The Global Championship enters its penultimate round
Eight rounds down, TGC heads stateside for its penultimate round of the season. Every round thus far has been a thrilling show of the best of the participating esports teams, with the varying driver line-up each week, there hasn’t been a single dominant driver for every round, so let’s have a look at each team to see how they’ve done so far.
R8G Esports – Withdrawn
Romain Grosjean’s team had Polish ace Piotr Stachulec, alongside Turkish star Ulas Ozildirim. Ozildirim had a rough start to the season, whereas Stachulec was consistently in the points, and was as high as fourth at the third round at Silverstone, but sadly the pair decided to pull out of the championship after the British race. Ironically, despite their short stint in TGC, they are one of only two of the 11 participating teams to have had the same driver pairing for three races in a row.
Paradox Sim Racing – 11th place, 24 points
Replacing R8G was PSR, and they were always going to be on the back foot, having to make up the three-race deficit in the points, but they gave it the best they could. Mainly known from the Xbox side, they have so far fielded four drivers. Estonian Kedon Lutt scored points, and so far the team’s best finish of fifth place, in the team’s debut round at Azerbaijan, where he paired up with team owner Andrew Corapi from the USA. Corapi has raced in all five races the team has taken part in so far, being joined by Harvey Cowan, who added to the team’s points tally with sixth place at Jeddah, and Joseph Loake raced in China.
ET8 Esports – 29 points
The Spanish squad started the season well, with Romanian RaceRoom ace Bogdan Moldovan finishing fifth at the opening round in Austria, alongside Pablo Armengol who came home ninth that day. Also representing España for ET8 have been Eduardo Gil, and Norway’s Markus Thaule, matching the team best of fifth place at Paul Ricard, Jake Finch and Enrique Trevijano.
FVR Esports – 30 points
Just a single point ahead of ET8 is the Formula Virtual Racing team. Alvaro Puerto scored the team’s best result of fourth in the opening round, as well as the team’s sole fastest lap in France. Arturo de Juan had points finishes in Azerbaijan and Jeddah, and Bouelem Izar also had a points finish in Azerbaijan. Nardy Perez, Cameron Dowds and Ismael Fassi also have raced under FVRs banner.
Team Shazoo – 39 points
The Scottish team have had a very mixed season, and has put in the most amount of drivers through the season (eight so far). By far the most successful Shazoo driver so far in TGC has been Balken star Jernej Dovzan, bringing home the team’s sole podium at Jeddah, along with points at Paul Ricard and Silverstone. Menno Nijssen scored 10th at Shanghai, and the driver of the TGC Shazoo lineup Tony Riche secured seventh last time out at Mexico. Single appearances from Vadim Tsvetkov, Jakub Rzeszut, Milan Badescu and Vincent Nyqvist, along with several appearances of Harlem Marquis, have yet to add to the team’s score.
WOR Esports – 54 points
World Online Racing has been an Xbox league standard for a long time, and their team have had a recent surge of points, courtesy of a podium at Mexico for Drake Dempsey, and a strong double points finish at China from Dempsey and Daniel Kuijer. Jonah Martens, Primoz Miklavcic and Ryan Jacobs are all points scorers for the WOR entrant, Lennard Gotze also racing in WOR colours, but yet to add to the tally.
Team Adictos – 64 points
The next Spanish team in the championship, the vast majority of the team’s points haul has been from French superstar Lenny Pepinter, with back-to-back wins at Imola and Silverstone, and a points finish in Azerbaijan, but the only other points finish for the squad has been from Jan Haladej, with a fourth-place at Mexico, despite the best efforts of Gergory Ballati, Jean-Christophe Le Texier, Jane Trpkov and Alberto Barros.
Parnell Racing – 79 points
Liam Parnell’s team have been in the points in all but two round so far, a second-place finish at Imola being the highest position so far for the team from Jack West, who also had a points finish in Mexico. Carter Lundy also saw Parnell Racing on the podium with third place at Jeddah, Dylan Warren has had three points finishes so far, along with Sam McBride and founder Liam Parnell. Tom Roberts and Jack Laverty are yet to get off the mark.
Team TF10 – 118 points
A slow start to the championship compared to the momentum the Spanish team gained at the halfway stage, Oscar Villacampa scored sixth at the opening round, matched by Dario Iemullo at Imola, who was joined on that occasion by Iker Baena who came home ninth. Chilean Esports superstar Fabrizio Donoso, following his full-time signing with the team last month, had four points finishes, with a win at Azerbaijan. He was paired with Alfie Butcher, who took a sensational win on his debut at Jeddah, and has seen the podium another two times since then, at France and China, and in the points again at Mexico. Marcus Short has narrowly missed out on points twice so far, being 11th at Austria and Azerbaijan.
Race Clutch – 156 points
Consistent podium finishes have seen the Alpine partnered team. Patrik Sipos has seen the podium three times so far, and another two points finishes from his six races in Race Clutches colours. Ruben Pedreno has scored points in all three of his appearances, two of those being podiums. The top step of the podium has only seen the French team’s name on it once so far, courtesy of Luke Smith winning at Paul Ricard, also being joined by Pedreno in second. Samuel Bean joined their ranks in China and came home in seventh. Simon Perigny raced at Jeddah, and despite having the fastest lap, could only manage 12th. They are one of only two teams to not only have a double-podium finish but also have a 1-2 finish.
Visceral Esports – 198 points
VSR has been the benchmark all season long, having a driver in the first four positions in every race so far. VSR are the other team to have had double-podium finishes, and like Race Clutch, they have had two of them. Duncan Hoffland brought home the win for VSR at the opening round in Austria, being joined in third place by Thomas Harvey. The 1-2 finish came from Louis Welch’s sole race for the team, taking top honours at China, and was chased home by Georges Nader, who went on to win at Mexico. Joost Noordijk and Andrey Tarabukin both have scored points, and both have the highest finishes of fourth place.
VSR have to outscore Race Clutch by merely two points to secure the title before the series heads to Brazil for the finale. Who will conquer COTA?
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