Bánki back in command and on top in Esports WTCR OSCARO
Bence Bánki is back in the lead of the Esports WTCR OSCARO Multiplayer Championship – despite not driving in anger since the last event at a virtual Slovakia Ring in September.
Volkswagen driver Florian Hasse had topped the table but a retrospective penalty for an incident with Attila Dencs during the Slovakia Ring event, plus a P16 best in pre-qualifying, means a difficult round is in store.
It’s a different story for Bánki (Oscaro eSports by SDL / Honda), however, with the Slovak topping the Suzuka leaderboard ahead of Nikodem Wisniewski and Redoine Messaoud. Kevin Siggy Rebernak has moved up into second in the championship, and the Slovenian goes into the Suzuka Esports WTCR OSCARO race with a lot of confidence, having just won another simracing tournament, the Mercedes-AMG eRacing Competition.
Rebernak used the Audi RS 3 LMS in qualifying but will be back in his more familiar Hyundai i30 N TCR for race night on Sunday.
Several real-life WTCR drivers made an appearance on the leaderboard as part of their preparations for the upcoming WTCR JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan. Mato Homola was fastest, almost a second quicker than Yann Ehrlacher, although they both had to give best to former WTCC racer Ferenc Ficza, who drove for Zengő Motorsport during the 2016 season. He finished P34, albeit right in the middle of some of the fastest simracers in the world.