- BMW driver Schill secured his first SRO Esports victory at virtual Silverstone
- Chris Harteveld stays perfect with win in the Silver class
- Race Results | Standings | Race Replay
The second edition of the Mobileye GT World Challenge America Esports Championship looked to be another Porsche dominated affair with the pair of GTWR R8G Academy Drivers jumping out to an early lead on a gloomy morning at virtual Silverstone.
Both polesitter Chris Harteveld and his teammate Luke Whitehead seemed to be the duo to beat, following an early exit by Tobias Pfeffer’s Mercedes-AMG E-Sports Team Unicorns of Love Mercedes-AMG GT3 after grabbing the lead on the opening lap.
Further back in the field, a three-wide mid-pack opening lap incident claimed several competitors. Early car damage and loss of track position would dash their hopes of moving up in the field at Silverstone.
As the race went on, Gregor Schill maintained pace with the Porsche drivers, capitalizing on mistakes to move his BMW Team BS+ Turner Motorsport BMW M3 GT3 past Whitehead and eventually Harteveld. The leaders entered the pits together at the very last moment, rejoining in the same order with an advantage to Schill as Whitehead spun and lost control of his racecar on the out lap.
From there, the BS+ Turner BMW cruised to victory for Schill’s first major win in SRO Esports competition. He credited managing his tires and slipping past his competitors following small mistakes that he was able to capitalize on in what was a close three-way battle for the overall lead for a majority of the race.
Turner Motorsport of course competes in the real world Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS championship which has expanded its esports collaborations to include the Mobileye GTWC America series this season.
Chris Harteveld earned the Silver class victory for GTWR R8G Academy, staying perfect in his quest for the Silver championship. He now holds a 27 point advantage over Gabriel Felipe in the standings. His team Whitehead, would finish 3rd on the road but 2nd in the Pro category.
Michael Kundakcioglu, the two-time GTWC America Esports champion, held on to the final podium spot in Pro finishing 3rd in the FFS Racing Porsche. A thrilling battle between multiple competitors kept Kundakcioglu busy in the 60-minute contest.
Chris Severt and Igor Rodrigues rounded out the Top 5 in Pro.
Following Harteveld in Silver, DeltaSport’s Luke Southall took second place with Race Anywhere Simsport’s Renato Dornelles completing the podium. Josh McKeen and Ryan Yee held on to fourth and fifth respectively to complete the Silver Top 5.
The series heads to virtual Kyalami next on Saturday, June 25th. Home to the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli’s Kyalami 9 Hour, Round 3 will be a true test to see who will be championship contenders for the 5 round series.
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