— Two wins together with a reverse grid victory for the 2-time Method 1 champion
– Alonso takes “digital” motorsport Triple Crown
– F1/IndyCar legends Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi impress in esports
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. , Could 23, 2020 /CNW/ — Two-time Method 1 World Champion and esports newcomer Fernando Alonso dominated Torque Esports/Engine Media’s (GAME.V) (MLLLF) The Race All-Star Collection powered by ROKiT Telephones Legends Trophy races right this moment on the digital model of the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
That includes an entry listing with a complete of 13 Indy 500 wins to their credit score, Alonso not solely triumphed within the opening race after chasing down pole winner Petter Solberg (former World Rally Champion), he needed to maintain off a hard-charging fellow ex-Method 1 World Champion, Jenson Button .
Denmark’s four-time 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner Jan Magnussen took third forward of Tiago Monteiro (World Touring Automobile Championship ace) and 2013 Indy 500 winner, Tony Kanaan .
Within the second reverse grid race, Alonso once more shocked the opposition with a cost by way of the pack. He spent a lot of the race on the entrance dicing with Monteiro earlier than opening a spot in visitors within the remaining corners to take his second win.
Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves was third forward of Button and former Le Mans winner David Brabham , whose father Sir Jack began the Indy rear-engine “revolution” on the Speedway in 1961.
Alonso claimed the digital “Triple Crown” right this moment. He already has real-world wins on the Monaco Grand Prix and two on the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Whereas he now has the digital Indy win to finish the set of the wins on the planet’s most prestigious races, Alonso will now set his sights on finishing the prized Triple Crown achieved on the rescheduled Indy 500 on August 23 later this yr. Initially as a result of be run this weekend, the race was postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Having solely acquired his Allinsports simulator 9 days in the past, the Spaniard has shortly demonstrated he’s simply as quick within the digital world as he’s on the monitor.
“I believe it has been an excellent satisfying weekend and this week’s apply as properly,” Alonso mentioned.
“Each evening this week we have been right here with the blokes, and we chat within the Whatsapp group to work on the automobile and ensure we had a automobile to placed on a great present on the weekends.
“I am very new at this! I solely acquired the rig final Thursday earlier than Zandvoort. After one week and a half, I am nonetheless taking part in with some buttons! It was nice right this moment, and it is good enjoyable all the time on the Indianapolis Speedway.
“I used to be tremendous petrified of dropping the primary race! Jenson is a really sensible man and we had been each taking part in video games attempting to be in entrance or behind. We had been learning one another, however with Jenson you by no means know. He is all the time one step forward, and I used to be very anxious that I’d slip. He had a second in flip 4 one lap earlier than the tip, and that was sufficient of a spot for me.”
Throughout the first race, one legend who seemed like he had the tempo to problem Alonso and Button was 1969 Indy 500 winner Mario Andretti . Delayed early within the race as a result of contact, the 80-year Andretti spent many laps glued to the tail of the two-car lead battle regardless of being a lap down.
“I had a blast! Clearly, it appeared like I used to be a part of each state of affairs that was occurring on the market, however aside from that, I completely loved it,” Andretti mentioned.
“Will I do it once more – you by no means say by no means. We now have the rig right here, I’ve to get much more conversant in it. It was not pure, it was so completely different. What I’ve going in opposition to me is that you just drive it otherwise.
“The road is just a little completely different, so you need to perceive simply what the rig desires, what the sim likes and the way aggressive you will get. There is a particular studying curve, no query about it.”
Fellow Indy 500 veteran and two-time race winner Emerson Fittipaldi was one other star who impressed. The 73-year-old Brazilian excelled within the second reverse grid race to take 10th place on the flag – his second top-ten after scoring the identical outcome final week.
After right this moment’s outcomes, Button solidified his lead within the championship on 322 factors forward of Emanuele Pirro on 283 and Magnussen on 271.
At the moment’s fourth spherical of the five-round All-Star championship additionally featured occasions on the Indianapolis Street Course for the ProCup and #SimMasters championship.
Williams Esports driver Agustin Canapino took the opening Professional Cup race forward of Aston Martin Racing duo Nicki Thiim and Charlie Eastwood . Within the second reverse grid race, it was Harry Tincknell who triumphed over Tom Ingram and Job van Uitert .
Eastwood charged by way of within the reverse grid battle to seize fourth – serving to Aston Martin Racing take the championship lead from Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports and shut the hole to Mercedes’ driver’s championship chief, Esteban Gutierrez .
The Sim Masters opener was dominated by inaugural World’s Quickest Gamer winner Rudy van Buren whereas Kuba Brzezinski took the reverse grid battle. Mercedes leaves Indianapolis with their Sim Masters factors lead for each the crew and championship chief Bono Huis .
“At the moment’s efficiency from Fernando was completely unbelievable however we’re extraordinarily happy with our whole subject of legends for his or her efficiency,” Torque Esports President and CEO, Darren Cox mentioned.
“Racing at Indianapolis is hard and you need to respect the monitor and one another despite the fact that it’s digital. Indy is a venue with an unbelievable heritage, and our guys handled the race and one another with the utmost respect.
“I do not assume you have ever seen a extra spectacular subject of legends racing collectively. We had so many guys competing right this moment who had been simply thrilled for the prospect to race with Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi on this monitor.”
The ultimate spherical of this second season of The Race All-Star Collection powered by ROKiT Telephones is scheduled for subsequent week with information on the third season of the ground-breaking championship anticipated to be revealed quickly.
At the moment’s occasion was additionally a primary for the championship with tv accomplice ESPN selling the race to its predominant channel after earlier rounds have been broadcast on ESPN 2.
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