Home drivers Gergo Baldi and Zoltán Csuti shared the wins for M1RA Esports in two epic races as the pre-season Esports WTCR series began at a virtual Hungaroring on RaceRoom this evening.
Baldi (Hyundai i30 N TCR) led from pole position to the chequered flag in Race 1 with Moritz Löhner (Williams Esports) a constant threat in a CUPRA TCR, the German setting the fastest lap on his way to second place, a mere 0.267s behind Baldi after 14 action-packed laps.
Poland’s Kuba Brzezinski (Williams Esports / Lynk & Co 03 TCR), the Esports WTCR live final winner from 2019, took third, once place ahead of Slovakia-based Bence Bánki (Honda Civic Type R TCR), the 2018 Esports WTCR online champion. Briton Jack Keithley finished fifth for Williams Esports in an Audi RS 3 LMS.
Mato Homola (Hyundai i30 N TCR) was the best of the real-life WTCR racers in P18, followed by Esteban Guerrieri (Honda Civic Type R TCR), Niels Langeveld (Audi RS 3 LMS). Norbert Michelisz (Hyundai i30 N TCR) and Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic Type R TCR).
Hungarian Zoltán Csuti made the most of a late clash between Germany’s long-time leader Tim Heinemann and Poland’s Nikodem Wisniewski (Williams Esports / Lynk & Co 03 TCR) to win Race 2 ahead of German Alexander Dornieden (FA Racing Esports / Lynk & Co 03 TCR).
Heinemann, who started from the reverse-grid pole after finishing P10 in Race 1, salvaged third with Hungary’s Adam Pinczes (Williams JIM Esports / CUPRA TCR) fourth and Wisniewski fifth following further contact with Heinemann. Race 1 winner Baldi took eighth and holds a five-point lead over Csuti..
Yann Ehrlacher (Lynk & Co 03 TCR) was the leading WTCR driver in P17 as Mato Homola recovered from early contact to finish P19. Mikel Azcona (CUPRA TCR) was P20 with Kevin Ceccon (Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR) P22 and Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic Type R TCR) P23.
The 11 WTCR drivers in action took part to entertain fans while they wait the start of the 2020 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup season and promote the FIA's #RACEATHOME campaign, which encourages people to stay safe at home during the coronavirus pandemic. As none of the them have the opportunity to practice extensively like the leading professional simracers, there was a difference in lap times. However, the WTCR drivers all succeeded in contributing to two high-action races supported by TrackTime, TAG Heuer and KW Suspensions.