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KICK F1 Sim Racing World Championship

KICK F1 Sim Racing World Championship

In the dramatic finale of the 2023-2024 F1 Sim Racing World Championship in Abu Dhabi, KICK F1 Sim Racing Team battled for the championship.

The 2023-2024 F1 Sim Racing World Championship came down to a dramatic finale in Abu Dhabi, with KICK F1 Sim Racing Team battling until the very last corner. When the checkered flag waved, they had secured second place in both the drivers’ and teams’ championships.

In the drivers’ title fight, all eyes were on KICK’s young Dutch star Thomas Ronhaar. Needing a 13-point swing to clinch the crown, Ronhaar put in a commanding performance to lead the race until just two laps from the end. Despite intense pressure, the 22-year-old kept his composure, scything through the field from his starting position.

Ultimately, Ronhaar came up short, missing out on the title in his sophomore F1 Sim Racing season. However, he leaves having kept his dignity in the intense championship battle and can be proud of his remarkable effort against the odds.

Ronhaar’s teammate Brendon Leigh also played a pivotal role, with his points haul proving crucial as KICK snatched second in the teams’ standings away from Red Bull Racing to finish as runners-up to Ferrari.

For KICK, that second-place finish represents a massive step forward and their best performance in five years. After coming so agonizingly close to glory this season, the team can take confidence and motivation from their outstanding campaign.

With the ultimate objective of winning both the drivers’ and teams’ titles now firmly in their sights, KICK will return next season full of belief that they can go one better and claim sim racing’s biggest prizes.

KICK F1 Sim Racing Team
P2 with 213 points
3 wins / 4 pole positions / 8 podiums

Andrea Bugnone, Team Manager: “I’m very pleased with our 2023-2024 season, despite the obvious disappointment of missing out on the drivers’ title for the tiniest of margins. This was a season in which we had many changes, starting from a new driver line-up, our association with R8G, and a new championship format, with the latter returning to LAN Events.

The entire team has put in a lot of work in the past months, to ensure that Thomas [Ronhaar] and Brendon [Leigh] had the best structure around them, enabling them to focus on their racing performance. Looking back on our season, the team has done an incredible job securing P2 in the constructors’ championship, and Thomas missing out on the F1 Sim Racing World Champion title by only a few points.

We’ve made a few mistakes along the way, which we’ve identified and which we’ll work on during the off-season to make sure we come back next season to secure the Constructors’ title. A special hats-off to Brendon, Thomas, our engineers, and R8G for the fantastic work done in the past months.

A big thank you goes also to all our partners for supporting us. KICK F1 Sim Racing Team has made tremendous progress in the past year, going from P5 to P2 in the constructors’ standings. We’re more motivated than ever to adjust the missing details, keep progressing, and go racing again.”

Thomas Ronhaar
KICK F1 Sim Racing Team
P2 / 166 points
3 wins / 4 pole positions / 7 podiums
Round 8 / Mexico: P1
Round 9 / Brazil: P1
Round 10 / Las Vegas: P4
Round 11 / Qatar: P3
Round 12 / Abu Dhabi: P2

“After an eventful third event, we worked harder than ever to regain the positions lost. It was a huge challenge, with quite a gap, but with two wins on the first day, we were back in the fight for both championships. All was down to the last race, and literally to the last few corners in Abu Dhabi. Starting from pole position, I did all I could, but it was not enough to secure the title: however, P2 in only my second season is something I am proud of.

Most importantly, in the end, we take home P2 in both championships in the 2023-2024 season, a well-deserved result for what is still a young team. For our first season as KICK F1 Sim Racing Team, it’s quite an achievement in the closest F1 Sim Racing championship ever. A lot has been learned and will still be learned throughout the coming period, and I can’t wait to get going again on F1 24 – we will be even stronger.”

Brendon Leigh
KICK F1 Sim Racing Team
P9 / 47 points
1 podium
Round 8 / Mexico: DNF
Round 9 / Brazil: P9
Round 10 / Las Vegas: P7
Round 11 / Qatar: P16
Round 12 / Abu Dhabi: P9

“I am proud of the whole team as we wrap up the season with second in the Constructors’ Championship. We have been pushing day in and day out together, searching for those marginal gains that can produce critical championship-defining moments. Ultimately, I feel extremely fortunate and privileged to work alongside such talented individuals that bring unique skill sets to the table. They are all different, but all very strong skill sets.

Personally, my two highlights for this season were the podium in COTA, whose points helped me surpass 500 points in my total career’s tally. I wasn’t tracking this stat, in all honesty, so when I was told about it, it was a pleasant surprise that I feel is positively reflective of my career so far. It was a great moment to share with KICK F1 Sim Racing Team. Now it is time for a reset, and to come back stronger for the upcoming F1 2024 release!”

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