Montoya and Fernandez won in cyber racesMay 3, 2020
Motorsport veterans Juan Pablo Montoya and Adrian Fernades won the Legends Race on the virtual track in Sepang. But today’s stage of this series is also interesting because Sebastian Vettel made his debut in e-sports on it.
Participants in the Legends Race piloted the 1975 Brabham BT44B, using the rFactor 2 simulator.
Jenson Button won the qualification, ahead of Emanuele Pirro by only 0.028 seconds, but the 2009 world champion did not manage to escape the chaos that arose on the first lap – he ran into the cars of Pirro and Jan Magnussen, who attacked him in the second turn. Because of this, the Button immediately lost more than ten positions.
The leader was Andy Priaulle, who was chased by Dario Franchitti, but they also could not avoid a mutual collision, after which Montoya got the first position. And from that moment on, the Colombian controlled the course of the race.
The second was Jason Plateau, the holder of two champion titles in British touring. But he was soon ahead of Vitantonio Liuzzi, a former Formula 1 driver, and the button again made it to the third position, taking advantage of the mistakes of several rivals.
On the penultimate lap, Jenson got ahead of Liuzzi in the first turn, and the Italian did not manage to stay in second place: in the last turn, his car was deployed during a duel with Pirro.
It was Pirro who climbed to the third step of the podium, the Button became the second, and Montoya celebrated the victory.
Sebastian Vettel finished 15th in his debut race, on the road a couple of times he took part in incidents, but because of the reversing start order in the second race he was in seventh starting position.
Using the blockage in the 1st turn, Vettel went to 4th position, then to 3rd, but could not keep the car on the track, and then moved to the end of the peloton. As a result, he finished 12th, but gained a new experience for himself, which will allow him to perform more successfully in virtual races in the future.
And from the pole in the second race, Adrian Fernandez started and brought the race to victory. Darren Turner finished second, Pirro finished third, Peter Solberg, the 2003 world rally champion, finished fourth. Montoya closed the first five, confirming his consistently high racing training.
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