The R8G Sim Racing Team made an impressive start to its 2020 eSports programme by finishing P2 at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race today.
The brand-new squad, which is the brainchild of F1 driver Romain Grosjean and launched late last week, made its racing debut on the iRacing game at one of the world’s toughest endurance races where each lap is 20.8km long.
It competed in the Porsche Cup category, and its brand-new driver line-up consisted of Thibault Cazaubon, Marin Colak, Daniel Lafuente and Andre Martins.
The lights went green at 15.30 CET on Saturday, and the R8G Sim Racing Team immediately hit the front and pulled out an impressive lead heading into the night phase.
However, that advantage was cruelly snatched away when the team’s Porsche 911 GT3 was collected by another car that missed its braking point and veered out of control.
The squad immediately returned to the pits for some emergency repairs but had dropped to P2 when it finally returned to the track at 06.00 on Sunday morning.
With the team unable to fix the car completely, the R8G drivers had to contest the remainder of the race with limited performance, but they still managed to bring the car home in a mighty P2 on the squad’s debut.
“For our first race, we have shown that we were ready, with a prepared team and a strong driver line-up. I can’t wait for our next race and more success.”
Romain, who was live on the team’s Twitch channel at the start and end of the race – as well as contributing to the race strategy and management throughout the night – was delighted with his team’s debut showing.
He said: “I’m very happy and proud of my team. The 24h of Nürburgring is most likely one of the toughest races you can do. For our first event, we have shown that we were ready, with a prepared team and a strong driver line-up. I can’t wait for our next race and more success.”
The R8G Sim Racing Team is supported by neurosciences company MindMaze, Praga Karts, Predator Gaming, Richard Mille, financial services company iBanFirst, digital currency network SoccerCoin, SimLab, Go-Pro and Triple A Sports.
Action from the 24 Hours of Nürburgring can be viewed on the team’s official Twitch channel.
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