Last week we bought you news that Formula E had launched their “Accelerate”. Well 7 days later and the results have been already been confirmed.
There was a heavy dose of F1 Esports drivers getting involved with this competition. The 2020 runner-up Frede Rasmussen took the top spot with an electrifying 1:08.371 despite rFactor 2 not being considered his main competition platform. Earning second position was rFactor 2 regular racer, Erhan Jajovski (who is signed to Roman Grosjean’s R8G Esports team). Manuel Biancolilla, the F1 Esports Alpha Tauri driver taking 3rd position. Just over 0.05 seconds separated the top three.
These drivers have now been guaranteed entry into the main season, which is due to start on the 28th January.
However, there has been some disquiet on social media. The actual F1 Esports champion Jarno Opmeer (and others) seem to have had their laptimes deleted after the competition had ended after he was judged to have hit a wall and gained time as a result.
All is not lost for those drivers that did not automatically progress as the Formula E teams will be able to select their drivers at their discretion before the opening race.
You can see the full results on the rFactor 2 competition system here.
Here’s the calendar of broadcast events:
- January 28 – Round 1
- February 4 – Round 2
- February 11 – Round 3
- March 11 – Round 4
- March 18 – Round 5
- March 25 – Grand Final
Although destinations are yet to be confirmed, it’s fairly likely you’ll be able to catch the action live on Formula E’s Youtube, Twitch and Facebook pages.
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