Preview. E-SPORTS. 12H SPA (991, GT4 and TCR)

News | October 20, 2020

A regular feature of the 24H SERIES calendar since 2017, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps this weekend hosts its first iRacing event with CREVENTIC as round one of the brand new Virtual 24H SERIES. Can MRS GT Racing continue its winning streak in ‘991’? Can Mühlner Motorsport follow-up its double class win from Portimão in ‘GT4’? And is DUWO by SimRC the team to beat in TCR?

First CREVENTIC event:

Built:

Length:

Corners:

Hankook 12H SPA (October 2017)

1921

7.004km

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991 and GT4 – MRS GT Racing favourite?; Can Mühlner Motorsport take another win?

991 Polesitter (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

991 Pole position time (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

991 Winning team (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

991 Winning car (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

991 Winning drivers (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

MRS GT Racing (#989)

1m 49.251s

MRS GT Racing (#989)

Porsche 911-II Cup

Jukka Honkavuori (FIN), Gosia Rdest (POL), Niclas Laubisch (GER)

GT4 Polesitter (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

GT4 Pole position time (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

GT4 Winning team (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

GT4 Winning car (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

GT4 Winning drivers (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

Sorg Rennsport eSports GT4 (#433)

1m 57.347s

DUWO by SimRC (#476)

Porsche Cayman GT4 CS

Marcel Fassbender (GBR), Tom Vallenthini (LUX), Charlie Collins (GBR), Mathias Schoger (GER)

MRS GT Racing (#989, Jacqueline Kreutzpointner / Nicholas Silva / Nick Westphal) will surely be among the favourites at Spa. Alongside a ‘991’ class win earlier this year at the Hankook 24H DUBAI, the German team – and the #989 Porsche 911-II Cup specifically – also picked up the ‘991’ class win at the E-SPORTS 12H MONZA in May.

 

Porsche Lorient Racing, the reigning 991 Teams’ champion in both the 24H SERIES Europe and Continents, made a solid start to its Virtual 24H SERIES program with 4th at the E-SPORTS 12H MONZA. The French squad, entered as ‘Porsche Lorient Virtual Racing’, once again enters a loan Porsche 911-II Cup for long-time driver Mathieu Pontais, who will partner with compatriots Jeremy Mazurais, Julien Fischer, and John Boureau.

 

Strong qualifying pace for Raceunion 12H, the iRacing alter-ego of former class podium finisher Raceunion, ultimately came to naught at the E-SPORTS 12H MONZA. No doubt the German team will be hoping for a more positive outing in Spa with its Porsche 911-II Cup (#987, Alex Autumn / "Lord Schleife" Andy Gülden / Marc Hennerici). Oh, and be sure to keep an eye on its sister entry in GT3.

 

DUWO by SimRC meanwhile will be among the lead contenders in both ‘991’ and ‘GT4’. The former CUP1 champion in the 24H SERIES took both pole position and ‘GT4’ class victory at the E-SPORTS 12H MONZA, and once again enters the category for Spa with a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR (#476), teaming Monza victors Marcel Fassbender, Tom Vallenthini and Mathias Schoger with Dylan Pereira in the process. René Osterkamp, Patrick R. Kessler and Steffen Herrmann meanwhile will pilot the sister Porsche 911-II Cup (#976).

 

Having collected a double class win at the Hankook 24H PORTIMAO, Mühlner Motorsport – entered as Mühlner Motorsport Simracing Pro – is back in action at the E-SPORTS 12H SPA with a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR for Dirk Oksas and Michael Finckbohner (#427). Reigning GT4 Drivers’ champion Simon Tibbett will once again compete with American compatriot Thomas Pendergrass in an eponymous entry (#451), having swapped its Ferrari 488 GT3 for a BMW M4 GT4.

 

Having competed with Optimum Racing in Monza, Emirati team SIMMSA Esports GT4 goes solo at Monza with a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR for Riley Thompson and Teemu Toikka (#466).

TCR – Can DUWO by SimRC go two-for-two in Spa-Francorchamps?

TCR Polesitter (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

TCR Pole position time (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

TCR Winning team (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

TCR Winning car (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

TCR Winning drivers (E-SPORTS 12H MONZA):

DUWO by SimRC (#176)

1m 59.808s

DUWO by SimRC (#176)

Audi RS3 LMS SEQ

Jürgen Frank (GER), Felix Luding (GER), Diogo C. Pinto (POR)

DUWO by SimRC returns to defend its TCR class win at the E-SPORTS 12H MONZA. Interestingly, the Luxembourg squad is also the only team to have a confirmed entry for all four categories at the E-SPORTS 12H SPA. Alongside its ‘991’ and ‘GT4’ Porsches (see above) and its GT3 Ferrari, DUWO by SimRC has also entered an Audi RS3 LMS SEQ in the ‘TCR’ class for Felix Luding and Jürgen Frank (#176).

 

Alongside its Porsche 718 Cayman entry in ‘GT4’ (#404, Thomas Arends / Sven Neumann / Samuel Libeert / Matti Sipilä), CoRe SimRacing makes its Virtual 24H SERIES debut with an Audi RS3 LMS SEQ in ‘TCR’ for Marius Golombeck, Carl Jansson and Kimmo Suominen. Be sure to keep an eye on the German team too: as CoRe SimRacing, it finished as runners-up in the TCR standings of last year’s 24H SERIES ESPORTS.  

 

Like CoRe, Ferry Monster, which finished 6th at the E-SPORTS 12H MONZA, has two confirmed entries. The first, Ferry Monster Esports Red, is an all-Dutch Ferrari 488 in the ‘GT3’ class, and once again teams Lorenzo van Riet, Huub Eterman and Robin Monster, with Danny Kroes joining the trio (#20). The second, Ferry Monster Esports Red, is a ‘TCR’ entry, and reunites Tony Vijfschaft, Sander van Haaren and Peter Hoevenaars. Ron Bosman makes four (#120).

 

While SPV Racing may sound familiar to long-time 24H SERIES fans, this is not the all-Swedish squad that last competed at the 2018 Hankook 12H SPA. SPV Racing (#144) in this instance is racing under a Spanish license, and enters an Audi RS3 LMS for Phillip Smaali, Mirco van Nostrum and Alvaro Fontes on its 24H SERIES debut.

 

SPAA05 TCR racing team (#188, Hans Le Sage / Vincent Le Sage / Davey van Huijgevoort / Wouter van de Sanden) and Energy Driven Motorsports (#155, James Bourke / Dominic Simon / Wissam Hatim) return to Virtual 24H SERIES action after finishing 8th and 10th respectively in the ‘TCR’ class at Monza. Finally, T3 eSports Alpha (#171, Oliver Ackermann / Mike Erang / Jens Ledwig) completes the ‘TCR’ line-up.

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*Check out the full entry list for this weekend’s E-SPORTS 12H SPA HERE

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