PREVIEW. 12H BARCELONA E-SPORTS (991, GT4 and TCR)

News | December 3, 2020

Round two of the inaugural 24H SERIES Virtual takes us to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Northern Spain. After a scintillating race at Spa-Francorchamps, can DUWO by SimRC retain its lead at the top of the ‘991’, ‘GT4’ and ‘TCR’ standings? Will Raceunion 12H, SIMMSA Esports, and Ferry Monster Esports make close the gap in their respective championship standings? And can Porsche Lorient Virtual Racing become a race winner in CREVENTIC’s ‘Virtual’ series as well?

991 – Who can beat DUWO by SimRC?

DUWO by SimRC (#976, René Osterkamp / Patrick R Kessler / Steffen Herrmann) currently leads the way in the ‘991’ class standings. The Luxembourg team, having collected both the ‘TCR’ and ‘GT4’ class wins at the experimental 12H MONZA E-SPORTS back in May, enjoyed an even more fruitful at the 12H SPA E-SPORTS with THREE class wins. As a former 24H SERIES Europe class winner on top of that – the team’s last win came at the 2019 Hankook 24H PORTIMAO – don’t be too surprised to see DUWO by SimRC at the forefront of ‘991’ this weekend.

 

Ditto MRS GT-Racing (#989, Jacqueline Kreutzpointner / Nicholas Silva / Nick Westphal). The German team began 2020 with ‘991’ class victory at the Hankook 24H DUBAI, and followed that up with a commanding 1-2 finish in-class at the 12H MONZA E-SPORTS. Admittedly, the squad’s ‘MRS SIM RACING’ virtual alter-ego could only salvage 4th last time out at Spa-Francorchamps after hitting trouble during the night. 

 

Mühlner Motorsport returns to ‘Virtual’ 24H SERIES action this weekend, entering a Porsche 911-II Cup in ‘991’ (#988, Simracing Blue, Kevin Hilgenhövel / Alexander Dejaco) and a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR in ‘GT4’ (#427, Simracing Pro, Dirk Oksas / Michael Finckbohner). The German squad, which took an impressive overall podium at this year’s Hankook 24H PORTIMAO, made its 24H SERIES Virtual debut at Spa-Francorchamps, securing 3rd in-class in the process.

‘991’ mainstay Porsche Lorient Racing has entered a Porsche 911-II Cup for its now customary driver line-up of Jeremy Mazurais, Julien Fischer, John Boureau and Mathieu Pontais (#911). The reigning ‘991’ Teams’ champion in both the 24H SERIES ‘Europe’ and ‘Continents’ started its Virtual campaign with a 4th in-class at Monza before collecting its first podium at Spa. Can the French team go one, or even two, better at Barcelona?

 

Despite a disappointing run at Monza, Raceunion 12H (#987, Alex Autumn / Florian Bodin / Felipe Fernández Laser / Marvin Otterbach) now lies 2nd in the ‘911’ 24H SERIES Virtual standings after securing a fighting runners-up spot at Spa-Francorchamps. Can the German team secure its first category win – of any kind – in the 24H SERIES this weekend?

 

MSI eSports Cup (#901, Salva Talens / Alex Ardisana / Alvaro Ramiro) completes the ‘991’ field, and makes its 24H SERIES Virtual debut on home turf and with two entries. The other – an Audi RS3 LMS in ‘TCR’ – has been entered for David Pérez, Victor Lobato, and Oriol Bohé (#111).

GT4 – Reigning 24H SERIES Continents champion returns to action

Leipert Motorsport – the reigning Overall GT Teams’ champion in the 24H SERIES Continents – returns to ‘Virtual’ action after its debut in Monza, at which the German team secured 4th in ‘GT3’ and a podium finish in ‘GT4’. Alongside its ‘GT3’ entry (check out our GT3 preview HERE), Leipert eSports Black has entered a BMW M4 GT4 for Lukas Käuper, Marc Röttgen, and Sandro Petrozziello (#410).

 

After a trial run in ‘GT3’ at Monza, Tibbett Racing (#451, Simon Tibbett / Thomas Pendergrass / Chris Paiz) – the eponymous entry of GT4-class 24H SERIES Continents Drivers’ champion Simon Tibbett – secured a solid 4th with its BMW M4 GT4 last time out at Spa. A maiden ‘Virtual’ podium will surely be on the American team’s radar at Barcelona.

 

Following two entries in ‘TCR’ at Monza and Spa-Francorchamps – the latter of which earned the Emirati team 4th in-class – Energy Driven Motorsports (#455, James Bourke / Dominic Simon / Wissam Hatim) makes the step across to ‘GT4’ for Barcelona with a BMW M4 GT4.

 

The third and final entry for SIMMSA Esports – check out our ‘GT3’ preview HERE – is a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR for Riley Thompson, Teemu Toikka, and Tim Greven (#466), while DUWO by SimRC (#476) will be looking to continue its winning form in ‘GT4’ with a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR for Dylan Pereira, Tom Vallenthini, Marcel Fassbender (not that one!), and Mathias Schoger.

 

Long-time CREVENTIC partner Radio Show Ltd. competed at both the inaugural 12H MONZA E-SPORTS and the 12H SPA E-SPORTS, doing so with a Mercedes-AMG GT3 at the former and a Ferrari 488 GT3 at the latter. Now, Team RSL Powered by MOFO (#462), which once again teams on-screen colleagues Joe Bradley and Nick Daman together with Darren Wood and Simon Herring, moves across to the ‘GT4’ class for Barcelona with a Porsche Cayman GT4 CS MR.

TCR – CoRe SimRacing: TCR’s dark horse?

An Audi RS3 LMS for Felix Luding and Jürgen Frank completes the four-strong entry for DUWO by SimRC (#176). The German teammates secured one of the Luxembourg squad’s three class wins at Spa-Francorchamps and now lead the way in the ‘TCR’ 24H SERIES Virtual standings ahead of Ferry Monster Esports Grey (#120, Tony Vijfschaft / Marvin Juliam Amants / Huub Donkers). The latter collected 6th at Monza and finished 2nd at the season-opener at Spa-Francorchamps, but this weekend, the Dutch team enters just the one car.

 

CoRe SimRacing impressed on its maiden 24H SERIES Virtual outing by qualifying 2nd in ‘TCR’ in Spa-Francorchamps, less than one-hundredth of a second behind polesitter, DUWO by SimRC. Though difficulties during the night dropped the German team to 7th at the flag, CoRe has proven its speed with the Audi RS3 LMS (#104, Marius Golombeck / Carl Jansson / Kimmo Suominen), and will no doubt look to replicate that pace in Barcelona with both its TCR entry and the sister Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR (#404, Thomas Arends / Sven Neumann / Samuel Libeert / Matti Sipilä).

 

Compatriot T3 eSports Alpha meanwhile (#171, Oliver Ackermann / Mike Erang / Jens Ledwig / Sebastian Gesche) also made an impressive 24H SERIES Virtual debut with 3rd in ‘TCR’ at Spa-Francorchamps. The question now is whether the championship contender can better that result at Barcelona…

 

SPAA05 TCR racing team (#177, Hans Le Sage / Vincent Le Sage / Davey van Huijgevoort / Wouter van de Sanden / Koen van Griensven), which finished 6th at Spa, and series debutant AC SimMotorsport (#188, Siva frederic / Loncar Ian / Ledger Steen) complete the TCR field for the 12H BARCELONA E-SPORTS.

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