The first round of the 2021 Endurance eRacing World Championship brought some great racing between the four classes – Hypercar, LMP2, GTE and GT3 – as four teams managed to steal the spotlight back in January, before heading into the second round of the season.
We already knew from the very first race that the battle at Silverstone would create some close racing and great fights between the teams in all classes.
Qualifying at Silverstone already brought some light to the matter, meaning that we would be treated to some exciting racing. The HyperCar fight between Omicron Racing and Drillers eSports already showed its teeth in qualifying, where Omicron ended up taking pole position, following on from the latter being excluded from the session, after not following the mandated regulations.
Drillers would then start all the way down in 25th place, but it did not phase them at all, having surged their way through the field and took the lead from Omicron SimRacing at the 46-minute mark. After taking the lead, the #10 would not look back and would secure a second successive race win, this time by five laps!
LMP2 saw the #117 Varga SimRacing outfit again dominate proceedings in the class, showcasing their strength and consistency in race pace to win once more. Along with this outfit, Drillers eSports (#17), Deuces Motorsport (#15) and Fair Racing Team (#334), would do their utmost to hit the podium, with Drillers taking second, ahead of Deuces, who were battling tooth and nail for the final step of the rostrum with Fair Racing, who did their best in the dying stages to keep the #15 LMP2 car at bay, but it was not enough.
With the GTE standings leaders of HM Engineering (#959) not present for Round 2, it would see a new victor crowned and a new leader in the standings, as the #53 Musto GD-eSports BMW M8 made their presence felt, with the #66 Volante Racing Aston Martin and #45 DIS SimRacingLab Porsche 911 round out the podium. We were also treated to a great battle between Volante’s Pauli Ahonen and DIS’ Andi Kursten in the dying stages for the runner-up step with just 15 minutes to go. Even with another car clashing with Kursten,
Ahonen would have to serve a drive-through with only moments to spare, but would still keep second at the finish – a battle royale we will not yet soon forget. We’re still unsure why 959 HM Engineering were unable to attend, as they now slip down to fourth in the standings 13 behind the #53 Musto GD-eSports crew.
Unison Racing, newcomers to the EEWC in the GT3, continued their winning ways after Indianapolis, picking up a perfect score at Silverstone, securing not only the win, but also pole position and fastest lap. This all-Russian crew is still a viable contender for the title, but with another four rounds remaining, it will not be easy. Other teams, including Mugen Simracing (#41), Glamracing (#404) and Danish Racing League (#13), who are also rather competitive. It’s not over until the final chequered flag falls at Le Mans in late October!
The countdown for Round 3 of the Endurance eRacing World Championship at Sebring has already begun, as this Florida-based circuit is known for its bumpy surfaces, long straights and high-speed corners, including Turn 17! The action returns on March 5th, where all teams will battle for glory stateside once again for another 12 hours!