Lebanese teenager Sami-Joe romped home for his third victory in as many events after the third round of the 2021 eSports WRC Championship, presented by Toyota Gazoo Racing.
Following the Rallye Monte Carlo and Sweden events earlier this year, the latest round of the esports championship was held in the sweltering conditions of a virtual Mexico. Set across two stages in the WRC 9 game, the best combined time would settle the leaderboard.
Stage one was around the Autódromo de León, a Super Special stage measuring only 2.58km. This was just a warm-up, however, as stage two was the ginormous 18.37km of the infamous El Chocolate Reverse. If looking after tyre wear across this dry and dusty stage wasn’t enough, the tight and twisty sections don’t seem to have any rhyme or reason to them, making it hard to find a consistent pace. Well, for me, that is.
For Sami-Joe and his Seventh Gear team, it was clearly just another day at the office. An incredible performance. Two-time esports WRC champion Nexl finished in second, with Kriim for ERally Drivers rounding out the podium. The result means that, rather obviously, Sami-Joe extends his lead at the head of the driver’s table, while Seventh Gear do the same in the Team’s race.
The next stop on the calendar for anyone with a copy of WRC 9 is 19th March with two stages set at Rally Argentina. We’ll be trying too, but almost certainly nowhere near the top!
Result image thanks to wrc.com.