ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Erhan Jajovski took his third win of Formula E: Accelerate on rFactor 2, ahead of Nikodem Wisniewskiin second for DS TeCheetah and Frederik Rasmussen taking the final podium spot for Dragon Penske Autosport.
Wisniewski clinched his first top three of the competition following a previous best result of 8th, finishing ahead of Rasmussen who earlier in the event took his second Pole Position in a row.
Further down the grid, ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge winner Kevin Siggy came away from the event with only one point, finishing where he started the race in 10th and leaving himself a lot of work to do in the Grand Final next week.
Eyes on the prize; Jajovski now holds a 26-point lead over closest rival Rasmussen, the equivalent of a race win and fastest lap.
Two for one; For the Grand Final on March 25, double points will be up for grabs in the final race of the competition, meaning there is a total of 56 points to play for.
Italian job; The setting for the Grand Final of Formula E: Accelerate will be the Eternal City of Rome, which is a Formula E driver favourite known for its unforgiving bumps and fast straights.
Erhan Jajovski, ROKiT Venturi Racing: “At the start I wasn’t expecting Rasmussen to lift off so early so I took the position. After taking Attack Mode I lost a position but then I managed to overtake him again and I had to start saving energy as I had used plenty earlier. I’ve been very stressed the entire week in qualifying as the pace wasn’t there and now this win feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders!”
Nikodem Wisniewski, DS TeCheetah: “It was a very tough race and I’ve been struggling in the past few rounds. Today I was very focused on the race and I hope to keep this momentum going. I was saving energy in the first few laps and at the end I saw Rasmussen was lifting more than I did and I was ready to settle for P3 but when I realised he didn’t have much energy left, I decided to overtake him and finally got my first P2.”
Frederik Rasmussen, Dragon Penske Autosport: “I really don’t understand what is going on with energy, I feel like I have good pace but I am missing something. I’ll definitely need to work on this for the Grand Final next week.”
Andretti United Extreme E driver Catie Munnings visited the Formula E: Accelerate studio ahead of the electric SUV off-road racing series’ inaugural event in Saudi Arabia on April 3-4.
“The fact that drivers from some of the most popular motorsports in the world want to take part in Extreme E says something about how important this championship is,” explained Munnings.
“The environmental aspect of the championship is awesome and it’s all about raising awareness of climate change and to use sport as a voice to remind everyone that it is our responsibility to save the planet.”
Host Jack Nicholls spoke with BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Jake Dennis on his assessment after his first races driving in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
Nicholls said: “The pace was there but it was about getting used to the carnage! I had seen a Formula E race before and of course coming from sports cars I should be used to some door-to-door bashing.
“I was being thrown in the deep end but it was such a cool experience and I learnt a lot from it. I’m loving what I’m doing and I’m looking forward to Rome.”
Aléthéa Boucq – sim racer and YouTuber – was also in the Formula E: Accelerate studio to share her story of getting into sim racing during lockdown, as well as taking to the virtual track to set a hot lap around the New York City circuit.
“I started racing in February before lockdown,” explained Boucq. “I was watching streaming channels on YouTube when my fiancé had just bought a simulator.
“gave it a go and I loved it! I’m learning by setting some day-to-day goals for myself to achieve and literally went from zero to hero all while I was learning on stream.”
Formula E: Accelerate
Esports competition showcases 24 rising stars competing over six events and being mentored by Formula E teams and drivers.
Formula E racing translated into the virtual world as digital racers learn to master energy management and Attack Mode deployment for the first time.
Prizes include a share of a minimum €100,000 prize pool with the winner receiving the opportunity to drive a Formula E Gen2 car.