Solid Performance for Sophia Flörsch at All-STar eSports Battle
Updated: Apr 14
German F3 driver Sophia Flörsch returned to The Race All-Star eSports Battle, showing improved race pace in an incindent-filled event last Saturday
The new round of The Race All-Star eSports Battle returned with the Battle-mode, the Legends Trophy and the new All-Star-Cup last Saturday. As the drivers started to collect points after last weekend's races, "The-Race" announced that the winner will get a trophy, a 30.000 Euro prize and a day in a Formula 1 simulator. Alonsgide the newly-formed championship prizes, real-world drivers will spend their winner-bonuses to a charity organisation of their choice.
Unlike previous rounds, the races were contested in a LMP3 prototype car, on the Sebring circuit.
The first qualification heat was an easy race for newcomer Dennis Lind, as he won easily ahead of Philipp Eng, Bruno Spengler, Tom Dillmann and Esteban Gutierrez.
The second qualification heat was just as exciting for the first five qualifiers: Stoffel Vandoorne won from pole position ahead of Ye Yifei, Maximilian Günther, Job van Uitert and Mike Epps. Epps finished fifth despite a spin and a off-track escursion during his race.
German driver Sophia Flörsch showed a good race pace and improved performances compared to her first participation two weeks ago, as she finished the race in 10th place, starting from the 14th grid slot.
At the pro-sim driver heat Alen Terzic won on track, but was later disqualified for an evident jump start. So the qualified gamers were Erhan Jajovski, Rudy van Buren, Yuri Kasdorp and after a hard battle between the two, Bono Huis and Nikodem Wisniewski both went through to the next round.
The last chance heat resulted in a chaotic race with 27 cars on track. While the first racers drove to an easy flag-to-flag victory, in the midfield several crashes complicated the race. Sophia Flörsch held a very good 12th place after the first lap but she dropped back the order after being involved in incidents away from the cameras' eyes. She fought back for the 18th place, the German was caught in more messy action in the last lap and was noted as DNF.
Qualified for the final race were Gabby Chaves, Ed Jones, James Calado, Jack Aitken and Michael Benyahia.
In the final, we had the following starting grid for the top positions: Jajovski, van Buren, Lind, Huis and Eng.
Jajovski took the lead at the start and, behind him, Van Buren pushed Lind on the grass and as the Dane came back on track he crashed into van Buren. Both dropped back. Soon after, Vandoorne and Eng had a contact while they were running in the top-5. The frantic battles behind him, allowed Jajovski to win easily in front of Huis and Wisniewski. Behind Kasdorp, Chaves was the best real-word driver in fifth place.
Sophia, who was this week the only female racer on the virtual track, took to her social media profiles and joked:
"The sim guys have some secrets I do not know. Maybe I should use PlayStation Arcade mode"