Exciting eSports WTCC battle in store in Slovakia

Exciting eSports WTCC battle in store in Slovakia

02/08/2017 at 06:00Updated 02/08/2017 at 06:01

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Part two of the inaugural eSports WTCC is go as the fight for the online multiplayer championship among the fastest drivers on the RaceRoom platform intensifies.

Venue of WTCC Race of Slovakia from 2012-2016, the Slovakia Ring hosts the sixth event of the eSports WTCC season on 6 August and provides an exciting challenge with a technical layout, several light crests and one particular super-fast turn.

It proved a big hit with the FIA World Touring Car Championship drivers over the years: Sebastién Loeb and Gabriele Tarquini were among the track’s big fans as the only WTCC drivers to win there more than once.

Kévin Leaune from SDL eSports and Gergo Baldi from Wauters Automotive have emerged as early contenders for Slovakia Ring success on Sunday evening when all the action will be streamed live on the WTCC’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Heading to Slovakia, it’s Leaune who tops the qualifying leaderboard ahead of Baldi after the pair traded top spot several times in their Volvo S60 Polestar racers.

Frenchman Leaune is one of seven drivers competing for SDL eSports in Division 1 with the expanded line-up including Gaetan Goarant, the fastest rookie, in an impressive fourth place.

Tim Heinemann was the fastest Honda driver in third place, but the German has to sit out Sunday’s race after collecting too many penalty points.

That leaves eSports WTCC championship leader Alexander Dornieden to uphold Honda honour, the German sixth on the leaderboard behind the fastest Citroën of Bence Bánki, for whom the event marks his home race.

Dornieden’s fellow German and Impact Racing team-mate, Jan Stange, currently second in the points behind Dornieden, completed the qualifier in P13.

Yann Ehrlacher, winner of last month’s WTCC Race of Argentina, was also in action. On his switch to virtual racing he ended up just like his competition number in 68thposition as Finnish driver Timo Klinga topped Division 2.

James Kirk and Robert Wiesenmüller will provide their usual expert commentary of the event with the action getting underway at 19h00 CET. Clickhereto find out more about eSports WTCC.