Get set for the big eSports WTCC title showdown

Get set for the big eSports WTCC title showdown

09/11/2017 at 12:00Updated 09/11/2017 at 15:21

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The inaugural eSports WTCC multiplayer championship reaches its climax at a virtual Macau on Sunday evening. And just like the FIA World Touring Car Championship, the eSports WTCC title battle is wide open with four online racers in contention for glory.

Germany’s Alexander Dornieden tops the standings by 18 points but languishes in P15 on the qualifying leaderboard, two places ahead of Hungary’s Gergo Baldi but two behind compatriot Jan Stange and five adrift of Márk Nándori, who was inspired to take up simracing by fellow Hungarian Norbert Michelisz, the online racer turned factory Honda WTCC driver.

While the title contenders all failed to hit high notes in qualifying, the Slovakian Citroën driver Bence Bánki was on rapid form, setting a hugely impressive 2m18.9s to top the time sheets by almost three-tenths of a second ahead of Juan Manuel Gomez, who is returning to the championship in his Honda following a lengthy absence.

Austrian Kevin Siggy Rebernak placed his Wauters Automotive Volvo in third ahead of team-mate Daniel Cziranku (Hungary), who was also the leading newcomer. Poland’s Nikodem Wisniewski was fifth, a result that gave him the Leaderboard Champion title as the fastest driver over one lap in all 10 rounds.

Yann Ehrlacher, a race winner in the World Touring Car Championship with RC Motorsport, was making his eSports WTCC return but narrowly missed out on qualifying for Sunday’s races, which will be streamed live on the WTCC’s official Facebook and YouTube channels from 18h00 CET on 12 November when James Kirk and Robert Wiesenmüller will provide their usual expert commentary.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Alan Chan was fastest in Division 2.