium in the races, Lucas and Shanaka made impressive progress.

After tricky opening laps in a condensed field, Lucas moved up to P12 by the one-third distance before pitting to switch from Medium to Soft tyres. Shanaka ran all the way to Lap 10 of 15, pitting from P4 to return in P18 behind Lucas.

Lucas would soon join a train of cars on the fringes of the Top 10, all split by under a second in the final laps, and the Scotsman quickly dispatched two rivals to climb to P12.

On the penultimate lap, Lucas was able to climb into his eventual finishing position of P11 – falling just short of the points – while Shanaka took P16.

Race Eight: Spa

Daniele would join Lucas for the race at Spa, but a difficult Qualifying session left them P19 and P18 on the grid respectively. Just as at Silverstone, neither tyre wear nor overtaking were a significant factor, leaving limited strategic options.

Daniele would attempt a long-running first stint on the Medium tyre and led the race at the halfway point – helping his cause by firing in the fastest lap of the race at the time before his pit stop. His return to the track in P16 showed the closeness of the field, with everyone ahead in DRS range of each other.

Daniele would play a part in a dramatic finale by storming past a rival at the Bus Stop chicane on the final lap to make it into P14.

For Lucas, the race was even more challenging. Having made promising early progress, a collision forced him to pit for a new front wing and resigned him to a P20 finish.

Race Nine: Monza

Daniele came close to ending the Event on a high with points in his home race, eventually finishing P13 after an unfortunate post-race penalty.

After qualifying in P13 and narrowly missing out on Q3, a technical glitch cost Daniele heavily at the first chicane and led to an unavoidable opening lap collision he was deemed at fault for.

Not to be deterred, Daniele would again run a longer stint on the Mediums but maximised the Soft in the late stages to climb the order, taking P13 after post-race penalties were applied to his rivals.

Shanaka had looked set to go from the back of the grid to the fringes of the Top 10, as he ran the joint-longest opening stint of anyone on the Soft tyre.

That helped him climb from P20 up to the fringes of the Top 10, before a late penalty for exceeding track limits relegated him to P15.

A tough event by all accounts – but with just a couple of weeks remaining until the season finale, we’re determined to fight back and end the year on a high.

Points prove elusive in a drama-filled trio of races

It was a challenging Event Three for the BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team, coming close to scoring points in two of the three races.

The third round was all about speed, taking in a trio of iconic venues at Silverstone, Spa and Monza –home races for British duo Lucas Blakeley and Shanaka Clay, as well as Italian Daniele Haddad.

While results may not have gone their way, each of our drivers showed their grit in tough circumstances to keep fighting right to the flag.

Race Seven: Silverstone

As has been the case throughout the F1 Esports Pro Series this year, Qualifying proved hugely influential in the race result. Unfortunately, luck went against the team in the grid-deciding shootout, spearheaded by home racers Lucas and Shanaka.

Shanaka was cruelly denied the chance to fight for Q2 after he was blocked on a flying lap, disrupting his flow and leaving him P20 on the grid.

Lucas was able to breeze into Q2 but, as the margins became ever tighter, he missed out on Q3 by just 0.003s – eventually lining up P13.

Despite tyre wear proving limited and overtaking at a premium in the races, Lucas and Shanaka made impressive progress.

After tricky opening laps in a condensed field, Lucas moved up to P12 by the one-third distance before pitting to switch from Medium to Soft tyres. Shanaka ran all the way to Lap 10 of 15, pitting from P4 to return in P18 behind Lucas.

Lucas would soon join a train of cars on the fringes of the Top 10, all split by under a second in the final laps, and the Scotsman quickly dispatched two rivals to climb to P12.

On the penultimate lap, Lucas was able to climb into his eventual finishing position of P11 – falling just short of the points – while Shanaka took P16.

Race Eight: Spa

Daniele would join Lucas for the race at Spa, but a difficult Qualifying session left them P19 and P18 on the grid respectively. Just as at Silverstone, neither tyre wear nor overtaking were a significant factor, leaving limited strategic options.

Daniele would attempt a long-running first stint on the Medium tyre and led the race at the halfway point – helping his cause by firing in the fastest lap of the race at the time before his pit stop. His return to the track in P16 showed the closeness of the field, with everyone ahead in DRS range of each other.

Daniele would play a part in a dramatic finale by storming past a rival at the Bus Stop chicane on the final lap to make it into P14.

For Lucas, the race was even more challenging. Having made promising early progress, a collision forced him to pit for a new front wing and resigned him to a P20 finish.

Race Nine: Monza

Daniele came close to ending the Event on a high with points in his home race, eventually finishing P13 after an unfortunate post-race penalty.

After qualifying in P13 and narrowly missing out on Q3, a technical glitch cost Daniele heavily at the first chicane and led to an unavoidable opening lap collision he was deemed at fault for.

Not to be deterred, Daniele would again run a longer stint on the Mediums but maximised the Soft in the late stages to climb the order, taking P13 after post-race penalties were applied to his rivals.

Shanaka had looked set to go from the back of the grid to the fringes of the Top 10, as he ran the joint-longest opening stint of anyone on the Soft tyre.

That helped him climb from P20 up to the fringes of the Top 10, before a late penalty for exceeding track limits relegated him to P15.

A tough event by all accounts – but with just a couple of weeks remaining until the season finale, we’re determined to fight back and end the year on a high.

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