Sami-Joe’s replay footage of his Rallye Monte Carlo esports victory run was from another planet. I couldn’t comprehend how someone could be so rapid over such a long stage. Every single corner was perfect. Not since the invention of cheese and onion crisps has something been so perfect.
With that in mind, seeing the Lebanese rally upstart top the timesheets of again a few weeks later may not be much of a surprise. But it’s no mean feat – remember, the 2021 ‘eSports WRC Championship, presented by Toyota Gazoo Racing’ is open to anyone, full-time esports professionals included.
So it was that Sami-Joe and his Seventh Gear team-mate Mihalo clinched the top two steps of the podium, with previous champion Nexl in third. The rest of the top ten was filled by drivers of either Seventh Gear, eRally Drivers, Race Clutch or Williams Esports teams. We see a pattern developing here…
The two stages for this latest round were set in Sweden. Stage one was Torsby Reverse 5.60km in length, followed by the significantly more challenging Knon test which was 14.1kms. Sadly, Rally Sweden was cancelled in real life due to the pandemic, but fans of snowy WRC action won’t be disappointed, as Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox will be used instead, this coming weekend.
As for the esports battle, the third round will be on the Mexican stages and available to those on PlayStation, PC and Xbox between 5th-8th March 2021. Let us know on social media if you’ll be taking part.
Image sourced from wrc.com.