14.10.2021: The F1 Esports Series Pro Championship presented by Aramco returned with a bang, as the first evening of 2021s racing action produced two instant classics in Bahrain and China.
The F1 Esports Series Pro Championship presented by Aramco returned with a bang, as the first evening of 2021’s racing action produced two instant classics in Bahrain and China.
Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Esports Team’s Lucas Blakeley secured an emotional first win after a tense fight in the desert of Sakhir, while defending champion Jarno Opmeer played a blinding strategy to overcome the odds in Shanghai.
Here’s what went down as F1 Esports returned in style.
Lucas Blakeley has enjoyed podium success in the F1 Esports Series before, but that elusive win has always lingered just out of reach. That all changed on Wednesday though, when the Scot took an emotional first win under the lights in Bahrain.
Polesitter Nicolas Longuet was out-dragged by Blakeley at the start, and the latter led into Turn 1, a lead he would protect for most of the race. However the cat-and-mouse battle reached critical point on Lap 17, as Longuet seized the lead.
For two laps he sat behind the Frenchman, before re-taking the lead on Lap 19. Alvaro Carreton in third muscled in on the action on the final lap and almost stole second place, but despite some minor contact, Blakeley held on to lead Longuet and Carreton over the line.
Reigning champion Opmeer was next, followed by new Mercedes AMG Petronas Esports team mate Dani Moreno. Bari Boroumand put in a fine performance to finish sixth on his McLaren Shadow debut, ahead of Red Bull Racing Esports duo Frede Rasmussen and Marcel Kiefer.
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