Final time out, Realteam Hydrogen Redline received the initially spherical in Monza from fifth on the grid, but for Spa, the workforce wanted to showcase its raw speed and had targeted intensely on qualifying practice forward of the Spa function.
It showed, with Jeffrey Rietveld snatching pole placement, .069 forward of Marcell Csincsik in the GPX Riot Williams entry.
In GTE, Kevin Siggy had put the BMW Group Redline M8 at the front for the 2nd race in succession, outpacing Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup 2021 winner Joshua Rogers by a single-and-a-half-tenths. Monza winners in the #ninety one Porsche lined up in fifth, with BMW and Porsche dominating the head of the grid.
As the clock hit two pm CEST, Rietveld led the discipline close to La Source with relative ease, while Formula Professional Series champion Bono Huis moved up to 2nd. Just a number of metres later on, and views of a silent race ended up dispelled, as contact in between the #18 R8G Esports auto driven by Risto Kappet and the #31 Group WRT SIMTAG Esports entry driven by Arne Schoonvliet sent each cars and trucks spinning forward of the pack through Raidillon.
A lap later on and Naquib Azlan and Michele D’Alessandro came to blows at Les Combes, with Ibraheem Khan also concerned attempting to steer clear of two spinning vehicles.
The GTE race start was also thrilling, as Charlie Colins went side-by-side with pole-sitter Kevin Siggy around Bruxelles, pulling off the outside move to consider the course direct. The two Porsche Esports Group cars and trucks also steadily moved past the Siggy to make it a Zuffenhausen one-two-a few.
Quickly, targeted traffic came into engage in and the resultant imbroglio resulted in various heart-in-the-mouth moments for cars in each fields.
Dennis Zeťák span into the boundaries following attempting to steer clear of a GTE-course entrant and Michele D’Alessandro speared into the side of the TESLA R8G Esports GTE BMW after coming throughout a pack of slower cars and trucks. This resulted in a drivethrough penalty for the #10 MAHLE RACING Group entry. Later, the was a large crash in between the #fifty six Porsche and #forty nine Yas Warmth prototype auto.
Through this section, the primary #70 auto dropped from initially to 3rd and was then overtaken by present-day GT Challenge Series leader Erhan Jajovski. While sitting down in fourth, Jeffrey Rietveld experimented with to lap the GTE SIMMSA Esports Ferrari and looked to clip the kerb on the inside of of Blanchimont, spinning into the tyre barrier. The erstwhile championship leaders were out of contention after the remaining rear wheel departed the prototype.
All via the opening phase of the race, R8G Esports’ Erhan Jajovski had been chasing down the leaders and was remaining out for shut to the highest permitted time for a driver for every auto, whilst these close to him switched competition. His pace was relentless and the workforce pulled out a healthy lead in the #8 device.
The focus was then on the struggle for 2nd between 2021 ELMS winner Yifei Ye for GPX Riot Williams and IndyCar race winner Felix Rosenqvist for Group Redline. Numerous instances, Rosenqvist experimented with to overtake, various instances his initiatives came to nought. Eventually, following a titanic scrap, the Swede dived down the inside of at La Source with a clean block go.
For the GTE course the Porsche-BMW lockout at the entrance was nonetheless in position, but the Ferrari Driver Academy 488 had worked its way up to fifth and inside of 35 seconds guiding the primary German auto.
Numerous incidents befell the mid-pack runners as the race progressed. Axle Sporting activities LMP auto misplaced its entrance proper wheel and its GTE entry span rearwards into the wall at Raidillon just minutes later on – a calamitous period for the workforce.
The hapless Group WRT SIMTAG Esports workforce, who suffered from a mechanical failure in the initially spherical, ran huge at Les Combes and then was collected by Pink Bull Racing Esports GTE Corvette of Nestor Garcia, resulting in a lacking rear wing for the LMP auto.
At the head of the discipline, Gordon Mutch was being reeled in by Group Redline’s Atze Kerkhof, but once the hole had been reduced down to just over seven seconds, the R8G Esports race leader responded and looked to have quelled the assault.
In GTE, BMW Group Redline was taking part in an alternate tactic card, substantially like the initially spherical. Its stints ended up for a longer period, its time in the pits differing to the primary bunch. The polesitters may perhaps have dropped again at the start, but it was distinct now this was a deliberate approach – the only issue currently being that the hole to the direct was now nearly a single minute.
Disaster struck the GTE-primary #88 Proton Competitors Porsche 911 within the ultimate extend. Getting taken the direct on lap a single and dominating 5 out of the 6 hours, it was handed a drivethrough penalty when Dylan Pereira created make contact with with a lapped GR Wolves Racing entry. It dropped them to 3rd and handed the Porsche Esports entries snug initially and 2nd areas.
Not only was Group Redline heading prolonged in GTE, but it had also pulled the very same trick in the top rated course two, and with 35 minutes to go, it lastly created its final pit lane visit. Bono Huis was put in the auto and a established of fresh soft tyres. With just below thirty seconds remaining, the hole was just 12.seven seconds.
With 25 minutes remaining, Kevin Siggy had reached GTE class leader Mitchell deJong, but was driving in a gasoline-saving fashion. The BMW then toyed the Porsche in its slipstream for various laps.
Then with below ten minutes to go, the long-time race-leader Hany Alsabti in the #8 R8G Esports entry was required to visit the pit lane for a splash-and-sprint stop to achieve the end. The intense strategy hadn’t worked and Group Redline hit the entrance. Just seconds later on, Kevin Siggy overtook deJong for the direct in GTE and Group Redline all of a sudden led each courses. The victory was there’s in emphatic fashion.
“It’s been these a prolonged planning, from building my sim below in Monaco previously this week and currently being a few seconds off. But we all put so a lot of hours into it and I’d like to thank the workforce for an wonderful tactic,” reported race winner Felix Rosenqvist, who teamed up below with Atze Kerkhof and Bono Huis.
“That final stint was interesting,” discussed GTE victor Siggy, who shared the gain with Rudy van Buren and Enzo Bonito.
“We ended up only setting up to do 26 laps [for every stint], but the rain in no way came so it was my task to do 27 laps. It all went smoothly, but it was so tricky. In the end, it nonetheless performed out and we nailed the tactic like we thought we would do. I finished with .4 litres [of gasoline] at the end.”
LMP Le Mans Virtual Series, Spherical two Spa, Benefits
- #123 Group Redline – 172 laps
- #4 Floyd ByKolles-Burst +13.045
- #one Riot GPX Esports +13.473
- #8 R8G ESPORTS +forty two.387
- #22 GPX Rebellion Williams +58.838
GTE Le Mans Virtual Series, Spherical two Spa, Benefits
- #71 BMW Group Redline – 156 laps
- #ninety one Porsche Esports Group +one.789
- #92 Porsche Esports Group +forty six.a hundred thirty five
- #88 Proton Competitors +one lap
- #fifty five BMW Group GB +one lap