The fifth race event of the 2021 edition of The Real Race presented by Lamborghini Esports took place over the 29th August weekend. The EMEA region was once again on display as the series went to Circuit Zandvoort, located in The Netherlands. The full results are available on The Real Race website. The series utilizes the Assetto Corsa Competizione platform.
ACC utilizes the 2019 version of the facility, which is not too different from the current model of the track sans a few infrastructure and minor track changes to bring it up to Formula 1 standards. The 2019 version is 4.307-kilometers or 2.676-miles in length. The old version classifies the track with 15 corners while the new one is down to 14. Circuit Zandvoort is next up on the Formula 1 calendar.
As it’s been all season, qualifiers were open beforehand to get the 20 best in each region entered into the event. After closed qualifying the day before, the dual races per region took place on Sunday. APAC ran first, the EMEA group second, and NALA would run later on in the day.
EMEA ZANDVOORT: Sherratt continues to dominate
As usual, the EMEA region belonged to Jordan Sherratt from start to finish. In qualifying, Sherratt put it on the pole position, then went on to dominate in the first of two races.
Not even Rafael Alves could beat Sherratt, even without a pit stop. The resulting penalty to Alves dropped him from fifth to 18th in the running order due to not servicing his Lamborghini.
EMEA ZANDVOORT Race 1 Results
|13||Naga Racing Djihed||28||46:11.191|
The second and longer race was more of the same for Sherratt. This time, everyone in the event managed to take their proper pit stop. Sherratt only lost the lead during the pit stops, but with no full course yellows, the only way anyone would catch him would be with a mistake. Andrea Benedetti managed to finish second in both races.
EMEA ZANDVOORT Race 2 Results
|11||Naga Racing Djihed||38||62:41.910|
With no Kevin Siclari, Tinko van der Velde or Martin Kadlečík in the field, Sherratt is able to expand upon his points lead at halfway through the season. Sherratt leads by 73 over Siclari, and that means that he’s got more than a full event’s points advantage with five races to go.
NALA ZANDVOORT: Moreira triumphs for double win
It looked like William Hendrickson was going to be the dominant force once again in the NALA region as he claimed the pole position once again over Diego Cargnin, Gabriel Felipe and Fidel Moreira. Moreira had the race pace, however and barely took the first race victory over Felipe by less than 0.4 seconds. Hendrickson wound up finishing in third.
NALA ZANDVOORT Race 1 Results
|10||Junior Augusto de Oliveira Godoi||28||46:54.778|
|13||Daniel de Oliveira||18||30:43.697|
The second race of the region kept things close between Moreira and Felipe once again. After the hour was up, Moreira was victorious once again. Hendrickson had some trouble and wound up finishing in fifth.
NALA ZANDVOORT Race 2 Results
|9||Daniel de Oliveira||37||61:12.647|
|12||Junior Augusto de Oliveira Godoi||36||60:11.917|
With the double win, Moreira was able to cut into Hendrickson’s lead, now down to 21 points. Felipe also gained on the leader with his pair of runner up finishes.
APAC ZANDVOORT: O’Hara untouchable at Zandvoort
Much like the EMEA region, the APAC region featured a dominating performance from one driver from qualifying through both races. For the APAC region, it was Andrew O’Hara in charge, winning by a landslide over Davlish Singh in the first event. Point leader Egor Ogorodnikov wound up fourth.
APAC ZANDVOORT Race 1 Results
|11||Billie Ebenhaezer Wijaya||28||46:34.942|
In the longer feature race, Gary Huang made his way up from sixth to second on the grid for a runner up, edging Ogorodnikov by a few seconds for the spot. Once again, however, it was O’Hara who won the event by over 16 seconds.
APAC ZANDVOORT Race 2 Results
|9||Billie Ebenhaezer Wijaya||38||62:37.708|
Another region and another double win means O’Hara is closing in on the leader Ogorodnikov. Ogorodnikovwas fourth and third in the respective races, so he still holds on to a five point lead over Huang and 32 point lead over O’Hara entering the Nurburgring.
The next race event will take place at the Nurburgring on 19th September. Open qualifiers will start on 13th September and will end 17th September. Only five events remain in the season now. This race will be the second Endurance event on the calendar, a two hour long race with more points awarded. Check out the full EMEA region broadcast down below.
Images thanks to The Real Race.