• BMW SIM Racing G2 Esports driver makes lightning begin and holds agency to safe victory
• Baldwin finishes as runner-up to maneuver to within reach of factors lead after nightmare outing for Tonizza
• Qualifying | Race | Standings
Nils Naujoks scored his maiden GT World Problem Europe Esports victory in tonight’s Dash Collection contest on the Nürburgring, whereas James Baldwin moved to inside simply six factors of the championship lead by taking second place in a frantic Assetto Corsa Competizione race.
Aston Martin squad Unicorns of Love locked out the entrance row of the grid in qualifying, with Bastian Richter beating Tobias Gronewald to high spot by 0.201s. However their benefit didn’t final as Naujoks (BMW SIM Racing G2 Esports) made a lightning launch from fourth spot.
The BMW driver immediately jumped Baldwin (McLaren Shadow) and Gronewald, getting alongside Richter into flip 1 and holding the within line for flip 2. He muscled previous the Aston and into the lead, whereas Baldwin retained third by passing Gronewald.
Naujoks ran properly in clear air, however he was not fairly quick sufficient to hole the chasing pack and Richter stayed shut behind all through the opening stint. Baldwin was not far off in third spot, whereas spectacular newcomer Niklas Houben (GTWR R8G Academy Audi) was fourth after beginning eleventh, adopted by Mateusz Tyszkiewicz (DV1 TRITON RACING Bentley).
By mid-race Richter was arguably in the perfect place to grab the win, however the pit cease window would show to be his undoing. The Unicorns of Love driver stopped early, solely to be launched into site visitors that price him appreciable time. When his rivals ducked in just a few laps later, this proved pricey.
Naujoks retained the lead, however because the order was re-established it was now Baldwin in second place. Richter’s woes didn’t finish there as each Houben and Tyszkiewicz bought forward after making their stops. He was in a position to rapidly go the Bentley, however had no reply for the charging Audi driver.
On the entrance Naujoks soaked up the strain from Baldwin, making the most of the M6 GT3’s prodigious straight-line velocity to maintain the McLaren in his mirrors. The BMW man was aided by Houben, whose efficiency grew extra spectacular by the lap as he cruised up on to the again of Baldwin.
In the end the McLaren Shadow driver couldn’t threat a transfer, significantly with a big haul of championship factors on provide. Naujoks accomplished a improbable displaying by taking victory, albeit a mere 0.280s away from Baldwin, with Houben an extra 0.575s again in third to attain the perfect outcome but for an Audi in excellent trend.
Richter was fourth, the perfect Dash Collection outcome for the Unicorns of Love squad however lower than was potential from pole place. Tyszkiewicz rounded out the top-five, adopted by the main FDA Esports Ferrari of Giovanni De Salvo and Arthur Kammerer within the second BMW SIM Racing G2 Esports entry.
The subsequent three spots went to a trio of Unicorns of Love drivers, every in several automobiles: Lars Kisser was eighth in a Lamborghini, adopted by Nils Klinkmüller in an Audi and the Aston Martin of Gronewald. Remarkably, Baldwin and De Salvo have been the one top-10 finishers to not rating their greatest results of the season tonight.
Probably the most vital absentee from the top-10 was David Tonizza (FDA Esports Ferrari), who certified alongside teammate De Salvo in tenth however was concerned in touch at flip 1 and once more throughout the second lap which left him properly down the order. This was the primary non-score this season for the Italian, whose as soon as mighty championship benefit has rapidly fallen away.
Certainly, Baldwin has closed to inside six factors of Tonizza having been greater than 50 shy only a few races in the past. Kevin Siggy stays third regardless of failing to attain at the moment, however is 41 off high spot and can want a number of wins if he’s to really problem. Certainly, the title battle seems to be a two-horse race, although Josh Rogers (VRS Coanda Porsche), De Salvo and Naujoks additionally stay mathematically eligible.
Three occasions stay on the Dash Collection calendar. The subsequent comes on 15 October at Imola, with hot-lap qualifying open from Monday 4 via Sunday 10 October. Additional 60-minute contests at Barcelona (29 October) and Spa (12 November) will conclude the season and resolve who’s topped the inaugural GT World Problem Europe Esports Dash Collection champion.