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SRO Esports Sim Pro Series: Tonizza outsmarts the Ferrari duo in explosive second lap

With the real GT Challenge drivers taking the spotlight, it was time for the sim racers to take the spotlight again.

Tobias Pfeffer and Unicorns of Love enjoyed the glory at Monza over a month ago, saw two of their cars on the podium and were keen to continue that excellent start.

The field of participants awaited the circuit Paul Ricard, a circuit where Neil Verhagen had fended off a hard attack from Sandy Mitchell recently in the Esports GT Pro Series.

qualifying

Fresh from his dominance in the Alpine Esports Series, Dennis Schöniger was able to recover immediately after his failure in round 1. Pole position was secured by previous race winner Pfeffer and Ferrari driver Jordan Sherratt by just over half a tenth. The South African should be supported in fifth place by his teammate Chris Harteveld.

Between the two was a man forever remembered for his time with the Prancing Horse: David Tonizza, now with Lamborghini’s official e-sports program. He would start from fourth place.

race

He might have started from fourth place, but the Italian was about to receive a huge lucky charm. Schöniger had the better start by far and Pfeffer was too desperate in Turn 1. The two tangled and the Lamborghini star quickly took the lead. Sherratt found his way to second place by pole sitter Pepper hitting the back left. When he got back on the track, the championship leader was in 12th place.

Eventually, due to Harteveld’s opportunism, Schöniger fell off the podium. This led the German right onto the warpath of compatriot Arthur Kammerer, who demoted him one place down to Signes. Everything went against Schöniger, the sports stewards already considered him guilty in lap 1 and imposed a 10-second time penalty for the incidents.

SRO Esports Sim Pro Series, Paul Ricard, Assetto Corsa Competizione

Despite an early lead, Tonizza just didn’t have the same race pace as Sherratt. A brave attempt to avoid Signes on the outside shows the South African’s frustration. If not, then it was the race director’s PIT maneuver to Bendor. Harteveld’s rearguard was impressively driven off by Tonizza, who was lucky enough to finish third. The news of Sherratt’s impending ten-second penalty would certainly inspire him even more.

It wasn’t necessary, but Tonizza was right and was aiming for first place on the track. In the same place Sherratt dethroned him, the two-time F1 Esports Champion reclaimed the lead. What was unpredictable was the accordion effect afterwards. Harteveld left his teammate behind, ending his podium hopes.

SRO Esports Sim Pro Series, Paul Ricard, Assetto Corsa Competizione

Kammerer was next at the crime scene. He overtook Harteveld before the pit stop phase and just managed to hold onto second place. The big surprise was who would land right behind him – Bastian Richter, who overtook several cars after a massive undercut. However, in the last 15 minutes he was relegated to fifth place by Harteveld and Tinko van der Velde.

Two more position losses for Richter would be all she wrote for major changes until, after catching van der Velde, Pfeffer became too greedy at the hands of Beausset. He turned the Williams and showed great sportsmanship by letting it pass at the finish line even though the damage was already done. Blajer had skipped the two.

However, once the pit stops were over, no one could have laid a finger on Tonizza. He had shown courage and great racing intelligence and completed a brilliant drive.

SRO Esports Sim Pro Series, Paul Ricard, Assetto Corsa Competizione

Results of the second round of the SRO Esports Sim Pro Series

  1. David Tonizza – Automobili Lamborghini Esports Team/Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 – LEADER
  2. Arthur Kammerer – BMW M Team BS+COMPETITION/BMW M4 GT3 – +12,858s
  3. Chris Harteveld – Scuderia Ferrari Esports TeamT/Ferrari 296 GT3 – +13.869 seconds
  4. Dominik Blajer – Williams Esports/Mercedes-AMG GT3 – +20.194 seconds
  5. Tinko van der Velde – Mercedes-AMG Team Williams Esports/Mercedes-AMG GT3 – +20.410 seconds
  6. Tobias Pfeffer – Mercedes-AMG Esports Team HRT by UOL/Mercedes-AMG GT3 – +20.672 seconds
  7. Bastian Richter – Mercedes-AMG Esports Team Unicorns of Love/Mercedes-AMG GT3 – +20.767 seconds
  8. Gregor Schill – BMW M Team BS+COMPETITION/BMW M4 GT3 – +21.125 seconds
  9. Ar Muhammed Aleef – Flash Axle Sports/Ferrari 296 GT3 – +21.270 seconds
  10. Daniel Savini – Jean Alesi Esports Team/Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) – +21.855 seconds

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