Drivers under pressure in The Race All-Star title fight

by Matt Beer
3 min read

The second points scoring round in The Race All-Star Cup – Fully Charged by ROKiT Phones will take place at 5pm today on The Race YouTube channel.

The current points leader is sim racer Erhan Jajovski, five points ahead of Bono Huis.

Meanwhile the highest points scoring real world driver is Gabby Chaves with 22 points, two more than Stoffel Vandoorne.

However not all of the quickest drivers had smooth runs last time. Despite evidently quick pace, many pacesetters weren’t able to score the amount of points they should’ve done.

Kevin Siggy The Race All-Star crash

The most notable of those are Dennis Lind and Rudy van Buren, who were dicing with one another for second place on the opening lap of the final.

The two made contact at the third corner, which sent Lamborghini factory driver Lind onto the grass. When he rejoined the track he hit van Buren’s car, spinning both drivers around and sending them far down the order.

They qualified in second and third yet van Buren finished down in 15th and only scored 11 points, while Lind retired from the final and scored zero.

At least van Buren was able to make it through to the final, unlike some of the other top sim racers.

Inaugural All-Star winner Jernej Simoncic qualified fourth for the sim drivers’ heat but a shove from van Buren pushed Simoncic off the circuit and into the tyre barrier.

Other notable names who didn’t make the top five in that heat were previous All-Star winner Kevin Siggy and World’s Fastest Gamer winner James Baldwin.

James Baldwin crash The Race All-Star Cup

Siggy qualified in eighth, just one place behind van Buren, but got involved in a first lap incident that sent him down to 15th.

Baldwin started the second lap in eighth behind Petar Brljak, then went into the first corner slightly too quickly and tapped the back of Brljak, sending both drivers spinning.

One of the drivers to get caught out by the two stricken cars was Siggy, which turned what was a bad race for him into an awful one.

Perhaps the biggest shock elimination from the qualifying heats was the polesitter from the sim racer heat Alen Terzic.

Despite besting the eventual winner Erhan Jajovski by over a tenth of a second, Terzic sabotaged his shot at making it through to the final by jumping the race start.

His car only moved a very short distance from its grid slot, but it was enough to get him disqualified from the race despite crossing the line in first.

Given his unbeatable pace in the toughest heat, he’s a firm favourite to do well in the remaining two rounds.

A few other drivers who will be hoping for better performances will be some of the real world drivers who were among the quickest in qualifying, but lost out in the chaos of the final race.

The Race All-Star Cup

Those include Philipp Eng, who was the second highest starting real0world driver and was running in fourth after the first lap had been completed.

However he lost out in a scrap between himself, Stoffel Vandoorne and sim racer Yuri Kasdorp, meaning Eng finished the race in 11th.

Mike Epps also finished lower down than he started as he got caught up in the first lap drama.

Epps started in seventh and finished in ninth, which is disappointing considering he was the best performing real world driver in the fourth All-Star event.

At the end of the three-round long championship the sim racer with the most points wins a day’s test with a Formula 1 team’s simulator.

The highest scoring real world driver wins $30,000 for a charity of their choice

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