For the fourth round of the eTeam BRIT GT Challenge, 28 cars headed to the virtual recreation of the iconic Mount Panorama circuit, with a welcome invitational crowd that included 2009 F1 and 2018 Super GT GT500 champion Jenson Button.
Over the hour-long encounter at the 6.213-km circuit, there were plenty of talking points, which saw a change in the championship leads in both the PRO and AM classes, amidst drama for some of the title protagonists throughout proceedings
Button, racing the #24 Rocket eSports Callaway Corvette, would end up taking top honours in the Invitational class by securing fourth place overall, having started in sixth, even though he went for a longer first stint, putting him in contention for the overall victory.
Along with him, both Sebastian Priaulx, son of 3-time WTCC champion Andy, and sportscar veteran Alex Buncombe also returned to compete after making their début just over a fortnight ago at Hockenheim.
Priaulx would take another top ten finish this time, finishing 10.769 seconds behind Button, with Buncombe hitting trouble again, this time with suspension damage after just three laps, following on from a three-car incident at Griffin’s Bend.
In the PRO class, Zansho Simsport’s Jan von der Heyde (#96) became the third different winner in four races, ahead of defending champion Matt Richards (#1 – Rocket eSports) and teammate Sido Weijer (#26). Richards also now takes the lead in the PRO standings by eight points ahead of initial points leader Joonas Raivio, with von der Heyde completing the top three.
AM saw CAMSport Fire’s Ben Brown (#22) become the first driver in the class to take two wins, having won now at both Interlagos and at Bathurst, with Team Fordzilla’s Cammie Sturch securing a fourth straight podium finish, having taken second.
It was double delight for CAMSport, thanks to the ICE team, as Chris Wilson took his second podium in the #55 Bentley, rounding out the top three. Brown now has a four-point lead in the AM standings, ahead of Sturch, whilst eTeam BRIT’s Bradley Brockies is a further six points behind in third.
Rocket eSports now has a 35-point lead in the Team standings, ahead of Zansho Simsport, with both CAMSport Fire and eTeam BRIT tied for third on 116 points.
eTeam BRIT Team Manager and championship co-ordinator, Max Spooner, has nothing but great feelings about how the event went, which was broadcasted via multiple platforms by Mike Yau and Simply Race.
“Friday was a fantastic event and it goes to show everyone's hard work is now being recognised by some of the best in the business. What started as a small event to keep our drivers busy during the first lockdown, has turned into intense competition from some of the best sim racers and championship-winning race drivers from across the world. I can't wait to see out the second half of the season.”
The next round of the eTeam BRIT GT Challenge heads to Adelaide, home of the Clipsall 500, and has also hosted the Australian Grand Prix in years past. We can also confirm that Jenson Button will be returning on January 22nd, and could we see the first Invitational driver win a race in season 2?
All drivers are competing on the state-of the-art rFactor2 platform, which will cater to the most realistic of racing simulations for all skill levels and is available for PC users.
To watch the next round of the eTeam BRIT GT Challenge next Friday from 7pm UK time, you can do so via the following: