With Lebanese youngster Sami-Joe dominating the 2021 eSports WRC Championship presented by Toyota Gazoo Racing so far – three wins out of three – the big question going into round four was, could someone else grab a victory?
The answer was an emphatic ‘no’, as he snatched his fourth victory in the row just as the entry deadline came into view. Sami-Joe took victory by a scant 0.110 seconds, ahead of two-time esports WRC champion Nexl. Izamusing rounded out the podium.
Esports team Race Clutch had four drivers inside the top ten, with Seventh Gear E-Sport Club three. Members of Erally Drivers, Virtual Best Racing and Williams Esports made up the rest of the leading positions.
The fourth round of this year’s virtual championship took place using three stages set in Argentina. Unlike the previous round in Mexico which featured one extra-long special stage and one short super special, for the Argentinian round, the stage mileage was split across three shorter stages.
The first stage was the tight and twisty 7.11km El Condor in a reverse format. This was followed by the more open Cuchilla Nevada stage, at 6.88km in length. After the first two stages, then came the service halt to fix any damage to your vehicle, before the really tricky 6.60km Parque Tematico stage. The leaderboard was then compiled based upon the total time across all three settings.
There are still nine rounds left in this season’s WRC esports events, so there’s time for the championship standings to be shaken up yet. Each round is open to anyone with WRC 9 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series – although not via the recently released Nintendo Switch version.
The next round is held on the flowing stages of New Zealand, an event that was sadly cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It runs from 2nd-5th April 2021. Let us know via social media if you will be taking part.
Results image from wrc.com